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Greetings to all Member and Patrons,

I hope you all have been enjoying the Fall colors appearing, the leaves falling, and the weather that has been incredibly beautiful. We have so many exciting things happening this coming meeting. There has been lots of activity taking place during this month with the generosity of our VP Dora Lawson providing all that’s needed to create wonderful hand-built bowls for our Soup and an Art Fundraiser taking  place this month. (See her note and pictures below, along with Clarice and Mayumi’s update on all the hard work they have been doing.) This is a huge undertaking and WE NEED YOU to make it a success.

Our October workshop with Sterling Edwards will be underway when we gather. The Photography Show will be hung and the awards given out. Reports on the successful Sweet Corn Festival are ready. All this is happening through the generous support of our member volunteers. A huge Thank You to all.

This will be a wonderful evening full of creativity and fun. Be sure to turn your calendar—we meet October 1st, 6:00 board meeting, 6:30 members gather, and 7:00 the meeting begins. There will be lots of food to share and excitement, meeting and learning from our guest, Sterling Edwards. Don’t miss this opportunity. Bring a friend or two or more—you’ll be glad you did!

Sue Brezine


Sterling Edwards, TWCA, CSPWC will be demonstrating on “Creating luminous watercolor landscapes four-step process.”  Sterling Edwards is a nationally known water media master.  He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America as well as Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor.   He is the author of the North Light book Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process.  He is also a contributing artist in numerous other magazines and books.  His instructional DVDs are marketed worldwide.  —Submitted by Yuki Hall


The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a 5-day watercolor workshop with Sterling Edwards from September 30 to October 4, 2013. The workshop will be held in the Fairborn Art Association Gallery located in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N. Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH.  Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master. He is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, as well as Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, an international organization based in Toronto. He is also an author of the North Light Book, Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process. He is also a contributing artist to numerous other magazines and books. His instructional DVDs are marketed worldwide. The cost for this workshop is $260 for a FAA member, $280 for a non-member. This is a bargain compared to charges at other workshops taught by Sterling Edwards. There are several places left in the workshop. To register, send a registration form (available at the Gallery and on our website), along with a check, to Yuki Hall, 4136 Fox Fern Court, Beavercreek, OH 45432. Make check payable to the Fairborn Art Association. For additional information, contact Yuki Hall email


The show will be in October this year. We need your help in setting up the show, as well as members to sit the show during its run. We need your help in order to have a successful show. Please volunteer. The prospectus is available on our website.  Registration will be on Monday, September 23, from 10–12 and from 1–3, and also on Wednesday September 25, from 1–3. The show will be on Sundays, October  6, 13, and 20, from 1–4. Pickup will be on the 20th from 4–5 pm and Monday the 21st from 10–12. The judge this year is Sterling Edwards who will be doing our October workshop also. Awards will include Best of Show $100, 1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $35, 4 Honorable Mentions at $25 each, and 4 Judges Merit Ribbons. We have added more and larger amounts of prizes this year.


Members, we are still looking for someone to use the Gallery to show their artwork for February of 2014. All other months are being used at this time. Contact gayle Beireis.


A special person or persons are needed to chair the Watermelon Booth for next year. Most F.A.A. members do not realize the importance of continuing the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, the booklet, and the Watermelon Booth. How much did we make in net profit this year? What if the F.A.A. makes no profit next year? What would happen to the F.A.A.?  It would only be a matter of time before the savings account would be depleted. There would be no more F.A.A. We have to have income to make everything possible. Jane Trame, current chairperson, will help to make the changeover successful.  Please say you’ll help. Thank you!


Soup and an Art Show is just around the corner! Please don’t forget to sign up at the table Let’s make this event spectacular!!  Members, friends, don’t forget to support the FAA fundraiser to help feed the area’s hungry children! Please see Mayumi Kiefer or Clarice Moore about how you can help! Soup and an Art Show is October 26, 2013, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Senior Apartments Cafeteria next door to our Gallery. —Submitted by Clarice Moore


During the week of September 8, 12 people came to the FAA gallery to hand-build clay bowls for the October 26th Soup and an Art Show fundraiser supporting a local food in a backpack program for needy school children. During the 2 days, 32 bowls were made. They are slowly drying and will be fired. The 12 people will return to the gallery on Thursday, October 10, at 4:00 pm or Saturday, October 12, at 10:00 am to glaze the bowls. They will be fired again and will be ready for the fundraiser at the end of October. I would like to thank the participants:  Barbara Allen, Pat Baker, Cass Barth, Sue Brezine, Linda Keller, Sharon Lynch, Mary Peirano, and Jim Scherer. I would also like to thank the three non- members who helped with the project:  Linda Keller’s classmate here from W. Virginia for a Belmont HS reunion, Judy Moore; and Tina and Cheyanne Lauer, who read about the event in the Fairborn Herald. Connie Weber had planned to help but her recent bicycle accident changed her plans. Photos are available on our website. The first 3 photos show some of the bowls in the drying state, the fourth shows the bowls packed safely in my car for the move to my garage, and the final photo is all of the materials available to make the event fun and successful returning home as well.  I think everyone had fun, especially me.  —Submitted by Dora Lawson

