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Press Release Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival

The Fairborn Art Association (www.fairbornart.org) FAA and the Fairborn Lions Club (https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fairborn/) sponsor the annual Sweet Corn Festival. Proceeds from the event help promote art by the FAA in Fairborn and surrounding areas, including our presenting three $1,000 art scholarships to graduating seniors of area high schools.

It was with much disappointment that we had to cancel the 2020 Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, but we have returned for 2021!

The festival is a family-oriented event. There will be approximately 180 handmade arts and crafts booths and food vendors. You can enjoy the favorites such as steamed cooked sweet corn, BBQ chicken, pork chop sandwiches, and freshly cut watermelon. There will be arts and crafts for everyone including candles, wood items, jewelry, watercolor and oil paintings, and much more.

Where: Community Park, 691 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn, Ohio 45324

When: Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22, 2021, opens 11am each day

Contact: Media POC Warren Brown: [email protected]

WWW: http://www.fairbornsweetcornfestival.org/index.html

We look forward to having a great festival in 2021! We hope to see you all then!!

…Submitted by Publicity Chair, James M. Gifford


September 2021 Speaker-Nita Leland

At the September 7, 2021, 7:00 pm, Fairborn Art Association (FAA) meeting, members and guests will enjoy a wonderful talk by art expert, Nita Leland. Her artist’s statement on her web site states, “The changing light of day and the moods it creates are the foundations of my watercolors. My paintings usually start with a color idea, then evolve into compositions in which color is the primary subject. To me, art is a synthesis of my personal feelings, the subject or colors that inspire me and my materials and techniques. Serenity and simplicity are my primary goals. My goal as a teacher and author is to help other artists achieve their goals. My primary focus is on my students, providing a fun and comfortable environment where they can advance their individual creative skills within an energetic community of artists.“

Color and its interaction and beauty emanates from of all of Leland’s art. But it’s not just the magnificent use of color on paper that impresses viewers of her art; we are also inspired by her very colorful and interesting life.

Smack in the middle of the carpool years, Nita was a frazzled housewife with four kids. Her husband Bob decided she needed a hobby and gave her a set of watercolors. Every attempt to teach herself ended in disaster. When she enrolled in a YMCA class, she became obsessed with watercolor.

Trapped in a tug-of-war between her family and an art career, Nita invented strategies to balance her life and triumphed over a multitude of domestic conflicts, gender bias, and lingering self-doubt to emerge as a professional watercolor and collage artist, international workshop instructor, and author.

Nita’s books and talks reflect with directness and humor how one woman successfully turned challenges into opportunities and fulfilled her life’s purpose as a teacher.

Come join us as members of the Fairborn Art Association hear wonderful stories of one of our own members. Leland will present a collage demo and book talk about her recently released memoir, Born Creative: Paint, Passion & Purpose. One member, who attended a recent talk by Nita Leland at the Centerville Library, said of her book and talk, “Nita Leland is the artists’ equivalent of Erma Bombeck.” Since 1985, she has written several best-selling art-instruction books on color, creativity, and collage/mixed media. Revised editions and translations of her books and DVDs are still in print, along with early YouTube watercolor lessons.

Signed copies of Nita’s books will be available at a special price at this event.

The Fairborn Art Association is located at the rear entrance of the Fairborn Central Building, 221 North Central Ave., Fairborn. Parking and entrance are located around and behind the former school building, now senior housing.

…Submitted by James M. Gifford, Publicity Chair, FAA


Coming Events


B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and the Fairborn Art Association Landscapes2021 Juried Art Exhibition is now showing in our Gallery. This is a very impressive collection of paintings juried by Michael R. Roediger, Director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute. The gallery will be open on July 18 and July 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to view the Landscapes2021 show.


Presented by FAA 9:30-4:30 pm. Located in the Gallery in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N Central Ave., Fairborn, Oh 45434. The registration form is available in our Gallery or on our website at https://www.fairbornart.org.

Attachment:  LIAN QUAN ZHEN Registration 2021


The Gallery at Lofino Plaza is honored to present the works of Clarice Moore and Evvie Moore, July 1 – 30, 2021, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432.

Clarice is also currently represented in “The View” exhibition in Kettering and got “best of show” in “Momentum” in the Front Street Gallery. Congratulations!


