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

Membership forms are available at http://www.falc.org/members/falc_membership.pdf Please mail the form and $30 check to the address on the form. Please renew in order to keep receiving the FALC newsletter and be on the roster.

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

Monday, April 14, 2008/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Natasha's website

Painting on Silk

Natasha Foucault once literally walked the heels off her boots taking photographs and sketching in the south of France for a new series of silk paintings. It is this unswerving devotion to her work that has produced her brilliant silk paintings and wearable art. Natasha's works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. In 1995 she had a one-woman exhibit of her silk painting and wearable art at the Silk Museum in Holland. She received second prize at the First International Silk Painting Congress in 1998 for Excellence in Silk Painting and The Best of the Show Award both at 2004 and 2006 Silk-In-Santa Fe Festivals.

At the March Meeting

Raja Guha Thakurta led the meeting and artist Jen Norton did a avery informative critique for about 40 paintings in all media.

Our thanks to Dee Sillivan and jane Ferguson for bringing delicious snacks to the meeting.

Welcome to our new members Jijabai Bhattacharya, Lily Soetarman and Grace Tang who were all juried in.

Artist of the Month

There was no Artist of the Month event at the March meeting. Please visit the Artist of the Month page for last month's winners.

There will be an Artist of the Month event at the April meeting. Please arrive early to register your paintings since only the first 10 paintings will be accepted.

Next Painting change date at Quinlan - June 9, 2008
Please email Nina at ninauppal@aol.com if you have any questions about the Quinlan show.
FALC Volunteer Brunch on April 5, 2008
The FALC board will be hosting the Annual FALC Volunteer Appreciation brunch on April 5th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Nina Uppaluru's home. 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.
Triton Museum - Mid-Summer Art Celebration / June 21, 2008 / Register now!

To register, please contact the coordinator Raja Guha Thakurta - 408-455-3036 / raja@ucolick.org

The AVArtfest event in June has been cancelled but the Triton will now have a 1-day event on Saturday June 21 called the Mid-Summer Art Celebration. Only 7 or 8 Bay Area clubs have been invited to show as a group and FALC is one of them. We will also be taking registrations for this at the March meeting. As in AVA, the panels will be provided by FALC. There is no charge to participate but the Triton will take a 30% commission on sales. All participants will be required to volunteer at the event.

Profile of the Month

Artist's statement: I've loved creating art for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I created using whatever medium I could find. I would paint watercolors and lay them out to dry on my father's car, leaving colorful prints all over the hood and roof of the car. In school I took all types of art classes, trying my hand at ceramics, watercolors, oils, and inks. I especially liked the precise nature and intricacies of pointillism using a very sharp pen nib and ink. For several years this was my style. As a career, I decided on graphic design. Since 1985 I have worked as a graphic artist, designing printed materials, logos, and websites, but illustration has always been my first love. I began doing more of my illustration on the computer and found that I really enjoyed creating my art digitally. After 20+ years in graphics, I decided to turn my full attention to creating my art. It varies, but my favorite subject has always been people, especially the eyes. I enjoy capturing facial expressions to make my subjects come to life.

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

Shows to Visit

Priyanka Gupta has a show of her Acrylic works "Life and Its Mysteries" March 10 to April 30 at the CA Institute of Integral Studies Main Building, 3rd floor, 1453 Mission Street, SF. Weekdays 9-6:30pm, Weekends 9-3pm.

Jane Ferguson has been juried into the Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State Street, Los Altos. www.viewpointsgallery.com. Her work will be on view starting April 1, 2008

Los Gatos Open Juried Show - at the Art Museum of Los Gatos April 3 to May 6, 2008. Congratulations to FALC member Sayeko Nakamura for winning 1st place for her abstract painting. Jane Ferguson has a painting "Beyond the Wall" juried into the show as well.

Arthur Kao, Stephen Yee, May Shei and Genway Gao are participating in The Chinese American Art Exhibition at the Silicon Valley Art Center, 3777 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051. Show April 26 to May 4, 2008/ 11:00am to 6:00 pm. Reception April 26, 2:00 to 4:00pm. Call 408-248-2698 for more information.

The Hudson River painters at the Cantor Center at Stanford - Show until May 4, 2008. Free parking and admission on weekends.

Stephen Yee and Bairu Ng - Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition March 26 to November 1, 2008 at The Pacific Heritage Museum in San Francisco.

Shows to Enter

University Arts Open Art Competition - All Media included. $1000 for 1st Place, $750 for 2nd Place, $500 for 3rd Place. Judged by George Riviera - Triton Curator. Entry fees $25 for the first painting and $35 for 2 paintings. Deadline for entry June 2nd. Download the prospectus from www.universityart.com

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

San Francisco Public Artists Pool: Call for artists who would like to participate with art in public areas in the city. One need not be an artist with experience in public art, they have professionals that can help artists translate their work into more permanent materials. http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubart/opportunities/rfqs/200802ccsrfq.htm All application submissions are online. Deadline for submission April 30, 2008 https://www.callforentry.org/index.php

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

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.


Tom Lynch workshop at University Art- Watercolor on canvas. April 20, 21, 22. Demo on April 20, 3 to 5pm. Hold your spot for the demo $10 and you will receive a University Art gift certificate for merchandise. Please contact University art to register.

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.

Free Demos by SCVWS: For a complete list of free demos please visit http://www.scvws.org/workshops/wkshp2008.php Cheng Khee Chee - April 6, Katherine Chang Liu - June 1, Don Andrews - July 20, Donna Zagotta - September 14, Ann Pember - October 19.

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 Coordinator: Gary Ratts

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

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