Fairborn Art Association News

October 2023 Expressive Watercolor Workshop

Sign up soon for the FAA Expressive Watercolor Workshop with Alicia Farris! Workshop to be held October 2–4, 2023, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the FAA Gallery, 221 N. Central Avenue in Fairborn, Ohio. FAA members and non-members are welcome. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn from this award-winning artist and instructor!

In this unique workshop, Alicia will begin by teaching her colorful and expressive style of painting human faces. The second portion of the workshop will focus on her technique using animal subjects. Alicia will provide for registered students, photos of the subjects she’ll be demonstrating so that artists may follow along with the demo if they wish. Alternatively, students may use their own subject matter. Whatever the subject, Alicia teaches and encourages her students to paint from their hearts to communicate emotion about what they are painting.

Alicia’s work has been included and recognized in numerous National and International exhibits. She is a signature member of multiple National and International watercolor societies and is asked to teach workshops and serve as juror for art organizations nation-wide. View her work and more of her story on her website: https://www.afarris.com . The registration form is available in the FAA Gallery and on our website Home Page under Forms.

September 2023 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

End of Summer Greetings!

I’m writing this the day after our Sweet Corn Festival and my mind is in a “vegetative” state so we will see what happens. I don’t have any financial reports yet but, if the crowds were any indication, I would say we had a very successful year, especially on Saturday. The weather was perfect and many of our food vendors ran out of product, not to mention that we ran out of parking spaces! The watermelon booth had nonstop customers most of the weekend, and the watermelon was delicious! Once again, I have to give a HUGE shout out to Warren Brown, Sheryl Scott, Cheryl Miracle, Jane Trame and Roger Browning (and Jerry Red, for staying awake all weekend working security) for their endless hours and dedication to make this gigantic event possible. I would also like to thank everyone on the Sweet Corn committee, and those FAA volunteers, many of whom worked multiple shifts and multiple days… we couldn’t do this without you! I don’t think many understand what an undertaking this is, and the hard work involved, and that’s why we need EVERYONE’S help to accomplish this major fundraiser for our organization, so next year, please reserve the third weekend in August to volunteer.

In June I attended the Free Friday at the park in Fairborn and received a certificate in recognition of our contribution. It was very well organized and attended, consisting of a movie, games, (even chess), bubble machines, food, and of course, the splash pad. I, for one, am happy that we can be a part of a positive environment for Fairborn.

We also had the B-W Greenway show over the summer, which was excellent with many beautiful pieces, and FAA was well represented in the winner categories, so congratulations! They are listed later on in the newsletter, as are other shows that happened this summer.

I’m looking forward to our meeting, Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm, when Catherine Green will be our guest demo watercolor artist. Don’t forget to come early that day for the annual Art Supplies Sale which will be held from 5:30–6:30 pm.

Take care and keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg, President

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2023

September 5 Catherine Green, watercolor demo

October 2–4 Watercolor Workshop with Alicia Farris

October 3 Alicia Farris, watercolor demo

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor demo

December 5 Christmas Party

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2024

January No meeting

February 6 Gary Blevins, acrylic/multi-media demo

March 5 Peggy Bowman, journaling demo

April 2 Charmaine Boggs, acrylic/mixed-media demo

May 7 Demo TBD

May Workshop TBD

June 4 Social

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 3 Shirlee Bauer, watercolor demo

October 1 David R. Smith, watercolor demo

October 1–3 Watercolor Workshop with David R. Smith

November 5 Rosemary Nick, collage demo

December 3 Christmas Party

SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED ARTIST – CATHERINE GREEN

Fairborn Art Association will be hosting Catherine Green as their guest demo artist on September 5, 2023, at 7:00 pm. Their gallery is located at 221 N. Central Avenue, Fairborn.
“Journey to a Pet Portrait Business” – Catherine Green has been an oil painter for 35 years, taking classes with Cincinnati and Dayton area artists, as well as classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy in drawing and painting and the Baker Hunt Foundation in Kentucky. She “fell into” watercolor and her pet portrait business entirely by accident, and will reveal why she has been successful working with clients in 35 states coast to coast to paint 130 portraits in the last six years. She will also complete a watercolor portrait, and explain her process.

…Submitted by Carol Edsall

2023 WATERMELON BOOTH PRELIMINARY REPORT

The watermelon booth at the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival went through 222 watermelons and sold about 1800 cups of watermelon. Profit is around $2700.

.…Submitted by Roger Browning

ART SUPPLIES SALE

Our Art Supplies Sale will be held on September 5 from 5:30–6:30 pm (simultaneously with our board meeting). Prior registration is not required. If you have art supplies that you wish to sell, you may bring them to the FAA Gallery for set up between 5:00 and 5:30 pm. The doors will be open and a table will be provided. If weather permits, some tables may be set up outside. Set up and all sales transactions are your responsibility so make sure you bring enough money to make change. Final cleanup of all items is also yours to do; nothing is to be left in the gallery or outside.

REMINDERS FROM THE GALLERY COORDINATOR

Did you know that the gallery is here for the use of all FAA members? As a member you may host an art workshop or art class at a very minimal fee per student. All you need to do is coordinate the dates with Carol Collett. Also, all members are encouraged to host their own art exhibit during the months of February, April, September, October and November. We would love to see your art hanging at the next meeting.

…Submitted by Carol Collett

FAA LIBRARY IS OPEN

Just a reminder that we have a substantial art library for the exclusive use of all FAA members. It is located in the room left of the kitchen. We are always accepting books if you have any to donate. Why don’t you plan to come in a little early for the next meeting and take a look? Also, we are normally open on Thursdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Fridays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you are unsure, call Carol Collett or Lucy Burns.

…Submitted by Carol Collett

MEMBER NEWS

Clarice Moore sold three of her paintings to Five Rivers Health Centers in Dayton, Ohio.

Bonnie Kuntz has three pieces on display at the Five Rivers Health Centers. They are various sizes and are all bright colors in acrylic. The lady who purchased them liked their whimsical and colorful style. There are lambs, a pig, and a polka dot giraffe.

