June 2020

Message from the President

So normal SWCA life is still upside down in so many ways, but things are slowly (and carefully) starting to move forward again. So much so that we have an upcoming exhibition happening in June!  See details below. John Labots has done a fabulous job putting together a "Going Viral" Exhibition featuring several of our members. It can be seen now on our website – swcartists.ca. See the call for entry information below for more upcoming online exhibitions.

It's nice to start breathing a bit easier again, even if it's still behind a mask. Don't get me wrong, we are still abiding by the church's request and our normal June meeting is cancelled but we have a new plan...read below!! I AM SOOO EXCITED!!!

Summer plans. Would you like to have a couple gatherings over the 2 summer months? In the past we have done plein air outings and gallery walks. Do you have an idea that we can do with safe distancing and preferably outdoors? Let me know and we'll get it planned! I think so many more activities are going to happen outdoors this summer. Better stock up on sunscreen!

So take care, stay healthy and safe and hope to see you June 15.

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President

June Program

Edmonton Book Launch and Plein Air Sketching

Mark your calendars!  Monday, June 15 at 7 pm at Laurier Park we are having our official Edmonton - Through the Eyes of its Artists book launch. We will be situated near at or around Site 8 in the park.

To make this a safe event for all, PLEASE bring your own chair, mask, drinks and munchies, sketch pad, and pencils. We will insist on people sitting 6 feet apart from each other.

When you get there...

1. Individuals who have pre-ordered and paid for their books, will have theirs already sorted and bagged. Just bring a copy of your invoice (on your phone or paper copy) to claim them.

2. Individuals who have pre-ordered but NOT paid for their books, will have theirs already sorted and bagged. Please bring your order form, a cheque or exact cash to pay for them.

3. Individuals who would like to buy a book(s), please bring exact change ($25/book) or cheque. We are not able to take credit or debit cards.

When the book committee got together for the last time to do the final proofreading, it was so nice just sitting in the sun going through the book together (of course 6' apart).  So don't worry if you decide to not do any sketching – the book will certainly entertain you for the evening!

SWCA Exhibitions 

Call for Entries – 44 Capital Boulevard Exhibition

Location: 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street NW, Edmonton

Show Dates: June 13, 2020 – August 14, 2020

Deadline for Entries: June 10, 6:00 pm

SWCA Exhibiting, Associate, Signature members are invited to submit 3 paintings for this show. The gallery can accommodate about 20 paintings in total: 14 mid-sized paintings; 3 small, and 3 large. Submissions will be accepted first come, first served.

There is no sales commission fee.

Artists are expected to assist with hanging at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 and take down on Friday, Aug 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Due to Covid-19 physical distancing rules will be as follows:  Artists will be greeted at the door and allowed access 1 or 2 at a time. Face masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is recommended. Please keep at least 6 feet away from your fellow artists.

Submission Requirements:

All artwork submitted must meet SWCA Exhibition Standards (Click here). Artwork must be appropriate for business and family viewing. Artwork must not contain any religious, vulgar or nude content.

Please send your entry information to the dedicated email for this show:


The following information must be in your email:

Artist's name

Any questions about this show can be sent to: swcacapital44@gmail.com

'Going Viral' Galleries Call for Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the online "Going Viral" exhibition that will be posted this summer over three consecutive galleries. Each monthly gallery is limited to approximately 15 pieces each. Inclusion in the gallery will be on a first come – first served basis.

DEADLINE: June 6, 2020

Eligible members: Exhibiting, Associate and Signature status levels

Limit: 1 piece per member for this call. Additional calls for entry will be made over the summer if not enough pieces are received.

Work should be current (completed in last 2 years), and should not be featured already on the SWCA website under Featured Artists.  

Please submit a high resolution image (1-2 MB) along with the following information directly to John Labots.

Website if you have one

Jury for Status postponed to the Fall

The Spring Jury for Status for General Members applying for Exhibiting status has been postponed until the fall.

The Fall Jury for Status will be available to all members who want to advance to a higher level – Exhibiting, Associate and Signature.

Member News

Artist Open Call – Alberta Hospital Edmonton & Henwood Residential Treatment Centre Seeking Artwork for Purchase: Deadline June 15, 2020Click here.

Upcoming Meetings

Suspended until further notice.