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Newsletter December 2009
FALC General Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month except July. For specific meeting sites, please visit the Demo page.
December 14, 2009

GENERAL MEETING in the Social Room at Quinlan Center.

    ARTIST OF THE MONTH - There will be no Artist of the Month at this meeting.
    PAINTING CHANGE - The next painting change will be at the January 11th meeting
December 21, 2009
  There will be no Steering meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month. The next Steering meeting is scheduled for January 18th, 2010.
2010 Membership

2010 Membership dues are now due! All members are required to complete the form and mail it in with their check for $30.

Membership form

General Meeting - December 14, 2009

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In

Please join us for our annual tradition of painting Holiday posters for the Pleasant View Convalescent Home in Cupertino. This is a great bonding experience for FALC members and the patients at the home truely appreciate our colorful artwork which will be displayed on their walls. We guarantee that you will be tempted to help someone along with their painting!

Paper will be supplied, but please bring your quick drying water based paints and brushes. We will skip our usual general meeting and paint from 7 to 9:30pm. Painting is not mandatory. If you prefer to walk around and encourage all the other painters, we would be delighted to have you join us.

Please bring a snack to share. FALC will supply the drinks.

We also request that you bring in a small wrapped gift worth $5 to $10 marked if it is for a male or female. Suggested gifts are mittens, scarves or other non-liquid, non-edible items. The gifts will be collected and delivered along with the artwork for patients who may not have family visiting them with gifts during the holidays.

The February Show - "From The Heart"

Location - Main Street Cafe, Main Street, Los Altos

Show: February 1 to 28 / Entry deadline: January 15, 2010

Entry Form

We will show 40 paintings at the Main Street Cafe. One or two entries will be accepted depending on the number of entries submitted. Please mail in your form without the payment. Payment will be made at Receiving on January 31 at the Cafe. Please be sure to volunteer to help with at least one activity on the entry form.

2010 FALC Positions

It is time to fill positions for 2010. Please consider volunteering for an open position.

Our members have many skills and talents that the club needs. Volunteering for the club will help you network with other creative people and would give you an opportunity to try tasks that you have never tried before. If you are concerned about flexibility with time committments, you could also share a task with another member at the club. Any involvement would be a great help!

If you have any questions or concerns about volunteering for an Open Position below, please call or email us at the numbers listed at the bottom of the newsletter. We would be happy to guide you to a task that is best suited to your time constraints and interests.

Steering Committee positions that require nominations and votes
Positions Duties Nominations
President Agendas, conducting the general meetings OPEN
Vice President Graphics, Website, Newsletter Nina Uppaluru
Vice President Exhibits Richard Chavez
Treasurer Accounting and tax filing Yelena Shabrova
Secretary Minutes of the General and Steering meetings Janki Chokshi
Positions that do not require nominations and votes
3 Greeting Table helpers Grace Seidman has volunteered to organize the greeting table but she needs 2 or 3 helpers at the meeting. OPEN
Hospitality Coordinator plus 2 helpers Purchase snacks (reimbursed) for the General Meetings and set up and clear the snack table. OPEN
Artist of the Month Coordinator Distribute ballots and tabulate results at the General Meetings OPEN
Online mail checking Check inquiries coming in at information@falc.org and respond to questions. OPEN
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. For instructions on sending in your information, please visit submit new allery page and email all necessary information to janki_chokshi@hotmail.com.

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 and availability please email Carrie Zeidman at czeidman@elanstudios.net or call her at 408-741-5809.

FALC does not endorse the classes, venues and events listed below. We simply list any information that we determine would be of interest to our members.


Yao-Pi Hsu has 25 photographs exhibted at 4 buildings of the Intel Corporation, 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara from 10/2 to 12/21/2009. If you are interested in exhibiting your work at Intel, please contact Eileen Ovrahim at eilenovrahim@intel.com.

Ananya Ghosh has a piece accepted at the Triton Museum's Statewide Drawing and Print Competition and Exhibition. The Reception is December 11, 7 to 9pm and the exhibition runs from December 12 through March 14.

Sayeko Nakamura was awarded an honorable mention by juror Christopher Schink at the SCVWS Member Show at the Rose Shenson gallery at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara.

