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2010 Free Demonstrations


January 11 , 2010 / 7:00pm

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Claire Schroeven Verbiest - Watercolors and Pastels

Artist's Statement

"I paint because I must and I am a painter most of the time. My goal is to create indelible images that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. My desire is to represent the absolute truth of what I see and to capture the moment in time that best portrays my subject. My obsession is to charm the eye with intense color, dramatic light and strong design."

Claire Schroeven Verbiest is a Belgian native who lived in the Congo and in Germany before moving to San Jose, California with her husband and their two children. An award-winning artist and a signature member of several art societies, Verbiest is considered one of the finest watercolor and pastel artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1999, her painting “Haute Cuisine” received the High Winds Medal at the American Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition. She is well known for her lively, crisp and truthful depictions of people, landscapes, flowers and objects and for her distinctive use of color. She teaches watercolor and pastel painting classes and conducts painting workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She frequently serves as a juror for local art shows. The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California displayed 29 of her original pastel paintings in May and June 2007.


February 8 , 2010 / 7:00pm

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Jose Arenas - Painting with Acrylics

Jose Arenas will demonstrate a painting with Acrylics. He currently teaches sevaral art, design and critique classes at Foothill College in Los Altos. He studied at UC Davis and has shown at several galleries in San Francisco and the Bay area.


March 8 , 2010 / 7:00pm

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Jane Hofstetter - Art Critique

Jane Hofstetter will critique paintings brought in by FALC members. FALC members should bring in 1 or 2 completed paintings for her to review. Paintings on paper should be matted if not framed. Unframed canvases are acceptable.

Noted for her exceptional versatility in painting and teaching all types of subjects, Jane has a rare ability to bring out the best in all artists who study with her. She is a popular workshop instructor, author and juror who has conducted numerous workshops across the nation and Europe for more than thirty years.

She has won many awards, and is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Northwest Watercolor Society, Alabama Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Allied Artist West, and many more. Jane trained at the University of California, Berkley and Chouinard Art Institute of Design, Los Angeles. She has also studied with many nationally and internationally knows artists since 1971.

Her book published by North Light Publications “Seven Keys To Great Paintings” is now available in all major bookstores. Her paintings have been in many national shows. Jane has been featured in “Watercolor Magic”, “The Collected Best of Watercolor”, “Splash 7", and the “International Artist Magazine” and many others.


April 12 , 2010 / 7:00pm

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Open to the public. Guests welcome.

Kathleen Alexander - Watercolors

Artist's statement -

I began painting in watercolor in 1983. I took my first drawing and painting class at San Francisco State University to fulfill a graduation requirement, and found that I was more interested in my art class than in my major. I kept painting, but didn't take another art class until 1991. I studied watercolor with photo-realist painter Jim Torlakson in the early 1990's, and with his encouragement I began to paint seriously. In 1999, I was awarded a one year scholarship to the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. I attended the AAC in 2000-2001, and fulfilled my dream of attending art school. After staying home for ten years raising my kids, it was very exciting to attend art classes in downtown San Francisco.

I paint from photos I've taken while in Hawaii and at home in California. Sometimes I combine many photos to create my composition. Lately, the focus of my painting has been tropical flowers and still life. I try to capture the grace and beauty of my subjects, and hope viewers of my paintings can share in the happiness they bring me. My goal is to make my paintings look alive.

I began participating in local art festivals in 2005, and really enjoy them. It's like having my own art gallery for a weekend. Check my show schedule for upcoming festivals. I am now a member of Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. Viewpoints Gallery is a co-op gallery made up of 14 local artists.


FALC General Meeting, The Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, May 10, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM


Painting on Silk

Natasha Foucault once literally walked the heels off her boots taking photographs and sketching in the south of France for a new series of silk paintings. It is this unswerving devotion to her work that has produced her brilliant silk paintings and wearable art. Natasha's works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. In 1995 she had a one-woman exhibit of her silk painting and wearable art at the Silk Museum in Holland. She received second prize at the First International Silk Painting Congress in 1998 for Excellence in Silk Painting and The Best of the Show Award both at 2004 and 2006 Silk-In-Santa Fe Festivals.