MJ White’s first novel, An Invitation to the Party, was published by Regal House Publishing in July, shortly after her 81st birthday. It features a Great Pyrenees named Vera, whose watercolor portrait she painted.

The following FAA members won awards at the Miamisburg Art Gallery 2023 Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The show is open through September 9.

First place in Drawing: Tom Kinarney Pantherina

First place in Water Media: Connie GiffordWheels and Spokes

First place in Mixed Media: Rose SchultzMezquita Marvel

Third place in Mixed Media: Nancy DankofBetween the Lines

FAA members Shirley Harbaugh and Jan Lendino exhibited in August 2023 at the Gateway Arts Council Gallery in Sidney, Ohio, as two of six artists in a show titled “The Miami County 6.”

FAA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FOR 2023

The Fairborn Art Association (FAA), 221 N. Central Ave. in Fairborn, awarded three outstanding high school graduates with a $1,000 art scholarship each. Letters were mailed to high school art teachers and guidance counselors in the Greene, Montgomery, Clark, and Miami County areas requesting that graduating seniors, who are going to pursue higher education in the fine arts or related discipline, submit digital copies of artwork for review. A committee of FAA members, comprising artists with many awards and years of experience, reviewed every entry. Of the many outstanding entries, three students were selected to receive a scholarship check.

Natalya Sutarto, from Bellbrook High School, Emma Williams from Archbishop Carroll High School, and Hannah Hurst from Archbishop Alter High School were selected as winners of the scholarships. Ms. Sutarto will attend the Columbus College of Art and Science; Ms. Williams will study at the University of Cincinnati; and Ms. Hurst is headed to Purdue University.

N. Sutarto
E. Williams
H. Hurst

…Submitted by James M. Gifford

2023 FAA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Congratulations to the following FAA members on their People’s Choice awards given at our June 6 meeting.

First Place: Carol EdsallWoodland Trail

Second Place: Connie S. GiffordEarly Morning Ride

Third Place: Jeffrey DavisWisdom of Age

Honorable Mention: Eileen ThomsonEmma’s Artistry, Rose SchultzRounding the Windward Mark, Clarice MooreBoodle & Strawberry, Linda BrandenburgWading Red Egret, Shirlee BauerHere Come the Kids, Cindy SayeediThe Downy Woodpecker

Judge’s Merit Award: Tessa KalmanCheeta Bros., Jan LendinoLavender Profusion, Warren BrownEarly Spring Sunset, Judy MielbrechtRT, Marsha ElliottWinter in Ohio, Teresa Stoddart1st Bloom Iris

B-W GREENWAY LANDSCAPES 2023 JURIED ART COMPETITION AWARDS

The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and the Fairborn Art Association, for the 12th year, sponsored a juried art competition to heighten public awareness of local greenspaces and the need to preserve these assets. Each year, a different location is selected for the artists to visit and be inspired. The 2023 locations were Hebble Creek Reserve and Community Park Reserve. This year, the competition attracted 36 artists and 66 pieces of artwork. The juror for Landscapes 2023 was Remy Groh. On July 9, the opening reception was held at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and awards were presented to the following artists:

First Place: Elizabeth Beecher Along the Pond

Second Place: Edmund Merricle – Redwing Blackbird

Third Place: Julia Roberts – Walk in The Woods

Honorable Mention, nine artists received ribbons: Gene Fabricatore, James Gifford, Kim Ceccarelli, Brendan Higgins, Tessa Kalman, Jane Trame, Shirlee Bauer, Nanci Payne and Suzie King

People’s Choice: Yuki HallWinterlude

OCTOBER WORKSHOP WITH ALICIA FARRIS

In this unique workshop, Alicia Farris will begin by teaching her colorful and expressive style of painting human faces. The second portion of the workshop will focus on her technique using animal subjects. Alicia will provide for registered students, photos of the subjects she’ll be demonstrating so that artists may follow along with the demo if they wish. Alternatively, students may use their own subject matter. Whatever the subject, Alicia teaches and encourages her students to paint from their hearts to communicate emotion about what they are painting.

Alicia is an award-winning artist and instructor whose work has been included and recognized in numerous National and International exhibits. She recently received Honorable Mention in the American Artists Professional League 91st Annual Grand National Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Two of her works were awarded Honorable Mention and Finalist awards in Splash 24, the Best of Watercolor publication. Farris’ work was also included in the Signature American Watercolor International Exhibition, Missouri Watercolor International and International Watermedia Exhibit Watercolor USA, Watercolor West, and Southern Watercolor to date in 2023. Alicia has been published in Missouri Life, Signature, and Watercolor Artist Magazines. Farris won first place in the reader’s competition and was featured with an interview in The Art of Watercolour International magazine published in France and distributed to 36 countries. She is signature member of multiple National and International watercolor societies and is asked to teach workshops and serve as juror for art organizations nation-wide. View her work and more of her story on her website: https://www.afarris.com

The registration form for the October 2–4, 2023 Workshop is available in the Gallery and on our website Home Page under Forms.

YELLOW SPRINGS TEXTILE ART GROUP EXHIBIT AT THE WINDS CAFE

Six members of the Yellow Springs Textile Art Group are presenting a group fiber art show, their fifth time for this biennial exhibit. The members are all local fiber and textile artists who create innovative embroidery, weaving, and art quilts. “Stitch By Stitch: A cross-cultural exploration of contemporary textile and fiber art” can be viewed from September 5 through October 28 at the Winds Café, 215 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs. There will be an artist’s reception on Sunday, September 17 from 4:00–6:00 pm.

REMINDERS

Our next meeting will be on October 3. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the October Newsletter is Monday, September 18, 2023. Please call or email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that, for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will not post personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website unless we have the respective member’s permission. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.

Summer 2023 News

CAROL EDSALL EXHIBITS AT LATHREM SENIOR CENTER

Local Dayton area watercolor artist Carol Edsall will be displaying her paintings at the Kettering Lathrem Senior Center in the months of July and August. She is known for her serene landscapes and her depiction of animals, some of which were inspired by visits to our great zoos. She has shown her works in various local juried shows, and her paintings are in private collections in Dayton, Kettering, Columbus and upstate New York. The Lathrem Senior Center is located at 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering, Ohio.

