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Fran Alexander, a Vancouver based painter, always knew she wanted to be an artist. Her earliest memory at the age of three was sitting on her grandmother’s knee stringing glass beads, mesmerized by all the colors and the dance of light from their shiny surfaces. Taking every art class she could throughout elementary and high school, Fran carried on her artistic endeavors at the University of British Columbia, graduating as a teacher of art.
Fran has travelled the world, painting passionately in Vancouver, teaching art in Toronto, in Luxembourg for nearly a decade, and the rare opportunity of having taught in the Northwest Territories. As a member of the Inuvik Arts and Crafts Council for three years, Fran ardently promoted cultural enrichment in the North. Her presentations at the teachers’ conferences were richly informed by her classroom experience, and composed primarily of Inuvialuit, Gwich’n, and Metis children. Fran has said her time in the “Land of the Midnight Sun” was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.
Fran expresses her passion for art with an architectural eye through the heart of a poet, creating floral compositions so keenly represented as to almost conjure scent. Her still life recreations quietly inhabit the soul and her whimsical food representations are realistic enough to eat. A skillful use of colour, form, and balance are a testament to training, and diligent application, and her limitless subject matter is a constant muse, urging her ever onward to masterfully render paintings that are simply put, exquisite.
Fran has been awarded AFCA ( Associate Federation of Canadian Artists) Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is the event coordinator for the annual Mid Main Art Fair, which features the works of 18 established local artists.
2015 - Honorable Mention, Federation of Canadian Artists, Pink Peonies and Bud
2015 - Artistic Achievement, South Delta Artists Guild, Canadian Flag
2015 - Third Place, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Flirtatious Pears
2015 - Featured in 2016 Calendar, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Flag
2016 - Third Place, Federation of Canadian Artists, Eggscentric
2017 - Honorable Mention, Seymour Art Gallery, Balance Art Show, Retreat
2017 - Award of Excellence, FCA Fraser Valley Chapter, Spring Show, Reflecting Light 1
I am honoured to have been selected juror for the following art shows.
2016 - West Kootenay Chapter FCA Show, Off the Wall
2017 - FCA Show, The Active Members Show
2017 - Calgary FCA Chapter show, All Things Spring
2017 - Peace River FCA Chapter show, Our Home and Native Land
2017- FCA, Crossing Boundaries
2017 - FCA, O Canada
2017- FCA, Painting on the Edge
FCA = Federation of Canadian Artists, Federation Gallery
1241 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver B. C.
January 14-26, Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members' Show
Selected paintings: Quinces, Brunch Bouquet, The Celebration, FCA
January 28- February 9, Federation of Canadian Artists, Artists Choice Show
Selected paintings: Nestled Crimson Pears, White Peony Encore ( juried show), FCA
April 29-May 11, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
Selected painting: Fly Away With Me ( juried show), FCA
February 9-May 26, Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at Van Dusen Botanical Garden
Solo exhibition and sale of floral paintings. vandusengarden.org
April 10-June 1, Discovery Room at the Visitors Centre in Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
Solo exhibition and sale of original paintings. vandusengarden.org
May 27-June 8, Federation of Canadian Artists, Foliage and Flowers Show
Selected painting: Fermata ( juried show), FCA
June 10-29, Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest Show
Select paintings: Three for Tea, Tea for Two (juried show), FCA
July 26, Aug. 13 & 14, Artist in Residence, Federation Gallery, FCA
Nov. 18-20, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared
Selected paintings: Asian Tea, Tea Cup, FCA
Oct. 1-Nov. 30, Secret Garden Tea Restaurant, solo art show
Selection of current paintings. Vancouver, B.C.
Nov. 20-Dec. 20, The 10th Annual Anonymous ART Show
Group exhibit and fundraising event
Selected paintings: Fall 1, Fall 2
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, 335 Lonsdale Ave.
Dec. 3-Jan. 6, Gallery at Hycroft
Group exhibit of current works
University Women's Club of Vancouver, 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver, B.C.
Jan. 7-18, Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Show
Selected painting: Peonies Blossoms, FCA
Feb. 3-15, Federation of Canadian Artists, Artist Choice Show
Selected paintings: Tucked In, Perfectly Perched Crimson Pears (juried show), FCA
Apr. 7-19, Federation of Canadian Artists, Foliage and Flowers Show
Selected paintings: Flower Duet, Pink Peonies and Bud, Glorious Magnolias ( juried show)
Honorable Mention awarded to: Pink Peonies and Bud, FCA
Apr. 21-May 11, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
Selected paintings: Festival, Flirtatious Pears ( juried show), FCA
May 16-June 7, National Crossing Boundaries Art Exhibition 2015
Discover the "Splendor of Canada" as explored by Western and Chinese artist living in Canada.
Federation Gallery & International Art Gallery
Selected painting: In The Folds ( juried show), FCA
June 7, 6th Annual Mid Main Art Fair
This popular one-day art fair features 17 established artists from the lower mainland.
2014 - Kate Booth House, Salvation Army
2015-2016 - Young Life of Canada
2016 - FCA, Paint By Numbers fundraising event
2017 - Lions Gate Hospital Healing Power of Art Program, permanent collection
2017 - BC Children's Hospital Foundation