February 2020

Feature Artist

Joyce McCoy

Oleander / 14 "x 20" / Watercolour


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Society of Western Canadian Artists will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Laurier Heights Baptist Church, 8505 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, lower level.


  • Presentation of the Annual Report for the year ending 2019
  • Election of Executive Officers
  • Recruitment of volunteers for Committee vacancies


Notice is hereby given to all members of the Society of Western Canadian Artists that at the Annual General Meeting to be held on March 9, 2020, at 7:00 pm, a Special Resolution will be presented to revise Bylaw 6.4.

Motion: Be it moved that the term of Presidency be changed from a maximum of two (2) years to a maximum of five (5) years. 

The revised Bylaw would read:

6.4 No member shall hold the office of President for longer than five (5) consecutive years.

Background: The change is being recommended due to limited interest by members in filling the President position. It would allow members who wish to serve as President to do so for a longer period of time. A recent survey taken indicated that a majority of members were in favour of this change.

In order for a Special Resolution to be passed, 75% of members in attendance must be in favour of the motion.

Message from the Past-President

I want to thank Randy Hayashi for braving the cold to come and give such a wonderful demo at our January meeting. His process of working first with determining his values with a grey scale and then adding colours overtop was very interesting and he had our group "oohing" over this process. Brrrr, it was cold, wasn't it? But we had a fairly good turn-out anyways and it made for a fun evening!

We are a special group. Artists helping artists in so many ways. Ongoing monthly programs, planned workshops, exhibitions, library treasures, and, of course, the tasty treats coming from the kitchen crew are just a few of the membership benefits.  Wonderful members of SWCA, we are a volunteer run organization and most of you have voluntarily helped in so many ways each meeting, every special occasion, etc. but we are in trouble. Our society cannot continue unless we have a full executive.  Our next AGM (March) will need to see us fill the empty spots.  I want to thank Donna Chamberlain for putting her name forward for the 2nd VP position and Deb Achtymichuk for agreeing to stay on as our Treasurer! Yay! That leaves just the President, Vice-President position and the Secretary position to fill. 

As you know, I am willing to put my name forward for the President's position again, and as you read earlier in this newsletter, this position may now be lengthened to a maximum of five years. This is something I am willing to commit too, if you'll have me. So, the Vice-President position is not so scary now!  Please consider taking on one of these positions. If you have questions about any position, please call me at 780-489-1028 (days).

Another way to get "fresh blood" is for SWCA to advertise a bit more. We have started sending in meeting announcements to "Coffee News' What Happening" which is distributed throughout Edmonton. We plan on sending out Facebook meeting announcements, so if you get those, please share them with your Facebook friends. Attached to the end of this message is a poster. Please consider printing several out and placing them in your church, your grocery store, your apartment lobby, etc. If you have no printer - we'll have posters available at the meeting. And let's make February's meeting a BRING-A-BUDDY event!  Bring a friend and you and your friend could win a fun door-prize! Remember - the more members we have, the more the duties can be spread out so that everyone is enjoying their part within SWCA.

Posters: SWCA poster.pdf  SWCA poster.jpg

Looking forward to seeing you at February's gathering!

Eveline Garneau - Past-President

February Program

Critique with John Labots 

John has recently joined the ranks of Signature status in SWCA and is also the Chair of the Standards Committee. He is a graphic designer by trade, and this influences his decisions in his paintings. Composition will be the initial focus of the critique, but additional areas can be explored. Bring in 1-2 paintings that are completed, or still in progress. Your second painting will be looked at if there is time.

Upcoming Programs

March - The Gilded Rabbit will be showing what's new in the world of Art Supplies

April - Jean Peter's mini 1-hour workshop - Painting the Perfect Pine Tree 

May - Critique

June - Pushing Boundaries 2020 – Where art and innovation meet

Members can send in suggestions for possible programs.  If you know of an interesting topic we should hear about, or a talented artist we could learn from - please send it in!

