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Newsletter September 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.
August 26, 2009
  Notification of acceptance to the Fall Fest Show
August 31, 2009
  Next Board Meeting at 21471 Columbus Avenue, Cupertino
September 14, 2009

General Meeting in the Social Room at Quinlan Center

September 14, 2009
  Quinlan Show painting pick-up. Do not bring paintings to drop off (see September 21 below)
September 17, 2009
  8 AM - 9:30 AM - RECEIVING for the Fall Fest Show
September 18, 2009
  7 PM RECEPTION & AUCTION for the Fall Fest Show
September 19-20 , 2009
  2009 Fall Fest Show
September 21, 2009
  Noon to 1PM - Participants of the Fall Fest Show drop off their Fall Fest paintings at Quinlan.
General Meeting - September 14, 2009

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Kay Duffy - Abstract Collage and Watermedia


Kay Duffy is a "wet and loose" watercolor artist. Her paintings are bright and impressionistic. She uses bold colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict the natural landscape, flowers and trees, interesting buildings, foreign lands and exotic places. Her abstract collaged (glued) paintings are created by arranging interesting patterns of papers textured in a unique way with watercolor pigments. Kay teaches on-going watercolor classes and collage workshops at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. She is also available for demonstrations, critique sessions, workshops and show jurying. She is willing to discuss commissioned work.

Kay is an active member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Allied Artists West, and a signature member of the Society of Western Artists. She shows throughout the Bay Area and has participated annually in the prestigious Saratoga Rotary Art Show. The City of Saratoga honored this local artist by presenting one of her paintings to their Sister City, Muko-shi, Japan. Kay s watercolors can be found in corporate and private collections in the U. S., Canada, Europe and Japan.

At the August General Meeting

Ketra Oberlander gave an insightful talk on Art Marketing.

We welcome new members Sloange Glaize, Steven Hoerold and Reema Sachar who were all juried in.

Our thanks to Tammar Assaf and Vlad Levitsky for bringing the refreshments.

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 through 2010.

The 2009 FALC Fall Fest Annual Juried Show

Thank you all for your entries to the Fall Fest Show! You will be notified about your acceptance by September 26.

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

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 / 8 AM - 9:30 AM
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

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.

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.

Shows to See

Belinda Lima will have a solo show at Gallery9 "People and Abstracts" September 1 - 27th.

Gallery9 is located at 143 Main Street, Los Altos.

Gallery hours Tues. - Sat. 11am to 5pm, Sun. 12am to 4pm.

Artist's reception Friday Sept. 11th, 5pm to 7:30pm.

To view Belinda's paintings and for event information, please visit www.belindalima.com


Sylvie Levesque won First Place in the De Anza publication Red Wheelbarrow 2009. Judge - Carla Powell, painter and potter.

Tamar Assaf received an Honorable Mention for her work "8 Pandas" in the De Anza publication Red Wheelbarrow 2009. Congratulations!

Sylvie Levesque has a 3D work in the "City of santa Clara Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition / August 22 through September 31, 2009. Reception August 22, 2 - 4 PM.

Shows to Enter

Taste of Saratoga: The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce has a special invitation for all artists to sign up for "The Taste Of Saratoga" Fine Art & Wine Festival held on Saturday September 12, 2009. Please call Judy Longacre for the registration form and further information 408-867-0753. www.saratogachamber.org

The Cupertino Library will now show art by artists in the community. Their current show "Go Figure" will run from July 1 through September 30th. Please visit their website for updated information for entering future shows http://www.cupertinolibrary.org/foundation/art_display.html

Allegro Framing and Art in Cupertino and Los Altos has a monthly rotating art exhibit. 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 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

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 -

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.
Profile of the Month

"Really I am a writer, but, by extension, a photographer tells a story.....right? I enjoy combining these two skills.

Everyone I meet is interesting, and so life as a reporter and teacher is an eternal adventure, with every morning opening a new chapter. The world is exciting to explore, and its wonders forever fill me with awe.

To see and share and preserve these wonders, I use a comera. My two favorite themes are "categories," such as "Our Local Youth Symphony," and "sequences," such as Cruising on the River Seine." Sometimes, of course, a single photo can haunt your thoughts for days, as one I took of a young pianist drawing back a curtain as she looks out the window at....what? and she is thinking.....what? Which way do you like your stories.....in words, or in pictures?"

FALC would like to thank Ralph for his enthusiastic involvement with the club this past year. He attends all steering committee meetings and we appreciate his input. Ralph organizes the wonderful refreshments at each general meeting and is in the process of organizing the food and drinks at the Fall Fest Show Reception on September 18th. Thank you, Ralph!

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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