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2012 Free Demonstrations
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 9, 2012/ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Monotypes with Acrylic Paint (no press required)

Donna Orme is an experimental artist. She will demonstrate a printmaking technique of applying acrylic paint to clearbag plates to make a monotype without the use of a press. Demonstration will include exploring transfer, embossing, stamping, rubbing, and texture. Multiple layers of paint on clearbag plates can be viewed from the back side to see the development of the image. A supply list and step-by-step instructions will be available for the group.

Ms. Orme's work is collected nationally and internationally. Ms. Orme has exhibited her work in California at the Performing Arts Center, Mountain View; Intel, Santa Clara; the Foster City Art Gallery; Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale; the Pacific Art League, Elizabeth Norton Studio, Palo Alto, the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara as well as national exhibitions with the National Collage Society, Ohio; Ottawa Ecole School D'Art of Art, Canada; The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Georgia; Northwest Cultural Council, Illinois; Cambridge ART 10th Annual National Prize Show, Massachusetts; 19th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Wisconsin; Visual Arts Society of Texas; Art Center of Estes Park, Colorado and Mesa Contemporary Arts, Arizona.

One-on-one workshops are available at Donna's studio. No prior experience necessary. The cost is $25 per hour. The first session will be limited to 2 hours and materials will be provided.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 13, 2012/ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Alice Freund - Using the Computer to enhance your Art


Prepare to be amazed! This is for artists of any media even if you don't own a computer. And especially if you do!

Make your artwork easier using Photoshop and a 'Wacom' pen.

Actually paint on a computer using the Painter program.

Don't feel isolated by the Geeks! Learn some buzzwords, become more familiar with terms and techniques.

Alice will provide a broad and fast overview, through numerous examples. See how the popular program Photoshop can be used to try out ideas from a photo of your artwork-in-progress without having to scrape, waste paint or waste time. All of your creative work stages can be made easier, faster and without changing your style or media. Experiment with your compositions or try a whole new color scheme in seconds. Let the computer do it!

Painting on a Computer? Magically simulate the textures and qualities of any media: oils, watercolor etc. Your photos can be enhanced in Photoshop and become artistically transformed using Painter's cloning tools.

Alice Freund, MFA, whose paintings hang in local museum, civic and private collections, specializes in creating pastel, mixed media and digital portraits. Her illustrations are used for publications and PR. She also paints quick portrait sketches on a laptop for entertainment at business and private receptions. Alice continues to discover the excitement, awe, and frustrations of creating and enhancing artwork with computer graphics software; and upon occasion, incorporating digital and 'natural media' in a painting.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 12, 2012/ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
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. All artwork should be completely dry.

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.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, April 9, 2012/ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Acrylic Painting with Collage

Artist's statement "What does acrylic feel like when it touches canvas? How far does that color go? What is matte-medium and isn’t a brush just a brush? Can you draw over acrylic? My technique is not about re-creating the Mona Lisa, but playing with a basic “limited palette” while incorporating some decorative collage elements. Different drawing media will be used to create fun and sketchy elements. In this demo I will be using the core tools that are the diving board to a mixed-media creation."

Jaya King is a local artist who has been showing and demonstrating her work throughout the Bay Area since 2003. Based out of San Martin, Jaya paints with gouache on scrap lumber that has been heavily worn and blemished by weather and time. She would describe her style as "intense portraiture" that mirrors the moody compositions of sadly expressive figures and the forgotten buildings of America’s past. Recently, Jaya has catapaulted herself to the opposite end of her painting spectrum. By replacing the under-dog with a dog, she has begun to explore a more colorful, light-hearted and yes, ridiculous "nature" of painting. Bold acrylic colors and decorative collage techniques on canvas are a breath of fresh air. Inspiration comes easy when you can look outside and smile. Like her work in gouache, the stories flow easily when the brush meets the canvas and the creatures seem to "speak for themselves". She continues to push the envelope in her own style by following a path of inspiration and understanding through creation.

Jaya has been professionally painting for ten years, showing throughout the Bay Area. At age 24 she was invited to do a solo show at Stanford University and is in the permanent collection at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. She is now represented by Nieto Fine Art in San Francisco.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, May 14, 2012/ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
The Hidden Symbols of Art - Lecture and slide show by Preston Metcalf


In art, as in life, things are never quite what they seem. One way of understanding a work is to find the clues that reveal the work’s true meaning. These are the Hidden Symbols of Art, and they reveal to us what and how the people in the times of their creation thought and felt. The key to interpreting the meanings embedded in art from antiquity through the modern age will be explored in this lecture by Triton Museum of Art Chief Curator, Preston Metcalf.

