April 2020

Feature Artist

Myrna Wilkinson

Lucy Goes for a Stroll 
Watercolour 12" x 16"

Message from the President

Well, who saw this coming? I know you all have been watching the news and making life adjustments. It also means that SWCA has to adjust. Earlier in March, the church that we host our meetings in, had asked us to cancel all meetings until further notice. At the time, I thought, "Well, our meeting is not until April 20th so that's lots of time for this to be over." Oops, was I ever wrong. So, like everyone else, we will just have to wait and see when Edmonton decides that it's safe for gathering again.

I hope you are enjoying your time at home, starting new projects, trying new cooking skills, doing some spring cleaning? Our garbage dumps are going to grow several meters with all the spring cleaning that is happening!  Myself, I have tackled my father's greenhouse.Sadly, my father passed away last December, and my mom had warned me that he never liked to throw anything away. Now, 7 garbage bags later, I am finally able to start the spring seeding. Thank goodness the garbage collectors are still able to work! I love being in my dad's greenhouse and I think he's smiling down on me as I am happily planting away.

Parts of SWCA are still going strong as you'll see under the Book Committee heading. Other areas have stopped. No workshops, no library (please keep and enjoy your books for another month, and of course, no overdue fees will be applied) and the exhibition shows for Allen Gray and Blackbird Cafe have been postponed to a later date, still to be determined.

I hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe and here's wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Eveline Garneau - President

April Program

"Painting the Perfect Pine Tree" with Jean Peters has been postponed to one of our fall meetings. We'll let you know as soon as we know ourselves.

SWCA Exhibitions 2019 - 2020

Exhibitions have been postponed.

Edmonton Book Committee News

This committee has been going full blast. We had a total of 190 entries - great job SWCA!!  We had 7 jurors: art gallery owners, a representative of the Art Gallery of Alberta, a city Councillor and an art store owner. Each got a binder of all the entries and they were encouraged to pick all the paintings they wanted for the book. All the ones not picked were put in a "No" section of the binder.

By now, everyone who has had work successfully juried into the book has been notified. A complete listing of paintings accepted is in a pdf can be found here: Edmonton Book FInal Selection.pdf All entries that had 4 or more votes were automatically accepted.104 entries had 4 or more votes. Entries that had 3 votes are also going in the book but will be smaller in size - we had 30 entries in this group. As we want to keep within the book printing budget as discussed at March's meeting, on some of the pages, we will be combining 2 paintings together (one large and one small), especially if the themes are related. Even doing this, it looks like our book will be around 128 pages. It's going to be incredible!!

Carol P. has started to do the page layouts and other book committee members are busy with editing and finding Edmonton "Did you know..." facts. Here's one fact: SWCA member, Diana Templeton's great-great-grandfather named Edmonton!

Front Cover Title and Image

We need your help. We need to choose a cover picture and name for our book. 

Three Entries were received for possible book titles:
1. EDMONTON – Through the Eyes of Its Artists
2. EDMONTON – A Journey Through Art
3. DISCOVERING EDMONTON Through the Eyes of Local Artists

We are also holding an online People's Choice competition for members to vote on a front cover image. Frust, we asked the jurors to pick their favourite painting overall. It was amazing that each had picked a different painting. Below are the 7 choices that members can vote on.

Click on the image below to see larger versions of the artwork.

Voting process: Must be a active paid SWCA member to vote. All status levels are eligible to vote. One vote per member. Choose the number of your favourite title and the letter of your favourite image, and send in one email to swcabook@gmail.com. Votes HAVE to be in by April 10th.

And don't forget, also think about pre-ordering books for yourself and your family, and we'll make sure our first run will be enough to answer the demand.

Membership Announcements

1. The Orchid Society has postponed their show until a later date - so save those orchid art pieces and we'll let you know as soon as it's been rescheduled.

2. Our kitchen queen, Anita, has sent in this link and has invited all to take a look and possibly have fun with it. https://workshop.art2life.com/kitchen-table-art-project-2020/ 

Upcoming Meetings

Suspended until further notice.