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DEBORAH STRONG
AFCA


about the artist

Fur or feathers, hooves or paws, from her own four-legged companions to the wild creatures she encounters, animals and birds fascinate this life-long British Columbia artist and fuel her creative passion. She has been making art since she could first hold a pencil and is known for both her realistic coloured pencil drawings and her lively paintings on silk.

Deborah holds a Fine Arts diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley, is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), and has an extensive exhibition record encompassing the local, regional and national level. Her Mayne Island art studio is her primary creative space and she maintains a live/work studio in the south Surrey area of the Lower Mainland. Deborah currently shares her life with Hugo the cat and a mischievous cocker spaniel named Lily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


exhibitions

Juried Exhibitions

2018:
  
Works on Paper, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  
Artist's Choice, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017:
  
AIRS (Annual International Representational Show), Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  
Postcard Competition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
  
Just Water, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC 
  
Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Spring Exhibition, Semiahmoo Arts, Surrey, BC 

2016:
  
Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Winter Exhibition, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

2014:
  
Spilsbury Medal Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
   Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The ACT, Maple Ridge, BC
  
Cascadia: Flora & Fauna of the West Coast, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  
Oil & Water, South Delta Artist's Guild, Tsawwassen, BC
  
Arts 2014, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  
Foliage & Flowers, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
  
Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC
  
Works on Paper, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2013:
 
Spilsbury Medal Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
AIRS (Annual International Representational Show), Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
 
Arts 2013, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
 
2nd Fraser Valley Biennale, Mission Arts Centre, Mission, BC
 
Spring Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter) Semiahmoo Arts Centre, White Rock, BC
  Success!, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2012:
 
Small, Smaller, Smallest, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
 
Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC
  
Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
Coloured Pencil Society of Canada National Exhibition, Ottawa, ON
 
Arts 2012, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
 
Open International Drawing Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
Just Birds, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC
 
Spring Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack, BC
 
Works on Paper, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC
  Winter Show, Fraser Valley Artistst (FCA Chapter), Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC

2011:
 
70th Anniversary Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
  Autumn Show, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  1st Fraser Valley Biennale, Mission Arts Centre, Mission, BC
  Arts 2011, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  Hooves, Plows & Planting Fields, Langley Centennial Museum, Langley, BC
  This Earth of Ours, Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC
  artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

2010:
  Arts 2010, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

Prior:
  Arts 2009 - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  One for One: A License to Buy Art - Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC, 2008
 
Abbotsford Here and Now - Kariton Gallery, Abbotsford, BC, 2008
  White Rock Painting & Sketch Club Annual Exhibition- 1985, 1987-89
  BC Regional Arts Council Annual Exhibitions - 1983, 1985-86, 1989
  Cats, Cats, Cats - Gallery in Queens Park, New Westminster, BC, 1989
  Surrey Arts Centre - Surrey, BC, 1985
  Fort Langley Museum & Exhibition Centre - Langley, BC, 1984

Arts Festivals

 
Filberg Festival, Comox, BC, 2011-13, 2015-17
  Art in the Untamed Garden, Abbotsford, BC, 2014
 
Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC, 2014
  Art & Blooms, Comox, BC, 2012
 
Arts at Darts, South Surrey, BC, 2011, 2013-14
  Langley Art Studio Tour (co-founder), Langley, BC, 2009-14
  Arts Alive, Langley, BC, 1993, 1994, 2006-14
  Art in the Park, Maple Ridge, BC, 2007-10
  Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts, White Rock, BC, 1987-96, 2006-10
  Surrey Arts Council Art Walk - Cloverdale, BC, 2007

Group & Private Exhibitions

 
Festival Active Pass Regional Exhibition, Mayne Island, BC, 2015 & 2017
  Drawing on Life, Pop-Up Town Community Art Space, White Rock, BC - 2017
  
Fort Langley Artist's Group, Flagstop Gallery, Fort Langley, BC, 2008-2011
  "Artist's Best Friend" & "Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun", Canine Art Guild - 2007
  "Across the River", New Creations Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC - 2010
  Artist's Open House, Langley, BC, 2006-2008, 2013-14

recent awards

2017
  
Third Place, 2017 Postcard Competition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
  