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Fairborn Art Association members will have the opportunity to have their artwork and handicrafts displayed  in the Gallery for sale the first two weekends in December and for the early shopping from 5:30–7: 00 pm before the Christmas party, which begins at 7:00 pm, Tuesday Dec. 3. The Holiday Fine Art and Craft sale will be open two successive weekends Dec 7 & 8 and Dec. 14 & 15. The Gallery will be open Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm and Sundays from 1–4 pm. We plan to set up the art racks and   decorate the gallery with members help on Monday, December 2 from  9:00 am–noon. Members can bring their priced holiday art and craft items with inventory sheets to the Gallery on Monday, December 2 from 1–3 pm, or on Tuesday, December 3 from 10–12 noon.  Each participating member will be given an artist number which we will provide. This artist number must be included on each price tag. Each member may bring two large paintings (18×24) and up to 10 small paintings (16×20 or smaller) and handcrafted items. Please mark sale prices on each item along with your name and artist number. Special art or craft demonstrations are encouraged during the sale. All unsold items must be picked up on Sunday, December 15 from 4–5 pm, or on Monday, December 16 from 10–12 noon. Remember, FAA does not charge commission on any sales. This is quite a benefit to FAA members. Signup sheets for gallery sitting, gallery decoration, registration, and goodie donations will be passed around at the October and November meetings. Please sign up to help make the sale a success!  Inventory sheets will be sent with the November newsletter and will be available on our website. Holiday Sale flyers will be available by the November meeting for members to distribute. This is our Big Sale; it will be publicized in area newspapers and on A-Frame signs around town. The more we publicize the sale the better the sales will be.   Contact gayle and Robert Beireis.


Jake Red is in critical condition at St. Rita Hospital in Lima, OH.  He was in an auto/truck accident on September 11, 2013. Jake is the son of member Jerry Red, grandson of members Sue and Loren Red, and nephew of member Lori (Red) Luckner. At present, he is in an induced coma due to head injuries, plus many other injuries.  Their family are asking that we pray for his recovery.

Connie Weber was injured in a bicycle accident on the bike path in Beavercreek, on Sunday, September 8. She suffered a fractured arm and lots of “road rash.” She will require physical therapy and lots of encouragement from friends.

Lori Ballentine wrote to us about her daughter, Emily Ballentine, who was one of the scholarship winners this year. Emily had displayed one of her paintings (a pointillism picture of an old man) the night of the meeting. She entered this in the Clark County Fair and won first place and was sent on to the Ohio State Fair where she also won first place. Congratulations to Emily. It is gratifying to know that we were right in selecting this girl for one of our scholarships.


The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a workshop with Frederick C. Graff, AWS, NWS, TWS, Monday through Thursday, May 5–May 8, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm. In this workshop, students will learn both innovative and traditional watercolor approaches that will further develop and enhance their own personal style of painting. Fred Graff is one of the foremost watercolorists of today. He is among a select group of watercolorists who are Signature Members of all three major watercolor societies:  American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America “Master Status.”  You can obtain more information about Fred by visiting his website at . The cost for this workshop is $260 for members; $280 for nonmembers. Look for more extensive articles on this workshop in future newsletters and on our website.


This article was received from Jodi O’Dell <JO’> :  The mission for Just Paint remains:  To inform and empower artists in the realization and preservation of their creative vision! In this latest issue of Just Paint we share our new High Flow Acrylics with you! High Flow Acrylics, our thinnest product line, dramatically extends the range of possibilities beyond Airbrush. Sarah Sands shares innovations that allowed our Technical Director, Jim Hayes, to develop this paint, while Amy McKinnon and Mike Townsend detail the many applications this new addition to our acrylic system offers. We know for sure that as artists begin to use these paints, even more options will be discovered! In Just Paint # 28, we committed to dedicating the next several issues to explore various substrates used by artists in their work. In issue # 29 we asked two materials specialists to share their insights and years of research into understanding solid and hardboard panels. Elaine Salazar, President of Ampersand Art Supply has provided us a thoughtful technical examination of these supports. Noted author and educator, Mark D. Gottsegen provides expertise gained over 3 decades of teaching, writing and lecturing on art materials. Lastly, we introduce readers to ‘Made in Paint,’ an exhibition of works by the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts’ 2012 Artists in Residence. To read these articles and much more, go to or you can visit, a website dedicated to housing all past issues of the Just Paint newsletter and so much more. Sign up to receive Just Paint electronically:


The following people signed up to bring refreshments to the October meeting: Carol Strayer, Karen Fahey, Mary Peirano, Susan Bertke, Mary Cargas, Mary Hart, Cheryl Miracle, Roger Browning, Sandy Kinnamon. Thank you for volunteering. We welcome additional food prepared by anyone who wants to bring it to this meeting. We usually have 70-80 people show up when we have a workshop instructor demo.

Our next meeting will be November 5, 2013. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the November Newsletter is Monday, October 21, 2013. Please email your articles to or call Jackie Albright.


Sterling Edwards workshop registration form

2013 Photo Show Prospectus2

Holiday Sale Inventory Sheet1

Holiday Sale Inventory Sheet2