…Submitted by Carol Edsall

JAMES GIFFORD WINS AWARD

A Gifford won an honorable mention for art work at the annual B-W Greenway show and awards. But, a big surprise for me, it wasn’t Connie Anderkin Gifford this time, it was me. I photographed flowers at one of the B-W Greenway tracts in Fairborn, mounted the print on a pine board, and using a scroll saw cut it in the shape of Ohio. 

…Submitted by James M. Gifford

MIAMISBURG ART GALLERY 2023 JURIED ART EXHIBITION – CALL FOR ARTISTS

Miamisburg Art Gallery at 16 N. Main St. in Miamisburg, Ohio, will present their 2023 Juried Art Exhibition August 5 – September 9. Early Bird registration ends July 18. For details and registration form, visit their website at: https://miamisburgartgallery.com

39TH ANNUAL ART ON THE LAWN

Village Artisans will be hosting the 39th Annual Art on the Lawn, Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This juried Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held at Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The last day to apply is July 31 unless the show is full prior to that date. Additional information and application can be found on their website: https://www.villageartisans.org

PIQUA FINE ART EXHIBITION REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The registration deadline for the 31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition is Friday, August 18, 2023, with artwork drop off on Saturday, August 26 and Monday, August 28. Works of art include drawing, oil and acrylics, water media, photography, three-dimensional and miscellaneous. For more information, visit their website at: https://piquaartscouncil.org/art-show

June 2023 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello Fellow Artists,

Isn’t this time of year fabulous? I’m in my shorts and flip flops, listening to a cardinal singing outside my window and I couldn’t be happier. My flowers are in their pots, a couple of cherry tomatoes and a new red dogwood tree are planted in my backyard, which creates a plethora of colors. But I also experienced a note of sadness this spring when my 17-year-old Dachshund, Sizzles, died, and he is also buried in my backyard. He was such a funny, loyal companion to our family, bringing moments of hilarity, fun, and sometimes frustration, but always love, so spending time out back brings a mixture of emotions. I know many of you are busy planting vegetable and flower gardens, and I hope they are all very fruitful and bring a bountiful harvest of food and beauty.

Our meeting on Tuesday, June 6, will begin at 6:30 pm. Hot dogs, drinks, and paper products will be provided and everyone is to bring a side dish or dessert. We will then have installation of officers, introduce the Sweet Corn Festival king and queen, introduce the three scholarship winners, and last, but not least, announce the People’s Choice award winners. Each attendee is to vote for their three favorite pieces first thing after your arrival so there is time for the votes to be tallied. It will be a busy evening, but always an entertaining one, so I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there!

I thoroughly enjoyed our demonstration last month with Keiko Tanabe, and I want to thank Pat Dunker and Shirlee Bauer for making her visit and stay possible. I heard many favorable comments and you two are to be commended. Also, our Members’ Show is fantastic and, as always, we are fortunate to have so many talented artists with a variety of expertise. I hope many of you were able to bring your families to visit the show. I want to thank all those members who volunteered to help with the show. I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to Connie Gifford and Carol Edsall for all their hard work organizing this gorgeous show. This is their last year and I’d like to recognize what a great job they’ve done over the years… KUDOS!!!! Our new show chairs are Cindy Sayeedi and Linda Perry. I look forward to working with them in 2024.

I would also like to recognize Carol Collett for taking care of the flower beds outside of the gallery doors. She makes sure to keep them planted and watered, and they always look amazing, so THANK YOU, Carol!!!

I have a BIG announcement, thanks to dear Warren Brown… Jerry Red has agreed to be our new Sweet Corn Festival Chairman… HOORAY!!!!! He has worked with Warren over the years and is familiar with how things run and what needs to be done to make this festival run smoothly. This position opening has weighed heavily on FAA for several years, with much begging and pleading, and it is a huge relief to have Jerry accept. I, for one, will do what I can to help him adjust to taking over the helm, and I hope all of you will be just as accommodating. Thanks again, Warren and Jerry!

I believe this will be the last newsletter until autumn so I hope you all have a wonderful summer, filled with travels, family time, relaxation, and just plain fun.

Keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg, President

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2023

June 6 Social (Begins at 6:30 pm)

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 5 Catherine Bishop Green, watercolor

October 3 Alicia Farris, watercolor (Workshop Oct. 2–4)

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor

December 5 Christmas Party

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2024

January No meeting

February 6 Gary Blevins, acrylic/multi-media

March 5 Peggy Bowman, journaling

April 2 Charmaine Boggs, acrylic/mixed-media

May 7 TBD (Workshop TBD)

June 4 Social

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 3 Shirlee Bauer, watercolor portrait

October 1 TBD (Workshop TBD)

November 5 Rosemary Nick, collage

December 3 Christmas Party

THANK YOU TO FAA MEMBERS’ SHOW VOLUNTEERS

We want to recognize all those who helped with this year’s 2023 FAA Members’ Show. It is a lovely show and it does take many volunteers who work behind the scenes to make the show successful. We could not do all this without your help.

Registration: Linda Brandenburg, Carol Collett, Debbie Cosenza

Hanging: Tessa Kalman, April Coppess, Carol Edsall, Esther Wilson, Cindy Sayeedi

Printing Title Cards: Linda Perry, Cheryl Miracle

Gallery Sitters: Cass Barth, Marie Trittschuh, Warren Brown, Rosemary Bailey, Linda Brandenburg, Sue Seitz

Thank you all,

Connie Gifford and Carol Edsall, FAA Show Chairs

SWEET CORN FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We still need volunteers for the Watermelon Booth at the Sweet Corn Festival. One shift is open Saturday, August 19, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Three positions are open Sunday, August 20, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm; one position from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and 4 positions from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. If you can fill any of these shifts, please contact Roger Browning at 937.760.5222, or [email protected] .