Award of Excellence - Just Water, Newton Arts Centre, Surrey, BC
  
Award of Excellence - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Semiahmoo Arts, Surrey, BC

2016
  
First Place - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

 
2014
  
First Place - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The ACT, Maple Ridge, BC
  
Envision Financial Master Artist's Award - Oil & Water, South Delta Artist's Guild, Tsawwassen, BC
   Honourable Mention - Arts 2014, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  
Award of Excellence - Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Chapter), The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC

 2012
  
Second Place - Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
 
First Place - Coloured Pencil Society of Canada National Exhibition, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
 
Third Place - Arts 2012, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
 
Best of Show - Just Birds, Newton Cultural Centre, Surrey, BC

2011
  First Place - Arts 2011, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  Juror's Choice - Hooves, Plows & Planting Fields, Langley Centennial Museum, Langley, BC
  Award of Excellence - artSpacific, Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC

2010 & prior
 
Honourable Mention - Arts 2010, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
  Honourable Mention - artSpacific (2010), Firehall Arts Centre, Delta, BC
  Honourable Mention - Arts 2009, Surrey Art Gallery, BC

 

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art education

University of the Fraser Valley
Fine Arts diploma - 1981

Douglas College
Computer Graphics certificate - 1989
 

Recent Professional Workshops & Seminars

Advanced silk painting, Maiwa Textile Symposium - 2008
Master Artists Seminar with Robert Bateman - 2010

Colour Theory with Michele Whipplinger - 2012

Mixed Media with Dawn Emerson - 2014

The Creative Studio, Maiwa Textile Symposium - 2017

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publications

Beef in BC Magazine
Art Story: Deborah Strong, November/December 2015

 

CP Treasures - Volume 2

Published by Anne Kullberg, December 2013

 

Artists of British Columbia - Volume 3

Published by Leighdon Studio Gallery, December 2011

 

BC Veterinarian magazine
Cover photo & editorial feature, Summer 2010


Equestrian magazine (US Equestrian Federation)
Commissioning an Original Piece of Art of Your Horse,
May 2009

 

The Langley Times

Local artists take top spots in National Competition, July 2012
"Going Inside the Artist's Den", August 31, 2007

 

The Langley Advance
"Feline Offers Painter Endless Inspiration", February 2008

"Strong At Art", September 7, 2007
 

The Peace Arch News
"Critters on Canvas", September 2007

 

Sidelines magazine

Salute to Equestrian Artists, October 2005, 2009

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current memberships

Federation of Canadian Artists
(Associate Signature member - AFCA)
www.artists.ca

 

Fraser Valley Artists (FCA Fraser Valley Chapter)
www.fraservalleyartists.com

 

Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council

www.sgiac.org

 

Semiahmoo Arts Society
www.semiahmooarts.com

 

Arts Council of Surrey

www.artscouncilofsurrey.ca

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past memberships

 

Silk Painters International (SPIN)

www.silkpainters.org

 

The Drawing Society of Canada

www.drawingsociety.com

 

Fort Langley Artists Group
www.fortlangleyartistsgroup.com

 

Canine Art Guild

www.canineartguild.com

 

Equine Art Guild

www.equineartguild.com

 

Craft Council of British Columbia
www.craftcouncilbc.ca

 

Coloured Pencil Society of America

www.cpsa.org


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art donations

Mayne Island Conservancy - 2017

Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS)- 2008-15
Critter Care Wildlife Society - 2007, 2013-14
BC Guide Dogs - 2010
Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue - 2008
Beagle Paws Rescue - 2008
Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter - 2007
Senior Animals In Need Today Society - 2007
Cocker Spaniel Rescue Association of BC - 2006
Surrey SPCA - 2005-2009
German Shepherd Rescue Association of BC - 2005
Community Justice Initiatives - 2003, 2005, 2008-09