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Greetings Everyone,

It’s a busy month for all, so be sure to begin with our FAA Very Merry Happy Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 4. Festivities begin at 7 pm. Please bring a small wrapped gift (less than $10) if you want to play Naughty Santa, and everyone bring some kind of refreshment to share with our friends. The Holiday Bazaar sneak peek begins at 5:30, so come early to shop. The Bazaar opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, so tell your friends and co-workers about the original art and craft work that will be available. No meeting in January, but we begin 2019 on February 5 with Ron Rollins speaking about Acrylic in Action. He paints large abstract acrylics that just dance around the painting. Meeting starts at 7 pm, Board Meeting starts at 6 pm.

Hoping all of you have very peaceful and joyful holidays, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or so many other celebrations at this time of year. Peace and prosperity to all in the New Year!

Billie Dickson



FAA Holiday Arts & Craft Bazaar will be back this year! FAA members will have the opportunity to have their artwork and handicrafts displayed in the Gallery for sale on Dec. 8 (Sat.) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Dec. 9 (Sun.) from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; and optional Dec. 4 (Tue.) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, right before FAA Christmas party. Items that can be sold at the Bazaar will include paintings, photography, woodwork items, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, etc. No commercially made items or art supplies will be allowed to be sold.  If you wish to participate in the Bazaar, you will need to purchase a table space and/or wall space to display your art. You will be responsible to tend your own table and make sales. It is highly recommended that you be present at your table during the entire sale period. However, if it is not possible, you can arrange for an alternative person to take care of the sales or make a prior arrangement with other artists participating in the bazaar. Neither FAA nor the Bazaar organizers (Carol Edsall and Barb Olekas) will be responsible for your sales if no one is at your station. If you are only showing 2-D art on the wall and do not have a table, you are not required to be present in the Gallery. Instead, you can leave your phone number on the title cards of your paintings so that the potential buyer can contact you to arrange the sale. No inventory sheets are necessary. You set up your own station and you make your own sales! Pre-registration is necessary to participate in this Bazaar. Please refer to the Registration Form for more details about how to participate. Any questions about the Bazaar, please contact Carol Edsall at [email protected] or call 937-474-9612 and leave a message and phone number. A registration form is available in the Gallery and  is attached.

Attachment: FAA Holiday Fine Art Bazaar registration form

Just a reminder for those artists selling their work at the Christmas Art & Craft bazaar:

Set up for the Dec. 4 meeting is prior to the meeting at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Set up for the bazaar open to the public is the prior Fri., Dec. 7  from 2:00 to 4:00 pm or the first day of the bazaar Sat., Dec. 8 from 8:00 to 9:45

Bazaar open to the public times are Sat., Dec. 8, from 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Sun., Dec. 9 from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.  Anyone showing their work on a table must be present the entire time to cover their table.  Any setup decoration, tablecloth to be supplied by participant, no electric permitted.  (Any extra work, boxes should fit under table, out of aisles for safety.). Hanging wall space only work does not need you to be present, however requires a label, with your name, media, name of work, and price.

Artists participating this year are the following:  Norma Nikolai, Helen Blankenship, Scott Miller, Tom Kinarney, Clarice Moore, Jada Kiplinger, Brenda Higgins, Connie Gifford, Shirlee Bauer, Carol Edsall, Debbie Cosenza.          …Submitted by Carol Edsall


Diana Marra will be conducting two Asian Painting workshops in our Gallery during the month of December.

Give JOY – Get JOY:  Asian Painting BAMBOO Gift Set, Mon. Dec. 10, 2018, 10-3. Learn the special gradated and precise brushstrokes used to create BAMBOO paintings using the concept of Papa Mama Baby.  You will paint 5 paintings size 5” x 7” in traditional “Sumi-e style” with black Sumi ink on rice paper, then add watercolor, then paint 3 pearlescent versions on white, kraft, and black papers.  Choose the one you want to give as a gift, and you will receive a mat and sleeve to make a nice, ready-to-frame presentation.  And paint a coordinated bookmark,  notecard, and gift tag to match, making one complete set for holiday giving. All materials included.  Written and visual instructions also included so that you can continue learning this artform at home. Bring your lunch!  And wear an apron or old clothes – black Sumi ink is permanent.

Give JOY – Get JOY:  Asian Painting ORCHID Gift Set, Tues. Dec. 11, 2018, 10-3. Tuesday we will follow similar procedure except that this day we will focus on the flowing undulating brushstrokes that make up the Orchid flower.

