December 2018

Message From the President

Debbie (our treasurer) and I just spent a wonderful couple hours at the church with Brent, the Laurier Heights Baptist Church AV guy.  We had hauled out everything electrical out of the storage room and he went through everything, explaining what gets plugged into what, and how we can make our little microphone system work much better, and how to hook up the camera and projector system together to work without getting those annoying screen messages all the time!  I am absolutely thrilled to say that December's meeting is going to work SO well ... AV wise. He also has told us that he is going to look for a special speaker system that our hands free microphone will be able to plug into directly and not have to go through the complicated church AV system. Both Debbie and I breathed a sigh of relief when we heard that.  So upcoming demos and critiques will now be projected large so no more squinting needed!!  Yay!

While we were there, Debbie and I also decided to do a bit of storage room clean-up and that too is now going to be a bit easier to manoeuver within.  Boxes are labeled and sorted and organized so that it will be easier to find things...we hope!  We did a bit of a spring clean-up, only it happened in November.  It's a great way to start off 2019.

Lastly, we were shown how to operate the elevator!! No key is needed, just the holding down of certain buttons.  If any members are in need of using the elevator, please come up the front ramp to the front door and then call me at 780-990-4552. Someone will come open the door for you and we will teach you how to use the elevator.  I also noticed that the church had lots of rock crush on all the icey bits and I felt quite safe walking within the parking lot.  It felt good!

At our last Executive meeting, one of the calendar action items was to start thinking about March's AGM.  I will have completed my two year term (maximum allowed). Right from the start of her term as 1st VP, we knew that Brenda was not wanting to step into the President’s position, so we need to start thinking about filling it now.  I can tell you that for the past year, it has been quite smooth sailing and a real joy to chair the meetings. I am prepared to remain very active as your past-president and support the new President.  

The position is not status level sensitive, all levels of membership can be the President, but you must have been a member for at least two years according to our Bylaws (6.3). If you are willing to put your name forward for this very important volunteer position, please contact Diana Templeton who is in charge of the nominating committee. 

Just wanted to remind members that our meeting on December 10 is our annual Christmas Party. See below for details. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Eveline Garneau, President

December Program

SWCA Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party will include door prizes, a fun artistic ice-breaker and a miniature art exchange. This will also be an appetizer and dessert potluck gathering. If you are not able to bring anything, a $5 donation towards the cost of plates, drinks, etc. would be appreciated.  You are welcome to bring a guest/spouse! 

The Miniature Art Exchange: Bring up to 3 original works (max size 5” x 7" unframed) and through a ticket lottery you will receive the same number of paintings that you brought in.  We have done this exchange in past years and they have always been a lot of fun. Now that we know how to work the projector, we will project the paintings onto the wall before they go to their new owners, so it will also be a nice art show.  All members can participate.

November People's' Choice Winners

The winners from People's Choice last month were:  Tina Mueller, Lorna Offet, Carol Pylypow, and Myrna Wilkinson. Their work will be posted on our website home page and then in our online Feature Artist Gallery. Congratulations.

Edmonton Art Book Project

Here are some IMPORTANT UPDATES on the Art Book Project that members should be aware of:


Photo credit: Instagramyeg | Eighty4_photos 

We now have a partnership in place with instagramyeg as a source for reference photographs of Edmonton.  Instagramyeg photographers will submit photos that we can access and use freely for the project. Completed paintings will be the sole property of the artist, and the only requirement will be to include a credit to the photographer with the title of the artwork.

Access images on social media with the hashtag:  #yeg_swca

Or through the website:

If you would like to leave a comment for the artist, or informe other artists you are using the image for your painting, you will have to have an Instagram account.

Submissions to the site by instagram photographers will end on February 28, 2019, so be sure to check out the site regularly for new images.


ALL levels of SWCA artists can submit images: General, Exhibiting, Associate and Signature.


1. Painting must convey a clear sense or aspect of “Edmonton”. Subject material can feature iconic Edmonton buildings and skylines, the annual festivals, the special attraction venues (the Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton, The Muttart, etc.) or even Edmonton's own backyards. Iconic areas in the immediate area around Edmonton can be included. We want this book to also show Edmonton in all it's seasons. Even paintings that show some of Edmonton's history will be accepted. 

2. Paintings do not have to be current work, so look through your past works/sold works and if any apply to Edmonton, they can be submitted. Ownership of sold paintings will be noted.

3. Artwork can be any artistic medium, painting or sculpture.  Do not place glass over finished art so it can be photographed properly.

4. Artwork can be any size.

5. A maximum of 3 images per artist can be submitted.  Further submissions may be considered depending on the response from members.


The submission and jury process is still being worked on. A first round of jurying is likely to be held in February or March 2019. Watch for details in the new year.

Submissions for a book title will also be accepted.  Watch for details on how to submit.


A Book Committee has been formed. Anyone interested in joining should contact Eveline Garneau at 780-489-1028. 


Misericordia Hospital Show

There are 24 artists and over 70 pieces of art on display in the SWCA Misericordia Show that fills almost 2 full hallways on the main floor of the hospital. It’s exciting to see so many new artists in SWCA taking the leap to be in the this show. Artists from other clubs were there when we were hanging our art. They were very interested in hearing how to join SWCA. Good thing I always keep our cards in my jacket pocket.  

The SWCA show will be up from Sat. Dec.1, 2018 to Sat. Feb. 2, 2019. The show will come down Feb. 2 before 11:00 a.m. We hope that over the busy holiday season you put this on your list of "must dos".

Call for Entries: "Here Comes the Sun"     

The Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre Show will be starting on February 2, 2019, the same day that the Misericordia Show comes down. Watch for Call for Entry details coming soon in the newsletter, by email and on the website.

Sue Scott, Exhibiting Committee Chair


Jury for Status

We would like to congratulate the following members in attaining during our November Jury for Status event:

Exhibiting Status:  Carolyn Agopsowicz, Vanessa Ali, Sheila Chubak, Elvira Johnson, Martin Sawdon, Janice Sich.

Associate Status:  Deb Achtymichuk 

If you are interested in applying for a change of status, the next Jury for Status are planned for the Spring of 2019 for General to Exhibiting Status, and in the Fall of 2019 for all levels (Exhibiting, Associate and Signature).  

The Standards Committee would like to have some indication of the number of members who would like to apply in the Spring of 2019 for Exhibiting Status. You can complete an ADVANCE APPLICATION to indicate your intention to apply for the Spring 2019 event. Simply login in and go to Members Only > Application for Status Change > Advance Application to Jury for Status Event. Deadline for advance application is March 31, 2019.  The process for General to Exhibiting will be ONLINE only and will require high resolution quality images to be submitted at the time of application.

John Labots, Standards Committee Chair


Jim Davies Workshop RESCHEDULED

Due to lack of participants, the Jim Davies Workshop has been rescheduled to January 13, 2019. For more information and to register, visit the Workshop page of the website. 

Nancy Sorensen, Workshops Committee Chair

Member Notices

We are reintroducing the Member Notices section of the Newsletter.  If you have interesting information or an event that you want to share with the rest of the members, please submit your content to John Labots.

Upcoming Meetings

December 10, 2018 - Christmas Party

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 Annual General Meeting

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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