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2015 Free Demonstrations
December 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 21 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In.

2014 Holiday Party image

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.

Past Demos
January 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 12, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fixing your Old Paintings - See "call for artwork" below

Call for Artwork:

Your “Aesthetically challenged” oil or acrylic landscape paintings are wanted as subjects for our January 12, 2015 painting demonstration at Fine Arts League of Cupertino with Mark Monsarrat, entitled “Fixing Your Old Paintings". We all have old paintings in our studios that could use some re-work. To prepare for his demonstration, Mark has graciously asked for submissions from interested members to re-create their paintings before our very eyes. Mark will paint over a print of a painting selected from your submissions, showing his approach to reworking an older painting. The original will not be touched, and the artist can remain anonymous. Submit your oil or acrylic landscape entries by email to MarkMonsarrat@sbcglobal.net with "FALC Demo Pics" in subject line, attaching one or two jpeg’s (size approx. 4”x6” at 300 dpi). Submissions due by December 21, 2014.

The traditional oil landscape paintings by long-time plein-air artist Mark Monsarrat are inspired by the Hudson River School, Early California, Craftsman (Arts & Crafts), and tonalist styles; such artists as Bierstadt, Keith, Hill, Durand, Cole; California Impressionists Edgar Payne, William Wendt; and many others. Mark constantly strives to capture the mood, mystery, and atmosphere of trees, skies, mountains, and water.

A professional artist for nearly thirty years, Mark continues to show in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, with an MFA from the Academy of Art University, a BFA from the California College of the Arts, and numerous plein-air workshops from known artists.


February 2015
FALC General Meeting, (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) Creekside Park, 10455 Miller Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Monday, February 9 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

John graduated from the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy. He teaches portrait painting at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA. His paintings are shown in galleries in London, Dublin, Florence, Charleston and Santa Fe. John has a B.S. in Physics from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico. His focus is portraiture.

Artist's Statement : " I believe that drawing and painting are fundamentally about a search for visual truth in nature- in the objects of still life, the landscapes around us, and the faces and figures of models and clients. The real work lies in an effort to establish and maintain an honest inner dialogue... essentially, to "turn off" one's rational argument for "how something should look" and simply, plainly, honestly observe and record what I do see."

As a close friend once shared: "If you seek the miraculous, look to the ordinary. But look very carefully."

March 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 9 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Carolyn Larsen's Demos

Carolyn Larsen received her Bachelors Degree in art education in 1975. In '83 she started her business, Design Magic mostly doing graphic design. While pursuing the business she continued to do her own artwork and to teach privately. Continuing education from local Community Colleges and from some of the worlds finest art workshop instructors kept her skills current.

In 1992 she phased out the business and began teaching full time at an art and custom frame gallery in San Jose. This became Gallery Art School when a year later she moved the classes to Kensington Art Center in Campbell (where she was also Artist in Residence).

Her ongoing painting classes and workshops are currently being offered at University Art in San Jose. An award winning artist, Carolyn has participated in numerous group and solo shows, and her works hang in public and private collections throughout the West Coast. A watercolor painting, Sunstruck Morning is featured in the Northlight book Splash 8. Carolyn credits her travels to Europe (especially Italy) with charging her batteries. But above all, she enjoys being a participating member of the wonderful world of California artists.

Her motto is "I do what I love, and love what I do."

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"

May 2015
FALC General Meeting, (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) Creekside Park, 10455 Miller Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
Monday, May 11, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Scratch Board Art - Shone Chacko

Shone Chacko is a Scratchboard and Graphite artist who lives in San Jose, California. About four years ago he tried a new (to him) medium - scratchboards and has been hooked on it ever since. He is a realistic and detail oriented artist and his favorite subject is wild cats. He colors his scratchboards with inks and experiments with different scratching tools. He participates in the art exhibitions organized by the International Scratchboard Society as well as other ones in and around San Jose.

