April 2021

Feature Artist

Frances Pelletier

Mind, Body, Soul  /   Acrylic

Message from the President

It has been an exciting month for SWCA's Book Committee. The Edmonton Journal article was a huge hit and made for a very busy few days. Taking orders. wrapping orders that were to be shipped and even me doing a couple interviews (CBC and NAIT's TV and Radio Program). I want to thank the Book Committee members that braved the cold one night to come and help with all the packaging chores. It was fun!

For our March Program, we had a fun demo from Ron Hazell as he painted a street scene and gave some great hints with his one point perspective image. If you had painted along - send in an image of your painting to swcameeting@gmail.com and we'll show it in next month's newsletter!

It is so nice to get a few glimpses of spring arriving. I look forward to tackling a few outdoor projects as soon possible. Have any of you made any "stay at home holiday plans" yet? I foresee many more yard beautification projects happening again this year and that just makes Edmonton more beautiful. Capture that beauty on canvas as it can be a "Special Spot of Alberta" for our next book. Speaking of our next book, let's think of chapter names. We found that members used the chapter names to decide on what to paint. If you have any good suggestions, please send them into swcabook@gmail.com!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter and spring season and here's hoping you can get outside a lot over the next month. We're waking up from our winter hibernation!

Take care and stay safe -

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President

Annual Committee Reports

All the Annual Committee Reports for 2020 are now available to be read on our website - swcartists.caThe reports are included with the AGM Minutes. Go to Members Only > Documents > Monthly Meeting Minutes > 2021


April Zoom Program: Critique with Harry Abbink

Harry Abbink is an Associate member of SWCA and holds a Fine Arts Certificate with Distinction from the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. He works primarily in dry media and watercolour paint. While portrait and figurative work remain a personal favourite, landscapes also find a place in his studio. Visit his website for more information.

Harry's initial focus for this critique will be on colour, but he will comment on other aspects as time allows.

Submit your artwork in a high resolution image to John Labots. It can be completed work or still in progress, old or new, and any medium. You may submit up to 2 images. Please mark the images as 1 and 2. The image marked 1 will be critiqued first. If there is time, the second image will be critiqued.

The deadline for image submission is April 9, 2021.

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

The Misericordia Show came down April 2nd and they have asked us to plan another show from August 6 - October 8, 2021. A call out to artists will be made the month before. All exhibiting, associate and signature status members are welcome to submit.

As well, we received a lovely note from Marilyn of the Misericordia Hospital:

I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all SWCA artists who shared their arts to our patients, staff and visitors to enjoy. Although sale is very slow, it surely beautified and brought us healing and hope in spite of our pandemic situation. On behalf of MCH/Villa Caritas Volunteer Services, THANK YOU to all SWCA artists.

Capital 44 Boulevard Exhibition

This Exhibition is extended until April 30, 2021. 

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

Book News

Edmonton Art Book Article in the Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Journal article was amazing for us - over 100 books sold that first week and each week since, we have about 2-3 orders/week. Audrey's book store has asked to carry our book and they should have 6 copies available to the public by April 1. This is exciting as they are one of the book stores that determine a "best seller". So...if we want our book to be on the "best seller" list...we should encourage our friends to order a book from them!

The student's of NAIT's TV & Radio Program came and did an interview on our book as part of one of their assignments. Below is the link and the book is featured at about the 14 minute point. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/aXmJq4TY-xI

Special Spots of Alberta - Through the Eyes of its Artists

There are approximately 29 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 swcabook@gmail.com. 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

Canterbury Foundation:

"Do you know of anyone in your Arts Society who has been isolating, is free on Tuesday afternoons, and would like to assist in running a series of Art Workshops?"

Canterbury Foundation has partnered with researchers from U of A’s Department of Human Ecology on a wide-ranging project about the perception of space in care facilities. How does the space feel like home, how do residents and staff interact in and with the space, etc.? As part of this project the researchers are facilitating (via video conference) a series of art workshops with our residents. These workshops will be happening in the Court and Manor simultaneously, and we could use some volunteers who can help us on site.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please put them in touch with me. Thank you so much!"

Ardythe Harder, MA (she/her)
Volunteer Coordinator | Canterbury Foundation
8403 142 St.  Edmonton, AB | main: 780.483.5361| direct: 780.930.5804

Teresa Graham:

Orchid Posters

I have 25 posters originally from the Orchid Society of Alberta to give away. Each has a beautiful orchid on it. They are 18 x 24. They have been rolled up for years. I have no room for them... Should you want any or all, please let me know.

Thank you. 780-487-7006

Upcoming Meetings

Our monthly meetings will continue as Zoom meetings until further notice

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