FALC General Meeting, The Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, June 14, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Barry Levin


Making Reproductions of your Artwork

Barry Levin from the Imagery Group will talk about Giclee printing and making reproductions of your artwork. The Imagery Group is a "one stop shop" for graphics, marketing and photography. They make fine art reproductions of up to 84" originals and limited edition giclee prints. They shoot fine art on either film or digitally depending on the artist's need.


Monday, July 12, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Summer Break / No meeting


FALC General Meeting, The Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, August 9, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Painting with Oils


A native of California, Mike has lived on the San Francisco Peninsula for more than thirty years. His formal art education started in 1996 when he began to study figure drawing at the Palo Alto Cultural Center's open studio. Soon after, he took classes from Peninsula artist and teacher, Jim Smyth. Through Jim, Mike was introduced to the painting and workshops taught by colorist Ovanes Berberian. A student of the late Russian master Sergei Bongart, Berberian was able to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of painting. More recently, Mike has had the good fortune to continue his study with another Bongart student (and teaching assistant), Sunny Apinchapong-Yang. From all of these lessons Mike has broadened his art experience and continues to study on his own. Painting directly from nature, whether still life, figure or landscape, he works to put feeling into his painting. Creating rich color harmonies with a vigorous approach is a hallmark of his work. Showing since 1998, Mike's work has won awards and been collected widely. Currently he continues to paint and teach in Mountain View, California.


FALC General Meeting, The Craft Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, September 13, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Landscapes in Watermedia

Robert Duvall's website

A landscape artist and graphic designer, Robert Duvall was born in Boise, Idaho February 24, 1955. Soon after high school he left home to attend College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California and majored in Technical Arts & Graphics where he won Best of Show and two First Place awards for technical illustration at the Industrial Graphics International 1979 and a National Third place award in 1978.

After working as a technical illustrator, he relocated to Oakland, California to attend the California College of Arts & Crafts. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he moved to San Jose, California and worked as commercial artist and graphic designer for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. and Eudyna Devices. His landscape painting is largely influenced by the works of Albert Bierstadt, Edwin Church, Thomas Hill, and Edgar Payne. He has entered many shows in Berkeley, California, Boise, Idaho, Los Gatos, California, Yosemite National Park, and New York as well as being published in the International Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art¯ 2001/2002 in which he was awarded Associated Academician¯ from the Academy of Verbano, Italy.


FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, October 11, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Discussions on Color Harmony


Anna Lee is actively teaching this year offering private instruction and workshops. She traches both oil and acrylic painting. Beginning and more experienced artists have benefited from her inspirational workshops that always have a focus on color. Currently, workshops are scheduled in the South San Francisco Bay Area and in the Monterey Bay Area in Northern California. Please call Anna Lee directly at 650-365-1883 to attend a workshop near you. Email:alsteed!earthlink.net


FALC General Meeting, Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, November 8, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

Barbara Allie - Slide Show and Discussion


Barbara Allie - Artist's Statement:

"My current figurative canvases depict "contemporary attitudes". I use body language to illustrate deeper emotion and complex feelings. My latest artwork is both autobiographical and at the same time universal. The newest work is figurative and more personal. In the earlier work I relied on formal elements, color, and emotion to give meaning to my art. The new work maintains some of the same abstract qualities as previous work, but existential issues of isolation and anxiety are more apparent".


FALC General Meeting, Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino

Monday, December 13, 2010/ 7:00pm - 9:30 PM

FALC Holiday Party and Paint-In

All FALC Members are invited to the Holiday Party and Paint-in!

Party :This year, the club will host a dinner for all its members. There will be no business meeting. The festivities begin at 7pm. Bring only your appetites!

Gifts to donate: We request that you please bring in 1 or 2 gifts worth around $5 to $10. The gifts will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent Home in Cupertino. There are several patients there who do not have relatives visiting during the holidays and our donations are always much appreciated. Please wrap the gifts and mark if it is for a male or female. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, handkerchiefs etc. Please do not bring liquids, lotions or candles.

Paint-in: As is the tradition from past years, FALC members will paint posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent Home to brighten up their hallways. FALC will provide the paper but please bring your own brushes, palettes and paints (fast drying water based paints; no oils). You can paint any secular theme related to the holidays. We will provide greeting cards and designs that you can borrow from. You can even work on a piece with another artist. This is a fun, bonding, stress free activity for the group. If you are hesitant to paint and just want to join the party, that is fine too!


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