January 2021

Feature Artist

Wendy Bowman

Mama Grizzly / Oil on Canvas

Call out for future featured artists. If you have not been a featured artist in the past year, please consider putting your name in to be an upcoming Featured Artist. Requirements: One image with its title, medium, and size to be sent to swcameeting@gmail.com. Then when/if you are chosen for a specific month, we would enjoy a 5-10 minute talk from you during the Zoom meeting of that month. You would be able to show many more of your pieces and we'd love to hear about your artistic journey thus far.

Message from the President

I know that I am not the only one happy to see this year finally end.  Even though all the 2020 issues have not yet finished, it still feels like everything is on the upswing.  Vaccines, getting comfortable following health regulations, learning how to use Zoom, getting creative with our monthly meetings - will all make for a better year than last.

On Facebook, I enjoyed the following read and I hope you do too:  Posted by a Barbara Reid, titled "Just saying"

Ten little laughs as we get closer to closing the door to one of the most trying years of our lifetime:

  1. The dumbest thing I ever bought this past year was a 2020 planner.  Not even sure I want to buy a 2021 planner just yet either.
  2. 2019 - Stay away from negative people.  2020 - Stay away from "positive" people.
  3. The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
  4. This morning I saw a neighbour talking to her dog.  It was obvious she thought her dog completely understood her.  I came into the house and told my cat.  We laughed a lot.
  5. Every few days try on your jeans just to make sure they still fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well with the world.
  6. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
  7. This virus has done what no woman has been able to do.  Cancel sports, shut down all bars and keep men at home.
  8. I never thought the comment, "I wouldn't touch him/her with a 6 foot pole" would become a national policy!
  9. I need to practice social distancing from the refrigerator.
  10. Never in a million years could I have imagined I could go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.

Our December zoom meeting was a lot of fun and we had quite a few members take part.  Meghana Gauthier was our featured artist and we enjoyed seeing many images of her artwork and hearing her story. Rhea Jansen was the big winner of the Art Trivia Game that John Labots and Harry Abbink had put together for us!  It was great fun with many members knowing many of the answers.  Great work!  Rhea won a $50 gift certificate to The Paint Spot and has agreed to help put together the next game/competition for a future meeting. Right near the end of the meeting, I had asked if a couple members could take a screenshot and send it in.  Several members had already left the meeting so unfortunately these do not show everyone who had taken part.

Yup, I am ready for 2021 to start, and here's wishing all of you a very Happy New Year with good health and many happy hours of creativity!

Remember - the Greatest Wealth is Health (Anonymous)

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


January Zoom Program: Critique with Frank Haddock

Each critique will begin with a focus on composition, followed by other areas the critic may determine needs attention.

Send in a high resolution of up to 2 images of work to John Labots. They can be completed or incomplete work, old or new, and any medium.

Deadline to have your images in for the critique is January 8.

February Zoom Program: William (Bill) Rogers Guest Speaker

WIlliam (BIll) Rogers from Canada's Maritimes. Member Debbie Achtymichuk has been taking lessons from him and he has agreed to stay up late (10:00 pm - 11:30 pm his time) to be with us! Please check out his website.

MEMBERS! Do you know an artist who might like to a presenter in one of our Zoom meetings? They can be from anywhere in the world!! Please consider sending in their names/contact info to swcameeting@gmail.com.

Standards Committee 

Jury for Status

Congratulations to the following members who were successful in their applications for a higher status level in the November Jury for Status.

  • Deb Achtymichuk (Signature)
  • Wendy Bowman (Associate)
  • Brenda Heine (Associate)
  • David Shone (Associate)
  • Mona Bouchard (Exhibiting)
  • Debra Hovestad (Exhibiting)
  • Liliana LeVesconte (Exhibiting)
  • Barbara Mintzler (Exhibiting)
  • Elaine Mulder (Exhibiting)
  • Robert Losie (Exhibiting)
  • Carol Stratman (Exhibiting)

The next Jury for Status is planned for the spring of 2021 for Exhibiting level only. Jury for Status for all levels will occur again in the fall of 2021.

John Labots, Standard Committee Chair

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

The SWCA Misericordia Hospital Show take down is at 10:00 - 11:00 am on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021.

Looking Back Looking Forward 

We had one to two shows every month for SWCA in 2020. Even with COVID, so more limited traffic of the shows. One painting that was sold was by Teresa Graham. The new owner said that she’d never paid so much for a painting but she just had to buy it, it was so beautiful. It was close to $600. Congratulations Teresa!

This coming year will continue with Covid19 challenges. We could still have shows if SWCA members are interested. Currently the Misericordia Hospital has a SWCA Show until Feb 3, 2021. We are also booking a show for 44 Capital Boulevard in 2021.

What do you, as a member of SWCA, think about exhibiting in a SWCA Show this coming year of 2021? Please contact Eveline Garneau if you have any suggestions for shows for 2021.

I have spent the summer going for walks everywhere but it has caught my attention how easy you can find beauty in your own back alley. I would like to suggest that we put together an exhibition: Back Alley Beauty. The venue will be determined later.

Here will be some of the specifics for members to follow if interesting in taking part:

Submission goal - Seeing the beauty in unusual places.

Different Seasons of the year, different mediums to express a common concept.

The common elements of the back alley in western Canada.

Guidelines are:

16" x 20" size
Media of artist's choice
No people but animals are fine to portray
Submissions must be created between August 2020 - September 2021
Entries must be submitted in jpeg format

Initial submissions at the end of January 2021 to include with application of show to gallery. Curating of the show, if accepted, will take place about two months before showing.

To help start things - here is a link of reference photos that I have taken over the summer. You are welcome to use these for inspiration.


For more information, to indicate interest, or to send in your submissions click here.

Anita Nawrocki

Book News

Edmonton - Through the Eyes of its Artists

Over the past month, we sold quite a few books to members who were giving them as Christmas gifts. That's just as perfect "Shop Local" as can be! We only have around 6 left from the second run. Once the new year begins, the executive will determine how big the 3rd run should be. If you know of a location that might be interested in selling our books, please contact swcabook@gmail.com with your suggestion.

Special Spots of Alberta - Through the Eyes of its Artists

Have you started painting a special spot of Alberta yet? Do you have an older painting of yours that fits the Alberta theme? Get busy over the winter months! SWCA Members of all levels can send in up to 5 high res images to swcabook@gmail.com. Please include title, medium, size of image (not framed) and a one paragraph blurb for each image giving a bit of history, or inspiration or general info about each piece.

Upcoming Meetings

Our monthly meetings will continue as Zoom meetings until further notice

January 11

February 6

March 8 (AGM)