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Newsletter June 2009
FALC General Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month. For specific meeting sites, please visit the Demo page.
June 6, 2009
  Our next off-site show - AVArtfest at the Mountain View Pioneer Park. See information below.
June 8, 2009
  General Meeting - Craft Room, Quinlan Center, Cupertino
    Artist of the Month - There will be no Artist of the Month at this meeting.
June 8, 2009
  The next painting change at Quinlan. Please come in early at 6:30 PM to register your new paintings and take down the previous ones.
June 15, 2009
  Next Board Meeting at 21471 Columbus Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014. All members are encouraged to attend and become involved with the club.
2009 Membership Dues are now due

We request all continuing and new members to fill out the membership form and mail the form and $30 check to the PO Box address on the form. You may also bring the form and payment to the meeting on Monday and hand it over to Iona Ezaki, our membership chairperson.

June 8 , 2009 General Meeting

FALC General Meeting, Craft Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Road, Cupertino

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Christine Hanlon - Education advisor for Winsor & Newton


For artists working in oils, alkyds or acrylics, this lecture will explore the advantages and the downsides to various paints with a focus on the oil paint film. The sources, history and working characteristics of pigments will be discussed. How do oils, alkyds and acrylic paint films function and compare, and why are there so many different mediums? What do all these mediums do?! What's the difference between a rigid and flexible support in terms of stability, and what's the best ground to use? Do I need to varnish my paintings, when and why? What about solvents? What's the best brush to use with my paints? What's the best oil for oils? Can I paint oils over acrylics? What are alkyds?

Paint samples will be given out to members attending the meeting.

At the May meeting

Holly Van Hart did a very informative demonstration of the palette knife technique. She did an abstract painting of the San Franciso skyline and led us through her "process" of creating the image and talked about the necessary ingredients of a successful painting.

Robin Emmig, grandson of the FALC Founder- Peter Emmig, was presented with a large framed photograph of his grandfather who passed away a few years after founding FALC in 1968. Peter Emmig was a plein air painter who organized groups of artists to go out and paint the local landscape and historic sites around Cupertino. This was the first time that grandson Robin had seen his grandfather's photo since it had been in the collection of the Cupertino Historic Society for many years.

We would like to welcome new members Karen Mumford, Jeanne O'Brian, and Vlad Levinsky who were all juried in.

Our thanks to Anju Bhagavan and Kalpana Adesera for bringing refreshments to the meeting.

Volunteer Positions Open

We are still looking for volunteers for the following jobs. Please contact Laurie, Nina or Iona if you are interested in volunteering.

Demo Coordinator

Duties include contacting possible demo artists for our general meetings, setting up dates to demo, supplying them with information and making the demo artist's information available for the club newsletter. We will supply you with a suggested list of artists who might do demonstrations or you are welcome to suggest anyone. Our thanks to Tamar Assaf who coordinated demos till October 2009. We need someone to fill this position for the last quarter of 2009.

Our next show - AVArtfest in June at the Mountain View Pioneer Park

June 6, 2009 / 10 AM - 6 PM

Organizers - Iona Ezaki, Priyanka Gupta and Tanushri Mathur

2009 AVArtfest will be held this year at the Mountain View Pioneer Park on June 6th, 10am to 5pm. Priyanka Gupta and Tanushri Mathur have volunteered to help organize FALC participation in AVArtfest this year.

We now have 24 artists registered to show with the FALC group. Updates and instructions will be emailed to the participants. All members who are not participating are invited to visit the show and spread the word.

Please read the important new FALC Guidelines regarding copyrighted material. These guidelines apply to artwork entered at all shows with FALC.

Congratulations to the following members who have won awards in the AVA show!


Brian Haney

Merit Award


Oil on Canvas


Jim Burns

Merit Award

"Divine Inspiration"



Priyanka Gupta

Merit Award

"Eternal Abode"

Acrylic on Canvas


The 2009 FALC Fall Fest Annual Juried Show

Planning is underway for the 2009 FALC Annual Juried Show in September. We hope to make the show an even bigger success than it has been in the past. Our juried show presents the very best that FALC has to offer to the community and we hope to have the involvement and participation of all of our members.

Photos from the 2008 Show

The entry form will be posted on the website in June and details will be discussed at the June 8th meeting. Entries will be submitted by photographs and each artist will be allowed 3 submissions. Awards will be given out in 4 categories - Watermedia on Paper, Acrylics and Oils on Canvas, Digital Media and Photography, Mixed and Dry Media. The FALC Board reserves the right to make the final decision on which category a particular entry falls into.

Jose Arenas- Foothill College Professor, will be the Juror for the show.

Show dates-
September 19 - 20, 2009
Entry deadline-
August 14, 2009
Notification of acceptance by email-
August 26, 2009
September 17, 2009 (timing to be determined)
Reception & Awards-
September 18, 2009 / 7 PM to 9 PM
September 20, 2009 / 6 PM
Show entries delivered to Quinlan-
September 21, 2009 / 12:00 PM to 1 PM

We advise all members to review the

FALC guidelines regarding copyrighted material and FALC exhibiting rules.

