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Happy New Year Members and Patrons,

It is hoped that your Holidays were filled with pleasant times with family and friends and everyone is able to keep warm, cozy, and healthy. On December 20th our dear friend and fabulous artist, Homer Hacker, age 96, died. You are all invited to celebrate his life’s work at a gathering at DAI from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, January 31st. A memorial service will be held at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, 4417 Bigger Road, Kettering at 10 am on February 1st. We can celebrate the many wonderful times FAA was privileged to observe his talents.

We have had our cold and blustery days, but I would remind you that the art scene is stirring again, with Dayton’s First Friday with DVAC, the Cannery at its new location at the corner of St. Clair and 4th street, DSPS, and Dora reminds me of the Gallery 510 in the Oregon District. If you’ve never visited there, you will also find great food in that busy little district. Also K12 has moved to a new location that is visible from Patterson Blvd and coming off Rt 35. Those young children are transforming the outside of that old building. All those places are easy to navigate. Call a friend, and go on an excursion!

But First Come Here:  The time is quickly approaching for our first meeting of this New Year, the first Tuesday, February 4th. Don’t forget to turn your calendar. It will be a beautiful beginning with our guest, Bonnie Kuntz. So do come along, bring a friend or two or more, and celebrate with fellowship, good food, and a terrific program – sign in starting at 6:30 pm. The Board will meet at 6 pm. The meeting starts at 7 pm. Blessings,

Sue Brezine


Bonnie Kuntz will be demonstrating a paraffin wax resist of a landscape, including some water. The palette will be limited, so shading will be important. This technique has had some success in juried shows and also in sales. Bonnie remarked, “I look forward to sharing it with you.”   Bonnie Kuntz can be reached by email at [email protected]  A bio for Bonnie is attached to the February Newsletter on our website                                                                                                     Submitted by Dora Lawson

Click here for Attachment:  Bonnie Kuntz Bio


Fellow artists, I’ve reserved the FAA gallery for my first one-woman show in February. Watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and drawings representing 30 years of art-making will be on display. Demonstrations will be given by the Artist. The show will be open every Sunday in February 1:00-4:00 pm in the Fairborn Art Association Gallery at the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 North Central, Fairborn, OH. Keep me company! Tables will be available for anyone who wishes to bring their own supplies and draw or paint with me. (Please contact me in advance to make sure space is available.)                                                                                                          Submitted by Susan Bertke


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. Contact Yuki Hall for additional information.


Robert and I would like to thank all of the members who worked so hard on our Holiday Fine Art & Craft Show, decorating and setting up the gallery in a timely fashion. We would like to also  thank the members who came out and set the gallery on those cold and snowy days.  We could not have this wonderful event without  all of your help. And finally, to remember the members who participated in the sale! This year we sold over $1400.00, which was very good considering the very  bad weather  we had. We all did a great job and are looking forward to next year. Thank you everyone.                                                                                                                        Submitted by gayle Beireis


The Sweet Corn Festival Committee is looking for recipes to include in a booklet for distribution at the Sweet Corn Festival in August. Recipes must include sweet corn as an ingredient. Please give your recipes to a member of the Festival Committee: Warren Brown, Sue Red, Lori Luckner, Robert Beireis, or Cheryl Miracle. Credit for submissions will be given for all recipes accepted. You may also mail them to the FAA P.O. Box 1231, Fairborn, OH 45324. Thank you.                                                                                                                         Submitted by Robert Beireis


Robert and I would like to give a big thank you to Barbara Arnold for taking care of the FAA Christmas tree every year. Most of you do not realize that she was the one who started the hand-made decorations for our tree. She has been the one who so carefully puts it up and takes it down along with help from other members every year. The tree gives our gallery that little added look of warmth  at our Christmas party and show. Besides, we need it to play our game at the party. Thanks Barb.                                                                                                      Submitted by gayle Beireis


This is the time of year when FAA solicits applications for its college scholarships. Each year, FAA awards two $500 scholarships to area high school seniors who plan to pursue a college level art education. Applications are mailed out to area high schools. If any FAA members know of a high school senior from our area who plans to major in art in college, please have the student complete an application. The deadline for submission is April 10, 2014. For additional information, contact Robert Beireis at [email protected] or call 937-390-1992. An application form is attached to this newsletter.

Click here for Attachment:  FAAscholarship application


The 36th Annual Ohio Watercolor Show at the Middletown Fine Arts Center continues through January 31st. We are proud to say that, of the 40 works chosen for display, Misuk Goltz and Yuki Hall have been featured in an article Sunday, January 12, in the DDN with Yuki’s “Winter Day” watercolor pictured. Congratulations to our cherished members, who continually create new and exciting watercolors that inspire us all. This traveling show continues to the Mansfield Library, 43 W. Third, Mansfield in February; Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, in March; Amos Library, 230 E. North St., Sidney, in April, and the Delaware Arts Center, 190 W. Winter St., Delaware, in July. For more information:                         Submited by Sue Brezine


Get out of the studio and go sketching with friends! The new Meetup group “Draw, Pardners!” is an informal group that meets at least once a month at various locations in the Dayton area to sketch and draw. Our Third Meetup will be Saturday, February 8, at 10 am at Panera Bread, 4110 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH.For more info, go to or call Susan Bertke (937) 429-5653 or [email protected]                                                                                                                                                                           Submitted by Susan Bertke

ART FROM THE HEART – A Community Multi-Media Art Show

The X*ACT Gallery invites area artists to exhibit original works of art which represent the theme, Art from the Heart. Entries will be accepted on Thursday Feb. 13 from noon to 6 pm. Entry forms are available at X*ACT, 45 E. 2nd St., Xenia, OH or online at  Entry fee is $10 per piece. 3 Entries per person limit. Call 937-372-0516 for more information.  An exhibition Gala will take place on Saturday Feb. 22 from 6-9 pm.  Artwork will be on display at the X*ACT Gallery through the month of February.

Dear Friends of X*ACT

The world has just become a less interesting place. We are sad to report that one of X*ACT’s Founding Directors, Miss Olivia Gladman, passed away quietly last evening (January 21). To us, she was an actor, director, muse, and an articulate voice for the arts in our community. She will be sorely missed. A Memorial service is planned at the theater at 2 pm on Monday January 27. More details will be sent out as they become available.

Submitted by Alan King, President, Media & PR Team Leader,

[email protected], Xenia Area Community Theater, Inc. &

The X*ACT ArtsCenter, 45 E. Second St., Xenia, OH 45385



We will be passing a signup sheet around at the February meeting for volunteers to bring refreshments to the March meeting. We need 8–10 people to bring snack type items for approximately 50 attendees. Your help will be very much appreciated.

Our next meeting will be March 4, 2014. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the March Newsletter is Monday, February 17, 2014. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.