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Newsletter January 2008
The next Board Meeting will be on January 21, 2007/ 7PM at Nina Uppaluru's - 408-257-1315
Submission deadline for the February Newsletter is January 15, 2007.
FALC membership for 2008.

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

Please note that your membership has to be renewed in order for you to participate in the February 2008 Show.

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

January 14, 2008/ 7:00pm


Ursula O’Farrell is a California contemporary artist with a strong background in abstract figurative painting. Her formal studies began with a bachelor’s degree in painting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. During her junior year, she studied in Italy through Gonzaga University in Florence. Upon graduation, Ursula received the prestigious Eugene Escalier Foreign Study Scholarship for independent study focused on German and Austrian Expressionism. Later, she received a master’s degree in painting and drawing from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

O’Farrell incorporates the female figure and explore variations of color, distinctive brushwork, textured surfaces and gestural marks. Her provocative work evokes the California Bay Area figurative art movement that emerged in the early 1950s with visionaries such as Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. O’Farrell’s unique style builds upon this rich heritage. Primarily an abstract figure painter based in Aptos, California, O’Farrell combines the emotional content of Expressionism with a contemporary palette infused with the light and shadows found within her seaside surroundings.

At the December Meeting

We had a very enjoyable pastel painting demo of a seascape by Kim Lordier. She explored the unique qualities of pastel paints and emphasized the need to plan the painting with darks and lights to formulate a good composition.

Our thanks to Belinda Lima, Iona Ezaki and Tamar Assaf for bringing delicious snacks for the meeting.

We would like to welcome new members Sonal Bhide, Anju Bhagavan Eun Young Kim and Elias Sackey-Walker.

Artist of the Month
The next Artist of the Month event will be held at the January meeting.
FALC in the Community
FALC members Belinda Lima, Jane Ferguson and Nina Uppaluru were the judges for the "Reflections Art Competition" conducted by the Cupertino Union School district at Linclon Elementary and Kennedy Middle Schools.
"From the Heart" - FALC Show at the Main Street Cafe, Los Altos

Entry deadline: Jan 15, 2008 / Show: February 1 - 29, 2008 /Coordinator - Belinda Lima 408-252-0367

Entry forms are available at the website. Please note: Your FALC 2008 membership has to be renewed in order for you to participate in the Show.

We will have a simple judged show of about 40 paintings at the Main Street Café for the month of February and will award First, Second and Third place ribbons, which will be handed out at the March meeting. The theme for this show will be "From the Heart" in honor of Valentines Day, so start planning your paintings now! We will most likely accept one entry per person with an entry fee of $10. The Café will take 30% commission from sales, so please adjust your pricing accordingly. FALC will not take any commission for sales.

Painting change date at Quinlan - January 14, 2008

Please arrive early at 6:30pm on the 19th to pick up your old paintings and register your new ones. You can bring in 2 new paintings which will hang till the March 2008 meeting. Starting immediately, there will be a $5 charge to the artist for any painting not promptly picked up at Quinlan when the show comes down. If you cannot do so yourself, please arrange for someone to pick up your work since there is no storage at Quinlan.

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

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 or call her at (408) 257-1315.

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

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

Shows to Visit

Tamar Assaf has a heat scorched "Upside Down Hanging Spider" in the "All Fired Up" show at the Santa Clara Civic Center from October 28, 2007 to February 28, 2008 / Reception October 28, 2007 at 3 PM. Tamar uses heat scorched acrylic sheets combined with spot lighting to create a unique sculpture incorporating cast shadows.

Sayeko Nakamura has been accepted in the Watercolor West XXXIX Annual National Open Juried Exhibition for her painting "After the Rain". Exhibition at Watercolor West Riverside Art Museum, Los Angeles / Dec. 6 - Jan 26, 2008

Genway Gao has 2 paintings in Solo Gallery in downtown Los Gatos.

Shows to Enter

Silicon Valley Open Studios: Deadline for entry Jan 15, 2008. www.svos.org. More than 300 artists open their studios to the public and sell art in their homes, studios and back yard. 35,000 directories will be distributed throughout Silicon Valley.

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.

Saratoga Rotary Art Show: Entry Deadline Jan 15, 2008. This is one of the largest shows in the Bay area- www.saratogarotary.org

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.


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

We would like to introduce the 2008 Board Chairs and Volunteer Positions and would like to thank everyone for helping support the club. We couldn't do it without you!

2008 Board Members

  • President: Iona Ezaki Agenda for General Meetings and Steering meetings.
  • Vice President: Nina Uppaluru Website, Newsletter, Hosting Steering Meetings, Panel rental
  • Vice President: Belinda Lima Exhibit coordination, Demo Coordination
  • Secretary: Laurie Creveling: Mimi Kearns & Constance Guidotti assisting
  • Treasurer: Rajani Balaram

Volunteer Positions

  • Quinlan Show Coordinator: Leila Sehovic (needs 1 volunteer assistant)
  • Membership coordinator: Reiko Michisaki
  • AVA Coordinator: Raja Guha Thakurta
  • Graphics: Carrie Zeidman
  • Newsletter mailing: Laurie Creveling
  • Greeting table at meetings: Gary Ratts, Tamar Assaf and Rama Chemudupatti
  • Post Office Box and online mail: Diane Cassidy
  • Publicity Chair: Janki Chokshi (Janki also updates the web site Artist of the Month and Gallery pages)
  • 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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