Fairborn Art Association News

October Workshop with Nita Leland

Nita Leland will present “Color Clinic” at the Fairborn Art Association on October 2, 3, and 4, 2018. Nita helps watercolor artists understand all about paint and how colors work in mixtures, how to create vibrant color expression using triads to enhance your artwork, and how to use the seven contrasts of color to improve your artwork.You will learn about paint characteristics, organizing your palette and more. There will be mini-demos and class critiques throughout the day with lots of painting and individual attention. Finished artwork will also be critiqued in class upon request.

Nita is the author of the recently released bestseller Exploring Color Workshop: 30th Anniversary Edition, Confident Color, The New Creative Artist (a new paperback edition coming in December), and New Creative Collage Techniques, as well as featured artist in four art-instruction DVDs published by North Light Books/artistsnetwork.com.

Nita began her art career in watercolor and has been teaching classes and workshops in color, collage, and creativity throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 40 years. She currently teaches at the Enrichment Center in Dayton, Ohio. Visit Nita’s Web site at www.nitaleland.com and blog at nitaleland.blogspot.com.

A flyer/registration form for this workshop is attached. A more definitive biography of Nita Leland is also attached. Please contact Pat Dunker at pwdunk@gmail.com or call her at 937-562-3014 for additional information.

Attachment: Nita Leland Registration

Attachment: Nita Leland Biography

2018 Piqua Arts Festival

The 2018 Piqua Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The event will feature artists and vendors from across the state of Ohio presenting their art and crafts for you to view and purchase. In addition to the traditional Arts Festival, we will also have live performances by some of the areas best small groups, craft beer, food trucks and a kids art zone. For more info and to REGISTER, click here: Piqua Arts Festival


8:00a    – Registration Begins for Plein Air Competition & Artists

8:30a    – Artists can begin setting up for the festival

10:00a  – Festival Opens

– Kids Activity Area Open

– Food and Beverage Sales Open

– Vendors Open

– Live Music Begins

4:00p   – Plein Air Wet Paint Sale Begins

4:30p   – Quick Paint Competition

6:00p   – Awards for Paint Out & Quick Draw Announced

6:00p   – Vendors Close

8:00p   – Festival Concludes


o Print this newsletter, click here: FAA 0618 Newsletter (pdf file)

To Print this newsletter, click here: FAA 0618 Newsletter (open document file)

 Dear Members, Patrons, and Friends,

It was a pleasure being your president for this past year. Everyone was so very helpful.

Remember that it is not how you paint or who you paint or what you paint but the fact that you take time to paint what you see through your eyes.

See you at our next meeting on June 5 for our June Social, and remember that everyone is to bring food. We will have a busy and fun meeting, then we break until September. Have a good summer.

Loren Red



Get ready to party–lots of food and fun. Also, lots of last minute business. Outgoing President Loren Red will be making a small announcement. We will present three scholarships to students this year due to contributions and fund matching by FAA. Scholarship winners are Lauren Conroy from Archbishop Alter High, Juno Shemano from Yellow Springs High, and Katie Ferguson from Springfield Clark CTC. We will have installation of our new Board members, introduction of the King and Queen of the Sweet Corn Festival, and voting and awards for the Popular Choice selections of the paintings on display in the Gallery. Please bring a covered dish, snack, or dessert for the group to enjoy.


Each member may bring one or two paintings or other artwork to the June meeting for the Popular Choice Judging. Registration will be from 6 to 7 pm. As members arrive, each piece of artwork will be given a number. At break time, everyone present may vote for his/her favorite three pieces of artwork. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded for the artwork receiving the most votes. Awards to be given for First Place – $50, Second Place – $40, Third Place – $30, Six Honorable Mention Awards at $20 and Six Merit Awards at $10. You must be present to win a Popular Choice award. Please take your artwork home with you after the meeting; there will be a show in the gallery in July and classes as well.


Our Members Spring Fine Art Show was so beautiful this year! The juror for the show was Lian Quan Zhen, who gave an inspiring and entertaining demo at our May meeting. Some of the paintings will still be in the Gallery for the June meeting. Don’t miss it!

2018 FAA Prize Winners, Lian Quan Zhen, Juror

Best of Show                Yuki Hall – October Rain  (Sandy Kinnamon Memorial Award)

First Place                   Shirlee Bauer – Dance Away  (Joan McCoy Memorial Award)

Second Place               Patricia Dunker – Emerging Elephant

Third Place                  Peggy Bowman – Water Fall

Honorable Mentions:                                                   Judges Merit Awards:

Sherry Li Cai – Sunrise                                                 Patty Dorn – Renaissance Man

Babs Ney – Bandingo                                                   Rose Schultz – Three Graces

Billie Dickson – Girl in White Dress                              Carol Edsal – St. Joseph’s Novato

Tom Kinarney – Cast of Characters                               Louise Jackson – 3 Lillies

Jim Moore – Mysterious Lady                                       Anne Bongiovanni – Untitled

Connie Gifford – Morning Stroll                                    Libby Rudolf – Cross Country

Linda Owen – Hear the Laughter                                   Dotty Crowley – Moonscape

Susan Scott – Leaf Patterns                                           M.J. White – Read Me a Story

Portrait of a Handsome Cat, by Linda Owen, was voted People’s Choice in our 2018 Member’s Show.  This award was named in memory of Joan McCoy. The prize will be presented at our June meeting.  Congratulations Linda.