B-W GREENWAY AND FAIRBORN ART ASSOCIATION’S LANDSCAPES 2023 JURIED ART COMPETITION

The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association’s Landscapes 2023 juried art competition is underway. The competition has been held for the past 11 years to use art to heighten public awareness of the importance of preserving local greenspaces.

Annually, a different preserved greenspace is selected to be an inspirational site for artists. The 2023 locations are the Hebble Creek Reserve and Fairborn Community Park Reserve.

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. 3-D 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 24,and Sunday, June 25, from 1:00–3:00 pm.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 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 Landscapes 2023 is Remy Groh. Remy is currently an Elementary Art Teacher at Fairborn Intermediate School. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Fine Arts from Miami University. Groh’s favorite art medium is painting and creates works that are conceptual and abstract.

The Opening Reception will be held at the Fairborn Art Gallery on Sunday, July 9, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 9, 16 and 23.

For additional information visit the B-W Greenway webpage: www.bwgreenway.org or contact co-chairs: Pat Higgins at [email protected] or Karen Nagafuchi at [email protected] .

SAD NEWS OF A LONG TIME FAA MEMBER

Long time FAA member Virginia Hess died on May 9, 2023. She was a well-known sculptor in the area and nationally, with a piece in the Smithsonian Museum. 

…Submitted by Billie Dickson

VILLAGE ARTISANS GALLERY EXHIBIT

Village Artisans at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is holding a lobby gallery show “Mammals & Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!” featuring artworks using imagery of animals. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours through July 3, 2023. For more information, call 937-767-1209 or visit www.villageartisans.blogspot.com .

CALL FOR ENTRIES – MAC 2023 PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL ART COMPETITION/EXHIBIT

Middletown Arts Center will present the 2023 Photography & Digital Art Competition/Exhibit July 21 through August 24, 2023. Submission of digital images via their website starts Tuesday, May 30 and ends Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 pm. Notification of accepted images in this competition will be available on their website by Monday, June 19. Accepted entries must be personally delivered (no mailings) as finished pieces to the MAC Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13 during designated hours. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, OH 45042. More information can be found at: www.middletownartscenter.com

PIQUA ARTS COUNCIL FINE ART EXHIBITION

The Piqua Arts Council will hold its 31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition representing artists from all over the state, in September 2023. Works of art include drawing, oil and acrylics, water media, photography, three-dimensional and miscellaneous. Registration deadline is Friday, August 18, 2023, with artwork drop off on Saturday, August 26 and Monday, August 28. The Awards Reception will be held on September 7, 2023. The show will be open to the public from September 8 to September 29, 2023 during normal gallery hours at the Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St., Piqua, OH 45356. For more information, visit their website at: https://piquaartscouncil.org/art-show

K12 GALLERY & TEJAS ART CLASSES

For those interested in taking art classes, K12 Gallery & TEJAS (Teen Educational and Joint Adult Studio), located at 341 South Jefferson Street in Dayton, offers them for Kindergarten age through adults. Visit their website for details: https://k12tejasgallery.org

REMINDERS

Our next meeting will be on September 5. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Monday, August 21, 2023. Please call or email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that, for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will not post personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website unless we have the respective member’s permission. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.



2023 FAA Members’ Fine Art Show Award Winners

Best of Show: Tom Kinarney– In the Woods

First Place:  Jeffrey W. Davis– Solitude

Second Place: Shirlee Bauer– Here Come the Kids

Third Place: Teresa Stoddart– Storybook Forest

Honorable Mention: Lucille Burns– Where the Wind Blows Free

Honorable Mention: Marsha Elliott– Winter In Ohio

Honorable Mention: Patty Dorn– Rachel

Honorable Mention: Mary Jo White– Sunflowers

Honorable Mention: Linda Brandenburg– Wading Red Egret

Honorable Mention: Lisa Becker– Spring

Honorable Mention: Tessa Kalman– Cheetah Bros

Honorable Mention: Jan Lendino– Lavender Profusion

Judge’s Merit Award: Jane Trame– Bougainvillea

Judge’s Merit Award: Matt Lammi– Sunflowers #7

Judge’s Merit Award: Evvie Moore– Walking in My Daddy’s Boots

Judge’s Merit Award: Eileen Thomson– Emma’s Artistry

Judge’s Merit Award: Connie Weber– Family Jewels

Judge’s Merit Award: Babs Ney– Lite As A Feather

Judge’s Merit Award: Sherry Li Cai– The War and the Peace

Judge’s Merit Award: Esther Wilson– Summer in the City

Juror’s Statement:

Thank you for giving me the honor of judging this show. It was a real treat to view all the submitted artwork as I marveled at a variety of mediums, subject matters and different artistic expressions. 

As a juror, I looked at composition, technical proficiency, originality, content, presentation and how all the design components came together to create a compelling image.  

Award winners demonstrated how eloquently they could communicate their initial vision using their unique voice and their work spoke to me.  

Congratulations to all the participating artists for your achievement and inspiration you are giving us through your beautiful creations. 

Keiko Tanabe

May 2023 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello Fellow Artists!

Spring has sprung and what a variety of weather we’ve experienced: thunderstorms, summer temperatures, and even some sleet and snow flurries! Right now, I am looking through my window and enjoying the beautiful pink apple blossoms that are continuing to bloom despite the fact that the tree is dying. I know there is message I need to learn from this. Could it be that there is beauty in everything, if we just look hard enough, or that I can strive to be positive in the midst of negativity, or maybe it’s just that I should make the most of any opportunity, no matter how dire it appears. I hope all of you are blooming despite your circumstances and making a positive influence on the world and those around you.

This month we have our Workshop with Keiko Tanabe, who will also be the demo artist for our May 2 meeting at 7:00 pm and the judge for our Members’ Fine Art Show. This is always an exciting time for FAA and I am anxious to see everyone’s entries. We will also be voting on the slate of officers for 2023–2024 at this month’s meeting.

