Current Events

EXHIBITION: Wood, Water, Stone: The Coquitlam River
January 11 – March 4, 2024

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 11th, 2024, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Canadian Pacific Gallery, Anne Kitching Gallery, Suncor Gallery
Artists in attendance | free admission | refreshments served | 2425 St. Johns Street | Port Moody

Sue A. Cowan and Robert Ascroft spent two years exploring and plein air painting along the Coquitlam River trying to capture the essence of this piece of wild, where the river meets the city. During the winter they translated sketches into the larger works for the exhibition. Their different styles reveal their distinct responses to time and place, reflecting their magical days by the river.


FCA Studio Mentorship for Abstract Painters
April 5 – June 14, 2024

  • Fridays, every two weeks
  • Starting April 5th, 2024 – June 14th, 2024 (6 sessions) 
  • 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM (access to space 9.30 – 5.00PM)
  • Federation Academy on Granville Island
  • Limited to 9 students! For Abstract and Semi-Abstract Artists!
    Suitable for beginner/intermediate students.

If you are an abstract painter or would like to be, join Sue Cowan in her studio mentorship program. Sue will help you plan your goals and preferences for the duration of the course.

This map of your intentions will be your guide as you discover what and how you love to paint. Joyful experimentation combined with consideration of the principles and elements of design will lead to exciting paintings that reflect your own unique abstract style.


Past Events

Bringing Landscapes to Life: Oil and Acrylic Painting from Photos
February 8 – 9th, 2020, North Vancouver, BC

Have you ever struggled to capture the real essence and feeling of your landscape photos on canvas?
In this workshop, you will learn how to create distinctive, unique paintings from your own photos that reflect all the magic of time and place.

In the morning of each day you will define why and how you want to paint this particular landscape, exploring the mood, colour, edges and marks that will help to convey your concept. You will experiment with composition, consider values and perspective, and explore techniques to bring your vision to life.

In the afternoon you will develop your painting on a larger canvas. After the morning’s exploration, you will have researched the possibilities for your painting and decided on your course of action. Now on this larger canvas you will be able to paint with freedom and joy allowing your personal style to emerge.

Through this 2-day workshop you will learn through a variety of demos, explanation, and one-on-one support from Sue as you work in your choice of acrylic or oil from your own photos.


 FCA Retreat 2019
September 3 – 8th, 2019, Bamfield, BC

The Federation Retreat is the largest educational and social event of the year, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

The 2019 Retreat takes place in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia. Based at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking plein air painting locations the West Coast has to offer.

In the company of our Master Instructors, you’ll spend your days creating, painting and developing your skills, while painting en plein air.

In the evenings, you’ll have the opportunity to join your peers for a variety of fun social events or take the time to relax and explore your surroundings.




Opus Demo – The Joy of Travel Sketching
Saturday April 13, 2019, Coquitlam, BC

With lightweight and compact supplies, Sue Cowan will show you how she enjoys using small sketchbook journals with pencil, pen and watercolour while travelling.

Sue will show some of her personal journals, share her favourite supplies and tips and demonstrate different techniques for making these sketches.

Artists of all levels of experience can enjoy recording their impressions of a moment in time and place whether travelling the world or in their local park. Later on, these personal sketches bring back vivid memories of time well spent exploring the world.

Visit for details.


Federation Gallery ShowOff – Live Painting Event & Fundraiser
March 9, 2019, Vancouver, BC

SHOWOFF is a night of art and entertainment where 4 artists came together to create one-of-a-kind p

ieces. Working from the same reference source under a time restriction, each artist was to create something unique, flavoured with their own style.

At the end of the night, the finished pieces were auctioned off with the proceeds split between the participating artists and the Federation.


Free Demo at Opus Coquitlam
Pastel Portrait from Life

Sunday, October 14
Morning and Afternoon Demonstrations
Contact Opus Coquitlam for details.