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Newsletter August 2011
August 8, 2011

General Meeting

    Next Quinlan painting change on September 12. We will hang the Autumn Festival paintings at that time.
August 19, 2011
  Deadline to submit your entry for the Autumn Festival Show. See details below.
September 9, 2011
  Silent Auction and Reception, 7 to 9PM
September 10-11, 2011
  Autumn Festival Juried Show, 10AM to 6PM
2011 FALC Membership

All continuing members are required to complete the form and mail it in with their check for $30. New members who join after July 2011 may follow instructions on the membership form and mail in a check for $15.

Membership form

General Meeting - August 8, 2011
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 8, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Raja Guha Thakurta - Portraits and Figures

Raja's Website

Raja will discuss some pencil drawing techniques in the context of portrait and figure drawing - elements such as light and shade, balance, composition, texture, form, proportions, etc. Much of the focus will be on the ideas behind each piece of art. He will also discuss techniques and underlying ideas for his award winning oil paintings.

Raja Guha Thakurta specializes in detailed, realistic oil and pencil portraits of people and animals. He also works in other media including wood carving, glass/ceramic painting, etc. He has been fortunate enough to receive recognition for his art, most notably the Best of Show award at the Fine Arts League of Cupertino 2007 annual show, an Award of Excellence at 2007 AVArtFest, and 2nd place in the Triton Museum purchase award at 2007 AVArtFest. Over the years, he has done several commissioned pieces. His love of art can be traced back to a family of artists: mother, sister, and especially his maternal grandmother whose charcoal portraits served as a tremendous source of inspiration. He was born in Calcutta (India), moved to the US in 1985, and has been a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz and UC Observatories/Lick Observatory since 1994, his day (and night!) job.

Our Next Show - Autumn Festival Juried Show
Show Chair - Iona Ezaki ionaezaki@aol.com
Deadline for entry: August 19, 2011
Reception & Auction: September 9, 2011. Show: September 10 & 11, 2011
Juror: Mike Bailey, President of the National Watercolor Association
$1000 in prizes sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cupertino
Silent Auction: Coordinator Kathy Qi / quji2005@gmail.com

We will hold a Silent Auction of 10 pieces of artwork by FALC artists during the Reception on September 9. 100% of the proceeds from the Auction will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, which is in the process of construction housing for disadvantaged families in Cupertino. Images of the donated pieces will be shown on the online invitation and the printed postcard.

We would like to thank the following FALC Members for generously donating their beautiful paintings- Amy Do, Nancy Near, Dee Sullivan (2 paintings), Yao-Pi Hsu, Ran Wu, Yun Wu, Tanushri Mathur, Kathy Qi, Nina Uppaluru.

Profile of the Month

Each month we would like to profile a member who has volunteered time toward helping the club.

Karen Mumford was encouraged and inspired by her aunt who was a sculptor and as a young girl began taking drawing classes, which she continued attending through college. A few years ago she made the transition from drawing into oil painting. Residing in Northern California since 1992, she enjoys the sights and sounds of the ocean, the coastal blue mountains and the colorful blooms of spring from which she draws inspiration for her organically flowing oil paintings.

"Motion, movement and change are part of our everyday lives. The influence of this concept can be found in the motion and flow of my paintings. The shapes in my work are derived from forms in our natural surroundings. Once the shapes are sketched on the canvas I like to paint spontaneously until it resonates within. In using this approach the painting is found through intuitive feeling and does not aim to reproduce the external form in a material sense, but strives to convey the internal."

Karen is a member of Gallery House and is currently having a feature show. You are all invited to stop in and see "A Summer's Dream" from July 19- August 20, 2011. A Fine Art Exhibition of Vivid Colors, Flowing Forms and Rich Patinas, Featuring Artists: Patrica Nojima - Watercolors Karen Mumford - Oil Kris Taylor - Bronze. Gallery House 320 California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-326-1668 www.GalleryHouse2.com www.karenstudionline.com

Shows to see
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. If you have a show or reception that you would like to list in this section, please send the information (under 40 words) to nina.uppaluru@gmail.com along with a picture of the display if you have one.

Ran Wu has 2 paintings accepted to the exhibition "Century of Landscapes" hosted by California Art Club. The exhibition is at the California Historical Society in San Francisco from July 14 to October 15, 2011. California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Yao-Pi Hsu has 9 pieces of photography up at the Cupertino Library on Torre Avenue until August 27, 2011. If you would like to display your work at the Cupertino Library, please see instructions under Shows To Enter/Cupertino Library Art Display below.

