Federation of Canadian Artists show the Animals I’ve Known in Armstrong

North Okanagan chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists have been channeling their inner Robert Bateman for latest exhibition.

Members of the North Okanagan chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) have been channeling their inner Robert Bateman for their latest exhibition.

Entitled Animals I Have Known, the show, which begins Thursday at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery, features the work of 26 artists from the  local FCA chapter.

“In readiness for the show, eight of our chapter members met at the Vernon Arts Centre to paint and get inspired,” said chapter member Ev McDougall, who prepared a three-by-four foot canvas and loosely sketched in some hens and roosters for a group participation painting.

“So while each artist worked on their own painting, we also contributed to the communal one. It was a lot of fun and the energy is evident in Busybodies.”

The painting will be donated to the Armstrong gallery for the show.

The FCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and professional development of artists.

“Our chapter draws its members from throughout the North Okanagan,” said McDougall, adding, members participate in a number of group exhibitions throughout the year.

On June 6, at noon, members of the FCA will participate in a brown bag artists’ talk and will take part in a community paint-In (materials will be provided) at the Armstrong gallery. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

The opening reception for Animals I Have Known is Friday, June 1, 7  to 9 p.m., and the show runs to June 30. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information  on the FCA chapter, visit www.northokanaganfcaartists.com.