Photos from 2008 Juried Show

Artist of the Month

There will be no Artist of the Month event at the June meeting.

Images from March 09 Artist of the Month

Next Painting change date at Quinlan - June 8, 2009

Please come in early at 6:30 PM to take down your old paintings and register your new ones. FALC is not responsible for unclaimed and misplaced paintings.

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.

Shows to Visit

Cupertino Library Show: Torre Avenue, Cupertino. April 1 to June 30th. The library unveils their first art display titled "Spring Fever". Congratulations to the FALC artists who were accepted to the show. The library will hold 4 shows each year. For details on how to enter, please visit http://www.cupertinolibrary.org/foundation/art_display.html

The DeAnza College Student Show: Euphrat Museum at De Anza College, Cupertino. May 21 - June 17, Reception June 9 at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Shows to Enter

The Cupertino Library will now show art by artists in the community. Their next show "Go Figure" will run from July 1 through September 30th. The registration and entry submission deadline is June 1. Please visit their website for updated information for entering the show http://www.cupertinolibrary.org/foundation/art_display.html

Allegro Framing and Art in Cupertino and Los Altos has a monthly rotating art exhibits. They are looking for artists to feature. The gallery takes 40% commission. Please call Irina Gorelik at 510-703-1534 if you would like to exhibit. www.allegroframing.com.

The Art of Crafts: CALL FOR ENTRIES Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2009 5 p.m. Postmarks not accepted. Bay Area artists are invited to compete for cash awards in “The Art of Crafts” Indoor Art Exhibition sponsored by the City of Santa Clara and its Cultural Advisory Commission. Artists are encouraged to enter artwork in any traditional or non-traditional craft media, such as ceramics, enamels, fiber, furniture, glass, textiles, metalsmithing, paper, wood, and mixed media. Winning entries in this juried competition will be on display at Santa Clara City Hall September-December 2009, and will be featured in a “virtual” exhibition on the City’s website and cable television channel. For purposes of this exhibition, "crafts" is loosely defined as the production of original pieces, unique or in several copies, aimed at a utilitarian, decorative or expressive function. Prospectus and entry forms may be obtained from the City's website at http://santaclaraca.gov/events/art-of-crafts.html. There is no entry fee. For more information, call (408) 615-2219 or send an email to culturalcommission@santaclaraca.gov.

The Fremont Art Association is pleased to announce the 44th Annual Fine Art Show. This popular event will take place September 25 through October 11, 2009 at the Fremont Art Association Gallery, located at 37659 Niles. Blvd, Fremont, CA . Entry of original artwork into the show is open to artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Prizes will be awarded in 5 categories: Oils and Acrylics, Water Media, Graphics (includes Pastel, Graphite, and Mixed Media) Photography and Computer-generated and Three-Dimensional. The deadline for mailing your entry form is September 14. The entry form and prospectus can be downloaded at the Fremont Art Association's website at www.FremontArtAssociation.org.

Classes and Events

Jose Arenas: There have been several inquiries about classes conducted by Jose Arenas (our Juror for the Fall Fest Show). Jose would like to invite you to join his summer quarter 2 Dimensional design class (5A). In addition, Jose will open a "directed study" registration - meeting with students about once every 2 weeks for an individual session of critique, for those who are interested and will make it for the first day of class (same as 5A).

Summer Quarter - M-T-W-Th, 10:30 AM - 12:50 AM

Students who are interested in the 5A may register on line through the Foothill college website. For "directed study" registration, you need to show up for the first day of class - June 29 at 10:30 AM Room 1601 (Art Department). According to the amount of people who show up, Jose will give an "add" code to register online for "directed study". If you have further questions please email him at arenasjose@fhda.edu.

Society of Western Artists: 3 day Pastel Workshop with pastelist Alan Flattmann at their gallery in Redwood City on July 15, 16, 17, 2009. Information and registration at www.societyofwesternartists.com

Kay Duffy Watercolor classes: Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Every 2nd and 4th Monday morning. Go to 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 San Jose. 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 -

June 21, Don Andrews, Watercolor Figures
Aug 16, Gerald Brommer, collage, surface treatments
Sept 13, Ken Hosmer
Oct 18, Betsy Diller Stroud experimental
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.

Opportunities for Artists

Allegro Art Academy is looking for art instructors to teach art classes for children and adults. Allegro Art Academy has two locations – Portola Valley and Cupertino (border of Los Altos). If you are interested, please inquire with Irina Gorelik at 510-703-1534 or email igorelik@earthlink.net.

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
Demos and Programs: Tamar Assaf
AVArtfest Coordinator: Priyanka Gupta and Tanushri Mathur
Treasurer: Yelena Shabrova
Website: Nina Uppaluru, Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Yelena and Slava Shabrova
Secretary: Janki Chokshi
Publicity: Janki Chokshi
Graphics and Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Refreshments: Ralph Otte, Krishna Mitra and Jiradit Thurma
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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