The following officers were elected at the May meeting to serve on the 2018/2019 Board of Directors of the Fairborn Art Association:

President – Billie Dickson                                              Vice President – Fran Watson

Recording Secretary – Sheryl Scott                                 Corresponding Secretary – Jackie Albright

Treasurer – Sue Red


Time is getting short! The Sweet Corn Festival is August 18 and 19, 2018. Help is still needed to make a success of this event which provides funding to our Association to pay our rent, award the scholarships, buy needed supplies for the kitchen and repair or replace items in the Gallery. Signup sheets will be available for the various jobs that need volunteers:  Information Booth, Watermelon Booth, Vendors Gate, and Setup Field on Thursday.


We will be accepting your membership fee for the 2018-2019 year at the June meetings or you may mail it in. The Membership Form is attached and is on our website www.fairbornart.org.  Please use the form to send your dues to Fairborn Art Association, P.O. Box 1231, Fairborn, OH 45324. Please check any of the blocks that apply to you so we can update your record. This helps us in scheduling programs and workshops. Also, please check the blocks regarding inclusion of your email address in the Directory, permission to use pictures of your artwork, and permission to use pictures of you, according to your wishes. It is important to consider these permissions. If you do not give permission and you win a prize, we cannot take a picture of you or your artwork; if you are included in a group photo at a meeting or in a class, we cannot use that photo. Thank you. If you think you have paid your dues, please call Lori Luckner at 937-367-9938 or email her at loriluckner.net, or call Sue Red at 937-879-3238.

Attachment: 2018 Membership Form


B-W Greenway has published its flyer for the Landscapes 2018 competition. Copies will be available in our Gallery and on our website www.fairbornart.org. The location this year is Oakes Quarry Park, a City of Fairborn park located near the intersection of Interstate 675 on State Route 235. Some guided tours of the park are being planned for our painters. Watch our website for additional information.


Until June 30, 2018, Visit Oakes Quarry Park and produce artwork.

Saturday, June 30, 1-4 pm, Work accepted at Fairborn Art Association Gallery.

Exhibition open to the public, Sundays, July 15, 22, and 29, 2-4 pm.

Opening reception, Sunday, July 15, 2-4 pm, with prizes awarded at 3 pm. Cash prizes total $300.

Sunday, July 29, Final Day of Exhibition. Artists may pick up work at FAA Gallery, 4-5 pm. For more information, please contact Bob Coates at bobctwin@woh.rr.com.

Attachment: Landscapes 2018 flyer


The City of Fairborn has notified us that they will be working on curbs and gutters on Central Street beginning NOW and ending approximately June 15. This will affect our access to the parking lots at the Gallery. There is a great possibility that they will be replacing the badly deteriorating curb on the right side of the Senior Apartments building, which also houses our Gallery. The entrance to parking on the left side of the building may also require repair/replacement. They said they will try to leave one entrance open for the use of residents, including our members/guests. This may affect our use of the Gallery on our Paint In days, our June meeting, and on the Sundays the Gallery is open for the Spring Members’ Show. We may have to park on the side streets. Parking is available in the City parking lot at nights and on weekend days.


Bonnie Kuntz won second place in the Women’s Tri Art Show at Miamisburg gallery. The title is “In Living Color.” Watercolor is the medium and the subject is elephants. Congratulations, Bonnie.
Yuki Hall will be exhibiting her paintings at Charles & Anna Mae Lofino Adult Enrichment & Cultural Center in Beavercreek for the month of June.  There will be an opening reception on June 7 from 4 to 5:30 pm. The Center is located at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH.  Everyone is invited.


The Beavercreek Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture announces the opening of The Gallery at Lofino Plaza which will feature monthly exhibits of the community’s visual artists of all ages.  The Gallery is located inside the Lofino Plaza and Senior Center at 3868 Dayton Xenia Rd., Beavercreek Ohio 45432. For more information contact parks@beavercreekohio.gov

Entries are still being accepted until June 1, 2018 for the 2018 Maria Stein Shrine Art and Sale. Art Delivery on: Friday, June 8, 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday June 9, 9 am – 4 pm. Awards & Reception: Thursday, June 21, 7 pm. (Awards announced at 8 pm). Art Show & Sale: June 23 – June 29. For more information contact Diana Russell at 419-925-4532 or d.russell@mariasteinshrine.org.

OR the link below will take you to a brochure with all the information for the show.



If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at www.fairbornart.org for additional articles throughout the summer. We also post photographs of meetings and other events that we are unable to publish in the printed version of this newsletter.


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Monday, August 20, 2018. Please email your articles to  albright10@msn.com or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.