Shows To Enter

The Cupertino Library Foundation Show - Deadline Dec 1, 2009. The theme for this show will be "The Red Show". Maximum submission size 36". Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.cupertinolibrary.org/foundation/art_display.html

Classes And Events

The Society of Western Artists based in Redwood City, conducts workshop by national and local artists. The workshops are conducted in their gallery in Redwood City and are open to everyone. For more information on their 2010 workshops please visit www.societyofwesternartists.com

Kay Duffy Watercolor classes: Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Every 2nd and 4th Monday morning. Please email K@kayduffywatercolors.com for detailed information.

The Grand View Ranch Workshop- Stefan Baumann's 3 day weekend workshop in beautiful Mt. Shasta at the Grand View Ranch. Info at www.thegrandview.com 1-800-511-1337 baumann@thegrandview.org

Landscape painting classes with Stefan Baumann. Weekly on Thursdays in Saratoga. Info at www.thegrandview.org

The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society has free demos offered in 2009. Location: Hoover Theater, Room A & B, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose. 1:30 to 4:00 PM. Workshop artists are -

2010 Workshops
Jan 10, Myrna Wacknov, Liquid Watercolor Portraits
Feb 7, Christopher Schink
March 8, Ratindra Das
April 25, Steven Quiller Color
June 6, Katherine Chang Liu, Finding yourself as an artist
Nov 6, Frank Webb, Saving whites in a pattern to get you thru the painting
Please visit www.scvws.org for complete workshop details.

Website Design

Website Design: Have you always wanted to have a website for your artwork but have no idea how to get one made? Worried about updating it? A Monta Vista HS student who has won awards for his web design work has offered to design a basic website for you for $300. The site would include a Home page, 2 Galleries with 8 pieces of artwork each, an Events page and a Bio page. Updates to the site (with about 3 pieces of new art and updating the events page) would be about $50. Please contact Vikram Nilakantan at vikram.nilakantan@gmail.com for more information.

FALC Guidelines - Criteria for Jurying-in new members

FALC has been fortunate this year to welcome many new members, and with our annual art show coming up in September, we can look forward to many others being interested in joining our club. One of the questions that we get asked the most from current members and those who are interested in joining is about our criteria for acceptance. Our process is clear and simple. Anyone who wants to join needs to bring three pieces of art to one of our meetings. The members present at that meeting will vote, and, if a majority of people approve, that person will be accepted, pay their dues, and become an exhibiting member.

The question about criteria is not so simple. We all know that Art is subjective. Sometimes we benefit from that subjectivity, and sometimes we don't. No one can tell you what good Art is or isn't.

As a juried club, FALC strives to maintain a certain standard of proficiency since organizations that invite us to exhibit assume a certain selectivity. One rule of thumb commonly used when voting in new members is to ask yourself this question - Would I like to exhibit with this work? Would this new work add to the reputation of the club? Just as we support each other by bringing our best work to shows and by providing new, fresh work for the painting changes at Quinlan, we can use our Artists' eyes to make decisions about what work will be hanging beside us at the next show.

Voting "no" during the jurying-in process does not bar an artist from joining the club. The artist can still be a member, just not an "exhibiting member". Non-exhibiting members can attend demos and meetings that provide an environment for their art to grow. As they continue to develop their skills, they are welcome to jury in at a later date.

FALC Guidelines - Copyrighted material

The laws regarding copyrighted material are complex and not uniform from state to state. In order to avoid liability and the burden of determining whether a particular image involves copyright infringement, FALC has created the following guidelines for member artists. FALC assumes that it is the respoinsibility of the artist to honestly follow these guidelines and assumes no liability for work that is submitted or displayed not following these guidelines. It reserves the right to disqualify a painting if there is reasonable doubt about copyright infringement or plagiarism.

  • Work entered for a show must be the artist's original work in concept and execution.
  • It cannot be copied from copyrighted material or photographs belonging to another person or organizaion except with the copyright holder's explicit written permission.
  • It cannot be the reproduction of a painting done by another person even if the original artist is acknowledged on the painting.
  • It cannot be the reproduction of a historic painting.
FALC Board 2009
President: Laurie Creveling - 408-243-9791 / Agenda
Vice President: Iona Ezaki 408-978-6614 / Membership
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website
Treasurer / Quinlan show: Yelena Shabrova
Secretary / Publicity: Janki Chokshi
Refreshments: Ralph Otte with Krishna Mitra and Jiradit Thurma assisting
AVArtfest Coordinator: Priyanka Gupta and Tanushri Mathur
Demos and Programs: Laurie Creveling
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Yelena and Slava Shabrova
Graphics and Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Mtg Coordinator: Gary Ratts, Holly Van Hart and Grace Seidman

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

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