This is an open annual juried art exhibition at the Miamisburg Gallery. The judge this year is Yuki Hall. The exhibition/sale will be open and free to the public Saturday, August 7 thru September 11, 2021. Opening Reception Saturday, August 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Awards presented at 3:00. Juried Show Expanded Open Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 5:30 – 8:00 pm; Fri. and Sat., noon – 8:00 pm; Sunday, 100 – 5:00 pm. Gallery is located at 16 N. Main Street, Miamisburg, Ohio.

Entry Fee: Early bird registration: a fee of $12.00 per entry mailed on, or before, July 19, 2021 with entry form provided. Entries submitted without payment or postmarked after July 19, will not be eligible for EARLY BIRD discount. Registrations after July 19 will be at a cost of $14.00 per entry and can be paid the day you deliver your paintings. All entry fees are non-refundable. Please make checks payable to: Miamisburg Art Gallery and mail your entries to: C/O Rosemary Nick, 1890 Rosina Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342 Questions? Contact Rosemary Nick (937) 542-9085 (call/text). Entry forms are available in the FAA Gallery. For more information see www.miamisburgartgallery.com (Click on the Juried Show tab).

Attachment:  Miamisburg-Juried-Show-Form-2021


We are excited to announce that Art on the Lawn (AOL), the fine arts and crafts show sponsored by Village Artisans, will be happening Saturday, August 14, 2021. This one-day show, held rain or shine on the Mills Lawn Elementary School grounds in Yellow Springs, runs from 10:00AM to 5:00PM with check in and set up for the artists beginning at 7:00AM. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to share and sell your art to your loyal followers and the general public! Applications for Art on the Lawn can be completed and returned any time before July 31, 2021.  Apply now and be part of Art on the Lawn.


The 2021 Photography & Digital Art Competition will have a Preview Event: Friday, July 23, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Entry into this year’s show was competitive – with well over 200 entries. With the support of our sponsors, John and Pat Dupps, we are ecstatic to bring you one of the best Photography & Digital Art Competitions we’ve ever had! At our Preview Event you’ll see the winners in this year’s show displayed before we announce them anywhere else! You’re invited to bring your friends and supporters to view the Photography & Digital Art Competition in our Main Exhibition Hall and Small Works – Oil Paintings by Ben Frederick in our Lobby Gallery.

B-W Greenway Landscape 2021


Artists throughout the Miami Valley still have time to create a piece of art for the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association Landscape 2021 juried art exhibition.

The 2021 location for the competition is Pearl’s Fen, a Greene County Parks and Trails asset. Pearl’s fen is one of the rarest classes of wetland, containing a very high diversity of plant and animal life.  Pearl’s Fen is located at 4535 Byron Rd, Fairborn, Ohio.

The juried competition is open to all artists 16 years and older, living within 200 miles of Fairborn, OH.  A 2-D work may be oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, print, drawing, mixed media, or photography. A 2-D art may not exceed 30 x 40 inches. 3D art, less than 60 lbs. in weight.  3-D sculpture, must fit through a standard doorway.

All entries will be received at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH (in the rear of the building) on Saturday June 26th, from 1-3pm.

A non-refundable entry fee of $20 for a total of 3 works must accompany all entry forms. Artwork may be offered for sale by the artist; 20% of each sale will be taken as a donation to B-W Greenway Community Land Trust.

The judge for Landscapes2021 competition is Michael R. Roediger, Director & CEO of the Dayton Art Institute.

The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 11(Opening Reception is being planned), 18 and July 25.

For additional information visit the B-W Greenway webpage: www.bwgreenway.org  or please contact Bob Coates at [email protected] or Pat Higgins at [email protected] .

June 2021 Newsletter

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Hello All,

Congratulations to our new Board for 2021-22:

President – Linda Brandenburg              Corresponding Secretary – Lisa Becker
Vice President – Carol Edsall                   Recording Secretary – Sheryl Scott
Treasurer – Roger Browning

The election was a unanimous voice vote at our May 4 meeting. They will be installed at our June 1 meeting. Please welcome them and lend them all your support. This past year has reminded us of the importance of working as a team, with everyone pitching in to help. Congratulations to the new Board!

