May 2019

Feature Artist

Frances Pelletier
Emergence - Mixed Media

Message from the President

Our annual elections led to a minor change in composition of the executive.  Thanks to those who were willing to continue on the Executive and committees and to those who are willing to step up and join the Executive or one of the committees!  I want to say a special thank you to Eveline for taking the helm of the association when we were on the brink of shutting down.  She successfully steered us away from that abyss while re-energizing the membership!

We are continuing to investigate changing the bylaws with the intent of changing how our year runs.  To ensure that everyone knows what the options and implications are, we are planning on sending out a survey for the membership to complete.  It continues to be an exciting year as we look at our upcoming guest speakers, exhibitions open to members, critique opportunities, workshop opportunities and our Edmonton Art Book, to name a few!

Our next meeting will include a critique, focusing on the use of colour.  Bring one or two paintings, either started or finished, to the meeting.  Perhaps some of these paintings may end up in the Edmonton Art book!  See you on May 13th!

Oh, and by the way, if you haven't heard, there is still an opening for a volunteer to fill the Second VP position......

Patti Sorensen - SWCA President

May Program

Program: Critique 

Karen Bishop, SWCA Signature Member

Karen will focus her critique on the use of colour, how to create harmony, as well as how to create drama and excitement using colour. If you are looking for additional comments on your work, let Karen know and she will be happy to accommodate you.

Bring in 1-2 paintings that are completed, or still in progress. Your second painting will be looked at if there is time.

People's Choice

If you are an Exhibiting, Associate or Signature member who has not won People's Choice in the past two years, you are invited to bring in one completed painting for presentation to the membership, to be voted on by all members.  Winners will have their artwork displayed on the homepage of our website for one month, and also shown in our website's Featured Artists section. 

This is a great opportunity to show your work – we all like to see what other members are doing … and you never know, you might win. There is a winner for every 3 paintings entered in People’s Choice, up to a maximum of 5 winners per event.


Karen Bishop - Watercolours and Yupo Workshop

Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Signworks Plus  / 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2019

SWCA Members: $41.00  /  Non-members: $56.00

Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

Discover how watercolour and Yupo work together to create loose and vibrant paintings.  We’ll explore reductive painting and see how pigments react to each other on this synthetic paper. We’ll let the paint do the work and drop colour into wet washes, tipping our paper to create wonderful effects that will be the basis for landscape painting.

The workshop will be spent getting used to the paper and it’s unique qualities - we’ll do a series a small paintings (6" x 6”) exploring drawing techniques, washes, layering and how to create an exciting painting from a wet in wet background.  We’ll also practice lifting paint to create wonderful lights and textures.

Karen will also talk about Yupo paper, it’s unique qualities and how to finish your work properly.

SUPPLIES:  Please bring your own supplies & Yupo paper (suggest 11x14 pad).  You can also purchase the Yupo paper required for the workshop from Karen for $5.00.


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. 


The Cafe Blackbird Show is extended for one more week to Sunday, May 5 at 4:30 pm.  Diana Templeton sold two gorgeous watercolours.

On Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m., SWCA artists will hang their paintings at 44 Capital Boulevard.  Their art will be enjoyed at this busy workplace until 5:00 pm. on Friday, July 5th.  The show quickly filled with many SWCA artists already waiting for next year's show during the same months.     

Exhibitions Chair - Sue Scott

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

There will be a book meeting this month on Friday, May17th at 1:30 pm. to discuss how the jurying process shall begin.  So far we have had approximately 18 artists sending in up to 3 painting each.  This is a great start but as the June deadline approaches, we hope many more send in a few paintings.  We hope you are enjoying this project!

Meeting being held at Signworks Plus 15607-100A Avenue.  Please RSVP to 780-489-1028, if you plan to attend.


Graduating Exhibition:

John Labots has finally completed the Art Certificate program at the U of A Faculty of Extension, and part of graduating includes a group exhibition that he would like to invite members to.  The exhibition runs from May 4 -22 in the Extension Gallery on the main floor atrium in Enterprise Square (Jasper Avenue and 104 Street – the old Hudson Bay building). The opening reception is on Thursday May 9, from 5-7 pm. 

For Sale: BEST Elegant H-Frame Easel

Oak easel with winch and pulley system, excellent to raise and lower large canvases.  Includes two stainless steel cups and storage drawer. Base 24” x 24” / Height 63” and raises to 129” / Has front-locking front black castors. $700.00 CAN. (Was $1200.00 US new) 

Contact Linda Nykolaychuk at: or call 780-721-7210

Upcoming Meetings

May 13, 2019

June 10, 2019

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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