Preston Metcalf is blessed with the ability to recognize great art, but cursed with the inability to produce it … that is why he is a curator and art historian. He began his career as a Curator of Art at the San Jose Museum of Art. He then moved to the Triton Museum of Art, first as Curator of Education, then as Assistant Director for several years. Preston then went on to become Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. He has lectured on art and art history throughout the country and abroad. He has had published more than sixty articles and essays on artists and art history. After a brief interlude of teaching and writing, he returned to the Triton Museum, where he now works as Curator of Art. He also teaches Art History at Mission College, San Jose City College, and the Triton Museum of Art.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, June 11, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Watermedia Painting

Artist's comments -"Painting with watercolor on a non-absorbent surface is a whole new ballgame. Paint can be lifted off and areas reworked allowing for much more flexibility than working on traditional paper. This June I will demonstrate working with watercolor on canvas primed with gesso. My particular interest is depicting birds and I will attempt to place a realistic bird against a semi-abstract background."

Floy’s formal education was in biology. Her art career began when she needed to illustrate her own papers for publication. This led to work as a scientific illustrator and she spent ten years working on textbooks and field guides while she and her husband were living in British Columbia. Since returning to California in 1983, Floy has been focusing on watercolor – both her own paintings and teaching classes. And she has become particularly interested in depicting birds. Her paintings combine technical accuracy of the subject matter, and her appreciation for the principles of Oriental brushwork. Each of her paintings is an experiment of brush, paint and paper, inspired by the natural world.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, July 9, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Acrylics on Wood - "Places called Home"

Jen Norton will demonstrate an acrylic painting in her delightful, whimsical style of painting portraits of homes. The pieces in her "Places Called Home" signature collection are illustrative paintings inspired by the homes where we live, love and share our stories. Everything we are and are to become here on earth is first learned at home.

Jen works mostly in acrylic, using expressive color, texture and pattern to reveal the sublime in the ordinary. She begins each painting with underlying layers of intense hues and expressive brushwork, which gradually become hidden from view as the painting progresses. These underlying layers are important to the depth of the final work, just as years of spiritual growth are to a well-rounded soul. Jen seeks to develop order and beauty from underlying chaos. Jen believes that through art, one can hear the whisper of a mighty Creator. Her intention is that her art may cause you to pause and listen.

Jen has a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, with a Minor in Business from Santa Clara University. Her work developing marketing communications materials helped push her from purely personal expression to full conversation. Please visit her website www.jennortonartstudio.com.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, August 13, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Business of Art & Finding Alternative Markets for your Art

Are you tired of minding your art business alone? Do you need focus, organization, support, business know-how?

Artist Success Coach Martha Zlatar will get you in touch with your purpose as an artist and inspire you into action! As the founder of ArtMatch, Martha has advised emerging and mid-career visual artists and performers on realizing their artistic goals for the last 9 years. She coaches on clarity of vision, relationship with money, embracing the business owner within, time management, unleashing your creativity and many other issues relevant to artists and art entrepreneurs.

Her 22 years of diverse business experience took her to the worlds of Market Research, International Business, Event Management & Promotion, Training and Meeting Facilitation and Art Business Consulting (New York City, Brussels, New Orleans and San Francisco). Aside from running her private practice, she is also the Artist Outreach Consultant for the San Francisco Small Business Development Center and the President Artship.

She also lectures on the Inner Game of Being an Art Entrepreneur, The Business of Art, Finding Alternative Markets for Your Art, and is the co-facilitator of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Artist - An Artist's Way Workshop that helps artists and wannabe artists reclaim their creativity.

Please visit her website http://www.artmatch-coach.com

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 10, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Experimental Painting with the new Watercolor Sticks

Myrna will demonstrate a portrait for us with the new Watercolor Sticks. She works on a gesso textured surface to draw out her subject, then she wets it and lifts off the paint. Watercolor sticks are a great travel paint and are easy to carry and work with. If you have never tried them before, this would be a fast, versatile and fun medium to try out.

Myrna has a degree in Painting and Drawing from SFSU. She is primarily a figurative and portrait painter who works mostly in watercolor, acrylic and collage. She also teaches workshops in watercolor portraiture.


FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, October 8, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Painting Boats in Oil

Marsha Heimbecker is an emerging artist who paints with risk, creativity, and emotion. Her fearless, yet thoughtful approach produces striking, and sometimes haunting works. Heimbecker’s paintings tell a story, and it is her empathic connections to her subjects that draw us in, whether the subject is a landscape, a still life, a portrait, or an elephant. Heimbecker captivates with her risk-taking color schemes, bold brushwork, and emotionally charged compositions, and it is her combination of the three that challenges our senses and awakens a uniquely personal experience between the artist and subject.

Marsha Heimbecker studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and at many Bay Area colleges, and has attended workshops around the country. Her paintings can be found in galleries and in private collections throughout the world.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, November 12, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Watercolor Painting

Terri has been producing wonderful works of communication for over 30 years. Her background in Graphic Design, Photography, Art Direction, Marketing and Advertising have all influenced her Watercolor Paintings. Terri's paintings are known for their rich, saturated color and unusual vantage point. She paints what she loves. You can see the influence of living in wonderful Northern California....it's pretty obvious that she runs, bikes and swims as well as enjoys the wonderful local fruits, vegetables and wines of the area. Terri shows her work at local art and wine events, restaurants, galleries and Open studios.

You can also find Terri's paintings at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos www.viewpointsgallery.com and on her website, www.designerhill.com

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, December 10, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
FALC Holiday Party
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, January 14, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Advanced Photo Composition: Moving beyond Rules

Photographers face unique photographic challenges: many situations do not allow us to rearrange the world simply to serve our art. Traditionally, photographic composition has been taught in terms of "rules". In this novel and inspiring talk, Joe will work from examples of that tradition, how those "rules" are valuable, but also sometimes limiting, particularly for the advanced photographer. More importantly, Joe will discuss how photographers and other artists, can move beyond compositional rules while continuing along a path of improving one's compositional skills and understanding.

Joe is a professional nature photographer living in California, with a current passion for polar regions, such as Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland. Joe has also worked extensively across the grand landscapes of the American West. Joe’s award-winning work has been featured in exhibitions from the Smithsonian to the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. His work has been recognized with a number of artist residencies granted through organizations such as Hurtigruten and the United States National Park Service.

Joe is also the author of "The Tuesday Composition", a 75-page eBook devoted to issues of photographic composition, available from Flatbooks Publishing. In addition to his private workshops, Joe has a commitment to teaching and building the amateur photographic community. His primary avenue of support is PhotoCentral, a community-based photographic organization located in Hayward, California.

For more information on Joe, visit his website at http://www.joedecker.net, and follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JoeDeckerPhotography?.

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, February 11, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Landscapes in Acrylics

Artist's statement - "The use of vivid color and a range of textures are hallmarks of my paintings. Some landscape scenes are full of energy and drama. Here I tell my story with heightened contrasts and color shifts, using both brush and palette knife to bring texture and depth to the painting. Where scenes are quieter, such as the open space of California foothills on a misty morning, I use softer-edged brushwork and gentler color shifts to tell a story of serenity and calm. I aim to make every brushstroke count.

Some painting scenes I return to many times, each time expressing the day's unique light and energy. I'm drawn to the farms, ranches and acres of land in the Central Valley and Gold Country and continue to paint a series depicting these views. I often complete my floral paintings in the garden, dramatizing the color contrast between blossoms, leaves and the background.

Whether for a landscape or floral scene, I typically start my paintings with a thin, transparent wash of alizarin crimson and transparent red oxide. Next I paint a value study in the same colors on the canvas. These initial layers will go on to infuse the final painting with warmth. Later, when painting brushstrokes of greens, golds and blues over this value study, I intentionally allow tiny pops of the deep, transparent red to peek through, adding sparkle and liveliness to the final picture."

Karen displays her work at Studio Gallery in San Francisco and Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. Her website is www.karenwhiteart.com

FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, March 11, 2013/ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Seascapes in Oils

Ray is a native of Northern California, and has been a professional artist and art teacher for the past 15 years. He teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and also teaches drawing and painting at The Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California.

Ray has held one-man shows at The Pacific Art League Gallery, Tahill Galleries, the Academy of Art Gallery and presently shows at The Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga,CA.

Ray Mendieta received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University at San Francisco.


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