SWCA e-newsletter

Keeping Members Informed

April 2018

Featured Artist

Sue Scott

Nada: Inner Sound / Acrylic 

Message From the President

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

When I started looking for a quote this month - I wanted it to directly reflect the fact that we have several openings in our committees that need to be filled before June (see below).  

And none of these positions need to be done alone.  Taking on one of the positions with a SWCA friend can make the job so much easier (at least by half), twice as much input on items is always helpful and if one of you can’t make a meeting, you already have someone that has your back. It’s a win-win situation so I hope that this has been a one-paragraph pep talk that gets you thinking about filling one of the positions.  Any questions about any of the positions? Please contact the present Committee Chair and they’ll be able to help you.

Earlier this month, I had the exciting pleasure to see all the artwork displayed during the NOA weekend held at the Enjoy Centre. WOW!  I was amazed!  It was so nice to see several of you there too!  What a wonderful event Phil Alain had put together – his 21st – and by the sounds of it, it just seems to grow and grow each year. One of the highlights was seeing the panels of the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic.  My Thursday Night Ladies had painted several tiles in the two train parts and it was such fun searching for them all.  Looking at all the tiles, it shows that we have some talented “mini” painters in our city. And they are not finished yet!  There are several more communities that will be having train cars done. I know that most of you have done a tile or two already and it feels good that our SWCA group is well represented in this huge project. Fun stuff!

As I look out my window, it’s snowing so it doesn’t quite look like Spring yet. But it will soon be (I hope!) and it’s always nice to do a bit of spring cleaning. This year, pull out all of your piled up art supplies that you no longer wish to use and book a space in our first artistic garage sale! This will happen from 5 - 7 pm (before our normal meeting time) on June 11.  The church has given us permission to host this on their front lawn (weather permitting). The SWCA library will be clearing out lots of books and there will be a SWCA table so if you just wish to donate your supplies to that table – all proceeds will go to the Library.  We’ll advertise it to the general public through social media, lawn signs in the area and through the church’s newsletter.  We would love to have someone come forward to head this project. The executive will help in any way they can but to have someone in charge of this fun event will help pull it all together.  Please contact me if this interests you at 780.489.1028.

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and I would like to invite all the members who have helped/volunteered in any area of the running of SWCA this past year to attend April’s meeting.  We want to recognize you!

Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend and look forward to seeing you on April 9.

Eveline Garneau

Seeking Volunteer(s)

Artistic Garage Sale Coordinator | Seeking volunteer to head up and organize the Artistic Garage Sale on June 11.  Please contact please email Eveline Garneau or call 780.489.1028.

Feature Artist Coordinator | Outgoing committee chair: Katalin Dusek 

Membership Chair + committee members  | Outgoing committee chair: Arlene Bowles 

Newsletter Chair/Editor | Interim chair: John Labots 

Programs Chair + committee members | Outgoing committee chair: Laurel Hawksell 

Greeting Committee members | Committee chair: Myrna Wilkinson 

If you would like to volunteer for any of the positions listed above, please contact the present Committee Chair listed above or President Eveline Garneau or call 780.489.1028.

Election Results of Annual General Meeting
on March 12, 2018

President - Eveline Garneau (2nd term)

1st VP - Brenda Long (2nd term) 

2nd VP - Patricia Sorensen (2nd term)

Treasurer - Deb Achtymichuk (2nd term)

Secretary - Bonnie Stonehouse

Past-President - Diana Templeton (2nd term)

March People’s Choice Winners

Winners of Peoples’ Choice were Donna Chamberland and John Labots. Congratulations. Their artwork will be featured on the home page of the website for April and May.

Upcoming April Program

Feature Artist: Donna Chamberland

Presenter: Jani Galarneau 

Come to April’s meeting to enjoy the art of Jani Galarneau!  Jani is a texture-ist and mixed media artist. She loves colour and combining unusual objects to make her art. Often using recycled items in a whimsical manner. She’s thrilled to have been asked to introduce us to her style. Her goal is to inspire us to explore the many venues we can add to our own artwork. The world of mixed media is huge and exciting! Join her on an art adventure!

SWCA Workshops


Saturday, May 26 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Signworks Plus 15607-100A Ave NW


$55.00 per person

There will be a 1 hour lunch break. Refreshments available, but bring your own lunch (microwave available).

Add new ways of painting portraiture to your repertoire. Alla-prima means "at once" in Italian. This is a method of painting in one application, without retouching. It is also called "direct" painting. 

In this one day intensive and exciting workshop you will learn various techniques to master the alla-prima style of portrait painting, using reference images provided by the instructor: choosing a colour scheme, talking about composition, simplification and choosing the right style for your alla-prima portrait. We shall create one to two small studies (no pressure).

A supply list is available after registration is received. 

A minimum of 10 people is needed for this workshop to proceed.

TO REGISTER for either workshop:

Email Nancy Sorensen with your contact information and the name of this workshop.

Mail your cheque to Society of Western Canadian Artists, c/o 15607 - 100A Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB  T5P 0L5 

OR cheques/cash can be brought to a SWCA monthly meetings prior to the workshop. 

Please make cheques payable to Society of Western Canadian Artists. 

If the workshop is full, you can ask to be added to a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.

Spring Jury for Status

Advance applications are now being received for an online Jury for Status event for General members who wish to advance to Exhibiting Status.  Go to www.swcartists.ca and log in, then go to: Members Only > Application for Status Change > Advance Application.  Jurying will occur in early March 2018.

Jury for Status will occur again in Fall 2018 for all status levels.

If you have any questions please email John Labots of the Standards Committee.  

SWCA Library

Opens at 6:30 pm at every meeting. Explore!

Upcoming Meetings

April 9, 2018

May 14, 2018

June 11, 2018

Meetings begin at 7:00pm

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