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Dear Members, Patrons and Friends,

It truly looks like spring is here. Even though we have been blessed with such a mild winter, it is always a joy to see the daffodils blooming. Our demo artist for our next meeting is Charles Rowland from Columbus. His work is outstanding and we are excited to have him. You may Google him to see his paintings. The next FAA meeting is at 7 pm on April 5 with the Board meeting at 6 pm.

Louise Jackson
Interim President

Charles Rowland works in various media, including watercolor, gouache and acrylic. He has lived in the Columbus, Ohio area since 1970 and currently resides in southern Delaware County. A watercolor artist for over 40 years, he is both an active artist and teacher. His work has won many awards in Ohio area exhibitions and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His work is represented by The Canoe Club Gallery, Port Clinton, Ohio, The Terra Gallery, Dublin, Ohio, and various exhibitions around the state. He is past President of the Worthington Area Art League, a signature member and past secretary of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Plein Air Painters and the Worthington, Ohio Art League.He was featured in the February/March 2004 article “Master Painters of the USA” in International Artist Magazine. His work is included in the 2012 hard cover book The Best of American Artists–Watercolor. His work is characterized by strong design and a solid approach to the technical fundamentals of the medium. While avoiding photorealism, his painting style captures the essence and emotion of the subject while involving the viewers’ imagination in its interpretation. The choice of subject matter is diverse ranging from seascapes and landscapes to still lifes and portraits. An avid sailor, his work is often based on nautical themes which frequently are taken from his Great Lakes and Chesapeake sailing experiences. In a recent review the Columbus Dispatch characterized his work as having “the soft gauzy look that is often characteristic of watercolor but it also has a strong graphic quality.” A selection of his paintings and drawings can be found on his website at: .

Barbara Olekas and Cindy Sayeedi will be the “Artists of the Month” in the FAA gallery for April. The opening of their show will be Friday, April 1 from 6:30 pm–8:30 p.m. The show will also be open on Saturday, April 2 from 12:00 pm–3:00 pm and then on Sundays in April from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm.

You do not have to be a pro to volunteer. We are looking for a member who is willing to be our photographer. Our current photographer, Robert Beireis will assist you to get you started. We are also in need of one or two people to be in charge of the spring and Christmas shows. Gail Beireis will assist you to get you started. If you are willing to help please contact Louise at [email protected] or call 937-886-5238.

The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a watercolor workshop with Tom Francesconi May 2 through May 5, 2016 (Monday through Thursday), 9 am to 4 pm daily. The workshop will be held at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, located in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N. Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH. Tom’s energetic teaching style and his passion for painting combine to create a workshop experience that is enjoyable and informative. Any artist looking to break free of a careful, timid painting process will find Tom’s direct and representational approach very inspirational. Utilizing his ability to clearly explain visual concepts, Tom will share his approach and methods for painting bold and interpretive watercolors. Within this process, students will learn how to create stronger, more effective visual statements. Each morning will begin with a discussion covering various topics and culminating in a demonstration that allows participants to see how Tom approaches a work from start to finish. Subject matter may include landscapes, street scenes with people, and the clothed figure. Ample opportunity is provided for everyone to paint with individual direction/guidance a priority. Each day will end with a class critique to afford students the opportunity to learn from the works of others. Tom welcomes all painters regardless of experience. For more information about Tom, visit his website at The fee for this workshop is $230 for FAA members, $250 for non-members. To register, please send a non-refundable deposit of $40 along with the registration form to Yuki Hall, 206 E. Holmes St. Urbana, IL 61801. Make checks payable to Fairborn Art Association. The final payment must be made by March 31, 2016. For questions or more information, Call Yuki at (937) 426-7229 or e-mail [email protected]. A flyer and registration form is attached.

Attachment: Tom Francesconi registration form

I hope that you have been working hard on your art because it is that time again for our Members’ Spring Fine Art Show. I will be passing around sign-up sheets at the April meeting, or any member can contact me at 937-390-1992. I hope that you will again be willing to help with registration, setting up for the show and sitting at this show. We need your help to make this show a success. The Show will be open to the public the first three Sundays in May from 1 to 4 pm. The prospectus for the show is attached or will be available at the Gallery. …Submitted by gayle Beireis

Attachment: 2016 Spring Prospectus

Scholarship applications have been sent out to area high schools. If any FAA member has a family member (child, grandchild, etc.) or knows of a candidate for the F.A.A. scholarship, I can forward an application to you. The candidate must be a graduating high school senior who plans to major in art in college. They will need a written recommendation from their art instructor, and must submit samples of their work to be considered. The application deadline is April 10, 2016. …Submitted by Robert Beireis

