January 2021 Newsletter

Key Dates

January 11th, 2021: FALC General Meeting on Monday at 7:00 Zoom Meeting.

January 18th, 2021: Next Steering Meeting on Monday at 7:00 online using Zoom.


2021-2022 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 (Jurying after June 2021 till December 2022)

Upcoming Shows

PAST Artist of the month:


Paint-in Holiday Party

Amazingly successful virtual Paint-in Holiday Party: Credit goes to the President and the Steering team and to the fabulous responce from members. Gift cards, posters were painted and generous gifts were collected and donated to the residents of Cupertino Wellness and Healthcare Center. Donation was also given to the Silicon Valley Second Harvest Bank.

General Meeting

January 11th, 2021

FALC General Meeting, Zoom Meeting

Monday, January 11th 2021 7:00 PM - 9 PM

Raja GuhaThakurta specializes in detailed, realistic pencil and oil portraits of people and animals. He also works in other media including wood carving, glass/ceramic painting, etc. He has been fortunate enough to receive recognition for his art, most notably the Best of Show award at the Fine Arts League of Cupertino 2007 annual show, an Award of Excellence at 2007 AVArtFest, and 2nd place in the Triton Museum purchase award at 2007 AVArtFest. His art has been in the Triton Museum Statewide Competition a few times in recent years. Over the years, he has done several commissioned pieces. His love of art can be traced back to a family of artists: mother, sister, and especially his maternal grandmother whose charcoal portraits served as a tremendous source of inspiration. He was born in Calcutta, India and moved to the US in 1985, and is currently a Professor and Department Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz and UC Observatories. He has been at UCSC since 1994 where astronomy is his day and night job.



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.

New Works by Jan Grady: New Works by Jan Grady. Exhibit runs March 3-28, 2020. Gallery reception: Friday, March 6, 5-8pm. Reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos, CA 94022 . 650-941-5789.


Shows to Enter

The City of Mountain View Visual Arts Committee (VAC) seeks to commission an artist, or an artist team, to create the design and commission for public artwork for the Rengstorff Park Aquatics Center. The City intends to bid the construction of the new aquatics center in summer 2021 and complete construction in 2022. The expectation is for the selected pieces to be installed by the artist during the construction phase. All applications must be submitted online via CaFe at www.callforentry.org, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge for artists to apply or use CaFe. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered, as this is an online system. Applications are due by January 27th, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. (PST). For detailed requirements and application instructions please see the Call for Artists for each park below: Call for Artists- Request for Qualifications


Classes and Workshops

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.

2020 FALC Board

President: Shubha Prithviraj
Vice President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Treasurer: Divya Eby
Secretary: Sriharsha Annadore
Membership: Anandhi Pugazanthi
Publicity: Geeta Taneja, Sriharsha Annadore, Kalpana Adesara
Demo Coordinator: Janki Chokshi
Online Gallery pages and web Master: Namratha Prithviraj
Artist of the Month Updates: Namratha Prithviraj
Panel rental: Janki Chokshi
Greeting Table: Anandhi Pugazanthi
Online mail and News letter updates: Shubha Prithviraj, Anandi Pugazanthi, Kalpana Adesara.

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