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Newsletter March 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.
March 8, 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 - Please bring 1 or 2 paintings for the next Quinlan show. Please come in early to register your new paintings and collect your old paintings from the walls.
March 15, 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 - March 8, 2010

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Jane Hofstetter - Art Critique

Jane Hofstetter will critique paintings brought in by FALC members. FALC members should bring in 1 or 2 completed paintings for her to review. Paintings on paper should be matted if not framed. Unframed canvases are acceptable. All artwork should be completely dry.

Noted for her exceptional versatility in painting and teaching all types of subjects, Jane has a rare ability to bring out the best in all artists who study with her. She is a popular workshop instructor, author and juror who has conducted numerous workshops across the nation and Europe for more than thirty years.

She has won many awards, and is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Northwest Watercolor Society, Alabama Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Allied Artist West, and many more. Jane trained at the University of California, Berkley and Chouinard Art Institute of Design, Los Angeles. She has also studied with many nationally and internationally knows artists since 1971.

Her book published by North Light Publications “Seven Keys To Great Paintings” is now available in all major bookstores. Her paintings have been in many national shows. Jane has been featured in “Watercolor Magic”, “The Collected Best of Watercolor”, “Splash 7", and the “International Artist Magazine” and many others.

The February Meeting

Jose Arenas walked us through the different characteristics of acrylic paints. He also discussed the various types of mediums available and the features and qualities of the products.

Welcome to new member Christine Arthur who was juried in.

Congratulations to our Artist of the Month winners - 1st Place: Nancy Near, 2nd Place: Kalpana Adesara and 3rd Place: Grace Seidman


The February Show - "From The Heart"

We had a great show at the "Main Street Cafe" in Los Altos! Our thanks to all the participants and volunteers. The Cafe was very impressed with the quality of the art displayed and we have been invited to show there again next February. We would also like to thank Janki Chokshi for doing a wonderful job organizing the show.

Congratulations to the winners of the "Popular Vote" at the show! First Place: Kalpana Adesara, Second Place: Carrie Zeidman, Third Place: Jim Burne. We will give out the ribbons at the meeting on March 8th.

Our Next Show - Midsummer Art Celebration

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

Organizer: Brian Haney 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 with 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. If you are a FALC exhibiting member who has NOT participated in this event before then you will need to be juried into this event at a date yet to be announced. The jurying-in will be done at University Art. We will announce date and timings as soon as we receive them. You may go ahead and submit your registration to Brian and then wait to be juried into the show. We will maintain a waitlist.

To register 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 #
2010 FALC Positions

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.

Positions Duties  
President Agendas, conducting the general meetings 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.

Shows to See

Slava Shabrov's image "Lace of Shadows" won First Place at the Landscapes exhibition by Pacific Art League March 5 - 25, 2010. He has 2 images in the show. The Reception is Friday March 5 from 6 PM. 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.

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
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.
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 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: 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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