His artwork can be seen here http://shonechacko.deviantart.com/gallery/

June 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 8 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
LineScaping - MOMOKO SUDO

Momoko, a self-taught artist, is known for her signature abstract art which she named LineScaping. The works made of repetitive lines appear mindbogglingly three dimensional despite being flat. All lines are drawn freehand one by one, even though observers assume they are computer assisted.

In 2005, her LineScaping quest began in a simple format with pen drawing on small papers, and over the years it had evolved not only to a larger scale but also to different colors as well as other design innovations that added more dimensions and different feeling to the series.

You can see her LineScaping works in person at several outdoor art festivals in the Silicon Valley. Specific dates and locations are listed in her web site. Two of her LineScaping works are on permanent display at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

July 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center,Cupertino Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, July 13, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 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.

August 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center,Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 24, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
DAVID LOBENBERG - Watorcolor Portraits
David Lobenberg Fine Art

David Lobenberg is a teacher and fine artist specializing and exhibiting in the mediums of watercolor and acrylic. His works and techniques have been published in the following national and international periodicals: The Art Of Watercolour, Southwest Art, Artist’s Magazine, Art Collector, Plein Air Magazine, The Palette Magazine, and Pratique De Arts. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Turkey. David has been teaching art workshops for over thirty years in California and out-of-state. His teaching style can be summed up with the following words: exuberant, fun, engaging, and encouraging.

Recent workshop venues include Art In The Mountains (Oregon), Peninsular Art League (Washington), Sierra Watercolor Society (Nevada), Utah Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Association (California), Society of Western Artists (California), and the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, California). Image David Lobenberg’s art can be seen at: lobenbergart.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and davidlobenberg.blogspot.com Contact Information: 916-505-6108 or davidlobenberg@me.com

September 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center,Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 14, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Abstract artist, Art Professor, and Fine Arts Division Chair at West Valley College. Kathryn had art on display at the prestigious San Francisco Art Market and at the Triton Museum. Kathryn studied at the Kansas City Art Institute for three years and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 19991 with a Phi Kappa Phi honor. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Art with Honors in May, 1993. (Lawrence, Kansas is where William Burroughs resided the last section of his life and Alan Ginsberg a frequent visitor to the area while both were alive. A bit of the “beat” poets and writers influence is seen in Kathryn’s work.) Kathryn Arnold has shown her work on a national scale, from New York City to Hawaii, from Los Angeles to Chicago and Kansas City and St Louis in commercial galleries, university galleries, and non-profit community art spaces.

She has been written about by Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune and Raphael Rubenstein of Art in America along with many others. An image of her work was displayed in the New York Times. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections. Kathryn has also organized and curates small exhibitions in San Francisco and enjoys writing about art. Kathryn works in her studio in San Francisco. It is a large space with a skywell that keeps track of the time. Her work contains two intertwining veins. One is filled with large, colorful oils on canvas. The other vein includes drawings that are black and white mixed media works on paper. Both display the density and layered mark-making that points to artistic process and content.

October 2015
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 12, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Demian Brtholomew - Keller
Demian Bartholomew-Keller grew up creating art, being blessed with an arts-based Waldorf school foundation in Berkeley and Marin County. He received a degree in Fine Art at U.C. Santa Cruz, where he focused on painting and printmaking. Demian has developed a special affinity for painting in the field plein air style, as well as using his own pictures as source material. Demian’s style combines elements of abstraction and impressionism with a sense of reverence for the natural world. His art reflects his uplifting connection with nature and joy to share it with others. Demian currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.
November 2015
FALC General Meeting, (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) Quinlan Center, Craft room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday,November 9, 2015/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Marius Starkey
Marius Starkey was born in Sterling, Kansas. He is an American painter know for his bold colors with emphasis on landscapes and figurative paintings. Marius received a BA degree from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas and did his graduate studies at Croydon College in London, England were he received a Masters degree. He has had numerous exhibitions in Northern California and in San Francisco, where he is living since 1989. He has exhibited his work in various cities across the country as well as abroad in places like Osaka, Japan and London, England.

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