January 2022

Feature Artist

Karen Haines

Homegrown / Oil on Canvas

Message from the President

WOW! That was quite the year, right? I am quite glad that it is over now and that we can look forward to a much better year ahead (hopefully). As always with this time of year, one is expected to make a couple resolutions and I think SWCA should do the same. Let's put forward some goals that can be achieved and celebrated when done. Here are a couple of my suggestions:

1. Every SWCA member gets one other person to join our club this year.

How to do this? If you happen to see an artist at a market booth, or meet people in an art class, or if you go to a gallery show, tell them to check out SWCA's website: swcartists.ca

If your kids or grandkids (over 16) enjoy art or if you have friends that enjoy art, suggest that they join. If you are on social media, suggest that your media friends check out our website. Those are just a few suggestions, I am sure you can think of more.

2. We complete our next art book adventure.

How to do this? First, go through all your past paintings and see if any of them have captured Alberta in a glorious way, or paint a new creation and send it to swcabook@gmail.com. You are able to send in up to 5 paintings of any medium. More information below.

3. We meet again in person!

How to do this? Well.... I have my fingers crossed and I hope you do too! I am sure that once the weather gets nicer, we can plan a few more outdoor get-togethers. This resolution can definitely be achieved!!

"2022" has a nice ring to it. I remember volunteering at Bingos when I was a teenager and one announcer used to put an image to each number he called. For "22" he used to say "double ducks". So for this year we can think of three ducks swimming calmly throughout the next 365 days. I hope it will be a wonderfully creative year for you, with good health and happy times ahead!

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


JANUARY ZOOM MEETING: Monday, January 10 


Please invite a friend!!!

with Bill Rogers

William (Bill) Rogers AWS CSPWC TWSA ASMA is an award winning artist from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill presented an enjoyable landscape demo for us in February 2021 and now returns to present a watercolour figure demonstration and paint along.

Members are welcome to invite guests to this demo. Simply share the meeting access information with your guest when it comes closer to the meeting date.

Reference material and other details will be provided when they become available. Don't have a printer to print off the reference material? Pick up a copy at Eveline's shop (10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday). Please call ahead before coming over: 780.489.1028.

For more information about Bill Rogers visit www.williamrogersart.com.

SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

Jenna is currently talking to The Misericordia Hospital regarding the current show. There have been four sales in the past week and new paintings are needed to fill up some spaces. Keep an eye open for future call for artists!

Jury For Status

Congratulations to the following members for advancing to Exhibiting Status in 2021

June 2021

Richard Bremness

Lauree Harrison

Elaine Henderson

Jenna Langer

Aven Morken

December 2021

Tanya Graham

Jo-Anne McDonald

Tracy Lyn Propp

The next Jury for Status is planned for Spring 2022.

Book Committee 

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

We are getting close to the 200 entry mark BUT that might need to shift a bit. By middle of January, all the current entries will be downloaded and sorted into categories. This will give us the chance to let members know what we still need to make it truly an Alberta book. If it turns out that 99% of the entries are of our mountains, then maybe we need to consider doing a mountain book first and then an Alberta book. The book committee will be having a Zoom meeting the 3rd week of January to discuss this. Want to be on this book's committee? Please contact Eveline at 780-489-1028 and we'll include you with a Zoom invite.

Upcoming Meetings

January 10

February 14

March 14

The Bigger Picture is a new section in our newsletter that will provide 3rd party information that would benefit members – Artists helping artists! This section will include: personal news and announcements from members, event announcements within the community, and advertising and art information from art suppliers. Disclaimer: SWCA does not endorse the products and services listed, and does not vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in this section.


This is an ongoing drawing challenge based on reference photos by Harry Abbink featuring artist model, Andrea. During restrictions it has been impossible to do figure drawing. Please support the model.

Buy reference photos here.

A4 Art Show

All contributors who create art based on the reference photos are invited to exhibit them at The Paint Spot. Help us fill the gallery with your art from #LivingFigureDrawingChallenge theme.

Submission Guidelines:

Work must be completed in a standard European A4 size a paper. 21 x 29,7 cm (9×12 can be cut down. It makes a cohesive presentation that is easy to hang. The Clairefontane Paint On series is ideal. The 250 gram weight paper is vellum surface and accepts all wet or dry media.

  • Art drop-off starts Jan 5.
  • Deadline to bring art is January 20, 2022.
  • The exhibition will run January 22 – February 28, 2022

Visit The Paint Spot Blog Post for all the details.

Washi Art Talk – FREE Zoom

The talk will consist of an introduction to how washi is made, followed by images of artwork with a view to illustrating the characteristics of washi and how they may be used by artists. A particular focus will be about Heritage Washi and other papers stocked by The Paint Spot. Included in the presentation will be artwork illustrations of Sigrid Blohm’s work on painted, dyed, and stitched washi. This is your opportunity to ask questions so you may gain confidence to experiment with these unique papers. We hope to encourage you to try a new surface that may add a new dimension to your art.

Sigrid Blohm is an artist who loves washi, textiles, and canoeing. Her extensive knowledge of Japanese paper, its intricacies, and many uses, is put to task as she provides consultation services to JPP customers and staff alike. Japanese Paper Place is North America’s premier importer of heritage papers made in the Japanese tradition.

Register Here

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