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Newsletter February 2012
February 13, 2012

FALC General Meeting

January 19, 2012
  Deadline for entries for the "From The Heart" Show at the Main St. Cafe in Los Altos (details below)
January 28, 2012
  Receiving of paintings at Main Street Cafe
February 25, 2012
  Painting pickup at Main Street Cafe
February 13, 2012
  Next Quinlan painting change on February 13, 2012.
2012 FALC Membership

2012 Membership dues are now due. All members are required to complete the form and mail it in with their check for $30.

Membership form

General Meeting - February 13, 2012
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 13, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Alice Freund - Using the Computer to enhance your Art

Prepare to be amazed! This is for artists of any media even if you don't own a computer. And especially if you do!

Make your artwork easier using Photoshop and a 'Wacom' pen.

Actually paint on a computer using the Painter program.

Don't feel isolated by the Geeks! Learn some buzzwords, become more familiar with terms and techniques.

Alice will provide a broad and fast overview, through numerous examples. See how the popular program Photoshop can be used to try out ideas from a photo of your artwork-in-progress without having to scrape, waste paint or waste time. All of your creative work stages can be made easier, faster and without changing your style or media. Experiment with your compositions or try a whole new color scheme in seconds. Let the computer do it!

Painting on a Computer? Magically simulate the textures and qualities of any media: oils, watercolor etc. Your photos can be enhanced in Photoshop and become artistically transformed using Painter's cloning tools.

Alice Freund, MFA, whose paintings hang in local museum, civic and private collections, specializes in creating pastel, mixed media and digital portraits. Her illustrations are used for publications and PR. She also paints quick portrait sketches on a laptop for entertainment at business and private receptions. Alice continues to discover the excitement, awe, and frustrations of creating and enhancing artwork with computer graphics software; and upon occasion, incorporating digital and 'natural media' in a painting.

2012 Nominations and Elections

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 vacant positions -

Vice President Shows & Events

Janki Chokshi is stepping down. We do not have a nomination for this position yet. Please consider volunteering for a year and learning to organize art shows with a fun group of people. It will be a wonderful learning experience.

Greeting coordinator We will need a greeting coordinator for 2012 to keep the table organized during the general meetings. You will have 2 helpers to fill in the days that you cannot attend the general meeting.
Our thanks to the following members for volunteering -
Yao-Pi Hsu Refreshments Coordinator
Amy Do Quinlan Painting Change Coordinator
Iona Ezaki Secretary

Please contact Slava Shabrov if you would like to discuss volunteering for any of the above vacant positions.

Our Current Show
"From The Heart"
FALC member show at the Main Street Cafe, 134 Main, Los Altos, CA 94022
Show coordinator: Janki Chokshi / janki_chokshi@hotmail.com
Show: January 28 to February 25, 2012

FALC currently displays about 40 paintings at the Main Street Cafe in Los Altos.

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 janki_chokshi@hotmail.com along with a picture of the display if you have one.

2011 Statewide Painting Competition/Exhibition; Triton Museum of Art 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara - Dec. 10 to Feb. 12, 2012 Belinda Lima and Nina Uppaluru each have one painting accepted to the show. Reception and awards: Friday Dec 9, 2011, 7 to 9pm.

Nina Uppaluru's painting "Fall Sonata" won an Honorable Mention at the show.


Local Color: This unique exhibit brings together two of Los Altos' most popular and long running art galleries--Viewpoints Gallery and Gallery 9 with a single theme for the month of January. FALC Members participating are Jane Ferguson at Viewpoints and Christine Arthur and Rajani Balaram at Gallery 9.

Viewpoints exhibit runs January 11 to February 25 at 315 State Street, Los Altos www.viewpointsgallery.com

Gallery 9 exhibit runs January 4 to 28 at 143 Main Street, Los Altos www.gallery9losaltos.com


The Miniature Art Show : An exhibit of over 100 small artworks benefiting Sunnyvale Community Services, will be held March 1st - March 30th, 9am - 7pm daily (except Sundays) at Sunnyvale Art Gallery (same location as Kimm's Flower Basket). Admission is free. Receptions held each Saturday. www.sunnyvaleartgallery.com/miniartshow


Shows to Enter
Gallery 9 in Los Altos (a coop gallery) invites artists in all media to apply for membership. Gallery 9 has 30 artists displaying work in acrylics, oils, mixed media, water media, photography, ceramics and jewellery. Address: 143 Main Street, Los Altos. 650.941.7969 gallery9losaltos.com. Contact Suej McCall at (408) 295-6523 for membership info and the jurying process.

The Sunnyvale Art Gallery is sponsoring a show of miniature works of art as a fundraiser for Sunnyvale Community Services, an organization that prevents homelssness and hunger. If you are intereted in making an artwork to donate to the event, please check out the following website for details: http://www.sunnyvaleartgallery.com/miniartshow/ The basic requirements are as follows: Create a miniature artwork. Maximum size for 2-D works is 6x6" or 5x7", with a maximum frame size of 10x10". Maximum size for 3-D works is 5x5x5". Smaller sizes are fine. All mediums welcome! All entries must be received by the end of January 2012. Artists must be 18 years or older.

Santa Cruz Art League presents 82nd Annual Statewide Landscape Exhibit, “Color and Light”. Exhibit: June 1 – July 1, 2012. Juror, Nancy Boas, Author. Deadline: March 16, 2012. Acceptance Letter mailed on April 20th.

The Prospectus is on our website: www.scal.org. You may reach them online: cindy@scal.org or by phone: 831-426-5787. Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz,California 95060

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/


Anna Lee Steed will be teaching a painting class for oil and acrylic painters at the Quinlan Center in Cupertino starting January 9th. Classes will be on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Students will paint abstracts, still life and landscape. As always, Anna Lee’s lessons will have a strong focus on color. Painters of all levels are welcome, extra help for beginners. Cost is $150 for five classes Please contact Anna Lee at 831-662-8979 for more information, a registration form and the material list. See Anna Lee’s paintings online at www.linstromart.com.

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.

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.

Jaya King is offering 2-day mixed-media workshop through the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society in March. She is also demonstrating the techniques that will be used in this workshop in the beginning of March, the demo is free to the public.

When: March 24 - 25 from 9am - 4pm ; Cost: $125 + materials fee $10 ; Where: Historic Hoover Theatre in San Jose (1635 Park ave, San Jose) For more info: www.scvwcs.org or www.jayasart.com Free Demo: March 4 from 1:30 - 4pm

SCVWS offers a 10 week painting course with Mike Bailey, Watercolor Beyond the Obvious. It also offers SCVWS 2012 workshop brochure. You can register on their website at www.scvws.org Info: 650-941-8073.


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 Janki Chokshi email: janki_chokshi@hotmail.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 2012
President: Slava Shabrov
Vice President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Vice President: Vacant / Programs and Publicity
Treasurer / Joy Kuo
Secretary: Iona Ezaki
Membership: Kathy Qi / qiji2005@gmail.com
Refreshments: Yao-Pi Hsu
Demo Coordinator: Nina Uppaluru
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator: Amy Do
Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Vacant
Online mail: Vacant

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