Thursday, December 20, 2018


Our Reflections of Nature Show in 2019 will be on Saturday, October 26 until Sunday, October 27 with the Gala Opening Saturday night. 

We are shortening the show for two reasons:
- to save a bit of money on the venue
- to recognize the extra expense those travelling from outside of Saskatoon have

We will not be having a banquet at the show in 2019. All those popular events will still be happening, just re-arranging things to fit them in. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

SWAA had Demo Booth at Sundog

Sundog in Saskatoon

Members of The Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association took turns doing demos and discussing the association at Sundog in Saskatoon Nove 30 - Dec 2. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Raffle Winners

Colleen Chiesa won the carving of a chickadee done by Cam Merkle. 

Paully Neilson won the quilt that was donated by Lola Hingtgen.

And Cyril Saunders won the phoyogtaph by John Waddington.

There was a Art Treasure Hunt. Visitors to the show were given a list of questions about art pieces that were displayed at the show. Once they had answered the questions, their name was entered into a draw to win a small painting donated from the collection of Leroy & Rina Royer. The winner of that painting was Olivia Maney. (Sorry - didn't get a photo of that one). 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Highlights from Reflections 2018

The Reflectons of Nature Show was Oct 26 - 28, 2018. It was a busy weekend! 

Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who made this show such a great success! 

We have a PDF of the competition results posted online:

Thank you to the judges and their teams and to Jack Magera for keying those results in so that we could share them. 

And we have photos of the show posted online as well:

Thank you to Wayne Keating and Clarence Stinn for their work taking all those photos. Took me a while to go through them to post. 

Now - it is time to start planning for another year. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SWAA Member James Clow Makes Significant Sale

James Clow was one of the artists displaying his work at the Birds in Art 2018 Show where he sold one of his paintings to The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for its permanent collection.  I am sure that visitors to the Art Museum will enjoy this painting for many years to come.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in the heart of Wausau, Wisconsin, is known for its internationally acclaimed Birds in Art exhibition, which opens each fall on the weekend after Labor Day. All-new avian-themed interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics are sure to inspire in endless ways. The inaugural exhibition that helped launch the Museum’s opening in 1976 developed to become the Woodson Art Museum’s flagship and internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition.  

Click here to learn more about the show.

James with his painting 
and Alice Woodson Smith. 

Just Canadians!  From left - right
Michael Dumas, Calvin Nicholls, James Clow, Rose Tanner,
Robert Bateman, Karen Bondnarchuk, Patricia Pepin   
This is the first James Clow painting that I saw.

James had this in our 2017 show.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ramona Swift Thiessen

Ramona is a performance painter who loves capturing beauty from nature and putting it to paint on canvas. Visit her booth at The Reflections of Nature Art Show at Prairieland Park, Hall C from Oct 26 - 28. 

Ramona will be "performing" at the show on Saturday at 1:00 pm and again Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Be sure to come by and see how quickly she can create a masterpiece.

Performance Painting is a fun and uncommon form of entertainment where Ramona paints as the audience watches from start to finish. She has painted along side musicians in concert, at fundraisers, at coffee houses, retreats, at banquets while guests dined and drank, etc! It's always a lot of fun as often the guests like to gather around and chat with Ramona as they watch her masterpiece come to life. 

See more of her work at her website at:

Get to know Ramona by reading her blog at:

To find out more about The Reflections of Nature Show go to:

Join Ramona at Reflections. For information about getting your own booth go to:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Wire Tree of Life Workshop with Robyn Magera

Robyn, the Vice-president of SWAA and Co-chair of Reflections will conduct a workshop on creating Wire Trees of Life at Reflections 
- on Sunday morning Oct 28 from 9 am - noon. 
- Prairieland Park, Hall C
- Early bird fee of $35 plus materials available until Sept 30
- After that it will cost $45 plus materials. 
- Materials fee: $15
Find out more about this workshop and register at:

Wire Trees of Life created by people attending 
a workshop by Robyn at the Saskatoon Ex.

Robyn grew up in Melville, Saskatchewan. She is a self-taught artist who enjoys working in many media and exploring new creative projects.  She strongly believes that "there is always more to learn".

A Tree of Life created by Robyn

To find out more about Robyn visit her SWAA member page at:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Colin Chatfield Workshop at Reflections

Colin is a photo artist who enjoys all photography but has a passion for the night sky, landscapes and macros. One of his goals in life is to educate people about the beauty of the world around them that is all too often taken for granted. 

On Saturday afternoon at Reflections of Nature Show he will be doing just that. Colin is offering a workshop on Macro Photography. 
- Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Saskatoon's Prairieland Park, Hall C
- From 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Colin created the Saskatchewan Aurora Hunters group so he could share his passion for night photography with other photo artists with the same interest. 