We are in need of volunteers for the FAA Gallery.

First of all, Larry Hawkins has resigned his position as greeter, so we need a friendly face to be at the desk before meetings, make sure we fill out our name tags (and door prize labels), and welcome new members and guests. Larry also selects and buys the door prizes, and helps to set up the gallery for meetings. Our meetings start at 7 p.m. so the greeter would need to be at the desk by 6:30 p.m. at the latest.

Secondly, we need a Chairperson to take on the  Members’ Show . This person secures the ribbons for the show, works with the Workshop Chair (who arranges for the workshop presenter to judge the show), makes sure the prospectus is ready by the March meeting, recruits volunteers to help with the receiving of art, hanging the show, and sitting with the Gallery on open Sundays.  I have filled this position the past 2 years and can tell you it is not a difficult job at all, and there are LOTS of members who help out regularly and know what they are doing!

We have been without a Historian for at least 2 years. This person takes  printed information and photos of meetings and shows and turns them into scrapbooks for all our members to view.  Going forward, we would like to have this information saved digitally where it can be placed on our website.

We also would like to find people who would be interested in maintaining our flower beds on either side of the front door, set up and take down tables and chairs for our meetings, and any number of small jobs around the Gallery that need to be done from time to time. You will definitely be asked to volunteer at the Sweet Corn Festival, as well.

Please call or text me at 937-902-6410, or email me at dicksrb2@aol.com, if you are willing to help with any of these jobs.

FAA is a well run organization thanks to our many volunteers.  Thank you all for all you do.

Billie Dickson



Fealing Lin Workshop, October 2-5, 2018, presented by the Fairborn Art Association, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, in the Gallery at the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N. Central Ave., Fairborn, OH 45424.

Award-winning watercolorist, Fealing Lin of San Marino, California, was born in Taiwan and began her journey into artistic expression as a protégé of renowned professor Ching-Jung Chen in Taiwan, subsequently pursuing her career in the United States with watercolorist and senior art historian professor Verna Wells.With a fluidity of colors, Ms. Lin combines impressionistic strokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in her portrait and landscape watercolors. Her paintings adorn the paper with both harmony and emotion. Although briefly diverted from her passion by a family tradition of medicine and dentistry, Fealing ultimately abandoned her tray of instruments and high-speed drills in favor of her pallet and brushes. Now she is a teacher, demonstrator, judge, and active exhibitor. “Fealing Lin paints poems that vibrate with light and color …  long may she continue to delight the eye and move the spirit. “My passion for watercolor,” says Ms. Lin, “comes from the opportunity it gives me to be totally spontaneous in the pursuit of traditional watercolor transparency which is the ‘glow’ from the white paper that emerges through the paint once a fusion occurs from the application of wet onto wet. Fealing was an annual guest instructor at Yosemite National Park for more than 10 years, an instructor at Brand Art Studios at Brand Library in Glendale, and San Gabriel Recreation center in San Gabriel. She was featured at Descanso Gardens Gallery for 10 consecutive years.  She has taught watercolor workshops throughout California and the US. Fealing has been enthusiastically embraced by the general public and private collectors alike. Fealing is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society. Her works have been juried in many national exhibitions including NWS, WW, TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America), Brand National, Audubon Artist, San Diego Watercolor International, and many others. She has won numerous awards among these shows. Fealing’s works also appear in many magazines and books, including Watercolor Magic, Artist Sketch Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Best Watercolor, and Splash (9, 10, 11,12 & 14).

To register: Please send a non-refundable deposit of 440 along with the following form to:

Pat Dunker, 30 Innisbrook Close, Xenia OH 45385

Make Checks payable to Fairborn Art Association. Final payment must be made by 9-21-2018.

For questions: Call Pat Dunker at 937-562-3014 or cell 937-271-4798 or email pwdunk@gmail.com.

Attachment: Fealing Linn Registration (pdf file)

Attachment: Fealing Linn Registration (open document file)


Pat Dunker Show

Front Street Gallery will be featuring FAA member, Pat Dunker, during the month of June 2018.  Pat will be exhibiting her Old Masters paintings along with some watercolors. Pat was a student of Frank Covino , a renowned portraitist for 9 years. She was invited to paint in the Louvre in 2010 and every 2 years, a commission invites 130-140 of the thousands of artists who paint there each year to exhibit their paintings from the Louvre. Pat was chosen along with her copy of Baron Jean Gross’s painting of Madame Pasteur, one of the highlights of her career. Friday, June 1 will be the monthly Art Walk with Pat as the featured artist at Front Street along with the many artists in residence. There will be live music outside along with foodtrucks from 6-9 pm.  The gallery is located off Third Street (from Keowee Turn Right) then left at Front Street and right at Second Street.Then turn left at the first drive or right to a parking lot,
Saturday is the official opening of the exhibition. As part of the program, Pat will be speaking to the Miami Institute of Food and Spirits. The Gallery will be open from 10 am to 9 pm most days but weekends are the best times for visits besides First Friday.