Yes, we are having the June 1 meeting, but it will be different than the past. There will be light refreshments, and FAA will provide them. By light, I mean plates and utensils will not be required. Everything will be served with a toothpick to reduce contamination, and the beverage will be individual bottles of water. We are planning on serving food provided by FAA and having some people sit in the courtyard outside the Gallery, so dress according to the weather forecast. Masks will still be required for those who are not fully vaccinated, and number of persons inside will be limited to 35 at a time.  This should give everyone time to circulate and vote on paintings for the People’s Choice Awards, and look at the artwork of the scholarship winners. Those winners will be announced, as will the Sweet Corn Festival King and Queen. The outgoing Board will be recognized and the incoming Board will be installed. After the votes are tallied, the winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be announced and prizes awarded. The evening will end after that. Everyone with paintings in the show must take them home that night, or make arrangements with the Show Chairs to pick them up at a different time.

I also want to announce the Fairborn Art Association Scholarship winners:  Sebastien DeLeon from Riverside High School, Avory Mayenschein from Greenon High School, and Miriah Taylor from Greenon High School. Congratulations to these graduates as they embark on their art careers.

It has been my great pleasure to serve as your President these past three years. I have come to know so many more members and realize what a great organization we have. I will still be an ex-officio member of the Board, but I will be there to support our new President Linda Brandenburg as she leads us into our future.

See you Tuesday, June 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (so you can begin voting early before the actual meeting begins).  Remember to sign up to volunteer for the Sweet Corn Festival!

Billie Dickson, (Outgoing) President

There will be no need to register for the June meeting. Also, remember that membership dues are due by the June 1st meeting.                                           … Submitted by Debbie Cosenza


We have been approved to go forward with the August 21-22, 2021 Fairborn Sweetcorn Festival. Great News!! What this means to you, our members, is we need you to volunteer for the tasks that are necessary to carry out a successful event. Please contact Warren Brown or Roger Browning for a list of jobs that still need volunteers.


We have several great events coming up in September through the remainder of this year:

      • September 7th will feature Nita Leland, talking about collage. She is a well published artist who has
        provided demos and taught at FAA in the past.  This promises to be another well attended meeting./li>
      • October 5th features Shirley De Lait, with watercolor
      • November 2nd workshop features Liam Quan Zhen, a watercolor and Chinese painting artist who again has taught previously at FAA and was very well received.
      • December 7 Christmas Party

    * No meetings in July and August                               … Submitted by Carol Edsall


    February 1 Marsha Pippenger, collage                 August 2 No meeting
    March 1 Jane Halliwell, botanical watercolor        September 6 Jacqueline Sullivan, acrylic
    April 5 Andi Sanders, alcohol ink                           October 4 Workshop, TBD
    May 3 Workshop, TBD                                           November 1 Erica Kenner, pastel
    June 7 Social                                                          December 6 Christmas Party
    July 5 No meeting                                                          … Submitted by Carol Edsall


    Our workshop this year in November features Lian Quan Zhen. Lian was here several years ago with a full class who raved about his teaching so we are bringing him back. He will be teaching Chinese painting as well as his traditional methods. Many famous artists have a background in Chinese painting, such as Mary Whyte and Jean Hanes, so I’m sure all will learn a lot and really enjoy his class. Applications for this workshop are now available in our Gallery and on our website https://www.fairbornart.org. Please contact Pat Dunker for additional information.

    Attachment:  LIAN QUAN ZHEN Registration 2021


    Landscapes2021 is a juried art exhibition presented as a collaboration between B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and Fairborn Art Association. This year the location for the subject of the artwork is B-W Greenway’s Pearl’s Fen. Work will be accepted at The FAA Gallery on Sunday, June 27 from 1-3 pm. The Gallery will be open to the public on Sundays, July 11, 18 and 25 from 1-3 pm. Prospectus is available in our Gallery. For information contact Pat Higgins or Bob Coates.


    Disc golf is similar to regular golf, but played instead with a small frisbee that is thrown into a metal basket. Located at the Handyman Ace Hardware course at Fairborn Community Park Saturday June 26th from 8 am – 5 pm, participants will get to enjoy exploring this beautiful piece of nature preserved by B-W Greenway while enjoying the day’s activities. We’re looking for local artists who want to be inspired by our conservation mission, and the disc golf theme of this event to create something to be used as a trophy to give to division winners. Example shown was a ceramic bowl. Contact [email protected] or call Piper R. Fernwey by June 1st at 740-403-2002 with questions.

