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Newsletter May 2012
May 14, 2012

Falc General Meeting at 7:00 at Quinlan Craft Room

May 24, 2012
  Next Steering Meeting will be May 24, 2012 at 7:00 at Panera.
June 11, 2012
  Next Quinlan painting change on June 11, 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 - May 14, 2012
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 14, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
The Hidden Symbols of Art - Lecture and slide show by Preston Metcalf

In art, as in life, things are never quite what they seem. One way of understanding a work is to find the clues that reveal the work’s true meaning. These are the Hidden Symbols of Art, and they reveal to us what and how the people in the times of their creation thought and felt. The key to interpreting the meanings embedded in art from antiquity through the modern age will be explored in this lecture by Triton Museum of Art Chief Curator, Preston Metcalf.

Preston Metcalf is blessed with the ability to recognize great art, but cursed with the inability to produce it … that is why he is a curator and art historian. He began his career as a Curator of Art at the San Jose Museum of Art. He then moved to the Triton Museum of Art, first as Curator of Education, then as Assistant Director for several years. Preston then went on to become Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. He has lectured on art and art history throughout the country and abroad. He has had published more than sixty articles and essays on artists and art history. After a brief interlude of teaching and writing, he returned to the Triton Museum, where he now works as Curator of Art. He also teaches Art History at Mission College, San Jose City College, and the Triton Museum of Art.


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.

Publicity Coordinator We will need a publicity coordinator for 2012 to notify other artclubs and newspapers about upcoming demos and shows.
Quinlan Hanging Coordinator

We need Quinlan Hanging Coordinator for changing the quinlan show every month.

Please contact Slava Shabrov (slava@shabrov.com) if you would like to discuss volunteering for any of the above vacant positions.

Profile of the Month

Every 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 FALC Vice President Janki Chokshi who has very generously volunteered to help with various duties during FALC meetings and events.

Inspired by my father's passion for drawing and painting and my mother's love for music, I have been close to both painting and music since childhood. Under my father's guidance I learnt free hand as well as various drawing techniques. Few years ago I was introduced to paintings in which sand was used as a medium. Having working with sand, I have discovered a new creative side of me and have developed a lot of patience and discipline. I have also started painting with pencil colors.

My other passion is teaching art to children, inspiring and stimulating self-creativity and self-expression at an early age. I am teaching art from past 6 years. My student age varies from Kindergarten to Adult including Special Aid Students.


Our Next Show - Midsummer Art Fest at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara
Show Coordinator: Slava Shabrov-slava@shabrov.com
Show: June 23, 2012 from 10AM to 6PM.

FALC is one of several Bay Area art groups participating in this 1 day event. 23 FALC members will participate. The show will be held on the grounds of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. Please plan on visiting the show even if you are not participating.

Picnic and Potluck

FALC would like to invite all the members with their family and friends for the Summer Picnic and Potluck in the Memorial Park to be held on June 2nd from 11 am to 3 pm. This would be a great opportunity to meet the fellow artists and enjoy the delicious Potluck. Children, family and friends are welcome. There will be fun activities like face painting and games (bring games merchandise). We would also encourage members to bring your paints, to grab the opportunity to paint outdoors. Please email Janki Chokshi (janki_chokshi@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend with the name of your potluck dish.

Please do not bring much more food than your group will eat – it will be a warm day and food will nor survive to the next day. Let's take some time off from our busy schedule and enjoy.

Falc Brochure

We will be creating FALC brochure and other materials to promote FALC and attract new artists. We kindly ask you to donate copies of your art to use in these projects. We need good quality reproductions, suitable for printing. Images should be at least 1050 pixels wide, sharp with good color reproduction. Images directly from camera should be at least 5 Mpixels. We have an article, outlining proper techniques for taking pictures of art work here. Thank you for your consideration and continuing FALC support. Upload your images here.


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.

Belinda Lima and Donna Orme will be having a 2 day show Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery. Join us for art, cookies and lemonade Sat. 2-7pm and Sun 11-3pm. The gallery is located at 24 N Santa Cruz Ave. Los Gatos.

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.

Lodi Art Center Juried art Show, March 31st is the last day you can enter the largest open juried art show in Northern California. The show is the weekend off May 12th & 13th and is held at the Woodbridge Winery. Over 300 pieces of art will be juried into the show and more than $5,000.00 in artist awards will be given out. Call to Artist details and on-line entry form are at www.lodiartcenter.org

Art in the Garden ‘Bountiful Inspirations’ : July 20 and 21, 2012 Sponsored by: Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden 1431 Waverley Street Palo Alto, CA 94301 www.gamblegarden.org. Entry Date: By Tuesday, May 1. Notification of Results: May 15. Suggested subject matter: Fruits, Vegetables, or Flowers. Exhibition, Artists’ Reception and Sales : Friday, July 20 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.. Saturday, July 21 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Open to public.

Artist Access Days at Filoli : Filoli extends the opportunity for artists and photographers to have access to the gardens after hours. Experience the quiet beauty and stunning vistas of this rare and historical country estate. Photographers may use tripods; other artists may use easels and work in the medium of their choice. Artists provide all their own materials and storage containers for the removal of all used water and non-toxic cleaning fluids. No fluids of any type are to be disposed of at Filoli. Space is limited, pre-registration is highly recommended. Fee: per day: $20 for members; $25 for non–members. Non-members: Fee includes same day admission to Filoli. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, visit the historic House and Garden and scout locations for your next masterpiece. Dates : Thursdays— March 22, April 19, May 24, June 21, August 16, September 20 and October 18 Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm To reserve your spot for this unique opportunity, visit www.filoli.org/special-events-and-exhibits/art-exhibits.html#artistaccess or call Member Services at (650 - 264 8300,ext 508).

Handcrafted and Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted : Filoli Arts Committee presents : A Multiple Media Exhibit featuring 2D hanging art that is inspired by nature. It is a juried invitational exhibit of original 2D paintings and photography, including mixed media. May 18, 2012 is the deadline for Submissions of Entries. Entry fees are $25.00 for up to 3 entries. MAIL ENTRIES TO: Fioli Handcrafted and Through the Lens Attn: Cathy Rampley 86 Canada Road Woodside, Ca. 94062. For Exhibiting rules and schedule of events please visit www.filoli.org/special-events-and-exhibits/art-exhibits.html .

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.

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 2/3 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: Kalpana Adesara
Online mail: Kalpana Adesara

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