Our June 6 meeting will be our end of the year social beginning at 6:30 pm. FAA will provide hot dogs, buns, toppings, drinks, and paper products, and we would like the rest of you to provide side dishes and desserts. This will also be our People’s Choice show, the installation of officers, introduction of scholarship winners and the Sweet Corn Festival King and Queen, so be sure and mark it on your calendars.

Speaking of the Sweet Corn Festival, it will be here before we know it so please sign up to volunteer. See either Warren Brown or Roger Browning, who is in charge of the Watermelon Booth. Many hands are needed to make this a success so please help mark Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20 to help. FAA is such a wonderful organization and the monies we make at this event help make it possible to provide many of the benefits we enjoy. Also, if you feel led to champion this cause, please contact us, as Warren is more than ready to give up the reins.

You’ve all received your membership reminders from Debbie Cosenza so please fill out your membership forms and return them with your dues to the gallery or Debbie. Thank you!

I believe that is all for this month so enjoy the nice weather and keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg, President

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2023

May 2 Keiko Tanabe, watercolor (Workshop May 1–3)

June 6 Social (Begins at 6:30 pm)

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 5 Catherine Bishop Green, watercolor

October 3 Alicia Ferris, watercolor (Workshop TBD)

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor

December 5 Christmas Party

MAY’S FEATURED ARTIST – KEIKO TANABE

Fairborn Art Association is delighted to welcome Keiko Tanabe for our May demo and workshop. Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan. As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children’s art contests. However, art was not her chosen field of study later on. She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California). She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego. For decades, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist. That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003. After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan. Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. 

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of plein-air painting. Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across Americas and in Asia and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, she self-publishes her art books and nine books have been completed to date. She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has been invited to and completed successfully more than 400 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world. She has served as a juror in a number of art exhibitions including some major watercolor shows around the world such as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the International Watercolour Masters, the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Utah Watercolor Society and the New Mexico Watercolor Society. In 2015 she was named an official Ambassador for Winsor & Newton. In 2018, she was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly. In 2018 and 2019, she was invited to be a faculty member for the Plein Air Convention & Expo, the world’s largest plein-air painting event. Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.

FAA PRESENTS THE 2023 MEMBERS’ FINE ART SHOW

Best of Show – 2022 Members’ Fine Art Show “View from Oscar Emanuel Monument” – Yuki Hall

FAA is pleased to present the 2023 Members’ Fine Art Show. Our juror for the show is Keiko Tanabe. Awards include Best of Show (Sandy Kinnamon Memorial Award), First Place (Joan McCoy Memorial Award), Second and Third Place, Honorable Mention and Judge’s Merit and will be given out at the May 2 FAA meeting.

The Gallery hours for this show are on Sundays May 7, 14 and 21, 2023, from 1:00–4:00 pm. 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.

The show will conclude with the People’s Choice Awards at our June 6, 2023, meeting. Artists must pick up their artwork on Tuesday, June 6, after the FAA meeting or on Thursday, June 8 from 10:00 am–1:00 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 guests 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. Feel free to bring your artwork to work on while you are there.

If you have questions, contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] or (937) 270-7359 or Carol Edsall at [email protected] .

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2023–2024

We will be voting for Officers of the Fairborn Art Association at our May 2, 2023 meeting. The slate presented by our Nominating Committee is as follows:

President – Linda Brandenburg

Vice President – Carol Edsall

Recording Secretary – Sheryl Scott

Corresponding Secretary – April Coppess

Treasurer – Roger Browning

If anyone wishes to run for one of the above offices or if you wish to nominate someone else for one of the offices, please contact Carol Collett prior to our May 2, 2023, meeting so a ballot with that name can be prepared. If no one else chooses to run, the election will be held by voice vote.

FAA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2023–2024

Annual dues are due prior to June 1 (or the meeting in June) to be included in the FAA Membership Directory. Membership forms are available in the Gallery and on the FAA website Home page under Forms.

SWEET CORN FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sign-up sheets for volunteer positions for the Sweet Corn Festival are available in the Gallery and on the FAA website Home page under Forms.

DEBBIE COSENZA EXHIBIT AT LOFINO PLAZA IN MAY

Debbie Cosenza, along with her friend Brenda Holtzman, will be exhibiting at the Beavercreek Lofino Art Gallery the month of May 2023. Debbie’s pieces are mixed media with Encaustic and Brenda’s are cyanotypes. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 3:00–5:00 pm. The Gallery at Lofino Plaza is located inside the Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH 45432. The Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays and 9:00 am to Noon Saturdays.

…Submitted by Debbie Cosenza

LIBBY RUDOLF ART SHOW AT THE WINDS CAFE

Libby Rudolf will have a solo art show of her watercolors “Libby Rudolf: Woods and Water” at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs from May 9 – July 2, 2023. Please come to the Artist Reception on Sunday, May 21, 4:00–6:00 pm! You may also see the show while dining at the Winds or just come respectfully stroll around when it’s open. They are open for dinner Tuesdays–Saturdays and lunch Fridays and Saturdays. I’ll join you if I’m available when you come to visit.

…Submitted by Libby Rudolf

VILLAGE ARTISANS HOSTS 39TH ANNUAL ART ON THE LAWN

Village Artisans will be hosting the 39th annual Art on the Lawn, Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This juried Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held at Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Additional information and application can be found on their website: https://www.villageartisans.org

REMINDERS

Our next meeting will be on June 6. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the June Newsletter is Monday, May 15, 2023. Please email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that, for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will not post personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website unless we have the respective member’s permission. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.

B-W Greenway Walking Tour Postponed until May 4

The walking tour of the Hebble Creek Reserve and Community Park Reserve to assist artists to experience the beautiful features of the reserves for the B-W Greenway/Fairborn Art Association 2023 Juried Art Competition has been rescheduled. The tour will now be held on Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 am starting at Hebble Creek Reserve, using the Spangler Road entrance. The tour will continue at 11:15 am at Community Park Reserve. Please wear comfortable walking attire and boots. For additional information regarding the juried art competition, visit: www.bwgreenway.org; or call 937-281-1313.