    Attachment:  BW Greenway Trophy  Donation Request


    Tecumseh Land Trust is hosting 4 Plein-air Paint-Outs this summer and fall. There is no cost to join in but donations to TLT are gratefully accepted. Libby Rudolf has helped to organize these paint-outs with TLT.  The first event is June 26, 9:30-12:30 and will be in Southern Clark County at a beautiful working farm with multiple barns, fields, houses, etc.  TLT asks all to register with a free ticket through Eventbrite on their website https://www.tecumsehlandtrust.org/events/plein-air-paint-out-on-preserved-property . Libby will offer a ‘Give it a Try’ plein air watercolor session for 1 hour with materials provided for $15 on June 26 paint-out from 10-11am. Bring a chair and anything else you need to be comfortable. Please join the fun!  Any medium that you can transport is welcome. Three other events are still in the planning stage for these sites:  July 17 – Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, August 7 or 8 – Beautiful Farm in Champaign County, October 16 or 17 – Newly preserved part of Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs.

    … Submitted by Libby Rudolf


    The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) presents the 10th Annual Photography and Digital Art Competition. All Professional and Amateur Photographers and Digital Artists 16 years of age or older are eligible to submit digital photographs, film photographs, or other digital works of art on the MAC website. Submission for entries starts Monday, June 1st and ends Thursday, June 17th, 2021. Files will be submitted via the MAC website. Notification of accepted entries will be available by June 21st, 2021 on our website and Facebook page. Accepted Entries will need to be brought to the MAC for final judging July 12th-July 15th. Details can be found in the prospectus on our website at https://www.fairbornart.org.  Exhibition will be held July 26-August 26, 2021, with details about an Opening Event to be announced.

    Attachment:  MAC PROSPECTUS-2021-NEW REVISED


    If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at https://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.


    Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Our board will be meeting from 5:30-6:30 in the gallery, so please do not arrive before 6:30. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Please email or call your articles in to Lisa Becker.

    Please note that for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will no longer be posting personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website. Please consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.

2021 FAA Members Show Awards

Our members received the awards for their artwork at our meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Each was awarded a ribbon and some also included a monetary award as follows:

Best of Show, Sandy Kinnamon Memorial Award – $300, First Place, Joan McCoy Memorial Award – $150, Second Place – $75, Third Place – $50, eight Honorable Mentions at $25 each, and eight Judge’s Merits. There is a limit of one monetary prize per artist.

Best of Show: Rose Schultz – “The Farmers’ Market”

First Place: Susan Scott – “Late Summer Fields”

Second Place: Marsha Elliott – “Something to Crow About”

Third Place: Connie S. Gifford – “I Want A Spoon”

Honorable Mention: Jan Lendino – Yet Still We Dance”

Honorable Mention: Clarice Moore – “Happy Hour”

Honorable Mention: Carol Collett – “Equestre Mexicano”

Honorable Mention: Billie Dickson – “Taxis Americanos en la Habana”

Honorable Mention: Theresa Mayer – “Landscape Surprise”

Honorable Mention: Ann Armstrong  Ingoldsby – “Birds From Trash”

Honorable Mention: Jacqueline Albright – “Jon’s Fox”

Honorable Mention: Jane Trame – “A Floral Fantasy”

Judge’s Merit Award: Patricia Dunker – “Pick A Little, Talk A Little”

Judge’s Merit Award: Lisa Becker – “Head in the Clouds”

Judge’s Merit Award: Sheryl Scott – “Chewie”

Judge’s Merit Award: Connie Weber – “Africana”

Judge’s Merit Award: Tom Kinarney – “Fallen Leaf-Huffman Metropark”

Judge’s Merit Award: Joann Davenport – “Branching Out”

Judge’s Merit Award: Pat Sager – “Bella”

Judge’s Merit Award: Sue Seitz – “The Happy Bunny”

Juror’s Choice: Clarice Moore – “Boodle”

Juror’s Choice: Dianna Hoke – “Poolside”

Juror’s Choice: Debbie Cosenza – “A Quiet Place”

Juror’s Choice: Mary J. White – “Borzoi Puppy”

Juror’s Choice: Shirlee Bauer – “First Street Glassblower”


I loved this opportunity to be a juror in the FAA show. It has been more than 5 years since I left Ohio and I was excited to see the new ideas and techniques that were exhibited in the show. The criteria I go by when judging art work is simple but deciding who to receive awards was difficult because there are so many good paintings to consider.