To find out more about Colin visit his Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association member page at:

To find out more about the workshop that he is presenting at Reflections go to:

SWAA Carver - Reuben Unger

Reuben, from small town Clavet, Saskatchewan competes against world class carvers to win numerous awards for his carvings.

His carvings are now in collections in Western Canada, United States and as far away as Sweden. He continues to advance his skills by taking classes and seminars from other world class carvers. 

Find out more about Reuben on the Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association Member's page.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Artist Trading Cards at Reflections 2018

Promote your art - trade your card - make new friends

This opportunity is open to Canadian Artists - or artists who can have the traded card mailed back to a Canadian address. Or - to artists who simply want their card out there and don't need to have a card from another artist returned to them.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TEN Workshops planned for Reflections of Nature Show

There are 10 FABULOUS workshops planned for The Reflections of Nature Art Show on the weekend of Oct 26 - 28, 2018.

Register by September 30 to get the early bird rate.

Go to the Reflections of Nature website for more information:

#1 - Paverpol with Loretta Metzger
Saturday, Oct 27
9 am - 4:00 pm

#2 - 3D Pumpkin Carving with Theressa Wright & Terry Ouellette
Saturday, Oct 27 
9 am - noon

#3 - Carving an Otter Letter Opener with Bob Gander
Saturday, Oct 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm

#4 - The Camera Doesn't Get The Last Word 
with John Perret
Saturday, Oct 27
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
#5 - Macro Photography with Colin Chatfield
Saturday, Oct 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm
#6 - Painting with Plasticine
with Funky Artsmith, Karen Welch-Smith
Saturday, Oct 27 9 am - noon

#7 - Wire Trees of Life 
with Robyn Magera
Sunday, Oct 28 9 am - noon
#8 - Needle Felting a Penguin with Beth Campbell
Sunday, Oct 28
9 am - noon
#9 - Pyrography with Colourwith Doug Cox
Sunday, Oct 28
9 am - noon
#10 - You Be the Judge - with Val Hinz
Sunday, Oct 28
9 am - noon

Friday, August 17, 2018

SWAA Member Terry Minter will be at Reflections of Nature

While Terry Minter enjoyed his career as a conservation officer he was able to observe wildlife in many areas through-out Saskatchewan. This has given him a head start as a wildlife artist. 

This self-taught artist has been pencil drawing wildlife art for over 35 years.  Terry has a display at the Tourism Moose Jaw Centre on Highway #1. Watch for his booth at The Collector Show in Saskatoon in March. He has shown his work at Reflections and plans to come back to the 2018 show. 

Visit Terry's SWAA member page at:

Visit his Easy shop at:TerryMinterArt

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SWAA Booth at the Saskatoon Ex

We had more space than usual at the Saskatoon Exhibition this year.

Photos by Colin Chatfield
"Into the Light" painting by Beth Campbell

Paintings by Irene Stroshein

Paintings by Irene Stroshein
Colleen Miller
Photo by Beth Campbell

Paintings by
Brian McConnell
Connie McConnell
Beth Campbell
Harvey Rebalkin
Audrey Boyd
Judy Kasdorf

Paddles by Dean Clark
Paintings by Robyn Magera

Carvings by Leroy & Rina Royer

Paddles carved & painted
by Dean Clark

Carvings by Leroy & Rina Royer

Dean Clark - Leroy & Rina Royer - Robyn Magera

Carvings by Leroy & Rina Royer

Leroy & Rina Royer
Robyn Magera
Photo by Beth Campbell
Mini painting by Judy Kasdorf

Wire Trees - Robyn Magera
Whale carving - Cam Merkle
Other carvings
Cam, Lori Merkle
Woodturning - Lori Merkle
Whimsical House - Beth Campbell
Wood Spirit - Paul Perron
Felted Penguins - Beth Campbell
Yellow tree painting by Marion Janzen

Bonsai Trees painting by Beth Campbell

Whale carving by Cam Merkle

Photography by
Sheri Gordon
Colin Chatfield
Painting by Colleen Miller

Tiger painting Ray Friessen
Unicorn - Colleen Miller
Deer photo - Beth Campbell
Photos - Wayne Keating

Photography by
Wayne Keating

Paintings by:
Marian Janzen
Robyn Magera
Colleen Miller
Audrey Boyd
Connie McConnell

Friday, August 10, 2018

Creating at the Saskatoon Ex

We have been having so much fun at the exhibition.

On Tuesday Robyn Magera showed us what she does when she paints her shoes.

Beth Campbell's shoe

On Wednesday Lori Merkle came to show people her wood burning techniques. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos.

On Thursday a group got together and did some needle felting. Here is the penguin that Audrey Boyd created.

Audrey Boyd's Penguin

On Friday we will be working with Loretta Metzger to do Paverpol sculptures. Saturday Robyn Magera will help us make some wire trees of life. Sunday Marion Janzen and Beth Campbell will demo their painting. 

Be sure to stop by and say hi if you go to the exhibition!