Fran Alexander, AFCA
Acrylic, Oil, and Mixed Media Visual Artist

Fran Alexander Bio

 

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. 

Awards

2017 - Honorable Mention, Seymour Art Gallery, Balance Art Show, Retreat
2017 - Award of Excellence, FCA Fraser Valley Chapter, Spring Show, Reflecting Light 1
2016 - Third Place, Federation of Canadian Artists, Eggscentric
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 
 

Shows Juried
I am honoured to have been selected juror for the following art shows. 


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
2017 - FCA, Summer Gallery
2016 - West Kootenay Chapter FCA Show, Off the Wall

Past Shows

2017

Sept. 8-10, The West Fine Art Show, The Glass House Estate Winery
http://www.langleyadvance.com/community/langley-hospice-benefits-from-artists-talent-at-west-fine-art-show/

http://www.westart.ca
 
Sept. 5-10, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared
Annual Exhibition and Sale for the FCA
 
Aug. 8 - 20, Federation of Canadian Artists, Summer Gallery
 
Aug. 1-Oct. 31, Federation of Canadian Artists, Limitless Online Gallery
Selected painting:
Love Conquers All, FCA

June 19-July 2, Federation of Canadian Artists, O Canada Show
Selected painting: O Canada, FCA
 
June 11, 7th Annual Mid Main Art Fair, Heritage Hall
http://midmainartists.wixsite.com/midmainartfair
 
May 27-28, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Art in the Garden
 
May 5-7, Art in the City, Annual Art Show and Sale
 
Feb. 28 - Mar. 11, Federation of Canadian Artists, Abstract Show
Selected painting: Connections, juried show, FCA
 
Feb. 26- Mar. 27, FCA Fraser Valley Chapter, Spring Exhibition, 
Selected painting: Reflecting Light 1 & 2, juried show
Award of Excellence for Reflecting Light 1
Semiahmoo Arts in the Turnball Gallery
 
Jan. 31- Feb. 12, Federation of Canadian Artists, Artists Choice Show
Selected paintings: Oriental Floral Buds, Japanese Maple Buds, juried show, FCA
 
Jan. 7- 27, Seymour Art Gallery, Balance
Group exhibition
Selected painting: Retreat, juried show
Awarded Honorable Mention
 
2016
 
Nov. 22-27, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Square
Nov. 18-Dec. 17, The 12th Annual Anonymous ART Show, North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Nov. 17-20, Eastside Culture Crawl,Portside Studios, Vancouver BC
Oct. 25-Nov.6, Federation of Canadian Artists, Concept Art Show
Oct. 4-23, Federation of Canadian Artists, AIRS, Annual International Representational Show
Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Federation of Canadian Artists, The 75th FCA Signature Celebration and Exhibition
Sept. 1-28, Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Discovery Room, The Nature of Art
Aug. 4-Sept. 3, Art Rental Show at the City Scape Gallery
July 12-24, Silk Purse Arts Centre Gallery, Art in the Garden Group Show
July 6-17, Federation of Canadian Artists, CanCon Art Show
June 21-July 3, Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Mail In Art Exhibition
Third Place Award
June 1-Aug. 31, Federation of Canadian Artists, Limitless Art Show
May 28, 29,  North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Art in the Garden Show
Apr 26-May 8, Federation of Canadian Artists, Culture Art Show
Mar 15-27, Federation of Canadian Artists, Success! Signature Art Show
Jan. 5-17, Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Art Show

2015
 
Dec. 10-Jan. 2, Jericho Arts Centre, Solo Art Show
Nov. 20- Dec. 19, The 11th Annual Anonymous ART Show, North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Nov. 10 - 22, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared Art Show
Oct. 27 - Nov. 8, Federation of Canadian ArtistsICON Art Show
Oct. 6 - 25, Federation of Canadian ArtistsAnnual International Representational Show, AIRS 2015
Sept. 17- Oct. 5, The City Scape Gallery, Art Rental Show
July 30-Aug. 22,  Oil and Water Juried Art Show, 2015, Gallery 1710, South Delta Artist Guild
Artist Achievement Award
Aug. 7-8,  Artist in Residence, Federation Gallery, FCA
June 23-July 19, Federation of Canadian ArtistsSummer Gallery 2015
June 9-21,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest 
June 7,  Heritage Hall, 6th Annual Mid Main Art Fair
May 16-June 7,  Federation of Canadian Artists, National Crossing Boundaries Art Exhibition 2015
Apr. 21-May 11,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
Apr. 7-19,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Foliage and Flowers Show
Honorable Mention awarded to: Pink Peonies and Bud
Feb. 3-15, Federation of Canadian Artists, Artist Choice Show
Jan. 7-18, Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Show
 
2014

Dec. 3-Jan. 6, Gallery at Hycroft, Group exhibit of current works
Nov. 20-Dec. 20,  North Vancouver Community Arts Council, The 10th Annual Anonymous ART Show
Nov. 18-20,  Federation of Canadian ArtistsTen Squared
July 26, Aug. 13 & 14,  Artist in Residence, Federation Gallery
June 10-29,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest Show
May 27-June 8,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Foliage and Flowers Show
April 10-June 1,  Discovery Room at the Visitors Centre in Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Poetic Illumination
February 9-May 26,  Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Solo exhibition 
April 29-May 11,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
January 28- February 9,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Artists Choice Show

January 14-26,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members' Show

Donations
2017 - Lions Gate Hospital Healing Power of Art Program, permanent collection
2017 - BC Children's Hospital Foundation
2016 - FCA, Paint By Numbers fundraising event
2015-2016 - Young Life of Canada
2014 - Kate Booth House, Salvation Army