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Newsletter March 2011
March 14, 2010

General Meeting- Craft 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.
    Artist of the Month- Please bring in a painting.
February & March 21, 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.
February 27, 2011
  Take down paintings at Main Street Cafe at 2:30pm
General Meeting March 2011
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 14, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM
Elements of Award Winning Paintings
Slide Show (40 paintings) and Discussion with Mike Bailey, current President of National Watercolor Society

Most artists are quite interested to obtain the 'inside information' of what sort of paintings are chosen to be included in national shows and which of those win awards. . . . . and WHY!

If you have ever been confronted with choosing a painting to submit for a national show, you know full well that this is a difficult decision. What should you look for in your paintings to increase the odds that your painting will be accepted? Should you make paintings specifically for entry into shows? Should you submit paintings which are in some way biased to the juror's painting style or taste? What sort of subjects are accepted or shunned?

Mike Bailey will be presenting a powerful slide show of forty award winning watercolor paintings and will be discussing their attributes which most likely was the reason for being selected for awards in different shows. As the current president of National Watercolor Society, he will bring first-hand experience of overseeing the jurying and awards judging processes. Mike will also be telling 'tales' and 'stories' about the jurying process in various societies, including NWS. Join us for this exciting presentation and bring your questions!

For information on Mike Bailey's exhibits and the workshops that he teaches throughout the year, please visit his website at http://www.mebaileyart.com/index.html

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.

Membership form

Our Current Show
  "From The Heart"

January 31 to February 27, 2011

Main Street Cafe,
134 Main, Los Altos, CA 94022
We have 40 paintings up at the Main Street Cafe and the show looks great!Many thanks to all the volunteers who did a super job with Receiving and Hanging!

Takedown of paintings is Sunday, February 27 at 2:30pm when the cafe closes. Please do not pick up your paintings earlier than that time.

2011 FALC Positions

Please consider volunteering to fill one of the positions below. 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.
Refreshments helper
Masha our refreshments coodinator needs 1 more helper for the refreshments table.
Profile of the Month

Each month, FALC would like to honor a member who has dedicated time and effort toward the club. This month FALC would like to put the spotlight on Yao-Pi Hsu who has been a member for many years and has always been involved and helpful whenever possible.

Yao-Pi's statement - "I have worked in the biosciences field as a research scientist for more than thirty years. Years ago a trip back to China, my homeland inspired me to get into photography. Since then I have continued to pursue my interest in photography. Art and science each take a turn in how I understand the world around me. As a fine art photographer I apply the same principles I used in scientific research: search and research, examine and reexamine, and explore concepts from different perspective. I explore the world around me, as I look for reflection, angle or perspectives that represents how diverse and abundant the world expresses its various forms and beauties. The joy and rewards of being in the right place, at the right time to freeze the moment and to capture the beauty of our surrounding are invigorating".

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.

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.

Iona Ezaki, Anastasia Saltabida and Dee Sullivan will be showing at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery, 251 W. El Camino Real from March 1st to 30th. Reception Saturday, March 12 from 4 to 7pm.

Los Altos Hills Curator Karen Druker invites members to a Town of Los Altos Hills sponsored Reception April 17, Sunday 3-6 p.m. for artist Jan Meyer , who painted all the whimsical murals , doorways , walls in downtown Los Altos in the 1980's . Her show , "Rooms and Blooms", at Hills Town Hall April - Sept features the art elements of color and pattern . The murals and benches are in peril , as downtown Los Altos is due for a facelift in the near future. Info 650-941-7222

Shows to Enter
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/

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.

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 -

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.

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
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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