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Newsletter May 2013
May 13, 2013

Falc General Meeting at 7:00 at Quinlan Craft Room

May 23, 2013
  Next Steering Meeting will be May 23, 2013 at 7:00 at Panera.
June 13, 2013
  Falc General Meeting at 7:00 at Quinlan Craft Room
June 13, 2013
  Next Quinlan painting change on June 13, 2013.

Painting Change :

Artists, displaying in north part of the building (Craft Room side), may pick up their painting on May 1-st or 2-nd, if they do not want them be stored in Quinlan. Artist will need to come to the front desk first, to inform stuff that (s)he will be removing paintings "because of upcoming display of Nancy Wolf class".

2013 FALC Membership

To participate in FALC sponsored shows and exhibits, one must be juried in as a exhibiting member. Artists who have submitted 3 pieces of original art which meet with the approval and acceptance of the voting members will be awarded "Exhibiting Membership". Jurying in will take place at most meetings.

Membership for continuing members is $30.00 per year, January through December. Only new members joining after July 1 will pay $15.00 for the second half of the year.

Membership fees are due for the year 2013.

Membership form

General Meeting - May 13, 2013
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 North Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday,May 13, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Portraits in Oils

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. He finds the natural beauty in the people that surround him—from the men and women he painted to earn money on the streets of Saigon as a child, to the denizens of Silicon Valley that he often paints today. Faces inspire him—so much so that that he has been known to approach strangers to request that they model for him.

Despite his focus on the human form, Cuong remains remarkably versatile as an artist. As an illustrator at Yahoo, he works on a digital canvas no bigger than 50 pixels square, designing icons that are viewed and loved around the world. At the other extreme, he has been invited to festivals in the U.S. and abroad to create pastel paintings on pavement as large as 24 x 16 feet. Though he always returns to people, he has developed a unique eye for still-life and even abstract work. His primary mediums include pastel and oil.

Art has always been a passion for Cuong. His formal training began at the Academy of Art in Saigon, but was interrupted when he realized his dream of escaping the country and coming to the U.S. Starting with only twenty dollars to his name, he worked multiple jobs to put himself through school and earn a degree in illustration and graphic design from San Jose State University. Though he put aside his fine art ambitions for a time, he was unable to stay away for long.

Cuong’s paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. He often supplements the emotions visible in his subjects’ faces with symbolic imagery that adds a sense of mystery. He believes that a successful painting requires that he establish an emotional connection with his subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with his work. Cuong is a member of the International Guild of Realism, member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), and recently earned his tittle Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of The West Coast.

Cuong admires work by John Singer Sargent, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Norman Rockwell. His favorite contemporary artists are Jeremy Lipking and Daniel Greene.


2013 Nominations and Elections

Please Welcome the New Board Members for the year of 2013.


Slava Shabrov

Vice President Shows & Events and Newsletter

Janki Chokshi


Todd Kruse


Keith Hull


Brian Haney



Demo Coordinator

Nina Uppaluru

Panel Rental and Publicity

Carrie Zeidman

Greeting Table

Kalpana Adesara


Ralph Otte

Thank you all for volunteering your time and help out in running the art club efficiently.

Profile of the Month

Carrie Zeidman is a tenth generation Californian. Born in Anaheim, CA, she has lived all but the first few years of her life in Northern California.Ms. Zeidman's background is in commercial art and illustration. In 2006 she decided to turn her full attention to creating her own fine art. She used her computer illustration skills to create her own unique style of digital art.

Currently, Ms. Zeidman is working on a large project to expand her Ghosts series of digital paintings depicting scenes from historical tragedies. The series began with paintings showing the Holocaust (shown at the Cupertino Library in 2009) and is being expanded to include the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, World War 1, Pearl Harbor, and the Beaches of Normandy. When finished, the series of images will be printed into a book.

Ms. Zeidman recently returned from a trip to the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields on the east coast. Many of the 1600+ photos that she took will be incorporated into the Ghosts series, but many of the photos will be for artistic display. Carrie Zeidman is an award winning artist. She has won numerous awards for her work and is the current Cupertino Artist of the Year. Her digital painting "Freedom Rises in the East" is on permanent display at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin, Germany. You can see and purchase her work on her website at www.CarrieZeidman.com

Upcoming Show : Midsummer Art Celebration,Triton Meuseum Grounds.

Our upcoming show is Midsummer art celebration at the Triton Museum grounds on June 22.

Show Coordinator: Slava Shabrov

Mid summer Prospectus

Last Show : Cherry Blossom Festival ,Cupertino.

Thank you to the participants that made the Cherry Blossom Show successful !!

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.

47th Annual Fine Art Show – Fremont Art Association www.FremontArtAssociation.org

Silicon Valley Open Studios :

7 Artists - 1 Location : May 11-12 750 Jordan Avenue,Los Altos. Falc Members Slava Shabrov,Krishna Mitra and Grace Tang is participating.

Studio #19 : May 11-12 1500 Partridge Avenue,Sunnyvale, CA. Falc Members Rajani Balaram and Jane Ferguson is participating.