An aesthetically pleasing piece of art with a unique way of telling a story usually incorporates a good use of the elements of design and art principles. Adding good craftsmanship and presentation (framing and lighting) is sure to attract a juror’s attention. Among the chosen paintings in this show, some exhibited excellent use of color or value contrast, some have subjects that tell a story for the viewer to enjoy, some adopted interesting textures, and so on.

I have to admit, no matter what pieces I ultimately chose for award, the choices are subjective; conditioned by my art making experiences, and these experiences influenced my choices. I hope you all keep enjoying painting and think of an art show as a way of sharing your genuine feelings and ideas without the need for acceptance and reward.

Misuk Goltz – Juror

This show will be open to the public on Sundays, May 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please come and bring your family and friends.

May 2021 Newsletter

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Leadership is not about being in charge, it is about taking care of those in your charge. And when we take care of our people, our people will take care of us.” Anon

As of tonight, April 18, 2021, no one has agreed to take on the role of President for the 2021-22 year. Several have been asked, all have reason to say no. My term ends May 31, 2021. The first two years were pretty easy, the last was made more challenging because of the pandemic. It looks like things will ease up and this coming year shouldn’t be too tough, but it is difficult to have a successful organization without a leader. Even with the great Board that is in place and will be returning to their roles, it is difficult for a body without a head to work well. Please call Carol Collett (or any Board member) and say you will step up and take your turn. I will be there as an advisor. Show what FAA means to you. Voting for the incoming Board takes place at our May meeting.

Also in May, the Member Fine Art Show will happen, and the two Misuk Goltz workshops will take place. Information on those is elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Dues are payable by June 1. You may pay those when you drop off your paintings for the Member show. Also in June is the year end celebration on Tuesday, June 1, announcement of the Sweet Corn Festival King and Queen, awarding of the scholarships for 3 graduating seniors, and the People’s Choice Voting and Awards.

The May meeting is Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. 6:30 to 7:00 is social time. Again, reservations must be made by emailing Debbie Cosenza. Masks and social distancing are still required, so seating is limited, and refreshments will not be available.

Billie Dickson, President

Attachment:  2021 Membership Form


  • Registration: Thursday, April 29 from Noon to 5 pm **ONE DAY ONLY**
  • Show Opening: May 9,2020 from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm
  • Prizes Awarded:Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7 pm at our May meeting
  • Gallery Hours:Sundays, May 9, 16, and 23 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Please bring your art ready to hang, and we do not accept saw tooth hangers or ring hangers, nudes, art created in a workshop and so forth. 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 https://fairbornart.org .

Due to COVID-19, we will follow the guidelines issued by the State of Ohio; please be prepared prior to entry.  A mask is required to enter the gallery and maintain 6-feet social distancing.

Note: The Members Show will end at the June 1, 2021 meeting which now includes the People’s Choice voting. Paintings will be removed after the meeting.

Pick Up:  Tuesday, June 1, 2021 after the FAA meeting and on Thursday, June 3 from 10 am till 1 pm

If you signed up to sit with the FAA gallery, please bring only food/drink for yourself because we will not furnish anything for the guest due to COVID-19. We will assign one person in your group to have access to the gallery so you can get in and lock up when you leave.

Please check with us when you register your art to make sure who will have gallery access. 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. Remember to share this information with your friends on Social Media such as Facebook.

If you have questions or if you need to deliver or pick up your work at a different time, contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] or (937) 270-7359 or Carol Edsall at [email protected] .

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful artwork!            …Submitted by Connie S. Gifford and Carol Edsall

Attachment:  FAA 2021 Members Show Prospectus


Misuk Goltz is still a member of our organization even though she now lives in California. She taught watercolor classes in our Gallery for several years and her students (and others) are looking forward to seeing her again. She will be teaching two workshops in May — Art Journaling, May 3-5, and Portraiture, May 6&7.  She will also be judging our Members’ Show with prizes to be awarded at our May 4th meeting. Word from Pat Dunker, our Workshop Chair, is that we are ready for full classes for the May workshops and it will be a great experience.