More April 2023 News

LOUISE JACKSON OFFERS FAA MEMBER DISCOUNT FOR ONLINE CLASSES

Those of us who were fortunate enough to attend the April 4, 2023, FAA meeting enjoyed a wonderful and instructive demo by our guest artist, Louise Jackson. Louise is a multi-media artist working on watercolor, acrylic, oil and ink. She has been an influence in the art community since 1965. She has authored multiple painting instruction books and served as a judge of multiple juried art shows. She has continued her teaching with online classes. Louise is now generously offering a 35% discount on her online painting classes to Fairborn Art Association members. For the FAA member discount, use “Fairborn35” when signing up on her website at:  LouiseJacksonPaintingclasses.com

B-W GREENWAY COMMUNITY LAND TRUST PLANS TOUR OF HEBBLE CREEK RESERVE AND COMMUNITY PARK RESERVE FOR ARTISTS

A walking tour of the Hebble Creek Reserve and Community Park Reserve has been scheduled to assist artists to experience the beautiful features of the reserves for the B-W Greenway/Fairborn Art Association 2023 Juried Art Competition. The tour will be held on Friday, April 21 at 10:00 am starting at Hebble Creek Reserve, using the Spangler Road entrance. The tour will continue at 11:15 am at Community Park Reserve. Please wear comfortable walking attire and boots. For additional information regarding the juried art competition, visit: www.bwgreenway.org; or call 937-281-1313.

SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR KEIKO TANABE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Due to cancellations, we have 2 to 3 seats open for the Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Workshop on May 1–3, 2023. Please contact Shirlee Bauer if you are interested in participating in this workshop. The printable registration form with workshop details is on the website Home page under Forms.

April 2023 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello Fellow Artists!

As I begin writing this letter, Easter is on the horizon, a season of hope and rebirth. Despite the snowy weather we’ve been experiencing, flowers will soon be blooming, trees will be budding, baby birds will be peeping, and baby bunnies will be hidden in little nests in our yards. My wish is to make this a time of revitalization and passion and to put these dreary months behind us.

Speaking of flowers, Louise Jackson is our demo artist for April, and she is a remarkable floral painter. I took one of her workshops and it was very informative and fun so please join us at our FAA meeting on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm.

As most of you know, we had to cancel our show at the Spark venue for April, which was very disappointing, but hopefully something will work out in the future with Blue Bike Bakery. Thanks again to everyone who was willing to participate and to those who were a huge help in the planning of this event.

We do have a Members’ Fine Art Show in May, so be sure that your FAA membership is up to date. This is always an exciting event with so many beautiful pieces! The drop-off date is April 27 from noon to five, and members are allowed to enter two pieces at $10 each, based upon the prospectus requirements. 

That’s all I have for now, so don’t forget the June Social, the B-W Greenway show in July, and of course, WE NEED A SWEET CORN FESTIVAL CHAIRPERSON!! (too subtle?)

Keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg, President

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2023

April 4 Louise Jackson, watercolor & acrylic

May 2 Keiko Tanabe, watercolor (Workshop May 1–3)

June 6 Social

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 5 Catherine Bishop Green, watercolor

October 3 Alicia Ferris, watercolor (Workshop TBD)

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor

December 5 Christmas Party

APRIL’S FEATURED ARTIST – LOUISE JACKSON

Fairborn Art Association will feature guest artist Louise Jackson on April 4, at 7:00 pm at their gallery at 221 N. Central Ave., Fairborn. Louise is a multi-media artist working on watercolor, acrylic, oil and ink. She has been an influence in the art community since 1965. She is a signature member of the Dayton Painters and Sculptors, the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, and is a master decorative artist with the Society of Decorative Painters. In addition she has authored multiple painting instruction books and served as a judge of multiple juried art shows. Her works are included in many private and corporate collections including the Decorative Arts Collection Museum and the Smithsonian. She has continued her teaching with online classes.

…Submitted by Carol Edsall

FAA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2023–24

FAA membership renewal forms for 2023–24 will be emailed to you this month. Annual dues are due prior to June 1 (or the meeting in June) to be included in the FAA Membership Directory.

                                                                                                               …Submitted by Debbie Cosenza, Membership Chair

FAA MEMBERS IN 2023 GREENE COUNTY SENIOR ARTISAN SHOW

The following FAA Members participated in the 2023 Greene County Senior Artisan Show: Elizabeth Beecher, Warren Brown, Lucy Burns, Carol Collett, Billie Dickson, Linda Perry, Sue Seitz, Teresa Stoddart, and Connie Weber
Congratulations to Teresa Stoddart, a new member, who sold a painting. This is her first art show as she just started painting during the Covid lockdown.

…Submitted by Carol Collett

DEBBIE CONSENZA EXHIBIT AT LOFINO PLAZA IN MAY

Debbie Cosenza, along with her friend Brenda Holtzman, will be exhibiting at the Beavercreek Lofino Art Gallery the month of May 2023. Debbie’s pieces are mixed media with Encaustic and Brenda’s are cyanotypes. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (Time TBD). The Gallery at Lofino Plaza is located inside the Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH 45432. The Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays and 9:00 am to Noon Saturdays.

SAD NEWS OF A LONGTIME FAA MEMBER

Longtime FAA member Deborah “Debbie” Suter passed away on March 22 after battling serious illness. Debbie was a very giving, talented and creative person. She served as Chair of the Sweet Corn Festival from 1995–1997 and also served as Sunshine Chair. Our sincere condolences go out to Debbie’s family and friends.

