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Newsletter January 2011
January 10, 2010

General Meeting- Social Room. FALC General Meetings are held at 7pm on the 2nd Monday of each month except July. For information on future demos, please visit the Demo page.

    Quinlan painting change at this meeting. Please come in early to switch your paintings.
    Artist of the Month- Please bring in a painting
January 15, 2011
  Deadline for registration for the "From The Heart" Show (see details below)
January 24, 2011
  Steering meeting 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.
January 30, 2011
  2:00pm Receiving of paintings for "From The Heart" Show at the Main Street Cafe
February 27, 2011
  Take down paintings at Main Street Cafe
General Meeting January 2011
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Social Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 10, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Decker Walker - Painting in Oils

Artist's Statement

"I paint for the thrill of it. The thrill that comes when I spot some beauty of color, form, or design in a model, a landscape, or a still life arrangement that I’m painting. The thrill of finding a fresh way to represent some seen beauty in paint. The thrill of seeing smears of color become a believable image. These thrills come most often from intense, concentrated painting sessions. Most of the time I start and finish a painting in one day, taking from one to five hours; occasionally I’ll work on it for a second session while it’s still wet. The more finished, polished result I could get from spending days or weeks on a painting doesn’t interest me as much as the feeling of freshness, spontaneity and intimacy that comes from painting in one go. This kind of painting is, as Oscar Peterson said about jazz, a “daredevil experience … [that] requires you to collect all your senses, emotions, physical strength and mental power, and focus them totally on the performance… every time you play.”

Decker Walker has taken instruction in the visual arts form the Pacific Art League, Foothill College, College of San Mateo, City College of San Franmcisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and the Scottsdale Artists' School. He has been chosen for several juried awards locally and nationally since 2006.

2011 FALC Membership

2011 Membership dues are now due! All members are required to complete the form and mail it in with their check for $30. The deadline to send in your membership dues is February 28th.

Please note that participation in the "From The Heart" show will require membership to be paid up by January 30.

Membership form

The Holiday Party and Paint-In

Our thanks to all the members who attended the December Holiday party and Paint-in. The Cupertino room was beautifully decorated and was a perfect setting for a Holiday dinner. We created holiday posters for the residents at the Pleasant View Convalescent Home. Thanks to Masha for organizing the dinner and Slava for taking the pictures.

Our Next Show
"From The Heart"
FALC member show at the Main Street Cafe, 134 Main, Los Altos, CA 94022
Show coordinator: Nina Uppaluru / nina.uppaluru@gmail.com
Registration deadline: January 15, 2011
Show: January 31 to February 27, 2011
Each year in February, FALC displays about 40 paintings at the Main Street Cafe in Los Altos. Please mail in your entry form early in order to be guaranteed participation in the show. All participants are required to help with setting up the show. Please see the entry form for details on framing and eligibility.
Your FALC 2011 membership dues have to be paid up in order to participate in this show.
2011 FALC Positions

It is time to begin discussions about the 2011 Chair Positions to be filled. Please consider volunteering to fill a position. You will acquire new skills and new friends! We will help you through the process of learning what is required for any of the jobs.

The following positions are open for 2011.

2nd Vice President
Oversees the 4 or 5 yearly exhibits that FALC participates in. This position is currently vacant.
Takes notes at the General and Steering meetings.
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. 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. 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.

Shows to See

Slava Shabrov (Photography) and Tamar Assaf (Acrylics) have their displays up at the Cupertino Library on Torre Avenue in Cupertino. Their work will show there until the end of February. To view more of Slava Shabrov's work please visit http://www.amberphoto.com. Tamar Assaf's website is www.tamarassaf.com.


Nina Uppaluru has 25 paintings displayed at Graniterock Design Center, 1505 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014.

The show runs October 26, 2010 to January 22, 2011. Please visit Nina's website www.NinasArt.com for more information.

The Triton Museum Statewide Watercolor Competition/Exhibition: Reception December 10, 7 to 9PM. For information and prospectus http://www.tritonmuseum.org/exhibitions_watercolorcomp.php

Karen Druker, Art Curator for the Town of Los Altos Hills: Artist Laurie Barna's "Liberty Ladies " ,25 patriotic watercolor paintings of the Statue of Liberty with different narratives ,will be the subject of a "Walk and Talk " by Laurie on Thursday, January 20, 10:30-12 noon at Los Altos Hill's new Town Hall, Los Altos Hills.Free, open to all. Refreshments will be served. Info: 650-9417222.

Jose Arenas, our Juror for the 2009 Juried Show has published a book of his work in the last 5 years. You are all invited to a book signing and reception party at Nan and Kent Manske's home, 33 Dexter Ave, Redwood city, CA 94063 on Monday December 20, 2010 from 6 to 8pm. This would be a great opportunity to see Jose and get updated on the great things he has been doing lately.

Shows to Enter

The Saratoga Rotary Art Show: The largest juried art show visited by 20,000 art collectores. 200 local and national artists participate. The show is held on Sunday May 1, 2011 at the West Valley College in Saratoga. Deadline for entry January 22, 2011 www.saratogarotary.org/artshow

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/


Judy Kramer will give a free illustrated talk on macro flower photography on Saturday, January 15 from 3 - 5pm at the Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014. More details.

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.

The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society has free demos offered in 2010- 2011. These demonstrations with the best watermedia instructors in the USA are free and open to all. Location: Hoover Theater, Room A & B, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose. 1:30 to 4:00 PM. Workshop artists are -

1/23/11 John Salminen, Urban Cityscapes
2/13/11 Ted Nuttall, Portraits
3/13/11 Dick Cole Painting Urban Landscapes
4/10/11 Ursula O'Farrell, Acrylic, Abstract Figures
6/18/11 ( Saturday , not the usual Sunday) Roland Lee, Canyons and desert landscapes
In addition to these demos which accompany workshops, we offer a 10 week painting course with Mike Bailey, Watercolor Beyond the Obvious. You can register on our website at www.scvws.org Info: 650-941-8073.
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
Vice President Programs: Vacant
Vice President: Nina Uppaluru - 408-257-1315 / Newsletter, Website
Treasurer / Quinlan show: Yelena Shabrova
Secretary / Publicity: Rajiv Khilnani
Membership: Kathy Qi
Refreshments: Masha Schultz, Kalpana Adesara, Yao Pi Hsu
Demos: Reema Sachar and Brian Haney
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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