May 2022

Feature Artist

Harvinder Lallh

Waiting / Oil

Message from the President

It was so nice to meet in-person again! And quite a few members came! Masks were worn, chairs were spaced out and the evening was real fun. Aven Morken, our featured artist, brought several beautiful pieces for our viewing pleasure and Erinn Evans, our program demo, has got quite a few members excited about her encaustic techniques. So much so that a workshop is being planned for early fall.

It almost felt normal.

It did make me aware of a few voids we have in the volunteer department though. We need a kitchen coordinator please! This can be a shared position and there are always members at the meetings willing to help out with setting out and cleaning up  the goodies. Please contact me if this position interests you. Speaking from experience when I was the Kitchen Coordinator for a couple years, I found it to be one of the most enjoyable positions as you are able to talk to all the members individually and to catch up on their news each month. I loved volunteering in this position. You?

Another position we need filled is in the newsletter department. We need a volunteer to layout the newsletter and make it look pretty. Carol Vaage has held this position for many years and her health is such that it is getting difficult to continue. She is very willing to train a new volunteer to take over this duty. Commitment is approximately two hours/month for the ten newsletters. Please contact Carol if this interests you.

I am sending out a sincere PLEASE that these 2 positions get filled right away.

Eveline Garneau, SWCA President


Monday, May 9, 7:00 pm 

John is a professional graphic designer and Signature member of SWCA. For more information about John, visit

This critique is available to all members. Bring up to 2 painting images to the meeting. The second painting will be critiqued if there is time. Paintings do not have to be completed. We are going to try this as both a Zoom and in-meeting program so if you cannot come in person and would like to receive a critique of your artwork by Zoom, please send a high res jpeg of your artwork to John Labots before Saturday, May 7, 6:00 pm. We will do our best to critique via this method.


The library is OPEN again! Please bring back all books borrowed before the COVID lockdown. 

Cynthia has kept on purchasing new material throughout the pandemic so come and see what's new!

As well, she would like to know what new resources she should be looking for. One suggestion, thus far, is an encaustic resource featuring the technique and materials used by Erinn Evans in her demonstration at the April meeting. If you have any other suggestions, please email Cynthia.


The Executive feels that we can start up Workshops again. Without a Workshops Committee and Chair, the following guidelines for Workshops will be followed:

1. Workshops can be organized by any SWCA member.

2. Planning a workshop will allow the organizer to take the workshop for free.

3. Workshop rules are set by SWCA: fees, instructor wage, etc. That information will be provided to individuals interested in organizing a workshop.

4. Members who are interested in creating a workshop, or have an idea for a workshop, should contact Eveline.


Mill Creek Cafe Exhibition

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

A tricky but successful hang at the Mill Creek Cafe on April 1st. No April's Fools here!

Know of a public space that could host a SWCA show? Please let Jenna know and she'll start the ball rolling!

Book Committee 

Special Spots in Alberta - Through the Eyes of Its Artists

We have 193 entries for the Alberta Book! We are soooo close to our 200 goal!

This will probably be the last month that you will be able to put in an image that represents a special spot of Alberta. Please consider going through your work to see if it will work in our book. We are still needing images of Alberta towns, interesting city scenes/buildings, typical rural scenes - barns, lakes, etc. No more mountains please!!

Send work in to

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

Upcoming Meetings

May 9 

June 13

September 12 

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Symposium Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Pushing Boundaries [REBOOT] 2022 (PBR), the 31st annual Symposium of the International Society of Experimental Artists, in St Albert, Alberta from Sep 1 to 6.

With 21 artists and art business professionals presenting over 30 sessions there’s something for artists at all levels of experience: hands-on art making; business and marketing sessions; workshops and presentations; product demos; brown bag lunches; networking; social events and tourism options.  New for this year is Pushing Boundaries [VIRTUAL], a series of three advance workshops in July and August via ZOOM. Check out presenters, sessions and schedules, and register via the Symposium Experience Page. Subscribe to the Symposium newsfeed to receive emailed updates right to your inbox!

The Early Bird discount has been extended to May 31, due to technical difficulties with the launch of PBR’s registration system. The discount is $25 Cdn for non-ISEA members, and it is applied automatically upon checkout. ISEA members receive a $40 Cdn discount.

Registrants will receive services and perks from ISEA’s partners and sponsors. The Paint Spot is providing discounted workshop supply kits; a 30% discount on all online product orders to September 30th; and an ‘Alternative Surfaces’ demo at the Symposium. DaVinci Artist Brushes and other sponsors are providing each registrant at the onsite St. Albert events with samples, gift sets and products to try in their artwork.

INNOVATIONS 2022, ISEA’s 31st annual international, open, juried exhibition takes place Aug 18-Oct 1, in conjunction with the Pushing Boundaries Symposium. Over US$14,000 will be presented to award-winning artists. One of our partners, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, will co-host and curate the exhibition and will offer tours as part of the Symposium. INNOVATIONS information is available on the Symposium INSPIRE page.

This is the first ISEA event held in Canada. Be a welcome part of the team that makes these events a huge success! Sign up on our Volunteer page.