Asian Painting is something I have practiced for the past 20 years and received my Teacher Certification training last year (one of 12 certified teachers in the US). I have studied Asian painting at the Art Academy in Cincinnati, with local artist Karl Feng, with Lian Zhen, with Cheng Khee Chee, and with Ning Yeh from Oriental Art Supply at his studio in Huntington Beach, in Chicago, and in China. I have been juried in and exhibited nationally with the Sumi-e Society of America. This artform brings me peace and continues to teach me new ways to paint. I would love to share this experience with you, just in time for the holidays.

How to register:  Cost for each day is $50 – email Diana Marra at [email protected] along with your Name, Address, Email & Phone. Payment can be made with credit card via PayPal or you can send a check to:

Diana Marra, 315 Rainbow Ridge, Cincinnati, OH 45215. Indicate which day (Or both). All materials included.  Bring your lunch!

Attachment: FAA Diana Marra handout

Diana Marra Bamboo

Diana Marra Orchid



The Fairborn Art Association will present the Soon Y. Warren Workshop May 6-10, 2019, 9:30-4:00 pm, located in their Gallery in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N Central Ave. Fairborn, Oh 45434.

Soon Y. Warren is a full time artist and teacher. She has an Associate degree in commercial art from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Soon Y. has had numerous exhibitions, earned numerous awards, and has published two books. She is a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS); American Watercolor Society (AWS); Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA); Southern Watercolor Artist (SW/LM); Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS); Honor Society of Watercolor USA; Rocky Mountain Watermedia; Society of Watercolor Artist (SWA).

Soon’s favorite subjects are those found in nature: people, an animal, trees, a tangerine, pear, oriental poppy, iris or something of intrigue at the moment. She is known for her spectacular renderings of everyday objects. Soon likes subjects that are pretty and make her happy. She always looks for interesting compositions created by natural form or light and often uses subject matter from still lifes. Flowers from her gardens often become models for paintings. She says that, “I’m inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature and our surroundings. I try to paint the essence of subjects and my sincere feeling for nature.”

A registration form is available in our Gallery and is attached. To register, please send a non refundable deposit of $40 along with the registration form to Pat Dunker, 30 Innisbrook Close, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Make checks payable to Fairborn Art Association. Final payment must be made by 4/29/19. For questions, call Pat Dunker at (937-562-3014) or cell (937-271-4798); or email [email protected]. Cancellations after 4/22/19 will forfeit entire payment.

Attachment:  Soon Y Warren registration


Sherry Li Cai will be exhibiting her watercolors and Chinese paintings during the month of December 2018 in the Lofino Gallery at 3868 Dayton Xenia Road.  Sherry invites you to attend her reception on December 12 at 12 pm.     …Submitted by Susan Scott


The 1854 Daniel Hertzler House Museum of the Clark County Park District will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2 from  l-3 pm. This year we are featuring “Mouse’s First Christmas” a charming story by Lauren Thompson about a little mouse discovering all those special things that speak Christmas. Guests may read the simple story and try to find all the decorations that ‘mouse’ first saw.  Compute the correct number and win a prize. The Open House also features the beautiful harp music of Leslie Arendt and refreshments of seven sweets and seven savories that follow German tradition.  The event is free, but donations are always appreciated.     …Submitted by Barb Arnold


Celebrating 10 Years, the 2019 Art At The Arnold competition will be held March 1 – March 3 which takes place at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH.

Art at the Arnold is three-days of drawing, painting, sculpting, and other creative artistic media. Artists use athletes and models as subjects with the Arnold Sports Festival as a backdrop. Friday, the first day, artists work with models. Saturday’s all day work session the artists work from subjects found among the many events and competitions at the festival. Judging, Awards ceremony and Art Show follow on Sunday. All events are located in the North Atrium of the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. Space is limited to 50 juried artists who work in front of thousands of spectators.

Co-chairs of Art at the Arnold are Pertain Gillespie and Kevin Buckland who say Art at the Arnold is fun and educational for both spectators and artists.

View photos of the 2018 Art at the Arnold artists and their work as well as all past years at

Contact Buckland Gillespie Graphic Design to enter or for more information at 614-543-0000 or [email protected]. Registration deadline is January 10, 2019. An entry form is attached to this email.

Pertain Gillespie
Co-Chair Art At The Arnold
Buckland Gillespie Graphic Design
[email protected]


If you have access to the internet, please go to our 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.


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 7:00 pm. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the February 2019 Newsletter is Monday, January 21, 2019. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.