SWCA e-newsletter

Keeping Members Informed

November 2018

Featured Artist

Louise Bouvier

Plumeria Flowers / Oil on Canvas

Message From the President

I just finished a weekend of painting the most incredible Halloween "costumes".  I do face painting for children's events throughout the year but, come Halloween, it's something totally different.  Adults want their whole bodies painted and this year, black light paints were quite the rage.  I had never worked with this kind of paint before and to tell you the truth, I was quite scared that they would not work but … WOW … they do!

When I started to paint a UV red over top of a normal medium blue, I thought it would turn purple and dull the UV paint.  It sure looked dull in normal light, but when we turned off the lights and turned on the black light, the red just jumped off their skin!  Ahhh, the science of paint – it just boggles me.

How do paint manufacturers do it?  There are hundreds of colours already available in all kinds of mediums and each are unique.  And each year more colours are added.  Artist paints, house paints, face paints and even nail polish paints.  Thank goodness we have such an interesting selection of products to help with our creative endeavors in so many ways.  I love it!

I'm excited for November's Critique program as I am sure Rick will be teaching us lots!  See below for more information.

Just wanted to remind members that our December Christmas Gathering is going to include the miniature painting exchange. Original works up to 5" x 7" (unframed) are able to be given in (max 3/person) and through a ticket lottery, you will receive the same number of paintings that you brought it.  We have done this in the past and they have been so much fun.  We will project the paintings large onto the wall as the tickets are called out - creating a wonderful art show!  This open to all members.  This will also be an appetizer & dessert potluck gathering.  If you are not able to bring anything, a $5 donation towards the cost of the plates, drinks, etc. would be appreciated.

And I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and, as it falls right after Remembrance Day, let's wear red and black as a show of our thankfulness.

Eveline Garneau, President

November Membership Meeting 

Peoples Choice: 

If you are an Exhibiting, Associate or Signature member who has not won People's Choice in the last 2 years, you are invited to bring in 1 completed painting for presentation to the membership, to be voted on by all members.  Winners will have their artwork displayed on the homepage of our website for one month and shown in our website's Featured Artists section. 

This is a great opportunity to show your work – we all like to see what other members are doing … and you never know, you might win. There is a winner for every 3 paintings entered in People’s Choice, up to a maximum of 5 winners per event.

Program: CRITIQUE ON STYLE - Rick Rogers

This evening's critique with SWCA Signature member Rick Rogers will continue our series on reviewing elements of the Jury for Status Score Sheet. This time, our focus will be on: Style

Rick will give a short talk on the importance of style and what it means, followed by a critique on members’ work that will focus on this important element. To enhance the critique, members are encouraged to: 

1) bring two or three works with similarities in style to be critiqued together

2) bring two or three works with disparities in style to be critiqued together

3) bring a work that is in a style currently being developed, or continuing to explore

4) Or, if you just are having trouble with a painting you are working on, Rick can also provide a general critique on request.

For a copy of the Juror Score Sheet, click here. (You must be logged in as a member to access.)


Call for Entries: Misericordia In-house Gallery   

Location: Misericordia Hospital, 16940 - 87 Ave., Edmonton

Show dates: Dec. 1, 2018 (11 am) - Feb. 2, 2019 (9 am)

Deadline for entries:  Nov. 26, 2018

Show located in main floor hallways.  Feature wall of smaller specially priced works ($100 and under) will also be available.

Members who can apply: Exhibiting, Associate, Signature status levels

Number of paintings needed for show: 40 - 60

Number of submissions allowed for each artist: Up to 3 pieces / artist for main hallway and 2 pieces / artist for smaller works ($100 and under) for feature wall.

Commission structure: 20%

Submission Requirements:

Please send your entry information to the dedicated email for this show: swca2018mis@gmail.com

The following information must be in your email: 

  • Artist's name
  • Phone
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size (including frame)
  • Price
All artwork submitted must meet SWCA Exhibition Standards. (You must be logged in as a member to access.)

This exhibition runs December 1, 2018 to February 2, 2019.

Deadline for entries is November 26, 2018. The formal call for entries will be up soon. Watch for details.


Upcoming Workshop:  Jim Davies Workshop

December 9, 2018 / 1:00 - 4:30 pm. 

Details to come. A workshop specific announcement will be sent out shortly to all the members.

Book Project: 
Edmonton -– Seen Through Its Artists’ Eyes 

This MIGHT be the title of of one of SWCA's biggest projects so far.

The ball started rolling last spring with the idea that members of SWCA create a beautiful book of artwork of Edmonton. It’s time to really get this ball whizzing along.  Here are some facts thus far:

1. Open to all Exhibiting, Associate and Signature status members, who can submit up to 3 paintings that say "Edmonton" to them.  Be it featuring iconic Edmonton buildings and skylines, the annual festivals, the special attraction venues (the Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton, The Muttart, etc.) and even Edmonton's own backyards.

2. Artwork can be any artistic medium and can be flat or sculptural.  No framing/glass needed as these will hinder with the photography of the images.

3. Size is up to you.

4. Jurying will happen at the February SWCA meeting.  If you are not able to make it, please arrange with a friend to bring in your pieces. With each of your pieces state your name, title, medium and a short paragraph of the piece and it's inspiration is needed. Jurying will be done by a combination of city officials with a selection of our Associate and Signature status members.

5. A five person committee is now needed to be formed to start making decisions on many little details.  Anyone interested please contact Eveline Garneau at 780-489-1028.  The actual output of time will not be very much now but might increase after the February Jurying.

6.  We want this book to show Edmonton in all it's seasons. Even paintings that show some of Edmonton's history will be accepted for jury. Painting 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 to the jury. Ownership of sold paintings will be noted.

7. All members are able to put in suggestions for the title of the book, with the final vote done by the whole membership via an online vote.

8. Artwork accepted for the book will remain the property of the artist.  A possible show and sale of this work might be arranged at a popular tourist attraction next summer.  These are all things that the committee will discuss and decide.

We have already got confirmation that Tix on the Square is very interested in selling this book and all the local attractions have gift stores that are also willing to carry this book.  We are very excited to what this project will mean to SWCA. We hope you have fun capturing Edmonton in your chosen medium and look forward to your entries come February 2019.

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

November 12, 2018

December 10, 2018 - Christmas Party

January 14, 2019

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm

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