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Holiday Blessings to Our Members and Patrons:

And Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your Families.

Let me take this opportunity to again thank the Soup and Art Committee and all the volunteers who made it so successful. The fund continues to climb over $1,500, and our generous bowl makers, Dora and Mayumi, will have more bowls available at our Christmas Party. What a perfect time of the year to remember those less fortunate, especially little children. Your generosity makes us all so proud to be members of this great organization.

Oh my, how the time flies, but I bet your busy fingers have all the paintings and crafts ready for our Holiday Fine Art and Craft Sale. I’m sure Gayle will be reminding you wonderful volunteers that Set Up Time is Monday, December 2nd, and having your items and inventory sheets marked with the Correct Number is SO, SO, SO Important.

For our new members, remember that this is our Christmas Party Time, Tuesday, December 3rd. Come after 5:30 pm (no board meeting). Bring your friends. Fun & Entertainment begins. Shop till you drop!

You are invited to bring a wrapped gift ornament or holiday charm of some sort, value $10 and have a grand time trying to hold on to the one you really want!!! with this fun, crazy gift exchange! Santa will be here trying to control the crowd!!!!   (Participating in the gift exchange is not mandatory.)

Please do remember that each member is invited to bring a food plate to share and your board will provide Holiday drinks! Come early, get to know our members enjoy shopping at The Best Handcrafted Gift Gallery in the whole area!!!!

Sue Brezine



Fairborn Art Association members will have the opportunity to have their artwork and handicrafts displayed  in the Gallery for sale the first two weekends in December and for the early shopping from 5:30–7: 00 pm before the Christmas party, which begins at 7:00 pm, Tuesday Dec. 3. The Holiday Fine Art and Craft sale will be open two successive weekends Dec 7 & 8 and Dec. 14 & 15. The Gallery will be open Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm and Sundays from 1–4 pm. We plan to set up the art racks and decorate the gallery with members help on Monday, December 2 from 9:00 am–noon. Members can bring their priced holiday art and craft items with inventory sheets to the Gallery on Monday, December 2 from 1–3 pm, or on Tuesday, December 3 from 10–12 noon.  Each participating member will be given an artist number which we will provide. This artist number must be included on each price tag. Each member may bring two large paintings (18×24) and up to 10 small paintings (16×20 or smaller) and handcrafted items. Please mark sale prices on each item along with your name and artist number. Special art or craft demonstrations are encouraged during the sale. All unsold items must be picked up on Sunday, December 15 from 4–5 pm, or on Monday, December 16 from 10–12 noon. Remember, FAA does not charge commission on any sales. This is quite a benefit to FAA members. Inventory sheets will be available at the Gallery and on our website. Holiday Sale flyers will be available at the Gallery for members to distribute. This is our Big Sale; it will be publicized in area newspapers and on A-Frame signs around town. The more we publicize the sale the better the sales will be.  Contact gayle and Robert Beireis.


1. How to get your inventory sheets and prospectus – They will be available online and at the Gallery. They will be right next to our flyers so please take what you need and take some flyers to pass around. 2. How to get your Artist Number for your sales ticket and inventory sheet – Please read carefully:  we took the names in alphabetical order as listed in 2013–2014 members directory. Please call or email us and we will assign your number to you. Note: your number will NOT be the same as last year!   —Submitted by gayle and Robert Beireis, email [email protected]


We are having a Christmas party Dec. 3. Everybody  should bring a dish to share along with a  your gift of about $10.00 for the exchange if you want to participate. Don’t forget that we will have early shopping at the Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show starting at 5:30 pm.


Thanks to everyone who participated in work for the Sweet Corn Festival this past year. Thanks also to Kohls Department Store for their donation of $1000 because five of their employees volunteered to work in support of this charity. We cleared $13,211.77 (every penny counts). This is the largest amount we have ever made on the Festival and will go a long way to supporting our many charities, such as the two $500 scholarships for college-bound art students and $300 to the Lions Club for the Fairborn Christmas Project, which awards $25 per family plus $10 for each person in the family for use at Krogers or Sav-A-Lot for groceries.   —Submitted by Sue Red


The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a workshop with Frederick C. Graff, AWS, NWS, TWS, Monday through Thursday, May 5–May 8, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm. In this workshop, students will learn both innovative and traditional watercolor approaches that will further develop and enhance their own personal style of painting. Fred Graff is one of the foremost watercolorists of today. He is among a select group of watercolorists who are Signature Members of all three major watercolor societies:  American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America “Master Status.”  You can obtain more information about Fred by visiting his website at . The cost for this workshop is $260 for members; $280 for nonmembers. Look for more extensive articles on this workshop in future newsletters and on our website.


Yuki Hall’s work “Winter day Detroit” was selected as a finalist in the Landscape/Interior category of The Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition and her name was listed in the December 2013 issue. Yuki also won Honorable Mention in this year’s Watermedia Showcase Competition for her work “5PM in Detroit,” and her work will be published in the April 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine.


An 8-week class, “Watercolor Painting with Misuk,” will begin January 9 and run through March 6, 2014 (no class on Jan 23). The class will meet on Thursdays from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Fairborn Art Gallery, 221 North Central Ave, Fairborn. We will concentrate on how to complete a painting that reflects both your inspiration and artistic expression.  Every two weeks, the class will take on a new project to complete using your references or my demo references.  We will focus on portrait/figure paintings for the last 4 classes. Also, after class is over at 1 pm, Misuk plans to take a lunch break and then continue painting for a couple of hours. Everyone in the class is welcome to join her for however long they want to stay and paint. The tuition for the class is $90 for 8 weeks including the gallery fee. Please send your questions or registration to: Misuk Goltz, [email protected]


To celebrate this 75th Anniversary, the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors offered art demos EVERY DAY beginning Monday Oct. 21, and ending Sunday Nov. 24 . Marilyn Hart has faithfully hosted this extremely successful undertaking at the 48 High Street Gallery. We want to congratulate her and all the artists who volunteered to demonstrate their techniques.  Marilyn is a member of FAA and DSPS as are many of the artists who volunteered to be part of this creative idea. Marilyn, you deserve a huge THANK YOU for your joyful spirit and dedication . This was a wonderful gift to the community.   —Submitted by Sue Brezine


Watercolor painters from the Hithergreen Center, many of whom are members of area art organizations such as Tri-Art, WOWS, FAA, and DSPS, are showing their work at The Little Art Gallery  at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering, from Sunday, November 17 through Monday, December 29. Students in the Exploring Watercolor class which meets at Hithergreen on Monday afternoons are instructed by artist/author Nita Leland. They organize their paintings into eye-catching compositions with a wide variety of subjects including people, animals, architecture, still lifes, florals, and landscapes while developing skills in watercolor techniques, color, and design in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The “Exploring Watercolor” exhibit is free and open upon request at the Church office daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday mornings before and after services. For more information, e-mail [email protected].   —Submitted by Sylvia Dugan


If you have access to the internet, please go to our new website at 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. We are in the process of transferring the Members’ Gallery from our old website to our new website. Some artwork is now available for viewing. Be sure to answer the email we sent to obtain your permission to display your artwork and/or any photo of you (individually or in a group) on the website. We need this permission in writing before we can activate your artwork on the website. The Members’ gallery is a format for our members to share their artwork online for viewing and possibly interest to buyers.


There will be no meeting in January 2014. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the February Newsletter is Monday, January 20, 2013.  Please email your articles to [email protected]