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Newsletter May 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.
May 10, 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 - We will have a painting change this weekend. Please come early to pick up your old paintings and register your new ones.
May 17, 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 club.
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 - May 10, 2010

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

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Painting on Silk

Natasha Foucault once literally walked the heels off her boots taking photographs and sketching in the south of France for a new series of silk paintings. It is this unswerving devotion to her work that has produced her brilliant silk paintings and wearable art. Natasha's works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. In 1995 she had a one-woman exhibit of her silk painting and wearable art at the Silk Museum in Holland. She received second prize at the First International Silk Painting Congress in 1998 for Excellence in Silk Painting and The Best of the Show Award both at 2004 and 2006 Silk-In-Santa Fe Festivals.

The April Meeting

Kathleen Alexander demonstrated an exquisite watercolor painting of tropical flowers and walked us through her method of achieving glowing color and light effects in her work.

Iona Ezaki was voted in as the new FALC President and Brian Haney was voted in as the Vice President in charge of Programs.

Welcome to new member Devika Keshar who was juried in.

Congratulations to our Artist of the Month winners - 1st Place: Constance Guidotti, 2nd Place: Solange Glaize and 3rd Place: Reema Sachar


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 closed. 24 members will be participating. 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.

If you are a FALC exhibiting member who has NOT participated in this event before then you may 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 the date 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: Second session May 22, 2010.
Session 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 Masha Schultz who has volunteered to organize refreshments throughout the year at our monthly FALC meetings.

Masha Schultz has always loved creating art. She recalls feeling a strong attraction to drawing and painting during her school years. Although she graduated from Moscow University in Russia with a BS in computer science and worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, she continued to take art classes. Art eventually consumed her. She devoted herself to art, design, and teaching over the last few years. Masha always has a passion for painting, drawing, and photography. She strives to make art that captures the beauty of the moment in life. She shows her artwork locally and incorporates her distinctive and colorful style into her art. Her favorite subjects are art, painting, drawing, animals, and people, especially children, for their beautiful innocent joy.

New Resources Page on website
Please check out our new Artist Resources page which lists many recommendations by FALC artists. Members are welcome to submit their recommendations for the organizing committee to review. Please make your recommendations as detailed as possible and let us know what you find useful. Submit your recommendations to the form at the bottom of this page and add "Artist Resources recommendation" to your subject line.
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

Nancy Near will be participating July 2 thru July 29: Palo Alto Juried Water Media Show. With a theme of “Red, White, or Blue!”, this show by Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society artists will make you stand up and salute (or at the very least, smile)! E

njoy the selection of small water media works juried by nationally known artist Claire Verbiest. Open and free to the public Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

Join the artists at a public reception Friday July 2, 5:30-8pm during Palo Alto’s “First Friday Art Walk.” (Palo Alto: Elizabeth Norton Gallery, upstairs at 668 Ramona St.; 650-321-3891; www.scvws.org)

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.

Yao-Pi Hsu is also doing a solo exhibition with around 40 pieces of photography at the Gallery in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library - 2nd Floor from May 3 to June 29, 2010. Location: 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 10 PM, Friday 8 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sunday 1 - 7 PM.

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.

Sayeko 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.

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
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: Iona Ezaki - 408-978-6614
Vice President: Brian Haney: 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

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