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Newsletter April 2010
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.
April 12, 2010

GENERAL MEETING in the Cupertino Room at Quinlan Center.

    ARTIST OF THE MONTH - Please bring a painting for Artist of the Month.
    PAINTING CHANGE - The next painting change at Quinlan will be May 10.
April 19, 2010
  The steering meeting will be held at Panera Bread on Stevens Creek, 7 to 9pm. We encourage all members to attend and participate in planning all the activities for the new year.
2010 Membership

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

Membership form

General Meeting - April 12, 2010

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Kathleen Alexander - Watercolors

Artist's statement -

I began painting in watercolor in 1983. I took my first drawing and painting class at San Francisco State University to fulfill a graduation requirement, and found that I was more interested in my art class than in my major. I kept painting, but didn't take another art class until 1991. I studied watercolor with photo-realist painter Jim Torlakson in the early 1990's, and with his encouragement I began to paint seriously. In 1999, I was awarded a one year scholarship to the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. I attended the AAC in 2000-2001, and fulfilled my dream of attending art school. After staying home for ten years raising my kids, it was very exciting to attend art classes in downtown San Francisco.

I paint from photos I've taken while in Hawaii and at home in California. Sometimes I combine many photos to create my composition. Lately, the focus of my painting has been tropical flowers and still life. I try to capture the grace and beauty of my subjects, and hope viewers of my paintings can share in the happiness they bring me. My goal is to make my paintings look alive.

I began participating in local art festivals in 2005, and really enjoy them. It's like having my own art gallery for a weekend. Check my show schedule for upcoming festivals. I am now a member of Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. Viewpoints Gallery is a co-op gallery made up of 14 local artists.

The March Meeting

Jane Hofstetter did an insighful critique of about 20 paintings. Some of the paintings were finished pieces of art and some were works in progress. She discussed the 7 Keys to Great Paintings; her analyses of what constitutes a great work of art.

Welcome to new member Mythili Rajagopal who was juried in.

Congratulations to our Artist of the Month winners - 1st Place: Nancy Near, 2nd Place: Nicole Hoerold and 3rd Place: Tanushri Mathur


Our Next Show - Midsummer Art Celebration

June 26, 2010 / 10AM to 6 PM / Triton Museum Grounds, Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara

Organizer: Brian Haney / email - bhaney2@pacbell.net

FALC is pleased to be invited to participate as a group in the Midsummer Art Celebration. Registration for this event is now open. We have space for 24 members to participate. There is no charge to participate. The Museum will take 30% commission on sales. Each artist will get a 6' x 6' panel space to hang on. Panels will be provided by FALC.

This event requires FALC artists to be juried into the event. If you are a FALC exhibiting member who has participated in AVA/Midsummer before then you can go ahead and register with the details provided below.

To register with FALC for the Midsummer Art Celebration, please email Brian Haney at bhaney2@pacbell.net with the following information -

Your name

Have you participated in this event before?
Mailing Address
Phone #

If you are a FALC exhibiting member who has NOT participated in this event before then you may go ahead and submit your registration to Brian and then follow the process to be juried into the show -

Contact: Jeff Bramschreiber (408-629-7883, 408-297-4707, email snjbram@aol.com) to reserve your spot for being juried in at University Art on one of the two dates below.
Jurying location: University Art Center at 456 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
Juror: George Rivera (Executive Director of the Triton Museum of Art)
Dates: First session April 10, 2010. Second session May 22, 2010.
Sessions starts promptly at 6:30pm. No one will be admitted after the start time.
Artists must bring three works of art for the session and if selected must fill out the provided sign up form.
Please inform Brian Haney after attending the jurying session.
Profile of the Month

Every month we would like to introduce you to a member who has contribution time and effort toward running the club. This month we would like to introduce Brian Haney who joined the club about a year ago and has already stepped in to organize the Midsummer Art Show. Brian also helps with setup for the demonstrators during our general meetings. He is a great addition to the planning group at the steering meetings.

Brian has been creating art since 2005 and has entered a number of exhibitions since 2007. He is affiliated with several art groups. If you are interested in his art or have a project you wish to pursue, please contact Brian at bhaney2@pacbell.net or visit his website at brianhaney.com

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 See

Open Studios 2010: The following artists will be participating in Open Studios in May. Please visit the www.svos.org website to get a listing of locations and dates. We encourage all FALC members to visit their fellow artists' studios and be inspired by all the wonderful work. If you wish to be added to this list please email Nina at nina.uppaluru@gmail.com.

Grace Seidman

Yao-Pi Hsu's photograph "Tulips - Gamble Garden" is the publicity picture for the Pacific Art League Show "In The Garden" at the Main Gallery, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. The show runs April 2 to 29, 2010.

Carrie Zeidman will display her "Ghost Series" at the Los Gatos JCC April 12 through June 14, 2010 at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032. The Reception is May 9th in conjunction with the community Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration.

Sayoko Nakamura has two paintings accepted into the LGAA open statewide juried show at the Los Gatos Museum.Mach 25-April 23,2010. Museum hours-Wed-Sun, Noon to 4

Janki Chokshi's banner design "Rise and Shine" was selected for the City of Santa Clara 2010 "Art in the Air" banner competition sponsored by the City of Santa Clara. Banners will be displayed on El Camino Real beginning Mid-April 2010.

Belinda Lima has a solo show "Abstractions" at Mike's Cafe from Feb 1st - May 1st. The Cafe is located at 2680 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Belinda's website: www.BelindaLima.com

Zoya Scholis has 2 photographs accepted at "Patterns and Abstractions of Nature" a Fine Art Mixed Media Exhibit at Filoli Garden. February 9 through April 11, 2010 - 86 Canada Road, Woodside, Ca. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 3:30 pm, Sundays, 11:00 am -3:30 pm

Classes And Events

Zoya Scholis conducts "Beginning Watermedia" and "Beginning Drawing" classes. ACE site: 591 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Fee: $66 for those age 18-49, $35 for those 50 or older Instructor: Zoya scholis Sign-up @: www.ace.fuhsd.org Contact: zoya@ ArtforpersonalGrowth.com Zoyart.com

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 2010. Location: Hoover Theater, Room A & B, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose. 1:30 to 4:00 PM. Workshop artists are -

2010 Free SCVWS demos
April 25, Steven Quiller Color
June 6, Katherine Chang Liu, Finding yourself as an artist
August 28, Don Andrews, Watercolor landscapes
Nov 6, Frank Webb, Using the white of the paper
Please visit www.scvws.org for complete workshop details.
Art Studios for rent: 1022 North Idaho, San Mateo, CA 94401. Open House Sunday, January 31st. Approximately 14 studio spaces ranging from 189 sq. ft @$279/month up to 400 sq. ft. @ $620/month. Great opportunity to share space. contact Nancy Garcia / email: nancygar2000@gmail.com or Brett Barron email: brettbarron@capitalrealtygrp.com 650-400-7089.
FALC Guidelines - Criteria for Jurying-in new members

FALC has been fortunate this year to welcome many new members and 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 2010
President: Open
Vice President: Open
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website
Treasurer / Quinlan show: Yelena Shabrova
Secretary / Publicity: Janki Chokshi
Membership: Iona Ezaki
Refreshments: Masha Schultz, Chagit Ofir, Kalpana Adesara, Li Wei Lu
Demos: Reema Sachar and Brian Haney
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Yelena and Slava Shabrova
Graphics and Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Grace Seidman, Solange Glaize, Tania Tengan and Anamika Agrawal
Online mail: Nava Attia Benoit

We would love to hear from you. Please send questions or comments to INFORMATION@FALC.ORG

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