June 2021

Feature Artist

Teresa Graham

Alberta Roses / Watercolour

Message from the President

Painting with coffee...what fun we had at last meeting's demo and paint-a-long. Lauren Daae was so enjoyable to watch and learn from. Several paintings came in and can be viewed here. Thank you!

Bill Rogers, the artist that gave us our first zoom demo and paint-along mentioned us in his latest newsletter! Over the past few months, he has kept busy giving a few other demos to other art societies across Canada. I am glad we had the experience to learn a bit from him and wish him well in all future demos.

A couple months ago, the SWCA executive decided that our Edmonton book should get into the hands of a few important people: Premier Jason Kenny, Rachel Notley (a strong advocate for the arts) and Mayor Don Iveson. Today I received a thank you letter from Premier Jason Kenny. Click here to read it. I know they will enjoy our book and hopefully consider it as a potential gift for visiting dignitaries...once travel begins again.

I am ready for summer. I look forward to being able to sit outside visiting with friends and I am excited to start a couple paintings for our Alberta Book. Speaking of books. I just got notice that The Edmonton Art Club has put out a book commemorating their 100th anniversary. Congratulations to The Edmonton Art Club and to all SWCA members that also belong to that wonderful group. What an exciting milestone for your club! Cynthia Clarke, our library chairperson, is planning on ordering the book to have in our SWCA library. Looking forward to seeing it!

As we are about to take a break over the summer months, I wish you a wonderful, warm summer with just the right amount of rain to keep our gardens looking beautiful without too much work. I look forward to hopefully seeing everyone in person again come September.

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


June Program: Acrylic Demo and Paint-along with Melanie Matthews

Monday, June 14

NOTE TIME CHANGE: Meeting begins at 6:30 pm and Program begins at 7:00 pm. We are starting earlier because Melanie Matthews is joining us via Zoom all the way from Pointe Claire, Quebec.

Biography: Born in Montreal, Melanie Matthews studied painting and drawing at Dawson College and earned at BFA at Concordia University. She is the official working artist for the Province of Quebec for Golden Paints, splitting time between creating her own work and teaching art techniques to aspiring artists. Matthews has had several solo shows of her work, as well as exhibited in many group shows in Quebec, Ontario and abroad. To see more of Melanie, please visit her website at melaniematthews.ca

Supply list for the paint-along will go out with the Zoom invitation.

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

Misericordia Hospital has asked us to have another show from August 6 until October 8, 2021. Call for Entries will be going out later this month.

Capital 44 Boulevard Exhibition

This Exhibition is extended until June 25, 2021. 

Back Alley Beauty Exhibition

Just a heads up that we're still looking for a venue for the Back Alley idea. Below is a sample to get members thinking about the project.

 Sunshine / Anita Nawrocki

Some members have expressed interest and this is certainly a good time of year to get out and scope out some alleys for inspiration.

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

Volunteer Found

GREAT NEWS!!! We have a volunteer stepping up to take the Exhibition's Chairperson position. A thank you to Jenna Langer for coming forward. She would really rather share this position, so if any other member would like to get involved with planning SWCA shows, please let Eveline know at 780-489-1028.

Book Committee News

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

Teresa Graham, a member on the Book Committee started a list of Alberta book ideas:

  • Calgary Stampede/ other Alberta Rodeos
  • Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller
  • Turner Valley oil industry- gas plant, oilfield
  • Woodbuffalo National Park
  • Government House Edmonton
  • Bar U Ranch historic site
  • Glacial formations
  • City Halls of cities and towns
  • Highway 22, Alberta’s Cowboy Trail through Southern Alberta
  • Royal Alberta Museum (RAM)
  • Alberta has tons of lakes
  • Wagner Bog (orchids)
  • Calgary's Saddledome, Husky Tower, Bow River
  • Banff and Jasper town sites, gondolas
  • Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

The list goes on and on...so much to see and do.

Remember, the deadline to submit work for the Alberta book is Monday, September 13, 2021

All members (including General members) are able to submit up to 5 pieces of artwork towards this juried project. Please submit a high res photo of your work to swcabook@gmail.com. Remember to include your name, title, medium, size and a one paragraph description about your painting. 

Upcoming Meetings

June 14

September 13

October 18

Our monthly meetings will continue on Zoom until such a time that in person larger group meetings are possible. We hope that we can resume our monthly meetings in person sometime in the fall.