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Newsletter November 2017
Nov 13th, 2017

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

Nov 20th, 2017
  Next Steering Meeting on Monday Nov 20th at 7:00 at Panera.

Painting change is on December 11th- February 12th.

We are introducing theme based Painting Change from December.

December theme : Winter.

February Theme : Love.

Members are requested to bring 3 paintings for Painting Change. Artwork needs to be framed and ready to hang. Members need to sign a waiver while submitting their painting for Painting change.

All members must sign a waiver form before they can exhibit their work at the Quinlan Center. Quinlan will not exhibit the work of any artist who has not signed a waiver. Waiver is good for one year of exhibiting at Quinlan.

Please remember to sign the members sign in sheet at all meetings. Also participate by voting for the Artist of the Month and any potential members that may be jurying in that month.

For framing guidelines refer to the Exhibiting Rules

2017 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 $45.00 per year, January through December.

$45 - full year membership

$25 - half year membership

(Half year membership is only for those who will be jurying in after June 2017)

Membership fees are due for the year 2017.

Membership Form

By-Laws and Minutes of Last Steering Meeting
General Meeting
November 13th, 2017
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, Nov 13th 2017/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Kay Duffy

The freedom, spontaneity and speed – the “wet and loose”- of watercolor suits my temperament. My approach is “juicy” incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict my feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.

Kay's recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images. Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image.

Kay has been painting for over 45 years and has studied locally with Jane Hofstetter, Charlotte Britton, Jane Burnham and Marie MacDonnell Roberts. Always endeavoring to learn and grow, she has painted in workshops with nationally know artists such as Brommer, Nechis, Szabo, Betts, Simandle, Webb, Cheng Khee Chee and many others. An active member of the Allied Artists West, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Los Gatos Art Association, Saratoga Contemporary Artists, The National League of American Pen Women and a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, Kay shows regularly with these groups throughout the Bay Area. The City of Saratoga honored this local artist by presenting one of her paintings to Saratoga’s Sister City of Muko-shi in Japan. In 2005 the County of Santa Clara purchased a local vineyard painting to present to their Sister County of Florence, Italy.

Upcoming Shows
December : FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In.

2015 December Potluck images.

Paint-In: Please join us for our most enjoyable yearly event! It has been a FALC tradition for several years to come together and paint Holiday posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent home in Cupertino. If you are shy about painting with a group, please join us anyway. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk and get to know one another.

Please join us in celebrating the Holidays! Bring your watercolor or quick drying acrylic paint, brushes and palette. No oil paints. Paper will be provided. You could choose to paint a simple secular holiday picture of your choice. We have designs that you can pick from to paint. Theme required : 6 Posters on Christmas theme and rest on Spring or general Holiday theme.

Optional: Please bring a small wrapped gift (approx. $10) for the patients at the Convalescent Home who may not have relatives visiting them during the holidays. Please mark if it is for a male or female. No liquids, lotions or perishable goods please. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, socks etc.

Optional: Please bring a snack or food to share at the pot-luck.

February 2017 : "Love"
FALC member show at the Red Rock Cafe, 201 Castro Street, Mountain View,CA - 94041. (2nd Floor)
Show coordinator: Janki Chokshi / janki_chokshi@hotmail.com
Show: February 1 - March 30 during Café business hours
Receiving: Thursday February 1st Timing will be announced later.
Size: no more then 24" on any side. (total of 30 paintings will be accepted- one per artist)
Registration Form will be open shortly.
Silicon Valley Open Studios (Cupertino) on May 19th - 20th.
Deadline - Group show registration - December 31st, 2017.
for more information visit www.svos.org
2017 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 2018. 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 its 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

Carrie Zeidman


Shubha Prithviraj


- Open - cash and check collection and deposits in meetings and shows.


Gwedlyn Domingo


Steve Clark


Open - Assigning and managing the refreshments for the meetings.

Demo Coordinator

Peggy Melovia - going to be open from Jan.

Panel Rental

Carrie Zeidman

Greeting Table


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 Janki Chokshi(janki_chokshi@hotmail.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.

