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Newsletter January 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.
January 11, 2010

GENERAL MEETING in the Social Room at Quinlan Center.

    ARTIST OF THE MONTH - Please bring a painting for Artist of the Month.
    PAINTING CHANGE -We will have a painting change at this meeting. Please arrive early to pick up your paintings and register your new ones. 1 or 2 paintings per member.
January 18, 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 now due! All members are required to complete the form and mail it in with their check for $30.

Membership form

General Meeting - January 11, 2010

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Claire Verbiest - Pastels and Watercolor

Artist's Statement

"I paint because I must and I am a painter most of the time. My goal is to create indelible images that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. My desire is to represent the absolute truth of what I see and to capture the moment in time that best portrays my subject. My obsession is to charm the eye with intense color, dramatic light and strong design."

Claire Schroeven Verbiest is a Belgian native who lived in the Congo and in Germany before moving to San Jose, California with her husband and their two children. An award-winning artist and a signature member of several art societies, Verbiest is considered one of the finest watercolor and pastel artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1999, her painting “Haute Cuisine” received the High Winds Medal at the American Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition. She is well known for her lively, crisp and truthful depictions of people, landscapes, flowers and objects and for her distinctive use of color. She teaches watercolor and pastel painting classes and conducts painting workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She frequently serves as a juror for local art shows. The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California displayed 29 of her original pastel paintings in May and June 2007.

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.

Please consider volunteering for the following positions in 2010
Positions Duties  
President Agendas, conducting the general meetings OPEN
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.

Open Studios: Members of the FALC Board and volunteer positions get first preference for panel rental during Open Studios. Please inform Carrie Zeidman about your panel request and she will let you know about the status of your panel request by January 30th.

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.


"Absolute Abstract", For the month of January, Jane Ferguson and 13 artists of Viewpoints gallery present an all abstract show. Join the Viewpoints' artists at the gallery for an evening art reception, Friday, January 15, 5-8PM. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun, 11AM-3PM. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State Street, Los Altos, 94022. 650-941-5789. www.viewpointsgallery.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.

Shows To Enter

Silicon Valley Open Studios: http://svos.org/ One of the biggest selling events of the year. Registration deadline is January 15, 2010.

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 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
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
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.

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 2010
President: Laurie Creveling - 408-243-9791 / Agenda
Vice President: Richard Chavez/ Programs
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website
Treasurer / Quinlan show: Yelena Shabrova
Secretary / Publicity: Janki Chokshi
Membership: Iona Ezaki
Refreshments: Open
Demos: Reema Sachar
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Yelena and Slava Shabrova
Graphics and Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Mtg Coordinator: Open

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

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