March 2020

Feature Artist

Harvinder Lallh

Blind Society / Oil on Canvas


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 am SOOOO excited!  We have had so many wonderful paintings submitted to go into the SWCA Edmonton book and it’s all coming together nicely.  Please check out the BOOK COMMITTEE News below and you will get just as excited as I am!

And now I must mention again that our AGM is happening at the March meeting.  We are in good condition in that we have people deciding to stay on in certain roles and new individuals who have put their name forward for a couple positions. The only position we still need to fill is the Secretary position. Please, please, please contact me if this position might interest you and I can explain what it entails. Being on the Executive is more fun than work – really!!  And it sure looks good on your artist’s CV. Call me days at 780-489-1028.

That is the main goal for our AGM.  But we also want to fill up a few positions in the main committees. Sue Scott, with the help of Teresa Graham and Harry Abbink have pulled together some wonderful Exhibitions (shows/sales) over the past few years.  Sue’s health is not as she wants it and is looking for an “apprentice” to work with her and eventually take on a few of her duties. If this someone has fair to good computer skills that would be a huge asset. Please consider volunteering for this position.

It would be nice to have a Workshop Chairman but this part of our group is able to be shared. So we are looking for individuals who would like to organize one workshop each.  Pick your favorite medium and a favorite artist and let’s pull together some fun workshops! 2 to 3 workshops/year would be perfect. I am able to help with planning these mini adventures so do not hesitate to ask.

The other positions that need filling are: Programs Chair, Featured Artist Chair, and this is new – we would like someone to handle the People’s Choice competitions, this means, handing out the voting beads, putting out the voting cups, counting the beads and supplying the winners with the directions on getting their paintings in for their place on the SWCA website.  Ideally, we would only have about 3 competitions per year, so this is an easy volunteer commitment!

And let’s continue sharing our motto of Artists Helping Artists by putting out the following posters in your nearby grocery stores, favorite hang-outs, apartment lobbies, etc. More members mean less work for all. Spread the word!  

Posters: SWCA poster.pdf  SWCA poster.jpg

Take care and I look forward to seeing you at the March meeting!

Eveline Garneau - Past-President

Election of Executive

These are the names that have come forward to be elected for the following positions so far. Potencial names can still come from the floor when asked at the meeting or can be called in at 780-489-1028.

President - Eveline Garneau

Vice President - Harry Abbink

2nd Vice President - Donna Chamberland

Treasurer - Deb Achtymichuk

Secretary - VACANT

Should another name come forward for the President's position, then Eveline would be happy to remain in the Past-President's position.

March Program

The Gilded Rabbit Showcase: Marian

Marian from The Gilded Rabbit will be showing what's new in the world of art supplies and the world of framing.  Bring a bit of change with you, should you like what you see, as she is willing to sell the products that she is bringing!

Upcoming Programs

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

9640-142 St., Edmonton
Set up - Sunday, March 29 at 4:15 pm
Take down - Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 - 4:10 pm
3 pieces per artist, up to a total of 24 medium pieces  - 20% commission 
Deadline for entries: Tues. Mar. 29 at 6:00 pm

Allen Gray Continuing Care Center Show 

5005-28 Ave. Edmonton
Set up - Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am
Take down - June 6 from 9:00 - 10:00 am
Deadline for submitting 3 pieces per artist:  Fri. Mar. 27 at 8 pm
Art totals: 20 medium or less if larger art   30% commission

Edmonton Book Committee News

The February 29 deadline has come and we have over 160 paintings submitted!!!  WOW!!  Now Carol Pylypow is busy at work putting each image and title onto its own page. This is what the judges are going to see.  We have chosen gallery owners, a city councillor, an MLA and an art store owner to be our judges. Each will receive a "Book" containing all the images in a binder with a YES and NO section in it.  All the paintings they feel that should go into the book, they will put into the YES section and the others will go into the NO section. When the book committee gets all the binders back (by the end of March) it will be a majority rules decision on each painting. We feel this is a very fair and unbiased method of judging and we hope all the members who have submitted paintings are fine with this process.  

The Book Title: As mentioned in previous newsletters, we are open to name suggestions from the membership. The Book Committee is putting forward "EDMONTON - Through the Eyes of its Artists".  Other name suggestions are welcome and at the April Meeting we will have a "People's Choice" vote for the favorite. Please send in your suggestions to

How many books shall we have made? We discussed at the last Book Committee meeting that we should ask the membership if they would like to be able to "pre-order" their books and this will give us an idea as to how many we should order from the printer this first round. The price is not exactly set as it will depend on how many we order but we feel that the price to the members will be approx. $20 each. Please consider "Pre-ordering" by emailing and giving a quantity you wish to buy, your name and phone number. These are going to be perfect gifts to your whole family!!

Once Carol has the complete listing of paintings received, we will send it out to the membership. If you've sent images in, please make sure your work is on that list. If you do not see it, please contact Carol through immediately.  

Next book committee meeting will be Friday, March 27 at 1:30pm at Signworks Plus, 15607-100A Avenue. Call 780-489-1028 to RSVP.  

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  Newsletters usually go out within the first week of each month.

U of A Hospital needs artwork! 

The University of Alberta Hospital Brain Centre is looking for artwork for their hallways and waiting rooms.  Please check out this link if you are interested:  

Artists: Submit your work for an International Art Exhibition!  

From Rick Rogers:

I am hoping that SWCA members will check this link and possibly share it onto their facebook pages:  

The open annual exhibition of the International Society of Experimental Artists is going to be in Canada for the first time this year, and my partner Mo and I are Co-chairs of the local organizing committee. John Labots is also a member of the committee.

We're hoping that ISEA's first Canadian exhibit will include a strong Canadian contingent, but that will not happen unless artists here know about it! So we're trying to get the word out through all of the Canadian art societies we can find.

Submission Opportunity

How do you investigate the Alberta wilderness in your work?  Are you concerned about the loss of habitat and fauna and increasing threats to the environment?  Do you spend a lot of time in the outdoors?

How do any of these questions affect your practice and how do you address them?

Have you developed a specific body of work or is this an overarching concern?

Artists use a variety of different approaches to engage in social issues and the Alberta Wilderness Association is interested in publishing an article to highlight our different concerns and appreciation for nature and the environment.

If you would like to be considered for the article please send:

a short description (approx. 250 words), outlining how you are addressing any of these issues.

2 images of your work to be considered for publication ( Minimum of 300 dpi, Jpeg files no bigger than 1mb each)

There is no fee or payment. However you will have the opportunity to voice your concerns and your work may be featured in the beautiful Wildlands Advocate publication, available in hardcopy and online.

Email submissions or questions to:

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 If you have any questions contact Norma Callicott at 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 for updates.  Please notify J. Auschrat at 780-484-4290 or at 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!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, March 9

Monday, April 20

Monday, May 11

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