March 2021

Feature Artist

Unfortunately, we do not have a featured artist this month due to the time restraints of this month's meeting. Would you like to be a featured artist? Please send in your name to All members are eligible to be a featured artist.

Message from the President

Bill Roger's demo and paint-along at our February meeting was so interesting and fun! To have the opportunity to experience this over Zoom was one of the highlights of our year and it's only going to get better. Paintings from members who participated in the paint-along are shown below.

Our March program will prove to be just as interesting and I hope you will be able to join us that evening. March is also our AGM. See below for more information.

Exciting book news! Our beautiful Edmonton book has been featured in the Edmonton Journal. See below for more information.

Winner of the "Did You Read The Whole Newsletter" contest was Carol Pylypow and she asked that we give it to someone special. So we have decided to send it to our Mayor, Don Iveson. This being his last term, we thought it would be a lovely thank you to him. Thank you Carol!

I know that many of our members will be getting the vaccine over the next month. I hope it goes well for all of you and now there really is a light at the end of this covid tunnel.

Take care and stay safe.

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


Annual General Meeting – March 8, 2021  BEGINS AT 6:30 PM

Zoom invites will be sent to members prior to the meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm, and the room will open at 6:00 pm for general chatting and making sure you are set up properly in Zoom.

Kindly, Rick Rogers has agreed to lead this meeting as we vote in next year's executive. At present, we have a nominee for each position but Rick will be asking for more nominations from the floor should any member wish to participate in this vital part of our society. Any member wishing to "shadow" a position to learn the in's and out's and to feel more comfortable in that position, this would be a chance to let the executive know.


March Program: Watercolour Demo and Paint Along 

If you plan to paint along with Ron, please have all your supplies ready to go before the meeting starts as we will not have time to wait for you! He has sent a reference photo which will be sent out with the Zoom invitation but he has asked that members do not pre-draw anything as he plans to only use a few elements of the photo.

Here is a little bit of info about Ron:

Ron Hazell, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is an internationally known artist and painting workshop instructor. In 1997 he was elected to the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), which was founded in 1925 “to cultivate and encourage excellence in the medium of watercolour”. In 2012, he was elected to the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), which was founded in 1972 “to foster and celebrate the visual arts in Canada”. Ron is the author of the North Light book “The Artist’s Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor”, published worldwide in 2015.

Ron’s award winning work has been juried into the following art publications:

  • “Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists”, Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA,
  • USA – 2011. One of Ron’s paintings was selected for the front cover of this book.
  • “International Contemporary Artists”, ICA Publishing, New York, NY, USA – 2010“Nova "Scotia’s Contemporary Landscape Artists”, Nimbus Publishing, 2009
  • “American Artist WATERCOLOR Highlights” – “WATER Wet-in-Wet”, 2008
  • “How did you paint that ? – 100 ways to paint LANDSCAPES”, International Artist
  • Publishing - 2004
  • “American Artist WATERCOLOR magazine – feature article “WATER Wet-in-
  • Wet”, Spring issue 200
Ron’s original work including watercolours, oils and acrylics, can be viewed on the Gallery page of his web site at

Available prints are also listed on his Gallery page. He also has two instructional DVDs titled “Atlantic Surf” and “The Artist’s Guide to Using Perspective for Painting Streetscapes”, available through his web site. Ron can be contacted through the Contact Link on his web site. He is represented by the Teichert Gallery, Hollis St., Halifax, Nova Scotia (next to The Art Gallery of NS).

Major Collections:

  • Permanent Collection of The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, England
  • Nova Scotia Legislature
  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Domtar of Canada Ltd.
  • Richardson Greenshields of Canada Ltd.
  • Senate Offices, Ottawa
  • The McDonald Corporation, Atlantic Division
Upcoming Programs:

April 12, 2021: Critique - Details to come

Do you have a favourite artist that we should consider for our demos?

If you have a favourite artist that you would like us to connect with and invite to

do a demo, send your suggestion to The fact that it

will be via Zoom means we can ask anyone in the whole world! When we get

back to in-person meetings, we will once again feature local artists for our


SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

Due to another group's cancellation, the Misericordia Show has been extended to April 1, 2021 with take down happening 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Capital 44 Boulevard Exhibition

This Exhibition is up until April 2, 2021. Take down is at 5:00 pm.

Back Alley Beauty Exhibition

Members are encouraged to submit pieces that show beauty in our neighborhoods, specifically focusing on back allies. Venue will be determined at a later date.

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

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


We need to fill a few Committee Chairperson spots. They are:

  • Exhibitions Chairperson (required ASAP)
  • Kitchen Coordinator Chairperson
  • Workshop Coordinator Chairperson
  • Program Coordinator (required ASAP)

All these positions can be a shared duty. More hands make for lighter work so please call a friend and consider taking on one of these positions for the next year. None of these positions need to be entered cold turkey either. We would make sure you would have all the assistance that you need to make it a smooth transition. Any questions? Please contact Eveline through

Book News

Edmonton Art Book Article in the Edmonton Journal

We are excited to let members know that the Edmonton Journal published an article in Saturday’s paper (Feb 27) about our art book. Click here to read the article.

Special Spots of Alberta - Through the Eyes of its Artists

There are approximately 22 paintings for the next book Special Spots of Alberta entered so far! To move forward with the process the tentative deadline for entries will be the September meeting 2021. Please look through past works to see if you have already captured any special spots and send them in to Remember to include your name, title, size, medium and a paragraph about the site's history, the inspiration, or just a general interest information.

Member News

Doris Charest:

I am inviting you to join We are an online art marketing site for artists. There are two levels of involvement. You can join as a free member where you have an online presence with two artworks. You can join the paid Premium membership and have up to 10 artworks on the site. With the Premium membership, you are also featured at the top of the page on the site; you are featured in any advertising, you can opt to become a featured artist for a whole month on the site and you can have an interview with me to be placed on the Facebook page.

If you are interested you can go to the site itself and sign on. The format is easy to fill in. Just letting you know that we exist and we are there for you if you are interested. https:/

Rick Rogers:

I am forwarding a press release from the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) regarding their upcoming call for artists for their annual open juried exhibition, in case it is of value to your members.

ISEA is a USA based international artist society. The fees and prizes noted are in USD. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will answer the questions that I can and follow up with others for those that I cannot immediately reply. Click here for more information. 

Upcoming Meetings

Our monthly meetings will continue as Zoom meetings until further notice

March 8 (AGM)

April 12

May 10