…Submitted by Jane Trame

ARTWORK DUE THIS MONTH FOR THE 2023 MEMBERS’ FINE ART SHOW

FAA Members’ Show artwork will be accepted on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from noon to 5:00 pm. The show opens on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
Prizes awarded on Tuesday, May 2, 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 on our website under Announcements.
Note New Changes: Photography will now be included in the show. There is a maximum of two entries per member. Entry fee for each piece of artwork is $10. Size not to exceed 30 x 40 inches.
Registration: Thursday, April 27, 2023, from Noon to 5:00 pm
Show Opening: Sunday May 7, 2023, from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm
Prizes Awarded: Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 7:00 pm at our May meeting
Gallery Hours: Sundays, May 7, 14, and 21 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Note: The Members’ Show will end at the June 6, 2023, meeting and is now included with the People’s Choice. Paintings will be removed after the meeting.
Pick Up: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, after the FAA meeting and on Thursday, June 8 from 10:00 am till 1:00 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 guests 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

MAY 2023 WORKSHOP WITH KEIKO TANABE

Sign up soon for the May Workshop with Keiko Tanabe! This artist is very well-known and, due to her popularity, artists from outside our area are already registering for this workshop. Seating is limited. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn from this artist and teacher.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of plein-air painting. Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across Americas and in Asia and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, she self-publishes her art books and nine books have been completed to date. She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor. She has served as a juror in a number of art exhibitions including some major watercolor shows around the world. The registration form for the May 2023 Workshop is available in the Gallery and on our website.

B-W GREENWAY LANDSCAPE 2023 JURIED ART COMPETITION

Once again, this is your reminder that all entries for the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association’s Landscape 2023 juried art competition will be received at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH (in the rear of the building) on Saturday, June 24,and Sunday, June 25, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The Opening Reception will be held at the Fairborn Art Gallery on Sunday, July 9, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 9, 16 and 23. For additional information visit the B-W Greenway webpage: www.bwgreenway.org or contact co-chairs: Pat Higgins at [email protected] or Karen Nagafuchi at [email protected] .

REMINDERS

Our next meeting will be on May 2. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the May Newsletter is Monday, April 17, 2023. Please email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that, for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will not post personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website unless we have the respective member’s permission. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.

March 2023 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Greetings Fellow Artists!

It is the day after Valentine’s Day as I write this and it feels like Spring… the weather in Ohio never fails to amaze me! I suppose we might have a snowstorm next week, since one never knows in this part of the country.

It was a treat to see those who were able to attend our February meeting as our December meeting seems so long ago. Dr, Hyacinth Paul was very entertaining and informative, and I hope she may become a member of the FAA. She would be a creative and energetic addition to our group. I’m looking forward to our March meeting when Trish McKinney is our demo artist. I have heard many complimentary remarks made about her work and have seen some beautiful examples, so it should be another learning experience. I would like to give a special shout out to Carol Edsall for all the time and effort she puts forth in obtaining an artist for us every month. I know it’s not always easy, especially when the artist has to cancel and she has to find a replacement without much notice. Many of these artists are very busy and their time is scheduled months out so it can be quite a scramble sometimes. Carol does an excellent job providing interesting people in various areas of art, and so, THANK YOU, Carol, for doing such a good job!

As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I was challenging myself this year to get out of my comfort zone and I have now entered challenge number two. Between my husband Jay, my sister-in-law and myself, we hung my solo show in the Lofino Gallery at the Beavercreek Senior Center, which is quite amazing, since none of us have ever done that before! I was nervous about the reception but it went off without a hitch, and I can’t thank all of you fellow FAA members enough for taking time to attend. It meant the world to me and I was happy my family was able to meet so many of you. So it is now hanging in all of its glory (LOL) and I am happy that it all came to fruition. I don’t know what the rest of the year holds in store but I thank God and all of you for your love and support.

We voted to keep our dues the same at our board meeting, which is an anomaly in this day and age (Huzzah!). Of course, this gets me started on my soapbox… wait for it… we need someone or “someones” to take charge of the Sweet Corn Festival. The reason we have very low dues and wonderful demo artists is because we have the monies to support ourselves due to this festival. If anyone is interested, please contact Warren Brown or myself.

We have an exciting workshop this spring with Keiko Tanabe, a world renowned artist, so be sure and send in your $40 to reserve your spot! Our Members’ Show is also fast approaching so I hope you are all out there creating your superb works of art.

With that, I will bring this month’s epistle to an end. Take care and see you in March!

Linda Brandenburg, President

FAA DEMO ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS 2023

March 7 Trish McKinney, mixed media

April 4 Louise Jackson, watercolor & acrylic

May 2 Keiko Tanabe, watercolor (Workshop May 1–3)

June 6 Social

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 5 Catherine Bishop Green, watercolor

October 3 Alicia Ferris, watercolor (Workshop TBD)

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor

December 5 Christmas Party

MARCH’S FEATURED ARTIST – TRISH MCKINNEY

ARTIST STATEMENT

Being aware of wonder – that moment when you pause for beauty, for sparkling, incandescent light – and the magical awareness of emotion which wells up inside – these are the things I savor and adore. I love weaving a story through the use of color, words, shapes, lines, and texture – inspiring the viewer to tell their own story.

Trish McKinney is a national and international award-winning artist, instructor, graphic designer, and published author and illustrator. Her unique mixed watermedia paintings are about being aware of a moment then sharing her wonder by telling the story. The passion that drives it all for this artist is to inspire – both through paintings, writing, and teaching. Trish especially loves the unpredictable surprise and spontaneous nature of watercolor and combining layers of meaning in her painting through words and unexpected shapes. She loves to ask “what if” when working in her studio because that always leads her to a new discovery.

BIO/RESUME

Trish McKinney is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and has juried multiple exhibits. Her paintings have been juried into several international and national exhibitions – National Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Kentucky Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists, and Ohio Watercolor Society – to name a few. She has consistently won numerous awards in several national exhibitions since 2011.

Trish is a published author, illustrator, and artist and has been featured in Confident Color by Nita Leland, Splash 12 – Celebrating Artistic Vision, The Artistic Touch 4, Do Trees Nap? Children’s Book, and Art Journaling Magazine.

She is also a StencilGirl Artist Designer, a GOLDEN Artist Educator, and a member of the Gel Press Creative Team.

Trish finds joy teaching and sharing her experience through giving programs, demonstrations, workshops and retreats for all ages both locally and abroad. She has been teaching and traveling since 1991 in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Ephesus, France, and throughout the United States.

