Sunday, April 15, 2018

Blogs Combined

We have had two blogs:
- one for The Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association (SWAA)
- one for The Reflections of Nature Art Show and Sale

They are now combined here.
If you want to view the previous SWAA blog - Click here

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Artist Trading Cards - new for Reflections 2018

Artist Trading Cards

This is a fun idea where artists submit their art (paintings) in the form of an artist trading card (ATC). Cards would be displayed on a board and at the end of the show, the cards would be gathered together and randomly redistributed. The expectation would be that each artist would receive someone else’s card to take home. A good way to collect another artist’s work in this miniature form (2½” x 3½”). Since the ATC are so small we can accept mailed in entries from artists unable to come to the show. If entries come by mail from within Canada, the card they would receive will be mailed to them. They must provide a return stamped & addressed envelope with their submission.


Visit Wikipedia for information about Artist trading cards:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_cards

If you visit Michael's website you will see blank cards at:
http://canada.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MichaelsCanada-Site/en_CA/Search-AdvancedSearch?q=artist+trading+cards&simplesearch.x=4&simplesearch.y=5&simplesearch=Search&cgid=entire

Don't miss out on this great way to collect Artist Cards - same concept as "baseball cards" or other sports cards. 





Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Saskatoon Collector Show

We have a booth at the show and we have lots of great stuff there. Art by the volunteers at the show. And the felted chickadees and note cards that are being sold to support the association. And the raffle items are there to tempt visitors into buying a ticket. The booth will change frequently throughout the weekend as new volunteers bring in their art. 


Leroy Royer carvings


Three paintings by Connie McConnell
and a buffalo painting & photo
by Beth Campbell


Connie McConnell paintings
Raffle photo by John Waddington

Painting of Max (dog) by Beth Campbell
Alcohol Ink paintings by Brian McConnell
Paintings by Connie McConnell


Some of the felted chickadees for sale to support the association. 
Check out the fancy hairdo on the one that Connie McConnell created.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Life away from our art

Amazing as this seems - some of us have a life other than our art. 

Such is the case with Holly Edwards. Some know her as SWAA's Vice President and Co-chair for Reflections in 2017. She also has a successful home business: My Custom Cake Topper. https://mycustomcaketopper.com 

But this is how she spent this weekend. She placed 3rd overall in her first competition with a final lift of 325 lb. She may not be very big - but don't mess with her! 




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Upcoming Class at the Razertip Classroom

Carve a Natural-finish Loon with Garry Rector
Wednesday Evenings February 21 through April 25 2018, 6:30pm- -9:30pm

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




Garry Rector will instruct you in the use of using rotary tools to create a Common Loon, approximately 12 inches long. The piece will be done creating a smooth finish with some detail, glass eyes, then coated with a clear finish to bring out the natural grain of the wood. Once completed you will have created a piece of art you will be proud to display This class is ideal for first-time or less experienced carvers (although more experienced carvers will also enjoy the class). 

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 $250.00 includes everything - a bandsawn blank, pattern and glass eyes, clear finish 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! 

About Garry Rector: 
Garry started carving in 1989. He teaches his carving skills on a regular basis. He has taught in Saskatoon, Martensville, Winnipeg, Regina, Moose Jaw and at the Kenderdine Retreat at Emma Lake. He has instructed numerous workshops at the Lee Valley Tools Store in Saskatoon. 

Garry’s accomplishments include Best of Show and Best of Division awards and many category awards from carving shows all over North America. In 1998 he had the honor of winning the competition at the Reflections of Nature Show for the Ducks Unlimited Sculptor of the year for his miniature Ruddy Duck. Garry was honoured to be published In the annual Competition Carving magazine in 2015. He won the Best of Show In the Hunting Decoy Catergory for three consecutive years in the Alberta Wildlife Images of Nature show in Edmonton Alberta. His works can be found in many private collections around the world. 

Garry is also a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association and the Saskatchewan Woodworkers' Guild. Limit 10 students. 


For more information or to register: https://www.eventbrite.com 
or by phone at 306-931-0889. 

Upcoming Carving Class Hosted by Razertip Classroom

CARVE A SAW-WHET OWL WITH CAM MERKLE
Thursday Evenings Feb 8 - March 29, 2018 
from 7_00 - 9:45 pm
At the Razertip Classroom
301 9th St North in Martensville
Over 8 weeks (2.75 hours per week; total 22 hours) you will carve (using power carving tools), texture and finish a 5-1/4” high, realistically-shaped, natural finish Saw-whet owl perched on a stump from a single piece of butternut wood. 

There will be no painting in this class; we will apply natural finishes to the bird to bring out the unique woodgrain beauty of each piece. This class will be of interest to carvers of any experience level; whether you've never carved a bird before or you’re an expert, you will find this class enjoyable and challenging as Cam works with each individual student based on their experience and abilities.

When the class is done you'll have a beautiful carving that you'll be proud to display! You'll also have learned many 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 $230.00 includes everything - a bandsawn blank, study notes, pattern, finish coat, 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. 


Limit 10 students. 
For more information or to register:
or by phone at 306-931-0889. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Feature Artist for 2018 Reflections

Photographer Sharon Walker has accepted the honour of being our feature artist for the 2018 Reflections of Nature Art Show & Sale. Many who have been following Reflections over the years will remember this photo:





See more of her work at
Your Shot National Geographic.com