April 2022

Feature Artist

Aven Morken

Amer Fort Fisherman / Watercolour

Message from the President

Well, you are stuck with me for another year. I hope this pleases everyone but I don't want to take that for granted. So I want to make sure that you know that I am definitely open to hear of ways that I can improve, so please do not hesitate to contact me at 780-489-1028 with any suggestions or advice. This position has continued to be fun and enjoyable only because of the excellent volunteers and members of the group. I want to extend a HUGE thank you to the SWCA Executive and to all the volunteers who are chairing a committee. This Society would not be if it weren't for you and it is much appreciated.

We had a fantastic weekend at the Night of Artists, selling several books, painting  palette pin give-aways, handing out membership info postcards, all while listening to great live musicians and seeing some incredible art. Many of the artists were approached to see if they would be willing to give a demo at a future meeting and all of them said yes! Because of this, it's going to be a fun year to plan the programs, which brings me back to asking for help in a few areas. Please see below for more details.

We are meeting in-person again!!! Yes, the April meeting will be in-person. We will also try to make it available via Zoom but we hope to see your smiling eyes in person. Masks will still be encouraged and there will be hand sanitizer available. This is exciting and I hope to see many of you there. We have left-over palette pins to share with the membership so come and have fun painting one for yourself!

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


APRIL MEETING: Monday, April 11, 7:00 pm

Our April meeting will be held at the Laurier Heights Baptist Church (basement). The entrance is at rear of the building. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Library opens at 6:30 pm - please return all borrowed books. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm.

PROGRAM: DEMONSTRATION with Erinn Evans - Encaustics 

Erinn Evans is an encaustics artist based in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She minored in art at the University of Alberta while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Her own experiences with anxiety and depression have inspired her to create art that uplifts both herself and those who view it. Her artwork often features bold colours and patterns, as well as reflecting her love of nature and animals. Her love of animals has also led her to specialize in pet portraits. Painting with encaustics, which is pigmented melted wax, allows her to incorporate a variety of mediums such as oil pastels and decorative papers to create depth and texture.

Facebook: Erinn Evans Encaustic Art

Instagram: Erinn Evans Art


Thank you to David Shone for putting his name forward to fill the Vice-President position. We will "vote" him in at the April meeting and have a full Executive!!

Thank you also to Brenda Heine, Karen Bishop and Rick Bremness for filling in a couple committee chairperson positions.

Committee Chair Positions filled:

  • Book Committee Chair – Eveline Garneau
  • Exhibitions Committee Chair – Jenna Langer
  • Grid System Borrowing Chair - Brenda Heine
  • Library Committee Chair – Cynthia Clarke
    • Newsletter Committee – Eveline Garneau
    • Social Media Committee Chair – Karen Bishop and Rick Bremness
    • Standards Committee Chair – John Labots
    • Website Committee Chair – John Labots
    • Welcoming Committee Chair – Myrna Wilkinson

    Committee Chair Positions still needing to get filled:

    • Feature Artist Coordinator – VACANT
    • Kitchen Coordinator – VACANT (but Sue Scott is willing to help)
    • Program Committee Chair – VACANT
    • Volunteer Committee Chair – VACANT
    • Workshop Committee Chair - VACANT
    The Newsletter Committee is currently seeking a person to layout the newsletter. Please contact Eveline if you can assist with this. There is some urgency to fill the position.

      Please consider filling one of the vacant positions. All of the positions can be shared so call a friend and then the commitment is instantly halved. Call Eveline at 780-489-1028 if you have any questions regarding any of the positions or if you wish to volunteer for one.


      At the April in-person meeting, please remember to return the books that you have been enjoying for the past couple years. Forgot what you borrowed? Contact Cynthia Clarke and she'll be able to tell you what you borrowed. There were no overdue fees due to the pandemic, but now that we are meeting again, overdue fees will be start to be applied again next month.


      We can once again start planning workshops. Is there an artist/technique you would like to learn from? Let's get excited to learn in-person again!


      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. 

      Mill Creek Cafe Exhibition

      April 1 - May 31, 2022
      Mill Creek Cafe, 9562 - 82 Avenue NW., Edmonton

      This small exhibition will feature several SWCA artists in a trendy cafe on Whyte Avenue. And, while you are there taking in the art, check out the great food!

      Do you have an idea as to where we can show/sell our work?  Let Jenna know and she'll make it happen!

      Book Committee 

      For the Edmonton book, we colour copied each of the entries 7 times, one per judge. We want to give back these coloured copies to all who put in an entry. Pick yours up at this April meeting!

      Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

      Still looking for a few more entries for the Alberta book! Once again - we think the following would really add to the book:

      • 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, Edmonton's Heritage Days, Provincial Rodeos
      • Calgary Zoo, Edmonton Valley 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 Official Emblems:
        • flower - Wild Rose 
        • bird - Great Horned Owl,
        • stone - Petrified Wood
        • tree - Lodgepole Pine
        • animal - Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
        • 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

        April 11

        May 9 

        June 13

        The Bigger Picture section provides 3rd party information that would potentially benefit members – Artists helping artists! This section includes: 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.

        FOR SALE: French Easel $25 (or make an offer)

        Stretched canvases - variety of sizes available.

        Contact Renee at 780-484-8791

        From the AGA:

        Art on the Block is back and is only 44 days away!

        OWN IT with a night of food, cocktails, music, and a chance to bid on incredible art and artistic experiences! Art On The Block (AOTB) is the AGA's annual signature fundraiser and one of Edmonton's most exciting events of the year. AOTB offers the opportunity to bid on stunning original works of art donated by some of the most recognized visual artists in the province, as well as on unique experiences and objects donated by local businesses.

        Event Details: Date: May 6, 2022 Time: 6 PM - Curator's Preview 7 PM - Event Start

        Location: 3rd Floor Gallery, The Art Gallery of Alberta, #2 Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

        Early Bird Tickets on Sale April 1st!

        Have any questions or need more information? Visit our AOTB webpage here or contact us at info@youraga.ca.

        The Paint Spot was recently featured in a Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHGSbAaZO5U&t=5s

        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.