Message from the President
How are you doing? So glad that, with proper care, many places are re-opening and we are able to resume a bit of a normal life again. I think it's now standard for everyone to have hand sanitizer and a couple masks in their cars and thank goodness most cars have that handy compartment between their seats to hold all this. Like all things, we are getting used to the new norm and hopefully we can see our group meeting inside again come September. I guess our 2020 budget will need to be altered to include a few big bottles of hand sanitizer!!
It was so nice to see so many members come out to the book launch Monday, June 22nd. We did it right by encouraging people to stay 6' apart. I am not sure how many members actually went into the park to enjoy their book but many of you stayed around in the parking lot to just stand and chat and get caught up with everyone's news.
The first run of just over 300 books is pretty well sold out! The Bearclaw Gallery owner, Jackie, was one of the judges and she had asked for 6 for stock in her gallery so we are now actual wholesalers! Kim, the owner of The Paint Spot has also asked to carry our book and she told me that all proceeds from their sales will go towards the Whyte Avenue ArtWalk Festival. Artists Helping Artists! We have to wait until the second run is complete though, before we can get them to her.
Here's a question for our membership. Does anyone personally know of any purchasing agents from any of the main banks or large institutes that like to give gifts to visiting dignitaries, etc.? We feel that this book would be perfect for them. Please let me know!
See below for more news about our next book project, a planned Plein air paint-out, a Café Blackbird exhibition, and more!
I hope you have a wonderful summer. Stay healthy and safe and we will hopefully be able to meet again in September.
Eveline Garneau, SWCA President
Plein air Summer Outing
Member Cynthia Clark, has offered her beautiful acreage as a plein air painting spot. As she told us at the book launch "With all this extra time, the amount of gardening that I have been doing lately, my gardens have never looked better!”
Date and Time: Saturday, August 15th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: East of Sherwood Park near Hastings Lake
If you would like to come, please email Cynthia with your RSVP and she will provide you with directions and any additional instructions.
Please bring your own chair, bag lunch, drinks, and of course, your art supplies.
If anyone else would like to host a day of painting, please contact Eveline and we'll arrange an email blast out to the members.