January 2019

Message from the President


I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, enjoyed with your loved ones!  Our Christmas gathering was the perfect kick-off with delicious nibbles, a fun ice breaker game and a wonderful art show of miniature work.  And now we begin a new exciting year.

Over the holidays, I had a bit of time to look though Facebook and I am amazed at how many postings there are of some amazing artistic talents.  And they were using all kinds of wild mediums!!!  One artist I viewed made incredible portraits using only Rubik's Cubes - hundreds of them in each portrait and each top face set to help bring out a very stylized image - it blew me away!  One artist used shadows of everyday things to create mini "temporary" art pieces.  To see art in shadows would be so much fun!  One artist only expertly used cans of spray paints and another artist used glue only on certain areas of the canvas and laying down different colours of a metallic powdery product to the point where the whole canvas was covered, he then lifted the canvas up to allow all the non glued areas to fall off and we were left viewing an incredible image. 

Being inspired by this,  please remember that the images we are creating for our Edmonton book can be of any medium.  Let's show the world how creative our wonderful group can be!  I know my Thursday Night Art group members who are also SWCA members have been busy with their captures of Edmonton and I am excited to see what comes forth.  Watch for more details on the jury process coming soon. And consider bringing some of your Edmonton artwork for the critique in February so we can see what you all have been creating.

This is going to be an exciting year and I am so glad that we have such an achievable, fun goal to take up part of this year. It's a perfect New Year's resolution that we can all keep!  See you January 14th!

Eveline Garneau, President

January Program


Kim Fjordbotten, owner of The Paint Spot will give demos on some of their new products, including a finishing waxing technique for watercolour paintings. No more glass needed!  Please bring your wallets as products can be purchased.


Misericordia Hospital Show

The SWCA Misericordia Hospital Show is showing many SWCA artists’ art until February 2, 2019. In the first month, 5 artists proudly sold 6 pieces of art. The hospital staff and visitors enjoy the variety, colour, and quality of art being shown. take a moment to check out our show in the two hallways on the main floor.

Call for Entries: "Here Comes the Sun"     

The Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre Show will be starting on February 2, 2019, the same day that the Misericordia Show comes down.

Deadline for entries:  Friday, January 25, 2019 / 6:00 p.m.  Additional information is on the SWCA website. Members Only > Exhibitions > Call for Entries.

Sue Scott, Exhibiting Committee Chair


RAYMA PETERSON – Ecological Watercolours

Sunday, February 9, 2019 / 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Signworks Plus  | 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


SWCA Members: $55.00  /  Non-members: $70.00
Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

The workshop will focus on ecological watercolours. The subject matter should be a close up of one or just a few flowers/plants in a natural setting.

  • Artists should work with a small format, 9 x 12" as the maximum.
  • Artists should bring their own photos to work from but photos can be supplied if students desire. Please request with application.
  • A drawing of the composition should be completed before class so time can be spent on the painting.
  • Colour samples will be created to work from. Painting includes wet into wet, wet onto dry, glazing, drybrush, stippling and hatching to create a habitat painting.                   

For information about Rayma, visit https://raymapetersonart.weebly.com/about.html

To REGISTER for this workshop:

Email Nancy Sorensen (click here) with your contact information. Please include the name of this workshop in your email.

Upon confirmation of your acceptance:

Mail your cheque to Society of Western Canadian Artists, Attention: Workshops Committee, c/o 15607 - 100A Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB  T5P 0L5

OR cheques/cash can be brought to a SWCA monthly meetings prior to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Society of Western Canadian Artists. For more information visit the Workshop page of the website.

Nancy Sorensen, Workshops Committee Chair

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

Anyone wishing to be on the Book committee is invited to the committee's first meeting Tuesday, January 15 at 1:00 pm at Signworks Plus. 15607-100A Ave.  Many committee members semi-retired and  have expressed interest in a daytime meeting so they can drive during daylight hours.  Free parking is available in the lot next to the building – ignore the signs.  Please RSVP to 780-489-1028 so Eveline will know how many chairs and cups of coffee to have ready

instagramyeg Partnership

Photo credit: Instagramyeg | ladymonstercolleen 

We now have a partnership in place with instagramyeg as a source for reference photographs of Edmonton. Instagramyeg photographers will submit photos that we can access and use freely for the project. Completed paintings will be the sole property of the artist, and the only requirement will be to include a credit to the photographer with the title of the artwork.

Access images on social media with the hashtag:  #yeg_swca

Or through the website: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/yeg_swca/

If you would like to leave a comment for the artist, or informe other artists you are using the image for your painting, you will have to have an Instagram account.

Submissions to the site by instagram photographers will end on February 28, 2019, so be sure to check out the site regularly for new images.

Now open to all SWCA members

ALL levels of SWCA artists can submit images: General, Exhibiting, Associate and Signature.


1. Painting must convey a clear sense or aspect of “Edmonton”. Subject material can feature iconic Edmonton buildings and skylines, the annual festivals, the special attraction venues (the Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton, The Muttart, etc.) or even Edmonton's own backyards. Iconic areas in the immediate area around Edmonton can be included. We want this book to also show Edmonton in all it's seasons. Even paintings that show some of Edmonton's history will be accepted. 

2. Paintings do not have to be current work, so look through your past works/sold works and if any apply to Edmonton, they can be submitted. Ownership of sold paintings will be noted.

3. Artwork can be any artistic medium, painting or sculpture.  Do not place glass over finished art so it can be photographed properly.

4. Artwork can be any size.

5. A maximum of 3 images per artist can be submitted.  Further submissions may be considered depending on the response from members.


The submission and jury process is still being worked on. A first round of jurying is likely to be held in February or March 2019. Watch for details soon

Submissions for a book title will also be accepted. Watch for details on how to submit.


Jury for Status

If you are interested in applying for a change of status, the next Jury for Status are planned for the Spring of 2019 for General to Exhibiting Status, and in the Fall of 2019 for all levels (Exhibiting, Associate and Signature).  

The Standards Committee would like to have some indication of the number of members who would like to apply in the Spring of 2019 for Exhibiting Status. You can complete an ADVANCE APPLICATION to indicate your intention to apply for the Spring 2019 event. Simply login in and go to Members Only > Application for Status Change > Advance Application to Jury for Status Event. Deadline for advance application is March 31, 2019.  The process for General to Exhibiting will be ONLINE only and will require high resolution quality images to be submitted at the time of application.

John Labots, Standards Committee Chair

Member Notices

BEYOND Face Painting

BEYOND Face Painting has been part of the Edmonton community since 2005 and takes great pride in being the preferred company for many Edmonton institutions.  Artists with bright, creative minds have provided the building blocks for our   business, and we have an opening for one such artist beginning immediately - specifically in the AIRBRUSH TATTOOS section of our business.

Please contact Marilyn or Eveline to explore this opportunity if you:

  • enjoy working with children
  • can be available for weekend events
  • are willing to learn a new skill using the artistic talent you already possess
  • like painting with mature professionals
  • have organizational skills that enable you to be reliable
  • want to be paid for doing something you love


Email: marilyn@beyondfacepainting.com 

Phone: 780.431.2484 

Eveline's Phone: 780.489.1028

Upcoming Meetings

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 11, 2019  / Annual General Meeting

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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