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Newsletter October 2011
October 10, 2011

FALC General Meeting

    Next Quinlan painting change on November 14.
October 20, 2011
  7pm - Next Steering meeting at Panera Bread
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 - October 10, 2011
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 10, 2011/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Yoju's website

Yoju will demonstrate her delightfully playful technique of painting domestic pets. Her demo will include painting from photographs of pets, Cat Art using paper cuttings, Sumi-e painting (China ink) and Cat Art created by pasting multicolored pieces (eg origami paper). Finished examples featuring each of these techniques will be available for examination. The demo of these techniques will be presented with emphasis on whatever is of most interest to the audience.

A preview of Yoju's cats can be found on her website at http://artbyoju.com/catindex.html

2011 FALC Autumn Fest Show

Thank you all for your participation in the 2011 Autumn Festival Show. The reception was well attended and we received many compliments about how wonderful the show looked. Thank you all for cheerfully volunteering your time to help everything work smoothly. A special thanks to all the coordinators - Masha Shultz, Devika Keskar, Karen Mumford, Janki Chokshi, Reema Sacher, Kathy Qi, Slava Shabrov, Iona Ezaki and Nina Uppaluru. Our congratulations to all the award winners!

2012 Nominations and Elections

We have had a wonderful year of shows and events at FALC and now it is time to focus on getting organized for 2012. We would like to ask that each FALC member give some thought to how they can be more involved with our club for 2012. The club has 75 talented members with many skills that are urgently needed to run the group. A club is only as good as it's members and if everyone takes turns at running the group we can achieve great results. Please ask yourself what you can do to contribute. We will do everything we can to make your involvement a positive experience and you will have plenty of guidance to help you get started. You may consider sharing a job with a friend. We invite nominations for any of the following positions -

President Iona Ezaki has been President for 5 years and will be stepping down at the end of the year. Her duties include making the agenda and speaking at the meetings. Filling this position would involve attending a 2 hour steering meeting per month.

Vice President Webmaster and Newsletter

Nina Uppaluru has been webmaster and newsletter editor since 2004 and is stepping down. Her duties include attending the monthly steering meetings and compiling information for the newsletter and updating the website.
Vice President Shows & Events Janki Chokshi is stepping down.
Treasurer Yelena Shabrova has been treasurer for the past 3 years and has stepped down due to a family emergency. This position is currently vacant. Duties involve submitting a tax form once a year, making bank deposits and payments and tracking sales during the Fall Show. The treasurer attends the steering meetings.
Secretary Currently this position is not filled. The secretary is required to take notes during the general meetings and steering meetings.

Reema Sacher has kindly offered to continue with arranging the monthly demos at the general meetings. Kathy Qi will also continue with membership. Janki Chokshi will handle Publicity.

Profile of the Month

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

Jan was first inspired to become an artist when she, her husband, and their two children took some painting classes in Yosemite National Park. She found that drawing and painting caused her to see the beauty around her in a new way. Now she and her husband, who paints landscapes in oils, enjoy traveling and using many of the places they visit as inspiration for their paintings.

After doing portraits in pastels, she discovered transparent watercolors, and that has been her focus ever since. Over the last 13 years, she has taken numerous watercolor classes, workshops, and painting trips to learn from other artists, and she has mainly exhibited her work through art organizations and group shows. She has participated in Silicon Valley Open Studios for the last nine years.

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 50 words) to nina.uppaluru@gmail.com along with a picture of the display if you have one.
  "Rhythm III" Photo Exhibit - Grace Ensign is one of several photographers exhibiting at The Main Street Cafe in Los Altos, October 8 to November 17, 2011. You are invited to the reception on Sunday Oct. 9th, 3 to 5pm. 134 Main Street, Los Altos, CA.


Connie Guidotti has 4 beautiful mixed media pieces on Afghan Women displayed at the Cupertino Library in September and October. The original images in this exhibit were taken while documenting a rug weaving project for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan during the Russian conflict in 1988. The exhibit is meant to put a more human face on the women who have suffered so much, yet remain unbeaten, strong, beautiful and dignified. For more information on applying to display your work at the Cupertino Library, please see the information under "Shows to Enter".

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 also has 2 pieces in the Filoli "Small Work Of Art" exhibition Sept 13 - Oct 23. Meet the artist event is on Sept. 17th & 18th 10am to 3pm Filoli Gardens, 86 Canada Rd, Woodside.

Belinda Lima has 3 pieces of collage art accepted to the Filoli "Small Works of Art" exhibition Sept 13 - Oct 23 at Filoli Gardens in Woodside.

Silicon Valley Open Studios Exhibition and Public Reception September 25, 2-5pm at the Los Altos town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los altos Hills. There will be a Silent Auction, Raffles and Wine Tasting. 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/


Nancy Wulff is registering new students for The Figure Studio Class at Quinlan Community Center Craft Room. Class #46910 -Clothed Figure Studio l8+ Wed. 10:00am - 1:00 pm 9/14-10/12 5 meetings $90R/$108N. Expand your artistic experience by painting a live model. Class will do one, two, five and 10 minute gesture drawings. No instruction. Bring your own easels.

Mike Kirschel Learn and practice oil painting (or acrylic) in the Monta Vista 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.

Karen Druker (Appointed Art Curator for Los Altos Hills 650-941-8073) invites you to an environmental themed fundraiser at Los Altos Hills Town Hall on 9/25, 2-5 p.m. , sponsored by the Town of Los Altos Hills , will benefit both the Silicon Valley Open Studios artists and the Palo Alto Based Environmental Volunteers. It will feature the best of the Open Studios artists work, in an exhibit entitled " The Environment and Conservation", juried by Linda Covello , Director of the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View.

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.

SCVWS offers the following free demos at the Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose at 1:30 to 4pm: Sept 25 - Lian Zhen Oct 16 - Jan Hart, Nov 7 - Frank Francese. These artists also offer multiple day workshops. Please visit SCVWS.org for details.

Beginning Watercolor Classes offered by SCVWS
Do you know any watercolorists just starting out who can help SCVWS try out a new concept for beginner workshops? For a minimal investment of $50, beginning artists will get a great learning experience while helping SCVWS fine tune a potential new program. Classes will be held from 9:30 to 12:30 on five Fridays beginning September 16. KeyPoint Credit Union has generously donated use of their community room at 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara. The series is an opportunity to sample different teachers and to build basic skills. The agenda is:
September 16 Washes and beginning techniques Instructor: Nancy Wulff

September 23

Value Instructor: Kay Duffy
September 30 Color Instructor: Carolyn Larsen
October 7 Composition Instructor: Valerie Tomasetti
October 14 Collage Instructor: Karen Druker
Cost for the series is $50. Members or nonmembers are welcomed. For a download version of the registration form, go to www.SCVWS.org, print it off and mail it along with a check for $50 made out to SCVWS to: Sue Newberry, 126 Debussy Terrace, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. For questions call Sue at 408 737 2521.
Resources Page on website
Please check out our 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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