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Newsletter March 2008
The next Board Meeting will be on March 17, 2008, 2008/ 7PM at Nina Uppaluru's - 408-257-1315
Submission deadline for the April Newsletter is March 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. You need to renew by the March 10th general meeting in order to keep receiving the FALC newsletter and be on the roster.

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

Monday, March 10, 2008/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM


Critique of Member's work

Members are requested to bring in one or two paintings to be critiqued by Jen. Your paintings do not have to be framed. Watermedia artists, please bring your painting in a mat. Oil and Acrylic painters, please make sure your paintings are COMPLETELY DRY. In order to avoid transferring paint to clothing and other artwork, any work that is even slightly damp will not be accepted for the critique.

Jen Norton is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Fine Art (1987). She is a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS) and has served on the steering committee for Silicon Valley Open Studios. She is an accomplished illustrator, creating unique art for clients such as The San Jose Junior League, Hay House Publishing and Kensington/BET Books in New York. She also teaches painting design classes through the Los Gatos/Saratoga Recreation Dept.

At the February Meeting

Jaya King did a very entertaining demonstration with gouache on gessoed board using the lift-off technique.

Our thanks to Joanne Barney and Nina Uppaluru for bringing delicious snacks for the meeting.

The following members were juried in - Reiko Michisaki, Priyanka Gurta, Rita Winkler and Young Jin Han.

Artist of the Month

Congratulations to the winners of Artist of the Month! For more details please visit the Artist of the Month page.

There will be no Artist of the Month event at the March meeting due to the painting change.

Painting change date at Quinlan - March 10, 2008
Please arrive early by 6:30 PM to collect your old paintings and register your new ones. There is no storage at Quinlan so please arrange to have your paintings picked up if you cannot do so yourself. Please email Nina at ninauppal@aol.com if you have any questions about the Quinlan show.
"From the Heart" - FALC Show at the Main Street Cafe, Los Altos

Coordinator - Belinda Lima 408-252-0367

We had 42 paintings at the Main Street Café in Los Altos for the month of February titled, "From the Heart". The reception on Feb 7th was attended by about 75 members and guests. Winners at the show were chosen by popular vote. First place went to Carrie Zeidman, second place to Janki Chokshi and third place to Joy Kuo. Congratulations! Congratulations also to Yao Pi Hsu for the sale of her photograph titled "Profound Memory".

We would like to thank the members who helped with the show, Rajiv Khilnani, Swati Savale, Nina Uppaluru, Iona Ezaki, Laurie Creveling, Joanne Kim, 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 have received some wonderful publicity in the Cupertino Courier, the Sunnyvale Sun and the Mercury News during Valentines week. Eight FALC members were selected to be interviewed in the article. The photographs below were taken at the reception on February 7th.

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. 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.
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

Each month we bring you the profile of one of our members who have generously contributed their time and effort for the club. Jane Hofstetter is past president of FALC and has done many critiques and demos for our club over the years. She has an astounding list of accomplishments and we are certainly proud to have her as a member. She has won several national awards and has enjoyed being the juror for many national art shows. Most recently she has won awars in the San Diego International Annual Show and the Texas Watercolor Society Annual 2007 Show. She has been painting and teaching for almost 30 years after studying art at UC Berkeley and the Chouinard Art Instutute at LA. She is an elected and signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America and several other national societies. She is listed in the "World's Whos Who of Women" and the 2008 "Who's Who of America". She recently had a 50 painting retrospective exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art and her work is represented by Christopher Queen Galleries in Northern California. Jane has been featured in International Artist Magazine, Creative Computer Tools for Artists (published by Watson Guptil Books 2001), Splash 2 and Splash 7 (published by North Light Books 2002), The Collected best of Watercolor (Rockport Books 2002), Watercolor Magic, Top Award Winners 2003/May issue.

Jane's book "Seven Keys to Great Painting" published by North Light Book Club (www.NorthLightBookClub.com Book #32746-3 Jan 2005) has remained on the bestseller list for Northlight Books for 2 years.

In 2008 Jane will be leading a group to paint in the Dordogne River area in France - May 28 to June 9th. Call Jane if you are interested in joining the group. There are a few spots left. 408-248-4425.

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 2008, at the Los Gatos Opera House. Congratulations to Belinda Lima for winning 3rd place at the show! There were 274 miniature artworks by local Bay Area artists that were presented to those who made a $100 donation to the Los Gatos Museum.

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

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: Cheng Khee Chee - April 6, 2008, Don Andrews - July 20, 2008 For a complete list of free demos please visit http://www.scvws.org/workshops/wkshp2008.php

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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