May 2021

Feature Artist

Elaine Mulder

Walking to the Light Sunset at Big Lake / 30x60
Mixed media and recycled materials

Message from the President

Thank you Harry for critiquing 15 paintings at our April meeting. Harry did a great job highlighting colour - it was very educational. I hope all the members that took part in our April Zoom meeting did as well. Harry sent me his notes on colour theory and they are included in this newsletter. Our next critique will be at our October meeting and maybe...just maybe, it will be an in-person one!

As we continue to follow COVID restrictions, our next two meetings will also be via Zoom and we have two exciting guests lined up to do paint-along demos. Because we feel that these demos will be of interest to many, we encourage you to invite your friends. You will be able to forward the Zoom invitations once you receive them, but please send it with an encouraging invitation to take out a membership with our group this September. September is our Membership drive month and wouldn't it be exceptional if every current member gets one friend to join this year? This is an achievable goal. Please try.

Have you got your tickets for Imagine Van Gogh? In light of the recent Government of Alberta announcement, Imagine Van Gogh is now rescheduled to open on June 2 until July 4. It is going to be held at the EXPO Centre. I think this is going to be one amazing experience and not one to be missed. Hope to see you there!

Even though we have not had many April showers, I think our May flowers will be popping up soon and that is always a nice sight. Wishing you a happy spring and hopefully we'll "see" you at the May Zoom meeting!

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


April Zoom Colour Theory Notes: Click here

May Zoom Program: Demo and Paint-Along with  Lauren Daae

Painting with Coffee! 

Lauren Daae is a visual artist from Saskatchewan. Her works feature a very unique medium: brewed coffee. As a coffee-colourist, her style flows much like watercolour and champions the contrast between refined detail - and freely expressive splatter. Because coffee is an uncommon 'paint', she continues to research and develop her own methods of creating and sustaining the work. Lauren is also skilled in digital painting and illustration, diving into bright colour and pronounced strokes that reflect the traditional means of painting.




Your Zoom invite will come via email and will include the reference photo and supply list she will want us to use. We encourage you to invite as many friends as you want to this SWCA Zoom meeting.

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

Misericordia Hospital has asked us to have another show from August 6th until October 8th, 2021. Call for artists info will be going out in the June newsletter.

Capital 44 Boulevard Exhibition

This Exhibition is extended until June 25, 2021. 

Back Alley Beauty Exhibition

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

Submission Criteria: Seeing the beauty in unusual places; the common elements of the back alley in western Canada; different seasons of the year, different mediums to express a common concept.

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

Standards Committee

A Jury for Status event will be available soon for members who wish to apply to Exhibiting status from General membership status. General members will be emailed in early May requesting a response on interest in applying. If there is enough interest, the application process will be available shortly thereafter.

Volunteer Needed

The position of Exhibitions Chairperson needs to be filled. This committee has remained active during COVID and, with another show scheduled at the Misericordia  this August, we need someone at the helm. This can be a shared position. Please contact Eveline at 780-489-1028 if you can help.

Social Media

We continue to promote SWCA's online presence on our Instagram account and a Facebook group page where we have 169 followers and 562 members respectively! Photos of your artwork (in-progress or finished) as well as your website details if you have one, can be submitted to to post on both platforms. Short video clips of your process or demos can also be posted on the Facebook group page. This way, your art reaches the wider community and increases engagement with SWCA. If you have any other ideas on promoting SWCA and your work online, contact Thank you!

Meghana Gauthier, Social Media

Book Committee News

Edmonton - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

Tix on the Square ordered five more books!

Audrey's now have our books in stock as well. Orders are still coming in via our website at an average of two per week. Every person that has picked up a book from Eveline's shop has said that it looks wonderful and were thinking of possibly ordering more.

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

For our next book project, let's get a move on! Tentative deadline for images for our next book will be our September meeting.

Members are able to enter up to five images to Work does not have to be current so look at your portfolio and see if you have already completed that perfect painting.

Please include title, medium, size and a one paragraph blurb about what was your inspiration or a bit of the scene's history, etc. Let's include more images of Edmonton, of Calgary and of any of our towns.

Several suggestions for chapter names came in:

Walking & Hiking Trails – Our experiences and sights of capturing the essence of Nature.

Our Majestic Mountains – Alberta’s gift to the World

Alberta’s Oil

Do you have more suggestions? Send them in to

Member News

Rick Rogers:

Hi to my good artist friends in the Edmonton area!

I have been asked by another good friend, Tom Hudock, to curate 13 images of Edmonton for a calendar his company is producing. You are all strong local artists that may have (or definitely have, in several cases) created exciting Edmonton area landscape works.

I would REALLY appreciate it if you submitted! (assuming you feel it would be valuable to your art business) I am excited to be a part of this project. 

Timeline Paper Co. Calendar Opportunity

This publishing royalty opportunity is for artists that have created colour works of Edmonton-area landscapes and cityscapes.

Timeline Paper Co., located in Victoria, is producing an art calendar for 2022 including artwork based on notable Edmonton locations and engaging profiles of each included artist. The twelve artists selected will receive a royalty of 0.77% of the sales of these calendars, which will be sold primarily to professional services businesses and through tourism and paper product retailers in the Edmonton area, as well as the online clients of Timeline. Timeline is providing online and offline co-marketing with the artists during the month their work is featured within the calendar, as well as a print-on-demand option for artists, producing high quality canvas reproductions of the artists' feature works with a commission of 40% to the artists after expenses.

St. Albert artist Rick Rogers (SWCA) has been engaged by Timeline to curate the works to be included in the calendar. The site for submissions of works to Timeline is located at this address: The full call for artists prospectus is published on this page.

Anita Nawrocki:

Thought this might be worth sharing with SWCA: 

Upcoming Meetings

Our monthly meetings will continue as Zoom meetings until further notice

May 10

June 14

September 13