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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.
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
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
Sept. 8-10, The West Fine Art Show, The Glass House Estate Winery
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 Artists, Ten 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
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