March 2022

Feature Artist

Rhea Jansen

Athabasca Falls / Watercolour


Message from the President

I am so excited! Phil Alain of Night of Artists has offered us a table at this year's March event to be able to promote our art club! What a wonderful opportunity to share what our club does and to show off (and sell) our beautiful Edmonton Book. We do need some volunteers to man the table, so please see below for more details.

Another thing that I am excited about is that almost all of the current Executive has agreed to stay on for another year. This makes the AGM so much more relaxed and fun to attend. Ya, I know, elections are never fun, but this should be quite painless... really!! Hee hee. Only one Executive position needs to be filled and there is more about that further in this newsletter.

With COVID restrictions easing, the Executive feels that we can start looking at filling some of the Committee Chairpersons positions that have had a break due to the pandemic. Workshops should be able to start getting planned again - just to name one.

One area where the Executive would really like some help with is Programs. Throughout the past two years, program planning has been a major part of our Executive meetings and our small group is running out of ideas. If your head is full of ideas for educational programs, we want you!! (Picture us with our fingers pointing to you, like that poster). The Executive is still willing to help put the programs together, we just want somebody with fresh ideas to help. This position can definitely be shared!

And lastly, I want to give a personal THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the volunteers that have kept this Society going over the past year. I look forward to being able to have an actual volunteer recognition evening in-person soon. Fingers crossed. It might need to be an outdoor summer evening one, but that would be fun too!

Is spring around the corner???

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


Programs

MARCH AGM MEETING: Monday, March 14, 7:00 pm

Meeting via Zoom; room opens at 6:30 pm

We sent out a survey asking whether members were comfortable meeting in person now that restrictions are easing. The Executive felt that we needed more than 25 people committed to coming to make the church rental worth it. Survey results were:

  • 41 members responded
  • 20 members were happy to start meeting in-person again
  • 21 members wanted to wait another couple months

Therefore this meeting will remain a Zoom meeting.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Society of Western Canadian Artists will be held on March 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Members will be sent a Zoom invitation in advance of the meeting.

  • Presentation of the Annual Report for the year ending December 2021
  • Election of Executive Officers
  • Recruitment of volunteers for Committee vacancies

ELECTIONS

As of the date of this notice, the positions and members who have put forward their names are listed below.

  • President: Eveline Garneau (for 3rd Term)
  • Vice President: VACANT
  • 2nd Vice President: Donna Chamberland (for 3rd Term)
  • Treasurer: Deb Achtymichuk (for 6th Term) – Requests trainee this term to fill Treasurer position next term
  • Secretaries: Laurel Hawkswell (for 3rd Term) & Jenna Langer (for 3rd Term)

Additional nominees for ALL positions can still be submitted prior to AND at the Annual General Meeting. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for any of the positions listed, please send nomination name and position to swcameeting@gmail.com. If there are no further nominations the above members will be acclaimed.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Please consider volunteering for one of the VACANT positions:

  • Feature Artist Coordinator – VACANT
  • Kitchen Coordinator – VACANT
  • Program Committee Chair – VACANT
  • Social Media Committee Chair – VACANT
  • Volunteer Committee Chair – VACANT
  • Workshop Committee Chair - VACANT
  • Grid System Borrowing Chair - VACANT

  • Book Committee Chair – Eveline Garneau
  • Exhibitions Committee Chair – Jenna Langer
  • Welcoming Committee Chair – Myrna Wilkinson
  • Library Committee Chair – Cynthia Clarke
  • Newsletter Committee – Eveline Garneau
  • Standards Committee Chair – John Labots
  • Website Committee Chair – John Labots

If you would like to volunteer for any of the positions listed above, please contact Eveline Garneau (780.489.1028).

PROGRAM: DEMONSTRATION with Angela Fehr 

Through her website video lessons and YouTube channel, Angela Fehr has created a community of watercolour lovers that spans the globe – all from her home in northern BC. She wants every painter to know the freedom of fearless self expression and has made it her mission to share this empowering message through lessons in watercolours techniques and loose intuitive painting. More than anything, she demonstrates that the most important thing you bring to your art is you. For more info please google Angela Fehr and check her YouTube videos.


SWCA Exhibitions

Misericordia Exhibition

We have sold 8 paintings so far in our extended show at the Misericordia Hospital.  Jenna is keeping in touch with Marilyn at the Mis and she will let us know as soon as a safe take-down date is arranged.  Do you have  an idea as to where we can show/sell our work?  Let Jenna know and she'll make it happen!

Night of Artists 2022 - Volunteers needed!

SWCA is lucky enough to get a table at this popular event and we want to promote our society!  We are asking for shifts to be filled by one or two volunteers per shift. 5 shifts total.

Friday, March 18th - (one shift): 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Saturday, March 19th - (two shifts): 11:00am - 2:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday, March 20th - (two shifts): 11:00am - 2:00pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (+ teardown)

If you are interested in helping to promote our wonderful group, see some fantastic art and sell some of our lovely Edmonton books, please call Eveline at 780-489-1028 to claim a shift.


Book Committee 

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

We now have 180 paintings! Some more book image suggestions from the Book Committee:

  • Smoky Lake's Giant Pumpkins - Smoky Lake
  • Torrington Gopher Hole Museum - Torrington
  • Canada's Oldest Functioning Water Tower - Wetaskiwin
  • Giant Sunflower - Bow Island
  • Giant Tee - Trochu
  • Giant Pinto Bean - Bow Island
  • Giant Badminton Racquet - St. Albert
  • History, indigenous people
  • Calgary stampede
  • Calgary Zoo
  • Banff Gondola
  • Jasper Skywalk
  • Popular swimming lakes
  • Provincial parks, Writing on Stone, Elk island, Crows nest, Wood Buffalo, Beaver Hills, Ukrainian village, etc.
  • Fort McMurray, Oil and Gas
  • Icefields
  • Alberta Emblems: Official flower - Wild Rose, Official bird - Great Horned Owl, Official stone - Petrified Wood, Official Tree - Lodgepole Pine, Official Animal - Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Official fish - Bull Trout

Send work in to swcabook@gmail.com.

We are almost there!! We are hoping that the book can go to print this summer!


Upcoming Meetings

March 14 (Annual General Meeting)

April 11

May 9 


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Art in the Park ART WALK July 23 & 24, 2022

Strathcona County’s first annual visual Art in the Park Art Walk will be held on July 23 & 24, 2022. It will be held in conjunction with the Sherwood Park Highland Gathering celebrations held in the heart of the Community Centre, located on Broadmoor Lake and the Salisbury Composite school track field. The Art Walk will be open from 9am to 5 p.m..

Registration is open to original visual art and heritage crafts pending a juried process. Table fee is 50 dollars for two days. Artists will have to supply their own tent, table, chairs. Security will be provided so artists will not have to take down their tent after the first day.

The International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA)

ISEA is hosting 

a symposium September 1-6, 2022 in St. Albert, Alberta and a major international, open exhibition August 18-October 1, 2022 hosted by ISEA and the Art Gallery of St. Albert.

These two events will be welcome opportunities for SWCA members. Interested to find out more? Please contact Karen McCallum at 780-604-1376