Barb opened this hat Tuesday night. It didn't stay hers very long.

Barb opened this hat Tuesday night. It didn’t stay hers very long.

Tom Kinarney models the popular hat that made the rounds Tuesday night.

Tom Kinarney models the popular hat that made the rounds Tuesday night.

Barb, Dallas and "Santa" Warren Brown opening gifts Tuesday night. Dallas was Santa's head elf for our gift giving.

Barb, Dallas and “Santa” Warren Brown opening gifts Tuesday night. Dallas was Santa’s head elf for our gift giving.

Rose Schultz opens a snowman. The rules of the game stipulate that the gift is opened in view of everyone. Rose didn't keep this gift long either.

Rose Schultz opens a snowman. The rules of the game stipulate that the gift is opened in view of everyone. Rose didn’t keep this gift long either.

Lori Luckner took Santa home Tuesday night.

Lori Luckner took Santa home Tuesday night.

F.A.A. President Sandy Kinnamon showing off her latest piece of Christmas decor, as Gallery Coordinator Gayle Beireis looks on.  Some of the works for the Holiday Fine Art and Craft Sale can be seen in the Gallery.

F.A.A. President Sandy Kinnamon showing off her latest piece of Christmas decor, as Gallery Coordinator Gayle Beireis looks on. Some of the works for the Holiday Fine Art and Craft Sale can be seen in the Gallery.

Margaret Brooks opens a display Santa. "Santa" Warren Brown (right) supervises the gift opening during the festivities Tuesday December 2, 2014.

Margaret Brooks opens a display Santa. “Santa” Warren Brown (right) supervises the gift opening during the festivities Tuesday December 2, 2014.

A happy group of F.A.A. members celebrates the Holiday Season. Everyone had a good time Tuesday night.

A happy group of F.A.A. members celebrates the Holiday Season. Everyone had a good time Tuesday night.

Linda Keller opens a gift of a homemade Santa at the Holiday Party.

Linda Keller opens a gift of a homemade Santa at the Holiday Party.

On Tuesday evening, December 2, the membership of F.A.A. gathered in our annual Holiday Party. We shopped for the Holidays from the items displayed from our fellow artists for the Holiday Fine Art and Craft Sale, enjoyed good food and the fellowship of our friends, and had a fun time playing our “game” of giving (and stealing!) holiday ornaments and gifts brought by each of the members. A jolly time was had by all. The evening’s festivities were overseen by President Sandy Kinnamon and “Santa” Warren Brown, ably assisted by head elf Dallas Red.

In addition, Treasurer Sue Red read a letter from Dayton History thanking F.A.A. for our generous donation in memory of former F.A.A. President, the late Gerald Page. The donation was made to Dayton History, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, to support their Art of Manufacturing¬†exhibit at Dayton Carillon Park. The exhibit is set to open in 2015.¬†This donation is an example of F.A.A.’s mission of encouraging art appreciation.

Photos and text by Robert Beireis.