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Newsletter July 2015
July 13, 2015

FALC General Meeting on Monday at 7:00 Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino.

July 16 , 2015
  Next Steering Meeting on Thursday at 7:00 at Panera.
  Next painting change is on July 13th.
2015 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.

Membership fees are due for the year 2015-2016.

Membership Form

By-Law and Minutes of Last Steering Meeting
General Meeting -July 13, 2015
July 2015
FALC General Meeting, (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) Quinlan Center, Cupertino room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday,July 13, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Katy Kindig - Landscape in Oil

After a long stint in telecommunications I came back to painting and drawing. My media is oil paints. For landscapes I normally take photographs then edit and simplify them back at my studio. I start with a limited color palette and paint on a black surface. During the painting process I sometimes use pencil, or stencils on the wet paint. I like to see the mark of the tool or the mark of a brush stroke on my paintings. The marks that are made during the process are important to me and the final painting When painting I look for the colors and shapes and how everything interacts. I do not like to give the viewer all the information; I want what I bring to the painting and what they bring to meet.

I studied painting at San Jose State in the 70's there I received my masters. At that time I was mainly abstract with a few elements of the landscapes coming through; today I am more realistic with the landscapes with abstract elements coming through. I am influenced by many artists; two of my top favorites are Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn. I try to do my still lives, portraits and animals in a similar way to my landscapes, brush strokes showing and keeping as loose as I can with not too much blending.

Profile of The Month

Its always been FALC tradition to introduce one member of steering commitee or an Artist of the month first place winner. This month's Artist of the month first place winner was Behnaz Lashgari.

Art is part of life; I love life so I love art. Painting is part of me, part of my imaginations, beliefs, and emotions. For me, as an artist, it doesn't matter what material I use; oil color, watercolor or anything else. It is my emotion, which defines what materials I should use. I am used to paint with oil color, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media. ?I grew up in the eastern culture, and my cultural background influences my painting that is why I use patterns and colors that have origins in my culture. I also love the beauty of nature and I am inspired by it. ?I have been an art teacher for a long time. I love teaching because I am always learning while teaching art. I have art classes at my studio in Sunnyvale. Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, (Art & architectural Azad University) Certificate in fabric painting on silk, batik design, and ceramics Student of great masters in fine arts and art education Certificate Fine Art , De Anza College, CA Art Exhibits: Iran & US.

Our next shows
2015 Silicon Vally Food And Art Show (FALC Juried Annual Show)

Mark your calenders for Aug. 30th, 2015. This year instead of Fall Fest show, Food and Art show will be FALC's Annual Show.


registration form

August 30,2015

2 PM- 5 PM

Location : Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino Room,

10185, North Stelling Rd., Cupertino.

Judge : Jaya King

Jaya King is a fine artist who exhibits and demonstrates her work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work ranges from intense portraiture in gouache painted on weathered wood to whimsical Technicolor animals in acrylic. Jaya continues to push her creativity with the medium of encaustic. Her infectious enthusiasm for this art form naturally pairs with her teaching ability. As a certified R&F Paints encaustic instructor her work is rooted through her enjoyment of teaching and the pieces she creates are designed to inspire others to explore their own artistic abilities.

Jaya has been professionally painting for more than ten years and one of her pieces can be seen in Splash 11 - New Directions: The Best of Watercolor. At age 24 she was invited to do a solo show at Stanford University called “Passing: Hiding in Plain Sight”. Her signature piece from the exhibit called “The Hitchhiker” is now in the permanent collection at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. Jaya is now represented by Jco’s Place in Los Gatos and by Nieto Fine Art in San Francisco.

Fall Fest Show

Mark your calenders for Mid September. Prospectus will be online shortly.

2015 Nominations and Elections

With the beginning of the new year all FALC board positions are open for new nominations. We would like to ask that each FALC member give some thought to how they can be more involved with our club for 2015. You can nominate yourself or any other FALC member for any position listed below. All nominations will be voted on at the January Meeting. The club has many 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 -


Janki Chokshi

Vice President Shows & Events

Carrie Zeidman


Shubha Prithviraj


Krishna Mitra


Keith Hull


Brian Haney


Open - Assigning and managing the refreshments for the meetings.