May 4 Misuk Goltz demo and workshop

June 1 Social

July 6 No meeting

August 3 No meeting

September 7 Nita Leland, collage

October 5 Shirley DeLaet, watercolor

November 2 Liam Quan Zhen, demo and workshop

December 7 Christmas Party


On Friday April 16, I was informed by the Green County Health Department that we have a green light to go forward with the August 21-22, 2021 Fairborn Sweetcorn Festival. Great News!! We will be expected to ask attendees to exercise social distancing and wear a mask. Also, we are asked to keep food tables 6 foot apart or use a barrier between tables. These suggestions could be relaxed further if the pandemic has wound down by then.

What this means to you, our members, is we need you to volunteer for the tasks that are necessary to carry out a successful event.

Attached is a form to guide you in selecting tasks that best fits your capabilities and availability. Please include phone # or e-mail so we can contact you for verification.

Thanks in advance for your consideration for this important event!!               …Submitted by Warren Brown

Attachment:  FAA Festival Signup


I just found out about the passing of a former national watercolor and collage instructor from California who taught at least 5 workshops at the Fairborn Art Association throughout the years, authored 18 art instruction books and was an internationally recognized instructor.   His name was Gerald Brommer, N.W.S.  When I was the workshop chairman for the F.A.A. I invited him to come and teach a workshop about every 3 or 4 years.  The last time he came he brought his lovely and talented wife, Georgia.  He was about 83 at that time; but still an excellent, kind and thoughtful artist/instructor to all his beloved students.  He was born in 1927 and died on November 3, 2020, at 93 years old.  He was truly amazing.  He even co-judged the 2020 N.W.S. exhibition in California.  Possibly some of the long-time F.A.A. members will remember him.  He will definitely be missed in the art world.                                                  … Submitted by Jane Trame


  • Art + Soul Artist Retreat – in person workshops, June 19-27, 5 classes
  • Acrylics ~ Textures & Layers – in person workshop, July 26-30 – Palette Productions
  • Eco-Printing 6 – 6th Anniversary Retreat, Cincinnati Ohio, Aug 15-18
  • Painting the Colors, Textures & Horizons of Italy, LaMarche Italy – Sept 1-7
  • For more information on these events, see our website https://fairbornart.org


It’s time for summer, then our new workshop this year in November which features Lian Quan Zhen. Lian was here several years ago with a full class who raved about his teaching so we are bringing him back. He will be teaching Chinese painting as well as his traditional methods. Many famous artists have a background in Chinese painting, such as Mary Whyte and Jean Hanes, so I’m sure all will learn a lot and really enjoy his class.

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 at the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings. 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.

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. (See http://www.lianspainting.com/workshopss.htm for additional information on his workshops and a list of art supplies.) 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.

We will have more information about fees, etc. later.                            … Submitted by Pat Dunker


If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at https://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.


Our next meeting will be our June Social on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Our board will be meeting from 5:30-6:30 in the gallery, so please do not arrive before 6:30. Anyone wishing to attend must email Debbie Cosenza at [email protected] to reserve a seat.  Masks must be worn at all times. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Kenny Moore at 937-313-1040.

Irene Ferriman

From Virginia Roche, “FAA has lost a much loved member. Irene Ferriman passed to God’s Kingdom. She is now possibly participating in painting beautiful sunrises and sunsets. She passed on March 15, 2021.”

Irene was a long-time member of FAA. She was President in 1966-1968. Her artwork was just beautiful and so was she! Our condolences to her family.

April 2021 Newsletter

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Happy Spring Everyone!

Fairborn Art Association is active again!

April 6 will be our third meeting of the year; our workshops with Misuk Goltz and our Member Fine Art Show will be in May. We will introduce our Scholarship Winners and the Sweet Corn Festival Queen and King in June, as well as vote on our Popular Choice Awards, and introduce the 2020-22 Board. In July, the BW Greenway will hold their Landscapes 2021 Art Exhibition. Then on August 21 & 22 we will hold the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, which will provide a community service to Fairborn and solidify our financial security for another year. It feels so good to be able to spend so much quality time with our FAA friends again.  There is more information available on these events elsewhere in the newsletter.

Dues are payable by June 1 – please make sure you download and complete the Membership Form to submit with your dues (yes, even if you’ve done it before). Please indicate the ways you can help out Fairborn Art Association on the form.  This information is critical as we look for people who have talents that are needed to run this fine organization going forward.

There are some changes in the way we are conducting the Member Fine Art Show and the Popular Choice Voting in June.  These are spelled out in the Prospectus for the show, so please read it carefully.

