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Newsletter February 2008
The next Board Meeting will be on February 18, 2008, 2008/ 7PM at Nina Uppaluru's - 408-257-1315
Submission deadline for the March Newsletter is February 15, 2008.
FALC membership for 2008 is now due.

Membership forms are now available at http://www.falc.org/members/falc_membership.pdf

FALC General Meeting, Social Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, February 11, 2008/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM


Watermedia demonstration

Artist's Statement:

"Surface is just as essential to the finished piece as the light hitting the face of a figure. Most of my subject matter requires a very organic background. I use gessoed masonite as the foundation texture to most of my pieces. Sometimes, though, I use found lumber which has been weathered and decayed by time. I scratch into the board with nails and write partially hidden messages which come to life during the painting process. Usually the background will be no more than the bleeding of color to create the illusion on light and depth. I've embraced the lift-off technique. The high-contrast of light and shadow is created by covering the surface with gouache paint, then lifting areas of the paint off with a wet brush to create the highlights. This is a meticulous process where I am able to relax into the piece, to let the story tell itself to me. I am looking forward to demonstrating this technique with a limited palette in February!"

At the January Meeting

We had a wonderful demonstration of Abstract Figurative Painting in oils by Ursula O'Farrell.

Our thanks to Janki Chokshi and Valerie Millar for bringing delicious snacks for the meeting.

We would like to welcome new members Jean Claude Roy, Krishna Sastry, and Rita Winkler.

Artist of the Month
We will have an Artist of the Month event at the February meeting. Only the first 10 paintings will be accepted.
"From the Heart" - FALC Show at the Main Street Cafe, Los Altos
Reception: February 7, 2008 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Show: February 1 - 29, 2008

Coordinator - Belinda Lima 408-252-0367

We have 42 paintings at the Main Street Café in Los Altos for the month of February titled, "From the Heart" A ballot box has been placed in the Café for the public to vote on their favorite painting, and we will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners at the Reception on Feb 7th from 5:30 to 7pm. Please support your fellow members and join us at the Reception!

We would like to thank the members who helped with the show, Rajiv Khilnani, Jane Ferguson, Joanne Kim, Carrie Zeidman, Swati Savale, Nina Uppaluru, Iona Ezaki, Laurie Creveling, Janki Chokshi, and a special thank you to Belinda Lima who organized the show. Carrie Zeidman did a wonderful job with the graphics.

FALC and the show will be getting some very nice exposure and will be featured in a full page article in the Cupertino Courier and Sunnyvale Sun Valentines week and the issues should come out on Wednesday, Feb 13th. Eight FALC members were selected to be interviewed in the article. The Cupertino Courier, is distributed to the Quinlan Center, Valco, and coffee places like Pete's, Star Bucks, or the Bolangerie. You can also download or look at a copy online at http://www.cupertinocourier.com/cu-news1.shtml, http://www.community-newspapers.com/sunnyvale/ or http://www.community-newspapers.com/about/circulation.shtml.

FALC Volunteer Brunch in April
We will begin to incorporate a FALC Volunteer Brunch held the first Saturday in April so the new volunteers can get to know each other. We will be in contact with the volunteers by email soon. The volunteers consist of the Board, the Steering Committee, and Official Chair positions such as Membership, Publicity, Refreshments, the Greeters, Graphics, etc. This is just another way to show how much we appreciate you giving your time and energy to FALC.
Painting change date at Quinlan - March 10, 2008

Please contact Leila Sehovic at 408 248-6795 or leilasehovic@yahoo.com with questions about the Quinlan Show.

Gallery Pages

If you have not done so already, please don't forget to send us the information we require to create a gallery page for you. We have received several inquires on our artists and only a small percentage of our members' work is available for viewing. For instructions on sending in your information, please visit /gallery/submit_new_gallery_page.html

Open Studios / Panel Rental

Panels are available for rent all year at $5/weekend for members and $7 / weekend for non-members. For panel rental please email Nina at ninauppal@aol.com

Open Studios: If you are interested in renting panels for an Open Studios weekends in May 2008, please email Iona Ezaki at ionaezaki@aol.com.

