Fairborn Art Association News


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.

Libby Rudolf and Diana Hoke Show

Libby Rudolf and Diana Hoke have a show entitled ‘Watercolors at the Winds Cafe’ on exhibit now thru July 1, 2018. The Artist Reception is Sunday, June 3, 6-8 pm. The Winds Cafe is on the corner of Corry Street and Xenia Avenue.


To Print this newsletter, click here: FAA 0518 Newsletter (pdf file)

To Print this newsletter, click here: FAA 0518 Newsletter (open document file)

 Dear Members, Patrons, and Friends,

Spring has not sprung yet. Today we had snow again. Maybe by our May meeting we will have spring weather so we can get rid of our winter clothes and ice scrapers and enjoy the evening. Our speaker that night will be the artist who will be the instructor for the spring workshop, Lian Quan Zhen. Hope to see you all there on May 1, 2018, at 7 pm. The Board will meet at 6 pm. I am still looking for replacement for me to mark fields for the Sweet Corn Festival. Please volunteer if you can.

Loren Red



Lian Quan Zhen, a very popular watercolorist and Chinese Painting artist will be the featured artist at a workshop at Fairborn Art Association. He will also be the demo artist for the May 1st FAA meeting and be the judge for our Spring Members’ Show. Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books. He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued as a hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has had many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings. His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in the US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky Watercolor Societies’ exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings have been featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice, and Painter’s Quick Reference books by North Light Books: Flowers and Blooms, Dogs and Cats, Birds and Butterflies, Landscapes, and Drawing and Painting Animals – the Essential Guide.


One of the reasons Fairborn Art Association exists is to bring nationally known artists to present workshops for our members to improve or begin their watercolor skills. May’s workshop from May 2 to May 4 features Lian Quan Zhen, an internationally known artist. I’ve never seen any of his workshops not be overbooked; however we still have some openings. Lian will be doing two paintings with the class: one a landscape and one an animal. His supplies list is on his website (use the list for regular watercolor painting, not Chinese painting). This is a must if you enjoy watercolor painting. For additional information on his workshops and a list of art supplies, see http://www.lianspainting.com/workshops.htm . Please send your deposit of $40 and registration soon.  The workshop costs only $250 for members and $275 for non-members.  Full payment is due April 23rd. A flyer/registration form is available in our Gallery and on our website www.fairbornart.org. Please contact Pat Dunker at pwdunk@gmail.com for registration and more information.

Attachment: Lian Zhen Workshop Registration (pdf file)

Attachment: Lian Zhen Workshop Registration (open document file)


Just a reminder that entries for the Spring Show will be accepted on Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 5 pm. The show opens at our meeting on Tuesday, May 1, where prizes will be awarded. Please bring your art ready to hang. The prospectus has all the information needed to prepare your art for the show. The prospectus is available in our Gallery and on our website at www.fairbornart.org.

Registration:  Wednesday, April 25 from 12 noon to 5 pm

Show Opening and Prizes Awarded:  Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm at our May meeting

Gallery Hours:  Sundays, May 6, 13, and 20 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Pick Up:  Sunday, May 20 from 4 to 6 pm

If you signed up to sit with the FAA gallery and bring light snacks, I will see that one person in your group has a key to the gallery so you can get in and lock up when you leave. Please check with me when you register your art to make sure who has the key. Light snacks could be cookies or cheese & crackers, or chips & salsa, and a punch or lemonade or something similar. Feel free to bring your artwork to work on while you are there.

Please invite your friends and family to come see the show, and hopefully find a piece of art they would like to hang in their home or office. If you have questions or if you need to deliver or pick up your work at a different time, please contact Billie Dickson, Show Chair, by e-mail at dicksrb2@aol.com, or by text or phone at 937-902-6410. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful art work!                                    …Submitted by Billie Dickson

Attachment:  Spring prospectus 2018 (pdf file)


Election of Board Members will be held at the May 2018 meeting. Please again think about the leadership of our Art Association. These are all volunteer positions. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Cheryl Miracle at 937-751-9442 or email to cheryl.miracle@sinclair.edu. A vote will be held at the May meeting to confirm these officers.

Slate of Officers, if no other volunteers appear:

President – Billie Dickson                                              Vice President – Fran Watson

Recording Secretary – Sheryl Scott                                 Corresponding Secretary – Jackie Albright

Treasurer – Sue Red


We will be accepting your membership fee for the 2018-2019 year at the May and June meetings or you may mail it in. The Membership Form is available in our Gallery and 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 (pdf file)


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 (pdf file)


Yuki Hall’s painting “Fourth Street” was accepted into the National Watercolor Society, 2018 Annual Member’s Exhibition and will be exhibited in NWS gallery, in San Pedro, CA from May 3 to June 30.


Libby Rudolf and Diana Hoke both love to create watercolor paintings that speak to your soul. They will have their first joint exhibit at the Winds Cafe during the months of May and June with a reception on Sunday, June 3 from 6-8 pm. Libby and Diana met at the Western Ohio Watercolor Society meetings at the Springfield Art Museum, took classes and workshops together, and enjoy being part of the Ohio Plein Air Society. OPAS encourages artists to paint on site, outside in all weathers. They are also each members of Ohio Watercolor Society. Diana has a piece in the traveling exhibit making its way around Ohio currently.  Libby is a member of Village Artisans Gallery in Yellow Springs, a multi-media, co-op gallery with a lovely variety of creations. She has painted several WC commissions, made illustrations for children’s books, co-led project-based-learning projects in the local elementary school. Libby loves to explore nature, near and far, seeking inspiration for paintings. Diana has been painting extensively since her retirement and is currently focusing on portraiture. She paints in oil as well as watercolor. She travels extensively visiting family and loves to paint on site, whenever possible. The Winds Café is located at 215 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Libby has additional artwork on display at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, on display through April 27th. The artwork in “A Family Affair” includes Libby’s Watercolors, Family members – woodwork, metalwork, sculpture, photography and fabric embroidery designs and a Project Based Learning handmade book about gardening and energy from food – Sunshine for Lunch with Mills Lawn Elementary students. The Yellow Springs Senior Center Gallery is located at 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio.


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


The following people signed up to bring refreshments to our next meeting: Jean Lutz, Libby Rudolph, Theresa Mayer, Evvie Moore, Clarice Moore, Evelyn La Mers, and Lucille Burns. We may need more volunteers for this popular meeting. We usually have 50-60 members in attendance, so please plan accordingly. Thank you for volunteering.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 pm. It is our Spring Social. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the June Newsletter is Monday, May 21, 2018. Please email your articles to  albright10@msn.com or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.

Sherry Li Cai Painting Class

Sherry Li Cai will offer a class for people who are interested in Arts of the East, such as Chinese painting, on May 10, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you want to participate in the painting, materials (rice paper, etc.) will be available for a reasonable cost. A $5.00 donation is requested of attendees. The donation will go to the Fairborn Art Association for the furtherance of their projects, e.g., the scholarships for students, etc. Please contact Sherry at 937-429-9797 or licai2004@sbcglobal.net.