February 2019

Feature Artist

Denis Bouvier


Message from the President

I love trying new recipes. I don't cook meals on a daily basis - rather, I cook a bunch of dishes each weekend and then divide them into individual meals, throw them in the freezer. I know that I will have provided my family with as many hot meals per day as they want. We are all adults and know how to work a microwave. This has worked well for me and my family for the past several years. Most weekends I try a new recipe to add to the normal favorites, or I change a few things in existing dishes. I am not afraid to experiment with food as my kids will eat anything.  It's funny though, I don't quite have the same courage when it comes to trying new and different art supplies. What if I make mistakes?

For January's program, we had a lovely visit by Kim of The Paint Spot.  She brought all kinds of new products and demoed most of them. She handed out all kinds of finished samples for us to touch and see up close and her words made the procedures to use them sound easy and fun. But I still think it's scary to rub a new, never used before product over a finished piece. What if???  So, one of my Thursday Night Ladies brought in a small finished watercolour sampler and we played with the new waxing procedure on it. It worked wonderfully. So, I guess it's like a new recipe - follow the instructions and it's pretty sure things will work as you want them.  I hope other members have had fun trying some of the demoed products out!  Don't be a chicken like I was.

The first Book Committee meeting happened on the 15th and there is more about this farther into this newsletter. February is critique month and it's a perfect opportunity to bring in the pieces you are working on for the Edmonton Book!

I only have a couple months left as your President. Past President, Diana Templeton has gathered together a wonderful nominating committee and all members should be receiving a phone call soon regarding some of the upcoming vacant positions. I think we have come a long way in the past two years in building up SWCA again to a strong, fun-filled artist's group and things are moving along very smoothly.  I plan on being a very active past-president and will continue to attend the executive meetings, not only because they are so much fun, but also to help the new president in any way I can. Please consider a position on the executive. More information on the executive positions can be found on the website.

Take care and hope to see you at February's meeting!

Eveline Garneau, President

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 at Laurier Heights Baptist Church, 8505 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, lower level on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm.


  • Presentation of the Annual Report for the year ending 2018
  • Election of Executive Officers
  • Recruitment of volunteers for Committee vacancies

A complete listing of position vacancies will be listed in the March newsletter.

February Program


Teresa Graham, SWCA Signature Member, will be giving this evening's critique.  This will finish our series of reviewing elements of the Jury for Status Score Sheet.  Teresa's focus will be on MARK MAKING.

Bring in 1-2 paintings that are completed, or still in progress.  Perhaps bring an "Edmonton" painting you are working on for the book. The second painting will be looked at if there is time.  Though mark making will be the primary element of the night's critiquing, if you are looking for additional critiques on other elements, be sure to ask Teresa.


Cafe Blackbird Art Show 2019 

Open to Associate and Signature Status Members

Starts March 31 at 4 pm and goes until April 28.  Location 9640-142 Street NW, Edmonton. For more information, please contact Sue Scott.

Sue Scott, Exhibiting Committee Chair


Mastering Big Skies with Jim Davies

The Jim Davies workshop was well attended and here are some nice memories of the afternoon.


RAYMA PETERSON – Ecological Watercolours

Saturday, February 9, 2019 / 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Signworks Plus  | 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


SWCA Members: $55.00  /  Non-members: $70.00
Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

The workshop will focus on ecological watercolours. The subject matter should be a close up of one or just a few flowers/plants in a natural setting.

  • Artists should work with a small format, 9 x 12" as the maximum.
  • Artists should bring their own photos to work from but photos can be supplied if students desire. Please request with application.
  • A drawing of the composition should be completed before class so time can be spent on the painting.
  • Colour samples will be created to work from. Painting includes wet into wet, wet onto dry, glazing, drybrush, stippling and hatching to create a habitat painting.                   

For information about Rayma, visit https://raymapetersonart.weebly.com/about.html

WILLIE WONG - Acrylic Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate)

Saturday, March 16, 2019 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Signworks Plus | 15607-100A Ave NW, Edmonton


SWCA Members: $30.00 / Non-members: $45.00
Minimum participants: 10 / Maximum participants: 15

Renowned artist and teacher, Willie Wong will guide you in creating a small acrylic painting. A handout will be provided for your use but you can also bring your own photo.  Artists are asked to bring their own art supplies but do not go out of your way with a huge new assortment.  Primary colours are sufficient.         