Shows to Enter

Yamagami Nursery in Cupertino is looking for artists (acrylics or watercolor) to paint on various days at Yamagami's. Your information will go in the Yamagami's newsletter. They will hold an Art Auction/Dinner on August 11, 2011. If you are interested, please immediately contact Jeff Bramschreiber at snjbram@aol.com.

Los Altos History Museum calls for submission for its "Shaped by Water: Past, Present and Future" exhibit at the Los Altos Library. Deadline for submission is August 31, 2011. The exhibit will run November 1-30, 2011. Prospectus

The Cupertino Library Art Display sponsored by the Library Foundation is now taking applications from artists who would like to display their work at the Cupertino Library on a 9' x 9' space for a period of 2 months. The library takes no commission on sales and there is no charge for displaying there. The application form is at http://cupertinovideo.cupertino.org/libraryfoundation/ArtistInfoForm/


Lake Alpine Women’s Journaling and Painting Retreat with Elaine Frenett & Jean Warren

With the penetrating heat of summer upon us, try envisioning the air as autumn crisp, leaves begin to turn golden and thoughts turn to introspection. Such is the setting for the second annual "Visual Art Journaling Retreat", September 11 - 16, 2011 at Lake Alpine Resort, near Bear Valley, California. The clean mountain air invites us to hike and explore, along with our watercolor journals, the shimmering lake’s surroundings where Miwok rocks line the shore. Come breathe creativity into your days ... fully packed, yet gently paced. This year's "Retreat Chef" is from the Culinary Institute of America - our meals will be scrumptious! This all-inclusive retreat is for the spirited who love words, art, journaling and the energy of other women. Still available is our "Emerging Artist" Scholarship! For more information: http://VisualArtJournaling.wordpress.com/

Contact: Jean Warren jean@jeanwarren.com Bodega Bay, CA 707.875.9240 Contact: Elaine Frenett elainefrenett@live.com Jacksonville, OR 541.899.0606.

Mike Kirschel Learn and practice oil painting (or acrylic) in the MontaVista neighborhood of Cupertino. Beginning and advanced students welcome, class focus is on painting and picture making fundamentals with an emphasis on composition and color. Indoor studio painting is Wednesdays mornings, 9:30 - 12:00 and outdoor painting on location is on Saturdays also 9:30-12:00. Private and small group lessons are also available. Please visit the website at www.kirschel.com for more information or call Mike Kirschel at 650-521-1856.

Jeanne Tillman Paper Making workshops: 4 one day workshops. Explore the art of making unique decorate paper using recycled papers and plant fibers. In this five-hour time period, the focus will be on creating many sheets of recycled papers with decorative flourishes. To reserve a space in one of these workshops, please send a check payable to Jeanne Tillman to 15000 Old Ranch Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 For more information, call (408) 353-3921.

Society of Western Artists in Redwood City conducts workshops throughout 2011. Workshop instructors will be Dale Laitinen, Karen Frey, Sonya Hamilton, Randall Sexton, Linda Harris, Jim Gleeson and doug Dawson. Please visit their website for details www.societyofwesternartists.com

Zoya Scholis conducts advanced, intermediate and beginners watermedia painting classes through the FUHSD Sunnyvale Cupertino Adult education and at the Cupertino Senior Center. She also conducts Mixed Media Workshops and Collage Workshops in the summer. For more details please visit http://www.ace.fuhsd.org. Contact Zoya at zoya@artforpersonalgrowth.com

Stefan Bauman Weekly Oil painting classes in Saratoga the first and third week of each month Mondays from 6-9pm and Tuesdays from 10 - 1pm. Please call 415 606-9074 or email stefan_baumann@yahoo.com. More Info at www.thegrandview.

SCVWS offers a 10 week painting course with Mike Bailey, Watercolor Beyond the Obvious. You can register on their website at www.scvws.org Info: 650-941-8073.

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 Krishna Mitra at krishna@jakubson.com

Panel Rental

Panels are available for rent all year at $5/weekend for members and $7 / weekend for non-members. There will be a $25 charge for checks returned due to insufficient funds. For panel rental and availability please email Carrie Zeidman at czeidman@elanstudios.net or call her at 408-741-5809.

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.

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 2011
President: Iona Ezaki - 408-978-6614/ ionaezaki@aol.com
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website
Vice President: Janki Chokshi / Programs and Publicity
Treasurer / Quinlan show: Position Open
Membership: Kathy Qi / qiji2005@gmail.com
Refreshments: Masha Schultz, Kalpana Adesara, Yao Pi Hsu, Zlata Rabinovich
Demos: Reema Sachar
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi, Krishna Mitra
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Yelena and Slava Shabrova
Graphics and Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Grace Seidman, Amy Do, Nancy Near, Solange Glaize
Online mail: Nava Attia Benoit

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