Five Diamensions : May 18-19 10601 East Esatates Drive,Cupertino,CA-95014. Falc members Kalpana Adesara,Janki Chokshi,Sid Veloria,Slava Shabrov,Masha Schultz is participating.

Carrie Zeidman is participating in SVOS on May 18-19 at 19753 Via Escuela Dr. in Saratoga with Lance Glasser.

Triton Museum of Art's 2013 Statewide Photography Competition & Exhibition : April 19-June 23, 2013 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA. Falc Member Yao-Pi is participating in these shows.

"Fresh Works" 3rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition: April 24-May 25, 2013 Harrington Gallery, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA.

"Color and Line" Exhibition : New Coast Studios, May 16-31, 2013 935 Industrial Ave. Palo Alto, CA.

2013 Spring Members Juried Show - LGAA : April 1st through April 26th in the Rose Shenson Gallery at the Triton Museum of Art 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara. For more information visit www.lgaa.org/2013S-MJS/LGAA-Spring-2013-MJS-Prospectus.pdf

Shows to Enter

Accepting Applications - Distinguished and Emerging Artist : The Cupertino Fine Arts Commission welcomes applications for the 2013 “Distinguished Artist of the Year” and “Emerging Artist of the Year.” There is a cash award of $500 for the winner in each category. The application deadline is Friday, May 17, at 4:30 pm. Forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, 95014, or on the city website at www.cupertino.org/distinguishedartist. For more information call City Clerk Grace Schmidt at (408) 777-3217, or send email to graces@cupertino.org.

2013 Indoor Sculpture Exhibition - Call for Entries : Northern California sculptors are invited to compete for cash awards in the 7th Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition sponsored by the City of Santa Clara and its Cultural Advisory Commission. The deadline for entries is June 14, 2013. Please see the flyer for entry form and guidelines. Winning entries in this juried competition will be on display at Santa Clara City Hall September 2013 thru February 2014, and will be featured in a “virtual” exhibition on the City’s and cable television channel.

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://cupertinolibraryfoundation.org/programs/art-wall/art-wall-entry-form/


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.

Patricia Martin Osborne Watercolor Workshops Pacific Art League :

Paint the Ocean, Waves and Shoreline in Watercolor Using Special Effects: Instructor: Patricia Osborne All levels (some experience) Sat 5/18 9:30am - 4:30pm - Sun 5/19 9:30am - 4:30pm Fees: $195/$158 (non-member/member) Place: Pacific Art League 668 Romana Street Palo Alto, Ca. 94301 Sign up online- print and mail a registration form, or call 650-321-3891 www.arteducation@pacificartleague.org

"by the Koi pond" : All levels Some knowledge of watercolor Instructor: Patricia Osborne - Materials Fee $15 - Due Dates : August 17-18 ,2013 Saturday & Sunday ( 9:30 am to 4:30 pm) Fee: $195.00 Place: Pacific Art League 668 Romana Street Palo Alto, Ca. 94301 Sign up online- print and mail a registration form, or call 650-321-3891 www.arteducation@pacificartleague.org

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).

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 https://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.

Joy Kuo Teaching Chinese Brush Painting Beginner or Advance students on Wednesday morning 10:00am.-12:00pm at Joy's studio 154 Quail Hollow Dr. San Jose, CA 95128 . $40.00/per class. Please call 408-598-6085 or email kuojs@yahoo.com.

Martha Zlatar is an Artist Success Coach who can help you define your unique goals for your art and support you in the process. Coaching is a wonderful way to be accountable for your actions. Martha will help you identify what you want to do, when will you do it by and how will you get it done. Please contact her for a complimentary half hour phone consultation at 415-839-8085 or email her at martha@artmatch-coach.com.

Collage Workshop with Kay Duffy - Kay will show you how to color and create texture on special oriental papers. These lovely papers are very absorbent and often imbedded with fibers or patterns. These papers will be used to create abstract patterns. For more info K@dayduffywatercolors.com Saturday September 15, 2012 9:30-3:30pm in the workshop area at Hakone Gardens, Saratoga $55/day includes most supplies and a sample packet of papers; additional papers may be purchased. Your reservation is a check made out to Kay Duffy, 20637 Leonard Road, Saratoga, CA 95070. Space is limited! A more complete information sheet will be sent. Virtual gallery www.kayduffywatercolors.com. Kay also teaches on-going WATERCOLOR CLASSES, every 2nd and 4th Monday morning drop in at 9:30. $20/ class.

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.

Member of Falc Kathy Qi has started a website for artists for selling and promoting their work. website: http://www.key2arts.com/ Key2ARTS.com is a FREE community service for artists to exhibit and sell their own original, prints, and cards of artwork with very low commission rate. Membership is free and it's open to any art club juried-in artist, and people who appreciate art.

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 2013
President: Slava Shabrov
Vice President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Program and Publicity: Carrie Zeidman
Treasurer: Todd Kruse
Secretary: Keith Hull
Membership:Brian Haney
Refreshments: Yao-Pi Hsu
Demo Coordinator: Nina Uppaluru
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator:Vacant
Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Kalpana Adesara
Online mail: Slava Shabrov

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