SWCA Exhibitions 2019 - 2020

The Cafe Blackbird Show

Set up - Sunday, March 29 at 4:15 pm

Take down - Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 - 4:10 pm

5005-28 Ave. Edmonton  

Allen Gray Continuing Care Center Show 

Set up - Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am

Take down - June 6 from 9:00 - 10:00 am

Edmonton Book Committee News

Carol Pylypow  has been very hard at work putting together the listings of what we have received so far. Attached to this newsletter is a listing of those pieces and here is what Carol has to say: "Any that didn’t have titles I used my descriptions of what was in the art. SO please tell the artists to verify that their name and the title of the artwork is correct for publication. Remind them that the title is important as that is all that will be included with the photo of the artwork for the judges to see".

At the January meeting we showed the group several proposed page layouts and the crowd that was there was very impressed. This is getting exciting!! With the deadline coming fast, we need to mention that we almost have too many river valley scenes. What the book committee feels we do need is artwork of is the:

  • Folk Festival
  • Whyte Avenue Art Walk
  • Ice Castle
  • Funicular
  • Heritage Festival
  • Government House
  • St. Joseph Basilica
  • Flatiron Building (Triangle Building)
  • Borden Park Building & sculptures
  • Telus Balls on Whitemud Freeway
  • Armory
  • West Edmonton Mall Inside attractions
  • Whyte Avenue iconic buildings - Princess Theatre, Train Station, Strathcona Hotel, etc.
  • Cultural Roadway Arches
  • Valley Zoo, John Janzen Nature Centre, Fort Edmonton log buildings
  • University of Alberta
  • Jubilee Auditorium
  • Edmonton Hospitals
  • Close-up of Macdonald Hotel - just to name a few.

To the members who have put in artwork of the river valley that does not show the city in any way, please consider doing another piece that has one of the above subjects.  It will make for a much more interesting book overall. To make sure not everyone does the same building from this list, please let us know which one you are doing, and we'll keep a list to let other members know.

Remember - if there is only one painting of a certain building, it will almost definitely make it into the book. Everyone who sent in paintings of the river valley will have some stiff competition!

Please remember it can be of any medium and of any style.

Deadline is February 29, 2020. Send submissions to swcabook@gmail.com.

Next book committee meeting will be Friday, February 21 at Signworks Plus 15607-100A Avenue. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to 780-489-1028.

Click here for a list of paintings received so far. 

If you don’t see your work listed, please contact Carol P. at swcabook@gmail.com.

Member Announcements

This will be the section where members can announce their upcoming shows or any other artistic points of interest to the rest of the membership.  Please have submissions in before the last week of each month to signworksplus86@gmail.com.  Newsletters usually go out within the first week of each month.

The Art Society of Strathcona County  

The Art Society of Strathcona County has opened registration for its 5th Annual Hidden Treasures Art Studio Tour. This event, taking place on June 20 - 21, 2020, is a self-guided tour of Strathcona County artists' home studios which is free to the public. It has a loyal following, a proven track record and last year attracted huge crowds of art lovers from across the Capital Edmonton region! If you are an artist interested in participating in this event, please read the detailed information sheet on the Studio Tour Registration Page at www.artstrathcona.com/studio-tour. If you have any questions contact Norma Callicott at normacallicott59@gmail.com. Registration closes on February 29, 2020.

Orchid Fair: Art Exhibition and Competition 2020

The Orchid Society of Alberta is once again inviting artist of all ages (youths, adults and seniors), of all abilities (amateur and professional) to submit 2D and 3D orchid art for display and judging, to our annual orchid show and sale.  The main focus of your piece must be an orchid(s).  The Orchid Fair 2020 will be held at the Holes Enjoy Centre in St. Albert, between Friday, March 27 and Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Registration forms and regulations will be made available early in the new year at various art supply stores and art schools.

You may also check www.orchidsalberta.com for updates.  Please notify J. Auschrat at 780-484-4290 or at cakesliver@shaw.ca by Monday, March 23, 2020 if you intend to submit an orchid art piece for show and judging.

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


The Loft Gallery and Gift Shop of the Art Society of Strathcona reopens February 1 on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Ottewell Centre. 590 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park. New beautiful artist-made gifts and artwork from member artists! www.artstrathcona.com or artsoc@telus.net.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, February 10

Monday, March 9

Monday, April 20

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