In May we will be voting on the Board positions for 2021-22.  Everyone is encouraged to participate as a volunteer Board member or Committee Chair.  If there is a position you think you would like to hold, please speak up.  The past few years we have presented a slate of officers to vote on, but that is because we have not had members step up and give us the opportunity to actually make a choice for a candidate.

Our April speaker will be Tim Langenderfer, whose presentation will focus on oil painting.

If you follow Fairborn Art Association on Facebook, you can view the demonstrations for the February and March meetings.  Thanks to Connie and Jim Gifford for making these available to us!

The meeting is April 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. time slot is social time.  Again, reservations must be made by emailing Debbie Cosenza.  Masks and social distancing are still required, so seating is limited, and refreshments will not be available.

Cheap Joe asks, “Why not add people in your artwork?  Are you afraid because you can’t draw figures?  Look at van Gogh, all his figures were ill proportioned.  And how much are his paintings worth?”

Billie Dickson, President

Attachment: 2020 Membership Form


FAA Member’s Show paintings will be accepted on Thursday, April 29, from noon to 5 pm. The show opens on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Prizes awarded on Tuesday, May 4 at the FAA meeting.

Please bring your art ready to hang, and we do not accept saw tooth hangers or ring hangers. The prospectus has all the information needed to prepare your art for the show. The prospectus is available in our Gallery and is attached.

Attachment: FAA 2021 Members Show Prospectus


Our April demo artist for Tuesday, April 6 is Tim Langenderfer.  He will be demonstrating oil painting, using non-toxic materials.  He is lead instructor and Artist-in-Residence at MOSA, Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin.  His career began in illustration for many well-known clients such as Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, and IBM.


April 6, 2021 Tim Langenderfer, oil painting
May 4, 2021 Misuk Goltz demo and workshop
June 1, 2021 Social
July 6, 2021 No meeting
August 3, 2021 No meeting
September 7, 2021 Nita Leland, collage
October 5, 2021 Shirley DeLaet, watercolor
November 2, 2021 Liam Quan Zhen, demo and workshop
December 7, 2021 Christmas Party


In the Middletown Journal-News, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 edition, the headline on the Local & State page reads: “MAC Gears up for Exhibitions of Regional Artists.” Later in that article is a paragraph on FAA member, Shirlee Bauer: “Another exhibition coming this spring will include Ohio Watercolor Society artist Shirlee Bauer’s collected works of watercolor paintings, which will be on display in the MAC Lobby Gallery from April 1 through May 27.” The MAC is the Middletown Arts Center, located at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, Ohio, 513-424-2417.


If you are aware of a graduating senior (perhaps a neighbor, a niece, grandson, etc.) who will be pursuing art in college, please encourage either the student or the student’s art teacher to contact Jim Gifford, [email protected] for a scholarship application package. The package should be submitted by the student’s art instructor. The following letter was mailed to all the local school districts (although the student does not have to be local): “The Fairborn Art Association has three $1,000 scholarships available for graduating seniors who are planning to pursue art in college. An application is included with this letter. Please duplicate and use for as many students as you would like to recommend. Please let art teachers know to share this announcement with their classes. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than May 10, 2021.”


Abstract Art, a live class offered through Jacqueline’s new online classroom format, New Zenler, is open for booking now. In this class Jacqueline will demonstrate the various ways she uses cheese cloth in her paintings, creating both actual and visual textures and to define composition in an abstract way.

When:  Thursday, April 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

How to Register:  https://jacqueline-sullivan-classes.newzenler.com/live-class/abstract-painting/register


DAI reopened Friday, March 19, 2021! The museum will be open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, noon – 5 p.m. on Sundays, and the Museum Store will also reopen during those hours as well. Previous safety measures (social distancing and face mask requirements) will remain in place.


If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at https://staging.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.


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 7:00 pm. our board will be meeting from 5:30-6:30 in the gallery, so please do not arrive before 6:30. Anyone wishing to attend must email Debbie Cosenza at [email protected] to reserve a seat.  Masks must be worn at all times. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the May Newsletter is Monday, April 18, 2021. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Kenny Moore at 937-313-1040


FAA Upcoming Events

August 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Thursday Paint In
  • Member Paint-In
  • Thursday Paint In
  • Member Paint-In
  • Thursday Paint In
  • Member Paint-In
  • Thursday Paint In
  • Member Paint-In


Come to the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival Aug 15 & 16