May 2020

Message from the President

How are you doing?

Personally, I have really enjoyed this past month. My work has gone from 5-10 deadlines a day down to maybe one-a-day. I have set weekly cleaning goals, and each have made me really happy when they are completed. I do a happy dance each time...because I actually have room to do a happy dance now! Working in my Mom's yard/greenhouse has brought a sense of accomplishment to me. Working on the SWCA Edmonton book has brought excitement to me. Knowing that my family is all healthy and well, has brought peace to me. These are all good things. Can't ask for more and I hope your lives are filled with good things too.

Sadly, we need to still wait for a bit before our monthly meetings can commence again, but it sounds like it might be sooner than we think! Just last week, I had to do some work at the Misericordia Hospital (creating a Tree of Gratitude in one of their hallways) and talking to Brenda Shim (in the Volunteer Office), she was saying that they had no Covid-19 cases in that hospital at the moment. That is good news!  

On Facebook, I have started following a couple art groups. One being the Realistic Watercolours group, the other a Plein Air group and they have members from all over the world featuring their work. Every day I take 10 minutes to just drool over some of the work posted. Artists all over the world have come forward, sharing their work, entertaining everyone. Another artist I follow is SWCA member Laurel Hawkwell. She has become famous!!! Many of you saw her work featured on the news as she had made a wonderful caricature of Dr. Hinshaw and it went viral! Congratulations Laurel!

One thing that I hope goes viral soon is the SWCA book! See below for the updates.

So, take care, stay healthy and safe and dive into some creativity this month!

Eveline Garneau - SWCA President

May Program

Programs have been postponed.

SWCA Exhibitions 2019 - 2020

Exhibitions have been postponed. Be sure to check out the online exhibition on our website.  At the moment we are featuring the work that was to be exhibited at Cafe Blackbird. The work to be exhibited at the Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre will be posted later this month.  Following that, we will be sending out a call for entries for a June exhibition.

Edmonton Book Committee News

In mid-April, the book committee took part in a meeting held outside on the cement walkway of the Telus World of Science Centre. We all brought our own chairs, sat more than 6' apart, had masks, rubber gloves and alcohol spray and we did the final proof reading of the book. This seemed to work just fine as a police cruiser drove right past and smiled at us. For most of the committee members, this was the first time that they have seen how much work Carol Pylypow has put in doing the final book layout and everyone thought it looked amazing and the stories inside were such fun to read. Congratulations to Deb Achtymichuk for being the winner for the front cover. Here is the finished cover with the winning title and a few of the inside pages. Thank you to all the members who sent in their votes.

All the final tweaking is getting done now and the book is almost ready to go to print. The printer has advised us that we should do a 4-book order first and then upon final approval of the printed book, to go ahead and do a big order.  

It's not too late to send in your pre-order! No payment needed yet; we just need to know how big the first run should be.

Book specs: 8.5" x 11" horizontal format, full colour, 126 pages, 133 images/artist blurbs with many "Did you know?" points of interest about Edmonton. It is both a beautiful and educational book that Edmontonians will love and tourists will enjoy as a great memory of their visit here.

SWCA Member's pricing - $25 per book. Retail price will be $39.95.

John Labots is working hard on getting the website online pre-ordering set up in the next week or so. Until the website ordering is up and running, you can pre-order by emailing with the quantity of books you would like. 

Payment will be due when you pick up. Books will be available by the end of May or early June. Watch for the next email blast for more info.

Upcoming Meetings

Suspended until further notice.