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Newsletter April 2015
April 13, 2015

Falc General Meeting on Monday at 7:00 in the Quinlan Center.

April 16, 2015
  Next Steering Meeting on Thursday at 7:00 at Panera.
  No painting change this month. Painting change is not scheduled due to repair work in quinlan.
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 Changes

Sec. 2: Exhibiting Membership a. Any person applying for an Exhibiting Membership must submit a minimum of three original works for approval and acceptance by FALC in one or any of the following categories: oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, pastel, drawing, pen & ink. A new member needs at least 3/4 (75%) of the general membership vote in attendance to be juried in as an Exhibiting member.

Sec. 3: Associate Membership. An Associate Member is one who is interested in the purposes of the Fine Arts League of Cupertino who wishes to support FALC activities. An Associate Member must be of a minimum age of 16. An Associate Member must be a minimum age of 18 to hold office. Associate members are eligible to participate in discussions and hold office and vote.

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS AND DUTIES Sec. 4: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all regular meetings of the membership and the Executive Committee. The secretary will be responsible for keeping the agenda for both the Executive Committee meeting and the general meeting. The Secretary shall make the minutes of the regular meetings and the minutes of the Executive meetings available the editor of the newsletter. The editor of the newsletter will provide a link in the newsletter to the minutes such that the minutes are accessible to the general membership.

Sec. 2: Exhibiting Member Jury Process a. The jury process for Exhibiting Membership status occurs at the regular monthly meetings except December. b. Acceptance must be by (75%) majority vote of members, attending the meeting. All members present at the monthly meeting may vote to accept or reject the applicant as long as at least three Exhibiting Members are present and voting. Voting shall be by ballot.

The membership chair will ensure that the ballots are distributed and tallied. The Membership Chair will notify the applicants of their acceptance or rejection.

By Laws will be available to view online shortly.

General Meeting -April 13, 2015
April 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April 13, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Gemma Gylling

Growing up on a small ranch in Southern California, Gemma Gylling developed her love of nature, animals and creativity. Gemma currently lives in Valley Springs, California with her husband, Bill and their two dogs.

An avid traveler, Gemma thrives in locals that allow her the opportunity to photograph the wildlife. In addition to most of the United States, Gemma has also traveled to Costa Rico, Alaska, South Africa and Canada. Many of the reference photos Ms. Gylling uses for her paintings are from her Wildlife Safari trip in South Africa. Gemma, a member of Animals for Conservation, pledges a portion of her sales to Animal Conservation groups including PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) and the National Wildlife Federation. Gemma volunteers as a Docent for the Lions and Elephants at the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, California.

After years of experimenting in oils and studying under the well known artist, Edgardo Garcia, Gemma realized her artistic potential. Painting in oils portraying tranquil wildlife and nature occupied her interest for years. Gemma then became interested in the colored pencil medium and began participating in workshops from several well known colored pencil artists. She developed her colored pencil technique to create a photo-realism quality. Applying several layers of color with pencil allows Gemma to simulate the look of an oil or acrylic painting. Known for attention to detail and exquisite skill with colored pencils, Gemma’s work is enjoyed by many animal art collectors. More often than not she hears the comment "I can't believe this is done with colored pencils".

Gemma teaches Colored Pencil Workshops throughout the US, including classes at University of Pacific. Gemma's other passions include seascapes in oil, wildlife photography and creating stained glass windows. Clients are also able to purchase Limited Edition Prints of her Animal Art and Oil Paintings"

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 Denise Howard.

Denise Howard grew up on a farm in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. She earned degrees in both Art and Math/Computer Science, but software engineering left little time or energy for her art side for 25+ years. Finally in 2010 she carved out time to pursue it seriously again. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society, and the Pencil Art Society, and has won awards in international juried exhibitions.

Denise is inspired by resilience and beauty in nature, people and unexpected places. Her subjects vary, but there is always an attention to details to draw the viewer in for a closer look, so they will remember and seek those details in real life encounters. She works primarily in colored pencil and graphite because they offer the degree of control needed to achieve those details.

Our next shows
"Silicon Valley Open Studios [SVOS]"
We would like to share exciting news with you – we got approval from the City of Cupertino and will hold the Silicon Valley Open Studios site on Weekend #3 May 17-18 2014! The site location is on the plaza in front of the Cupertino Library – the side close to the City Hall and Torre Avenue. Please see attached prospectus for details and join us at SVOS! Information is also posted on our web site http://falc.org/svos.htm
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

Slava Shabrov (Stepping Down) Carrie Zeidman volunteered.


Carrie Zeidman(Stepping Down) Open - Sending timely notifications regarding FALC shows ans events to other art groups and newspaper editors.


Yelena Shabrova(Stepping Down) Open- Any one with the financial background and taxation knowledge.


Keith Hull


Slava Shabrov(Stepping Down) Open - Keeping track of membership and notifying them on timely basis. Sending the newsletter information to the membership.


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.

Tea Time : Jaya King :Be inspired to create your own “Tea Time” masterpiece at this wildly fun and creative art and wine pairing at 20twenty Cheese Bar! All you need to bring is yourself. No experience necessary! You receive your own individual 16? x 20? preprimed canvas to create your masterpiece by Bay Area artist, Jaya King who wants to bring the importance of Mothers Day for all you mothers and daughters, family and friends, gal pals etc. We provide all the materials you will need, paints, brushes and an apron that you can use for this event, however, you might want to wear clothing that won’t mind a paint smudge or two. All paints are water based acrylics. Limited seating is available. The ticket price is for the admission to the VinoPaint event only. Details Date: May 2 Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Cost: $45.00 Event Category: Painting Event Organizer Sonya Paz Art & Design Phone: 408-378-5000 Website: http://vinopaint.com Other Instructor Jaya King. Venue : 20twenty Cheese Bar (formerly Grapevine Willow Glen) 1389 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125 United States

Pacific Art League : Spring is in the air : Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 5:30 – 8:00 PM Exhibition Dates: April 3 – 23, 2015 Spring is in the Air Juror: Catharine Clark, owner and curator of Catharine Clark. PAL is located at 668 Ramona Street, downtown Palo Alto. Free and open to the public. The galleries are open during regular hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm, Sat, 10am – 2pm; Closed Sundays.

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


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: Slava Shabrov
Program and Publicity: Carrie Zeidman
Treasurer: Yelena Shabrova
Secretary: Keith Hull
Membership: Slava Shabrov
Refreshments: Vacant
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: Slava Shabrov

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