Tuesday, 21 March 2017

How to make packages for transporting paintings

This is a YouTube Video by Adeline Halvorson that many artists may find beneficial. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

June Art Show & Sale and Annual Picnic

We have arranged to have a June Art Sale:
Friday, June 9 (evening tentative hours 6 - 9 pm)
Saturday, June 10 (tentative hours 10 am - 4 pm) 

It will be at the Crossmount Art Barn which is 5.8 km south of the German Concordia Club on Hwy 219 (straight out Lorne Ave). 

Details are still being worked out, but we thought that we should let the members know of this opportunity so that they can start planning.  

The cost to members who participate is still being determined - all sales are directly to them with no commissions. If we can get enough interest we are hoping to keep the cost per artist down to $35.  
Let me know if you are interested in participating.

ANNUAL PICNIC / BBQ to be held at the home of Leroy & Rina Royer again this year on:  Sunday, June 11.  

Out-of-town members could stay in Saskatoon for the weekend to be at the sale and at the picnic. Will be a great weekend!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Bob Lavender Airbrush Workshop

An airbrush workshop with Bob Lavender will cover using your airbrush and air brushing a blue heron casting.  

May 13 & 14
Cost $150 plus $25 for materials  
At the Perron acreage near Grandora
Times: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 
            9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday
There are a limited number of airbrushes for use if you do not have one.  

The proceeds for this workshop will go to fund the Reflections of Nature show in October which is hosted by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association. 

If you are interested, you can register with Paul Perron at 306-280-1111 or by email at prperron@sasktel.net.  Seating is limited and a deposit will be required.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Annual Raffle - 2017

The tickets are printed! If you want to help sell some tickets contact Audrey Boyd or Beth Campbell. 

This year's raffle items are awesome:
- a painting: "Anticipation: African Lioness" by Tania Nault
- another painting:  "Follow Me" by Beverley Chicoine
- and a carving by Connie Rector

Tickets are $5 each - the draw will be held on the Sunday of Reflections - Oct 29, 2017.  Be sure to get a ticket!

Friday, 24 February 2017

SWAA Participating in Two Shows

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association will be participating in:
- The Sports & Leisure Show (March 2 - 5) Website
- The Collector Show (March 17 - 19) Website

We are looking for volunteers to be at those booths. Volunteers will have the opportunity to display and sell their artwork while they are on their shift. They will also be expected to help sell our raffle tickets while promoting our association and the Reflections of Nature Show & Sale. Volunteers also have the opportunity to demonstrate their craft.

Click here check the schedule to determine when you can volunteer. We would want a minimum of two volunteers in each time slot. 

Contact Beth Campbell to add your name to the volunteer list:
- Email: campbell.beth@gmail.com
- Phone 306-260-3408

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gray Jay Carving Workshop

Workshop #2: Carving and Painting A Life size Gray Jay 
                      (Canada's new National Bird) 
                      with Harvey Welch

Presented by The Saskatchewan River Valley Art School (SRVAS)

February 24, 25, 26, March 17, 18, 19 2017, 9:00 -4:30 

(Limit 10 students)

At The Razertip Classroom, 301-9th Street North in Martensville

The first 3 days (Feb 24-26) will be spent carving and starting the texture on your Gray Jay. In the 3 weeks between sessions you will complete the texturing on your own so that it's ready to paint on the last 3 days (March 17-19).

All tools and equipment supplied. If you would rather carve with some or all of your own tools feel free to bring them along.

Cost; $240.00, which includes bird blank and glass eyes. For those who wish they can make their own feet, or purchase a pair of cast feet from Razertip. 

Anyone wishing an extra blank(s) please contact Harvey ahead of time.

Lunch will be brown bag, there are grocery stores, fast food outlets close by for those who wish a quick pickup. Coffee and juice supplied.

1. Canalta Hotel, Martensville    
2. Adobe Inn, Martensville   
3. Saskatoon Hotels 18 km. away

Registration and Contact:  
Brian Dueck: b.dueck@shaw.ca (Brian is away Feb 7-19) 
or Harvey Welch: welchjh@shaw.ca

Chickadee Carving Workshop

Updated information on classes at the Razertip Classroomcan be found at:

Workshop #1: 

Carving a Realistic Black-capped Chickadee with Cam Merkle

Thursday evenings 7-9:30pm for 10 weeks Feb 9 through April 13, 2017

Join Cam for this inaugural carving workshop in Razertip's new state-of-the-art classroom. Over 10 weeks (2.5 hours per week) you will carve, texture and paint a life-size Black-capped Chickadee. This class is ideal for first-time or less experienced carvers; if you've never carved a bird before or if you're still at the early stages of learning how, this class is for you. When the class is done you'll have a beautiful, realistic Chickadee carving that you'll be proud to display! You'll also have learned a whole range of new skills!

The Razertip classroom is a fully-equipped facility where each workstation has all the top-quality tools and equipment you'll need to complete your project. Even if you have tools of your own, you won't need to bring them (unless you really want to).

A fee of $225.00 includes everything - a bandsawn blank, study notes, pattern and reference, glass eyes, pewter toes or feet, a base to mount the bird on, paint, and any other tools and supplies as needed (also includes all applicable taxes). All you need to bring is a desire to carve your bird!

Cam Merkle is the owner and president of Razertip Industries Inc. and Saskatchewan's only Wildfowl Master Artist. He has been teaching bird carving since 1984 and has been a teacher, judge and competitor with his carvings at shows and carving events all over North America. An avid bird observer and photographer, Cam has over 40 photo reference books and 2 pattern and photo books currently in print with more in the works.

Register online here: