March 2019

Feature Artist

Cynthia Clarke

Foyer, La Padrera, Gaudi Hotel, Barcelona

Message from the President

It's that time of year again where I have the wonderful pleasure of thanking quite a few volunteers.  Firstly our executive:  Brenda Heine (VP), Patti Sorensen (2nd VP), Debbie Achtymichuk (Treasurer), Bonnie Stonehouse & Vicky Van Andel (Secretaries). 

Over the past couple years, I could not have asked for a better executive and it's still going strong - we have such fun meetings and we're constantly excited about upcoming SWCA events.  And a huge thank you to our wonderful committee chairpersons:  John Labots (Website, Newsletter, People's Choice & Standards Committee), Sue Scott (Exhibitions & Kitchen Committees), Diana Templeton (Nominations), Betty Beard (Membership),  Nancy Sorensen (Workshops), Cynthia Clark (Library), Denis Bouvier (Feature Artist) and Myrna Wilkinson (Greeters).  Under these superb chairs are some special volunteers that deserve a special thank you as well  - Teresa Graham (and husband, David), Harry Abbink & Gord Scott (Exhibitions), Carol Vaage (Newsletter), Rose Litzenberger (for handling the "kitchen" all day at our "Fall for Art" Show) and Anne McCartney (Library).  As well - thanks and pats-on-the-backs to all those who constantly help with set-ups, tear-downs, kitchen duties and all those little things that make our group so special.

What is so wonderful is that all these Chairperson positions, when needed, have pulled additional volunteers to help achieve goals.  We truly are a group of Artists Helping Artists.  I know that there are now a few openings in some of the Chairpersons and Executive positions and I hope that members do come forward to fill these positions.  Any of these positions can be made as easy as you need them - just by asking for help, volunteers do come forward to ease the load.  No-one is expected to go beyond what they are comfortable with, so please consider this and consider filling one of the open positions.

The Executive members have put their heads together and have programs planned right until December!!  That being said, one position still waiting to get filled is Programs Coordinator...hint, hint... To see the listing of upcoming programs, please check the website!

On another note, at the February meeting I was quite pleased at how many individuals made it through the miserable, cold weather, and I mentioned that maybe we should think about changing the 2 month summer break (July/August) to a January/February winter break.  We do see a marked decrease in member attendance during January and February, not only due to the weather, but many take their vacations at that time as well.  What do you think?  Shall we have a discussion about this at our April meeting?  I know we'll be a bit too busy at the March meeting to discuss this, but it's now a thought for you to mull over for the next month.  Please do, your input will be valuable.

It's been a real pleasure being your President these past couple years and I want to thank all of you for putting up with me and some of my crazier ideas.  I loved it!

Eveline Garneau, President

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Society of Western Canadian Artists will be held at Laurier Heights Baptist Church, 8505 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, lower level on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm.


  • Presentation of the Annual Report for the year ending 2018
  • Election of Executive Officers
  • Recruitment of volunteers for Committee vacancies

Following is a listing of position vacancies:


President - VACANT
Vice-President - VACANT
2nd VP - Patricia Sorensen
Treasurer - Debbie Achtymichuk
Secretary - VACANT, but we have 2 individuals coming forward to share this position
Past President - Eveline Garneau

March Program

People's Choice

If you are an Exhibiting, Associate or Signature member who has not won People's Choice in the last 2 years, you are invited to bring in 1 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.

Janette Hubka

We will be welcoming Janette Hubka from the Art Gallery of Alberta's Rental Program.  Here is your chance to see if this program could be for you as she is excited to have an open Q&A session after her presentation.  Bring a non-artistic friend/guest who might be interested in renting!


Cafe Blackbird Art Show 2019 

Open to Associate and Signature Status Members 

Starts March 31 at 4 pm and goes until April 28.  Location 9640-142 Street NW, Edmonton. For more information, please contact Sue Scott.

Deadline for entries: March 24. Visit website for entry details: Exhibitions > Call for Entries

Sue Scott, Exhibiting Committee Chair


WILLIE WONG - Acrylic Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate)

Saturday, March 16, 2019 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Signworks Plus | 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


SWCA Members: $30.00 / Non-members: $45.00
Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

Renowned artist and teacher, Willie Wong will guide you in creating a small acrylic painting. A handout will be provided for your use but you can also bring your own photo.  Artists are asked to bring their own art supplies but do not go out of your way with a huge new assortment.  Primary colours are sufficient.         

For information about Willie, go to 

You can also go visit him at Kamena Gallery & Frames Ltd.  5726 - 104 Street, Edmonton.

To REGISTER for workshops:

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

Nancy Sorensen, Workshops Committee Chair

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

Our February meeting went very well in that Teresa Graham brought samples of art group books and we were able to check off the things we liked and disliked about them. A couple publishing quotes came in and more questions are still needed to be asked before committing.  Sizes were discussed. Possible places that would benefit from having our book was brainstormed and listed.  Members are encouraged to send their pictures of their paintings (up to 3) to for the jury process.   Next meeting will be happening Friday, March 15th, 1:30 p.m. at Eveline's shop - 15607-100A Ave. All are welcome.


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


Orchid Fair: Art Exhibition & Competition 2019

The Orchid Society of Alberta is once again inviting artists of all ages (youths, adults and seniors) and of all abilities (amateur and professional) to submit 2D and 3D orchid art for display and judging to our annual orchid sale and show.  The main focus of your piece must be an  orchid(s).  

This year's fair will be held at Hole's Enjoy Centre in St.Albert between Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7th. Registration forms and regulations are available at various art supply stores and art school.  You may also check for updates.  Please notify J. Auschrat at 780-484-4290 or at by Monday, April 1st, if you intend to submit an orchid art piece for show and judging.

Last year's winner of the Vivian Thierfelder Trophy was Vicky van Andel (SWCA member).  Carla Irwin received the Member's Choice Award and Leah Friesen won the Member's Choice Youth Award as well as a gift certificate from The Gilded Rabbit Art & Framing for Best Artistic Image by a Youth.

The Orchid Society of Alberta would like to thank the members of SWCA for their continued support. 

In Memoriam: 

Our sympathies go out to two families close to SWCA.

Dianna Hanna, long time SWCA member, lost her husband of more than 50 years on December 18, 2018

Phil Alain of Night of Artists (NOA) and Mural Mosaics, lost his lovely wife, Amy, to lung cancer on February 22, 2019.

For Sale:

Al Oleschuk is clearing out some of his treasures.  He will have his vast collection of antique and modern postcards for sale at April's gathering. 

Upcoming Meetings

March 11, 2019  / Annual General Meeting

April 8, 2019

May 13, 2019

June 10, 2019

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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