Yesterday (Saturday, March 19) was the reception for the Sandy Kinnamon exhibit at ReMax in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and I was able to attend the reception. I did get the opportunity to spend about an hour and talk with Sandy’s husband Jim and daughters Debbie and Heidi and hear firsthand about her life. Sandy was remarkable and shared her deep passion and love of art with everyone. Sandy loved to teach and travel so that she could share and teach others. Before leaving, Brett Weaver, Realtor, asked me to share a link for Sandy’s art show with as many people as possible. The link is below and I ask that you share with all your artist friends or anyone that would love to see the virtual art tour of the last exhibit in which Sandy actually hung the paintings. The link is as follows and you can read the quick guide to show you how to navigate. …Submitted by Connie Gifford

Note: For those of you who do not already know, our president, Sandy Kinnamon, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. Her passing was a great loss to her family, her students, her many friends, and to the art world. Her obituary is available on our website.

Paint all Day, 9:30 till 3:00, with Louise Jackson in watercolor. All skill levels are welcome. All of your paints will be provided. Dates: Monday. April 11, 18, 25, and May 9. Each day you will watch a demonstration on each step of the painting process. Then you will be given time to paint these steps on your paper. The $150 cost of all 4 days includes your paints, a photo for each painting and written instructions. Many different techniques will be taught with 4 styles of florals. Louise has been painting since 1965. She has written 23 painting books and has taught extensively in the U.S. and Canada as well as Italy, Argentina, Japan and Hawaii. She is a signature member of WOWS, DSPS, and is a Master Decorative Artist. Registration can be made by sending a deposit of $25 to her at 68 Scarborough Village Dr., Centerville, Ohio 45458 Ph. 937-886-5238. To send an email title it “Workshop” and send to [email protected]. Classes held at the Fairborn Central Bldg. Home of F.A.A., 221 North Central Ave., Fairborn, Ohio in the rear of building. An application is attached or is available at our Gallery.

Attachment: Paint all Day 9

COLORED PENCIL / PEN & INK with Tom Kinarney
Explore a couple of mediums that might surprise you with their ease of use & dramatic, beautiful results. Experiment with either or both & see how they can be combined with watercolor & other mediums. This 8-week session begins Tuesday, April 5, from 9:30-12 noon. Cost is $70. For any questions call Tom at 236-1959.

The 2016 B-W Greenway Landscape Juried Art Exhibition will exhibit work that has been inspired by the Community Park Reserve and the Valle View Reserve. In 2016 we will accept Paintings (any media) Drawings and Prints that have been inspired (they do not have to be Plein Air) by the two reserves that are separated by I-675 and can be accessed by Dayton Yellow Springs Road.
• Creating artwork can and has begun for 2016 until June 30th 2016.
• We will be collecting the art July 3rd at the Fairborn Art Association from 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm.
• Opening reception will be July 10th from 2-4 with awards being presented at 3 pm.
• The show will be open July 17th from 2-4 and July 24 from 2-4.
• Artists can submit up to 3 works for a $20 non-refundable entry fee
• Sales are encouraged with all profits going to the artists.
• Tess Cortes, Gallery Coordinator at Wright State University will be Juror for the exhibition.
For more information please contact Bob Coates 937-689-4855 and leave a message and phone number. Note: A formal prospectus for this show is attached or is available at our Gallery.

Attachment: Landscape 2016 flyer

The 3rd Annual Square Foot Show at The Fine Art Center in Centerville, Ohio is back August 1st to 31st. Painting, Collage, Jewelry, Fabric, Sculpture and Photography on 12 x 12 canvas/cradled board furnished by TFAC is accepted. Registration and entry fee is $20.00 for 1 entry or $30.00 for 2 entries. Prospectus online at or if you live in the area may be picked up at TFAC in Cross Pointe Center, 101 East Alex-Bell Rd., Centerville, Ohio. Registration deadline is June 30, 2016. Contact Leonard Williams 937-293-5381 or email [email protected].

No signup sheet was circulated for refreshments for the April meeting. So, we need volunteers to bring a dish (finger food, snacks, desserts, etc.) to the April meeting. We usually have 50-60 attendees at our meetings, so please plan accordingly. Please call Jackie Albright, 937-233-7532, if you want to volunteer.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 7:00 pm. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the May Newsletter is Monday, April 18, 2016. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.