Shows to Visit

Mimi Kearns has a painting "Waiting for my Interview" at the Triton Statewide Juried Exhibition from Jan 19th through March 22nd

Belinda Lima and Jane Ferguson have paintings in the Pacific Art League juried show "Rose and Rouge". The show will be up for February.

Touch My Heart Art Benefit Feb 23,2008, 6 to 10pm at the Los Gatos Opera House. Congratulations to Belinda Lima for winning 3rd place at the show! You can see over 300 miniature artworks by local Bay Area artists that will be given away to those who make a donation to the Los Gatos Museum, go to www.touchmyheart.org for more info. Entry to the show is $100 donation to the museum.

Shows to Enter

CreateBetterPaintings.com is an online instructional magazine with a $15 yearly subscription. They have an art competition "The Good Earth" with entries due by April 1. For more info please visit http://www.createbetterpaintings.com/GoodEarthProspectus.php

Artists Magazine Annual online competition: Submit jpegs online by May 1 2008. Please visit www.artistsnetwork.com/annualcompetition for details

Creative Catalyst Productions online competition: Submit jpegs online by February 29. Please visit http://www.ccpvideos.com/artshows/ for details

Art on Broadway Gallery in downtown Redwood City is offering dispay space for Artists. Rates are $135 per month for a 7ft. x 10ft wall space or pedestals if it is for 3D art. Contact Wendy wendy@dogartz.com for more information or go to www.redwoodcityartcenter.org/rentals.html

Gallery 2611 in Redwood City is looking for artists to join their Co-op. Info at www.gallery2611.com. FALC member Rajiv Khilnani won Best of Show at their November competition.

Call for Artists for the City of Mountian View's Center for the Performing Arts for 2008 Go to http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa/mvcpa.html or email joanne.wolkovitz@mountainview.gov for more info

Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest deadline Feb 29th. $750 for 1st place, plus 10 of the posters with their image, $400 2nd place, and $200 3rd place. Go to www.gilroygarlicsfestival.com for more info.

Pacific Grove Art Center is looking for artists for one month shows. Slides or a CD with 6 images of your artwork must be submitted for review. Go to www.pgartcenter.org for more info.


The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society has some excellent workshops offered in 2007 and 2008. Workshop artists are Mike Bailey, Joyce Faulknor, Donna Zagotta, Frank Francese, Mark Mehaffey, Barbara Nechis and more. You do not have to be a member to participate and the workshops are reasonably priced. Please visit www.scvws.org for complete workshop details.

Kay Duffy: Watercolor classes - 2nd & 4th Monday of the month (408) 867-0508

Volunteers Needed!
  • Refreshments coordinator: (Dee is unable to continue in 2008) 2 people needed We need someone to make a commitment to set-up the refreshments and coffee, find volunteers to bring snacks, and remind (before each meeting) the volunteers to bring something, clear the table after the meetings.
  • Panel Rental: We need 2 people to take over the Panel Rental. You would store at least 12 3ft x 6ft panels and be the contact person when someone wanted to rent them. As an incentive, we will offer $200 a year for one person to store 24 panels or $100 each to two people storing 12 panels each. You can use the panels rent-free for your own events during the year and will automatically be first in line for them for events like SVOS.
FALC Board 2008
President: Iona Ezaki - 408-978-6614 / Agenda
Vice President: Belinda Lima - 408-252-0367 / Exhibits & Demos
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website, Panel Rental
Treasurer: Rajani Balaram
Website: Nina Uppaluru, Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Leila Sehovic
Secretary: Laurie Creveling
Publicity: Janki Chokshi
Graphics: Carrie Zeidman
Membership: Reiko Michisaki
Refreshments: Dee Sullivan
Mail Pick-up: Dianne Cassidy
Historian: Zoe Thompson
Mtg Coordinators: Rama Chemudupatti, Gary Ratts, Tamar Assaf

We would love to hear from you. Please send questions or comments to information@falc.org

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