FALC Vice President Carrie Zeidman has published a book named "Ghosts ". For purchasing the book or for further inquiry regarding Book contact Carrie Zeidman- Carrie@CarrieZeidman.com

Book Description: Ghosts - Images of War uses uniquely designed images of the past and present combined to take you on a haunted ride through history. By expertly superimposing and digitally manipulating historical images of the past with photos of the present, Ghosts connects the spirit and people of history to the present day world. Almost as if you’ve traveled to the past, or the past has been transported to the present, the images evoke nostalgia, sadness, reflection, and hope. Battles and monuments included range from Valley Forge to the Beaches of Normandy. After visiting concentration camps in Poland in 2008, viewing monuments and ruins filled with tragedy and despair, author Carrie Zeidman came home with unrelenting visions of the people who once occupied these spaces and whose lives were cut short. Searching out authentic photos from the Holocaust and combining them with images from her personal travels, she realized she could mesh the old and the new, contrasting the heartbreaking past with a hopeful present to create these unique images.

About the Author: Carrie Zeidman is a digital artist and photographer whose passions are photography, art, travel, and history, all of which are found in Ghosts. She is a tenth generation Californian and a fourteenth generation American. Many years of researching her extensive family history, traveling to historic battle grounds, and creating her unique art all come together in her first book. Her paintings start with a mood, an emotion, or a memory of some kind. Using color and figure, she finds a way to transfer that mood, emotion, or memory onto the two-dimensional surface of the painting. When finished, a successful piece is able to evoke the original feeling in the viewer. Carrie has won several awards for her work, including being named Cupertino Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2012. Her work has been represented in galleries, and her painting Freedom Rises in the East is in the permanent collection of the Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany. She lives in Cupertino, California with her husband Bob, who is also an author of several books. She lives on a mountain top that affords her a different breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Santa Clara Valley every morning, providing endless artistic inspiration.

En Plein-Air: A Retrospective of Watercolors by Carol Mead May 29 - June 30, 2017 Meet the artist at the gallery Friday, June 2, 5-8PM at Viewpoints Gallery Carol Mead and Viewpoints Gallery presents En Plein-Air: A Retrospective of Watercolors by Carol Mead featuring plein-air watercolor pieces from key moments in Carol’s artistic career. This exhibition features Carol’s new plein-air works of the California coast and surrounding landscapes as well as a retrospective of her earlier work from her travels in France and a nostalgic look at the Mendocino coast in the 1970’s. This collection highlights the evolution of Carol’s exceptional style and her mastery of traditional plein-aire techniques, as well as the ever changing and always beautiful California coast. To see more of the work of Carol Mead visit www.viewpointsgallery.com. Exhibit runs May 29-June 30, 2017. Meatet the artist the gallery Friday, June 2, 5-8PM. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-3PM. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State Street, Los Altos, 94022. 650-941-5789. for more details : www.viewpointsgallery.com

CWA presents “Go Figure” an art show : which will showcase numerous member artists’ works. Many are accomplished artists who have been accepted into regional and national shows. There will be an exceptional selection of various subjects and styles created by the artists available for purchase. Where: Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA, 94583. Please join us for our reception on Saturday, June 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The show is open from June 1st through the 29th, 2017. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Website: www.californiawatercolor.org

In Plein-Aire: A Retrospective of Watercolors by Carol Mead : at Viewpoints Gallery. Exhibit runs May 29-June 24, 2017. Meet the artist at the gallery Friday, June 2, 5-8PM. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-3PM. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State Street, Los Altos, 94022. 650-941-5789. www.viewpointsgallery.com.

Canvas and Clay : Gallery House will be presenting new work by Celma Kirkwood and Joyce Savre in their show called "Canvas and Clay" from May 30th -June 24. Reception will be Saturday, June 10 5-8pm at Gallery House, located at 320 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto.

Reflections on Water: An exhibition of paintings by Katherine K. Allen will be on display at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall from March 15 through September 2017. An artist reception, open to the public and free, will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall. Refreshments and wine will be served.

Shows to Enter

Abstraction-April 2017- Pacific Art League : ELIGIBILITY: Open to all media. Limits on video and installation-contact below EXHIBITION DATES : April 7th-27th, 2017 OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday, April 7th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 AWARDS: 1st: $250 2nd: $125 3rd: $75, 3 Honorable Mentions JUDGE: Chris Winfield, Gallery owner of Winfield Gallery in Carmel, CA.

