September 2019

Feature Artist

Deb Achtymichuk

The Rainbow Connection (from photo by MaryBeth Doiron) / Watercolour

Message from the President

Welcome back!  We are getting geared up for another year of fellowship, programs, critiques, workshops ...

We had around a dozen people come out for our plein aire evening in July.  Luckily, it seemed to be one of the few evenings in July that didn't rain!  We also had around a dozen people come to the Art Gallery Walk.  (Unfortunately, we had to move the walk to a Saturday afternoon as the galleries aren't open in the evening.) I enjoyed finally going to the galleries (I've been procrastinating for a long time) and being able to discuss paintings with fellow artists. 

We will be diving into the new year with our September meeting.  We need to:

  • bring paintings for “People's Choice”
  • renew our memberships
  • return library books/DVDs borrowed for the summer
  • bring a friend or acquaintance who may be interested in joining SWCA (and possibly win a door prize!)
  • complete the membership survey (online or in person), and 
  • bring money for our sundae fundraiser!

In addition to our feature artist, we have a guest speaker coming.  Chris Carson, who is the Executive Director of CARFAC, will be discussing how to become more professional in our art practice.  All in all, it should be a fun and informative meeting.  I look forward to seeing everyone again.  


P.S.  Oh, and by the way, if you haven't heard, there are still several volunteers needed for a few positions: Second vice-president, Program Chair and starting September - Workshop Chair.  We want to thank Nancy Sorensen for doing such a wonderful job this past year, organizing several workshops that were very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Patti Sorensen - SWCA President

September Program

Program: Chris Carson - Executive Director of CARFAC 

Chris Carson, who is the Executive Director of CARFAC, will be presenting his talk and PowerPoint presentation on ideas of how to become more professional in our art practise. Chris will be talking about developing Artist Statements, giving us info on marketing artwork and also enlighten us on available artist grants. He has invited his mail-out list of members as well, so we will have several new faces at our meeting.  Please come out to enjoy!.

People's Choice

As we did not have many entries at our last People's Choice Awards - we are having another at our September meeting.  If you have not been a winner in the past two years,bring in a painting!  Winners will have their work highlighted on SWCA's website!  Please bring in one of your Edmonton paintings for this (see Book Committee below)!


Due to a very busy personal schedule, Nancy has decided to take a break from being our Workshop Chair.  Anyone interested in taking over this position should talk to Patti.  Nancy had sent out a questionnaire survey last spring and it came back full of ideas for the individual assuming this role.  And as with most our positions, this one can be shared by more than one person!  There are wonderful perks for this role!

Jury for Status

Watch for more information on Jury for Status coming this fall.  If you are a new member and not familiar with Jury for Status, read up on Member Status Levels in your member binder or visit the website, log in and go to : Members Only > Documents > Membership Documents > Member Status Levels (Rev2016).  An advance application of interest to apply will be available sometime in September to assess interest and scope of this event.

Jury Workshop:

A Jury Workshop is planned for this fall. Details are still being worked out. This workshop is a requirement for new Associate members who have attained this level recently and who have not taken it before. The workshop will also be open for Associate and Signature members who wish to take it again as a refresher course.  Watch for more details in October.

Membership Renewal Month

If you had not done so already online, please plan on renewing your membership during the September Gathering.  If you want to pay in person, Betty will be ready to take your cheques/cash . Renewals can also be made online, through the SWCA website ( If you are currently a SWCA member and wish to renew, log into your member profile. Click on (View profile) located in the top right corner of the website header, select Membership in the page's submenu, and click on the Renew button. Follow the steps as prompted.

September is BRING-A-BUDDY Month!

Bring a (non-member) friend to September's meeting and both your names will be entered to win a door prize!  The more friends you bring, the more chances you have to win!

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

We have had a good splurge of submissions this past week!  We now have close to 90 paintings. But we need more!  Please remember that it has to depict Edmonton in all areas, not just buildings.  Include your grandson's hockey game, your favorite city sculpture, your favorite city attraction. etc.  You are able to submit up to 5 images, of which maximum 3 will be chosen.  Submit a high resolution photo of your work to with a blurb including name of piece, artist's name, medium, size, and how this piece means Edmonton to you.  Tentative deadline is Monday, September 9th.  

Don't let this amazing opportunity to have your work showcased in a book (that will be sold throughout the city and potentially given as gifts to dignitaries/guests visiting Edmonton) go by the wayside!  It's one of the few times where we hear "do it for the exposure/publicity" and not have it cost us anything! Plus, you can bring your  paintings on the 9th to enter them in the People's Choice award (if you haven't won in the last 2 years).

Membership Survey 2019:

Last week a survey was sent out to all our members regarding a few questions that will help plan the following SWCA season.  Please take the time to fill it out and either email it back in or bring it to the meeting.  Everyone's input in valuable.  Thank you!


Kitchen Fundraiser:

To help pay for our Christmas Gathering, we are hosting a "Make-Your-Own Sundae" event.  For only $5.00, you will be able to make a huge sundae and have a coffee as well.  Available both before the meeting starts and at coffee break.

Upcoming Meetings

 MondaySeptember 9, 2019

Due to Thanksgiving weekend, our next meeting will be held Monday, October 21st.

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

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