October 2023, Trish will be jurying a National Exhibition for the Watercolor Society of Oregon, as well as teaching a 5 day workshop.

One of her favorite quotes is – “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” By Mary Oliver – because this perfectly conveys all that is required to be an artist.

FAA SCHOLARSHIPS NEWS

FAA sent a letter to school guidance counselors/art teachers asking for scholarship candidates from graduating seniors. If you know of a senior who might qualify in Greene County or any of the immediately surrounding counties/communities, please contact one of the FAA board members or Jim Gifford and request an application form. If you know a guidance counselor or art teacher, share it with him or her. The letter we mailed reads as follows:

The Fairborn Art Association has three $1,000 scholarships available for graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue art in college. An application is included with this letter. Please duplicate the application and use it for as many students as you desire to recommend. Please ask art teachers to share this announcement with their classes. Applications must be mailed to the above address and postmarked no later than MARCH 31, 2023. For additional information, email:  [email protected] or [email protected].

Also, if you have an e-mail account to which we can send a reminder, please e-mail it to the same address. Thank you.

…Submitted by James Gifford, Publicity Chair

MEMBER NEWS

Connie S. Gifford will have an art exhibition at the Beavercreek Lofino Art Gallery the entire month of March 2023. Connie has participated in shared exhibits at this location, but this will be her first solo exhibition of her watercolors paintings. There will be an artist reception on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at Lofino Plaza is located inside the Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH 45432. The Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays and 9:00 am to Noon Saturdays.

Clarice Moore is honored to have a painting hanging in the prestigious Museum of Science+Industry in Chicago, which showcases the longest running exhibition of African American art in the nation. Moore’s painting, Ascension of Souls, speaks of the tragedy of lost life. The 16” X 20” painting is oil on canvas, and the exhibition runs from January 16 to April 23, 2023. Moore recently had a painting displayed at the Dayton Art Institute, Andrea by the Light. She is a member of the African Art Association of Dayton. One of her works is on display at the newly opened Dayton Public Library at 300 Abbey Ave. as part of a two-year traveling art exhibit.

Bonnie Kuntz is one of 16 artists invited to display in a show entitled Inspiration at the Woodbourne Library March 2 to April 3. Bonnie is also giving a children’s workshop on March 2 at the opening reception 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 2023 GREENE COUNTY SENIOR ARTISAN SHOW

The Greene County Council on Aging and the Fairborn Art Association invite Greene County residents who are 60 years of age or older to enter the 2023 Senior Artisan Show. The artwork must be original, created after the artist’s 60th birthday, framed and ready to hang. Contact GCCOA for the entry packet. All entries are to be dropped off on March 3 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, with showings at the Gallery as follows:

Sunday, March 12 1:00–3:30 pm Grand Opening

Sunday, March 19 1:00–3:30 pm

Wednesday, March 22 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Virtual Show March 13–24.

For information, call 937-376-5486 or visit gccoa.org .

2023 MEMBERS’ FINE ART SHOW ENTRY DETAILS

FAA Members’ Show artwork will be accepted on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from noon to 5:00 pm. The show opens on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

Prizes awarded on Tuesday, May 2, 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 on our website under Announcements.

Note New Changes: Photography will now be included in the show. There is a maximum of two entries per member. Entry fee for each piece of artwork is $10. Size not to exceed 30 x 40 inches.

Registration: Thursday, April 27, 2023, from Noon to 5:00 pm

Show Opening: Sunday May 7, 2023, from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm

Prizes Awarded: Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 7:00 pm at our May meeting

Gallery Hours: Sundays, May 7, 14, and 21 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Note: The Members’ Show will end at the June 6, 2023, meeting and is now included with the People’s Choice. Paintings will be removed after the meeting.

Pick Up: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, after the FAA meeting and on Thursday, June 8 from 10:00 am till 1:00 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 guests 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

SIGN UP SOON FOR THE MAY 2023 WORKSHOP WITH KEIKO TANABE!

This artist is very well-known and, due to her popularity, artists from outside our area are already registering for this watercolor workshop. Seating is limited. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn from this artist and teacher.

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan. As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children’s art contests. However, art was not her chosen field of study later on. She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California). She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego. For decades, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist. That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003. After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan. Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. 

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of plein-air painting. Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across Americas and in Asia and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, she self-publishes her art books and nine books have been completed to date. She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has been invited to and completed successfully more than 400 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world. She has served as a juror in a number of art exhibitions including some major watercolor shows around the world such as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the International Watercolour Masters, the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Utah Watercolor Society and the New Mexico Watercolor Society. In 2015 she was named an official Ambassador for Winsor & Newton. In 2018, she was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly. In 2018 and 2019, she was invited to be a faculty member for the Plein Air Convention & Expo, the world’s largest plein-air painting event. Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.

The registration form for the May 2023 Workshop is available in the Gallery and on our website under Announcements/Forms.

B-W GREENWAY LANDSCAPE 2023 JURIED ART COMPETITION

This is a reminder that all entries for the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association’s Landscape 2023 juried art competition will be received at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH (in the rear of the building) on Saturday, June 24,and Sunday, June 25, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The Opening Reception will be held at the Fairborn Art Gallery on Sunday, July 9, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 9, 16 and 23. For additional information visit the B-W Greenway webpage: www.bwgreenway.org or contact co-chairs: Pat Higgins at [email protected] or Karen Nagafuchi at [email protected] .

REMINDERS

Our next meeting will be on April 4. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the April Newsletter is Monday, March 13, 2023. Please email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that, for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will not post personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website unless we have the respective member’s permission. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.

FAA Calendar of Events 2023

Events are held in the FAA Gallery unless otherwise indicated

October 2–4  9:30 am–4:30 pm Watercolor Workshop by guest artist Alicia Farris (Registration required)

October 3  7:00 pm–8:30 pm Watercolor demo by guest artist Alicia Farris

November 7  7:00 pm–8:30 pm Watercolor demo by guest artist Sarah Maxwell

December 5  7:00 pm–8:30 pm Christmas Party (Date and time subject to change)