Landscape, Seascape, and Cityscape - Pacific Art League : In the month of October, the Pacific Art League gallery will be displaying a variety of artists who showcase a high sensibility of how to connect with their surroundings. Whether the content depicts urban, sea, or landscape, show us how you see the world. The gallery invites submissions that demonstrate developing and mature stylistic approaches to the perennial question of visual fidelity. ELIGIBILITY Open to all media. Limits on video and installation-contact below EXHIBITION DATES : October 6-26th, 2017 OPENING RECEPTION : First Friday, October 6th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM SUBMISSION DEADLINE : Thursday, September 7th, 2017 AWARDS : 1st: $250 2nd: $125 3rd: $75, 3 Honorable Mentions JUDGE Lynne Todaro Bay Area Artist HAND DELIVER ACCEPTED WORK : Friday & Saturday, September 29th and 30th, 10AM - 4PM. All work must be hand-delivered to PAL. No shipped work will be accepted. PICK UP WORK : Friday & Saturday, October 27th-28th, 10AM - 4PM. SUBMISSION PROCESS : Submit your artwork electronically at https://pacificartleague.submittable.com/submit ENTRY FEE : Members: $40 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry. Non-members: $50 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry. SELECTION NOTIFICATION : Thursday, September 14th, 2017 by email. Award winners are announced at the Friday, October 6th opening reception. EXHIBITION GUIDELINES : All work must be original and not previously exhibited at Pacific Art League. All 2D work must be ready to hang on a wire. All 2D work must be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas with finished edges. Size of work limited to 40” wide by 50” tall, including frame. (contact below for inquiry). All work must be for sale. Members receive 70% of sale price. Non-members receive 60% of sale price. · All work must be labeled on the front and back with title and artist’s name.

HAND DELIVER ACCEPTED WORK Friday & Saturday, March 31st-April 1st, 10AM - 4PM. All work must be hand-delivered to PAL. No shipped work will be accepted. PICK UP WORK Friday & Saturday, April 28th-29th, 10AM - 4PM. SUBMISSION PROCESS Submit your artwork electronically at https://pacificartleague.submittable.com/submit ENTRY FEe: Members: $40 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry. Non-members: $50 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry. SELECTION NOTIFICATION: Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by email. Award winners are announced at the Friday, October 7th opening reception. EXHIBITION GUIDELINES · All work must be original and not previously exhibited at Pacific Art League. · All 2D work must be ready to hang on a wire · All 2D work must be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas with finished edges. · Size of work limited to 30” wide by 40” tall, including frame. (contact below for inquiry) · All work must be for sale. Members receive 70% of sale price. Non-members receive 60% of sale price. · All work must be labeled on the front and back with title and artist’s name.

If there are any questions or concerns please email Devan@pacificartleague.org

The City of Campbell “Art Outside the Box”: is a public art beautification program designed to transform common traffic control utility boxes in Campbell, into distinctive works of art, creating a more vibrant, attractive cityscape. The program also celebrates local artists and their artwork, acts as a deterrent to graffiti, and involves Campbell residents in contributing to the beautification of the city. CALL TO ARTISTS The City and Civic Improvement Commission are seeking local artists to showcase their work by painting up to eight (8) utility boxes located throughout Campbell. Painting will take place between May and July 2017, after completion of a competitive selection process. Artists 18 and older, and are residents of Santa Clara County are welcome to apply. Honoraria are paid for the work. Application Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017, at 5:00PM Details on how to apply are at: www.cityofcampbell.com/artbox Details include Artist Application, Artist Guidelines & Requirements, and Location of Boxes. Completed boxes from 2015 and 2016 may be found at the following links: 2015: http://www.cityofcampbell.com/DocumentCenter/View/4368 2016: http://www.cityofcampbell.com/DocumentCenter/View/5480

60th Annual Saratoga Fine Art Show : The Saratoga Rotary Art Show is the premier fine art and contemporary craft show held in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The Saratoga Rotary Club will celebrate the 60th anniversary by returning the artist location to the grass area. After two years of renovation, West Valley College has reopened the grass plaza for artist spaces. This is a great opportunity to join over 150 fine artists in one of the largest juried art shows in the Southbay and showcase your work to the Saratoga, Los Gatos, Mountain View,and Cupertino communities. Show : Saturday and Sunday May 6th & 7th 10 AM to 5 PM Space Fee: $325 plus10% commission on sales over $1000. $365 after March 1, 2017 Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch both days. FOR MORE DETAILS & HOW TO APPLY Go to www.festivalproductions2.com Application deadline: January 9, 2017.

Classes and Workshops

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.

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 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 2017
President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Vice President:Carrie Zeidman
Program and Publicity: Shubha Prithviraj
Treasurer: Open
Secretary: Open
Membership: Steve Clark
Refreshments: Open
Demo Coordinator: Peggy Melovia
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Nina Uppaluru
Online mail: Janki Chokshi
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