September 2021

Feature Artist

Joanne Milson

The Bluebird Sings in the Treble Clef / Mixed media collage

Message from the President

I hope everyone has had a nice, relaxing summer. It certainly was warm enough!! I was so thankful that I had quite a few rain barrels. The too few times it did rain filled them up so I did not have to rely on city water too much. Thank goodness! My lawns did have to fend for themselves and I am sure I am not the only one that has a lawn leaning towards the ochre colour scheme...hee hee.

I'll be honest, it was nice to take a break from SWCA commitments for these past couple months. It did allow me time to see art related projects from other art groups did over the summer (mostly through Facebook). I am so proud of Edmonton (and area) artists with their ingenuity bringing art to the world. SWCA will have to explore some of these ideas and see if we can do something as imaginative in the future.

It has been hinted to me that I tend to write too much event and program detail in this President's message when it is included later in the newsletter. Make sure you read the rest of the newsletter so you know everything that is going on with SWCA. I'll stop here and just say that I REALLY look forward to seeing you at the September gathering.

Take care

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President

Membership Drive

Membership fees for the 2021-22 year are now due.

We prefer that renewals are done through the SWCA website. Simply log into your member profile. Click on (View profile) located in the top right corner of the website header, select Membership in the page's submenu, and click on the Renew button. Follow the steps as prompted.

You can also renew at any in-person meeting if your prefer to pay by cheque or cash. A Membership table will be available at our September outdoor meeting. No credit or debit cards payments are available at the meetings.


September 13 Outdoor Meeting

You are invited to our first in-person meeting this year! It will be held at Hawrelak Park's Community League Plaza, 9330 Groat Rd NW Please click here to find exact location in the park. Parking is near-by!

As it will get dark sooner than 9:00 pm, we would like to start this evening around 6:30 pm.

We are encouraging everyone to bring one painting/piece of artwork that was created during the COVID year and a means to safely show it off (Easel, chair, etc.). This gathering/pop-up show is going to be for the pure enjoyment of catching up with each other.

If you had put in a submission(s) for our EDMONTON book, you will be able to pick up 7 copies of that work at this meeting! We made 7 copies of everyone's submissions for the 7 judges, and now we want to give them to their owners. Refreshments will be served. As it is our Membership Month, renewals can be done at this gathering. Bring a friend!

There is seating available, but if you have an easy-to-carry comfortable chair, you might want to bring it.

SWCA Exhibitions

Exhibition Committee:

The Exhibitions Committee is thrilled to announce that Jenna Langer is the new Chairperson for this committee. Unfortunately, we are now needing to find a volunteer that can fill in another spot. Frances Pelletier has done an excellent job for the past few years, of being the "computer" behind this committee and due to a strong involvement with several other art groups, she is finding that her time is being spread a bit too thin. She wishes to stand down and let someone else handle it for the next year OR SO. If you are comfortable on a computer and you have a couple hours per month to volunteer, please contact Eveline or Jenna. Thank you!

Misericordia Exhibition

We have a current show at the Misericordia Hospital that is up until October 8th. Thank you Teresa Graham for taking some wonderful photos of the show:

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

Book Committee News

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

Our EDMONTON book has been selling fairly steady throughout the summer. Our book can now be found at the Edmonton Public Library. They ordered 6 copies! Sales have been steady at Tix At The Square and at Audrey's Book store.

The tentative deadline for our next book's submissions is Monday, September 13th. Possible title for this book is SPECIAL SPOTS OF ALBERTA - Through the Eyes of its Artists. We hope you have had some fun capturing Alberta with your favorite medium. Send a High res photo of your work to and please include your name, artwork title, size, medium and a one-paragraph blurb about the piece - what inspired you, a bit of history about the subject matter, general knowledge info about the location, etc. If it can be educational, all the better! Remember, the artwork does not have to be recent, so go through your past pieces and see if you have already captured a scene of Alberta that will be perfect for the book. All members (including General members) are able to submit up to 5 pieces of artwork towards this juried project.

A recommendation: When titling your work, please use actual names found in Alberta. The Jurors only get the photo and the name of the piece to go by. If you paint a road and call it "The Road", it will have a far less chance for getting chosen to go in the book as compared to calling it "Road to Pigeon Lake."

BOOK COMMITTEE MEETING: Interested in being part of this committee? We will have our first meeting of the year Tuesday, September 7 at 1:00 pm at Signworks Plus 15607 - 100A Ave. Please RSVP to Eveline at 780-489-1028 so she'll know how much coffee/tea to have ready!

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

Library News

Cynthia is encouraging members to bring their borrowed books to the September gathering!  She has a bunch of fabulous magazines that can be signed out and hopefully most of the books coming back in can go home with someone else.  She'll have her computer set up and ready to handle any book borrowing wants.

Upcoming Meetings

September 13

October 18

November 8