Demo Coordinator

Todd Kruse

Panel Rental

Carrie Zeidman

Greeting Table

Nina Uppaluru


Sid Veloria

We also need a volunteer with a van or bigger vehical to transport FALC panels from Carrie Zeidman's place to every event or show.

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

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.

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society : 1 Model - 3 Fabulous Artists - 3 Points of View! Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00am-2:30pm (Doors open 9:30am) Join the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society for an unique experience. Watch Myrna Wacknov, AWS/NWS, Christopher Schink, publisher, "The Palette Magazine", and Mike Bailey, AWS/NWS paint portraits of the same clothed, live model. These nationally known artists will work for 2 hours in the morning with model breaks that allow time for the audience to get a closer look, mingle, and enjoy Hobee's famous coffee cake. At noon we break for a lunch of pizza, salad and drinks. In the afternoon each artist will give a 20 minute presentation explaining their individual approach to portraiture. There will also be time to interact with the artists and to visit the SCVWS exhibit "No Limits - Freedom to Create" Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers with lunch included in the ticket price. Tickets may be purchased online only by going to www.scvws.org. Use Paypal or a credit card. Members need to sign into the member's only section to get the member's price. Seating is limited. The reservation deadline is July 4. Get your tickets now! Contact: Mitsi Shine 408-427-4985 Mitsishine77@gmail.com

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

Campbell's "Art Outside the Box" Utility Box Art Program : The City of Campbell and its Civic Improvement Commission invite local artists to participate in Campbell's "Art Outside the Box" Utility Box Art Program. Click here for more details.

Date Issued: February 2, 2015. Application Deadline: April 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Artist Honorariums: $350 and $400, depending on box configuration (see Location Map.) Artist Application: (click here to download PDF) Artist Guidelines & Requirements: (click here to download PDF) Location Map with Box Photos: (click here to download PDF)

Call for Artists : Sacramento Arts Festival: November 6, 7, 8, 2015 Sacramento Convention Center. New Exhibitor application Deadline is April 30. Application on our website www.sacartsfest.com For More Info and to obtain an application by mail Please phone 805-646-4500 OR EMAIL americanartfestivals@yahoo.com


Accent Arts : Second Tuesday (of-the-month) June 9, 2015 FREE Art Critiques with moderator Robert Schick 6:30-8 p.m. (Please be punctual, crit starts at 6:30 sharp) upstairs in The Loft at Accent Arts. Please register due to limited space by calling Accent Arts, 650-424-1044 or email: accentarts1@gmail.com

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 Wednesday 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. Classes are on Mondays from 6-9pm and Tuesdays from 10am - 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 mornings 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.

SCVWS offers a 10 week painting course with Mike Bailey, Watercolor Beyond the Obvious. It also offers a 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.

An Artist Workshop by George O’Hanlon( Director of Natural Pigments) : on Saturday, November 16th at 9am-5pm and Sunday, November 17th at 9am-5pm. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA. The small class size provides each attendee personal attention and guidance with materials. Registration now open: $325 per person Due to limited class size we ask that you register early and pay for the workshop upon registration to insure your space. All workshop materials are included in the tuition. Registration open now.

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 using the form at the bottom of this page and add "Artist Resources and Recommendations" 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 http://www.falc.org/gallery/submit_new_gallery_page.htm 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. Full payment plus a $100 refundable deposit are due when panels are picked up.

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 2015
President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Vice President:Carrie Zeidman
Program and Publicity: Shubha Prithviraj
Treasurer: Krishna Mitra
Secretary: Keith Hull
Membership: Brian Haney
Refreshments: Open
Demo Coordinator: Todd Kruse
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Historian : Sid Veloria
Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Nina Uppaluru
Online mail: Janki Chokshi

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