For information about Willie, go to http://www.kamengallery.net/Willie.html 

You can also go visit him at Kamena Gallery & Frames Ltd.  5726 - 104 Street, Edmonton.

To REGISTER for workshops:

Email Nancy Sorensen (click here) with your contact information. Please include the name of the workshop in your email.

Upon confirmation of your acceptance:

Mail your cheque to Society of Western Canadian Artists,Attention: Workshops Committee, 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. 

Nancy Sorensen, Workshops Committee Chair

Edmonton Art Book Project

Book Committee

The Book Committee had its first meeting this month and several things have been decided:

  1. We will NOT have a jury in February.  Rather, we have opened an email address where artwork can be sent, sorted into categories and made ready for a final jury process which will be done electronically by a jury of 10 individuals (we hope) of a variety of channels - i.e. senior/associate members of SWCA, members of city council and members of the provincial government, etc.  Images MUST be no smaller than 8" x 10" and be at least 300 dpi.  The higher, the better.

  2. Because images will be gathered over several months, we will become aware if there is subject matter that is lacking and be able to tell the membership.  i.e. If there has been no painting of the Space & Science Centre, and as a group, we feel that this is an important for the book, we will ask members to consider it.  The final ultimate goal is that everyone who buys the book will be thrilled to see a great deal of Edmonton.  

  3. Tentative final deadline is June 1, 2019.   It is more important that we have the makings of a wonderful book, rather than meeting a firm deadline, but let's really strive hard to meet this deadline. It's good to set a goal.

  4. The chapters that the book committee has come up so far are: 

    • Edmonton Cityscapes 
    • City Attractions (e.g. Valley Zoo, Muttart Conservatory, Space & Science Centre, Fort  Edmonton, John Janzen Nature Centre, Snow Valley Ski Hill, etc.)
    • Iconic Edmonton Buildings 
    • Parks & Rivervalley 
    • Our 4 Seasons of Festivals 
    • Edmonton's Sports 
    • Our Own Backyards or Neighbourhoods In this chapter, a painting of a single flower will not be accepted - it has to feel more Edmonton than that.  This chapter can also include back alleys, fronts of houses, residential streets, etc.

  5. All seasons are encouraged. 

  6. As we are hoping that many tourists will be buying this book, we have decided on going with a soft cover book (packs much easier in suitcases) and will be max size 8.5" tall x 11" wide and we hope it will be at least 100 pages.  This will keep costs down and hopefully this will increase sales.  Each page will have one painting and with that painting, a brief paragraph from the artist on the subject matter/inspiration, etc.  Front cover will have one of the paintings (chosen through vote of membership) and the back cover page will highlight SWCA - logo, our mission, etc.

The next SWCA book committee meeting will be Friday, February 15 at 1:00 pm at Eveline's shop 15607-100A Avenue.  Parking available in lot next door (ignore the signs).

Email address for book submissions: swcabook@gmail.com


Jury for Status

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


Orchid Fair: Art Exhibition & Competition 2019

The Orchid Society of Alberta is once again inviting artists of all ages (youths, adults and seniors) and of all abilities (amateur and professional) to submit 2D and 3D orchid art for display and judging to our annual orchid sale and show.  The main focus of your piece must be an  orchid(s).  

This year's fair will be held at Hole's Enjoy Centre in St.Albert between Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7th. Registration forms and regulations are available at various art supply stores and art school.  You may also check www.orchidsalberta.com for updates.  Please notify J. Auschrat at 780-484-4290 or at cakesliver@shaw.ca by Monday, April 1st, if you intend to submit an orchid art piece for show and judging.

Last year's winner of the Vivian Thierfelder Trophy was Vicky van Andel (SWCA member).  Carla Irwin received the Member's Choice Award and Leah Friesen won the Member's Choice Youth Award as well as a gift certificate from The Gilded Rabbit Art & Framing for Best Artistic Image by a Youth.

The Orchid Society of Alberta would like to thank the members of SWCA for their continued support. 

Part-time Position Available:

Do you love putting smiles on children's faces?  Do you have approx. one weekend per month free? Then consider learning how to create airbrush tattoos for Beyond Face Painting.  All training and supplies (initially) will be provided.  For information please contact Marilyn at 780-431-2484 or Eveline at 780-489-1028.

Upcoming Meetings

February 11, 2019

March 11, 2019  / Annual General Meeting

April 8, 2019

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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