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Hello Fellow Artists!

Hasn’t the weather been fabulous? It’s so good to see everything green again, the flowers and trees blooming, the birds singing and the bees buzzing. I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful time of year and that allergy attacks haven’t been too severe.

First of all, I want to thank all of you who entered our Members’ Show and congratulate all the winners, although to me, you’re all winners! We had so many fine pieces with a lot of variety in styles and mediums. I believe our judge, David R. Smith, had a difficult time trying to decide who to select for the various prizes. I would also like to give a big thanks to Connie Gifford and Carol Edsall who commandeered this event, and to all the volunteers…we couldn’t do it without you! You should all be proud of your entries and we will see who wins what at our next meeting in June.

Speaking of which, our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 pm, where we will be serving hot dogs, baked beans, chips, some sort of salad, dessert, and drinks. You do not need to bring anything, just your appetites. We will be introducing the Sweet Corn queen and king, the three scholarship winners, inducting this year’s officers (all of whom are returning from last year) and, as previously mentioned, we will be voting for the People’s Choice Awards, where each of you will choose your top three picks from our Members’ Show. This will be our last meeting for the summer so I hope to see a good turn out!

The BW Greenway show is fast approaching so please look for details in our newsletter.

Plans for the Sweet Corn Festival are in full swing so please be sure to sign up and volunteer for the Watermelon Booth (Roger Browning) and the many other jobs needed, i.e., the Information Booth, Vendor Gate, Laying out of vendor spaces, etc. (Warren Brown). As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, the Sweet Corn Festival is essential to maintaining funds for FAA to function, and we desperately need a volunteer to step up to chair this event as Warren will be stepping down after this year. Please consider assuming this important position. Warren will be more than happy to show you the ropes!

We now have internet service in our gallery! A huge thank you to Roger Browning for undertaking this project.

I would also like to remind you that we will be having our annual artist supplies sale at our September meeting where you may set up a table and sell extra paints, brushes, paper, canvases, etc. before the meeting. It’s a wonderful opportunity to clean out your studios of extraneous items.

As my first year as president is winding down, I would like to say how grateful I am for all Board members and Committee Chairpersons with whom I have had the privilege to work in 2021–22. You all couldn’t have been more kind and helpful as I blindly stumbled through my responsibilities, generally clueless as to what I was to do in many situations. You were patient as I slowly learned my capabilities, and listened to my many, varied questions. You all are fabulous and I look forward to what 2022–23 brings.

Looking forward to our June meeting, and as always, keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg


June 7 Social
July No meeting
August No meeting
September 6 Jacqueline Sullivan, acrylic
October 4 Nancy Nordloh Neville, watercolor (Workshop October 5–7)
November 1 Erica Kenner, pastel
December 6 Christmas party

With new CDC guidelines, we are no longer asking members to reserve a place at the Tuesday meeting/demos or requiring masks.

                                                                                                                                                 …Submitted by Carol Edsall


Best of Show $300: Yuki Hall for “View from Oscar Emanuel Monument”
First Place $150: Connie S. Gifford for “Hugh Hippo”
Second Place $75: Tom Kinarney for “Maiden Voyage”
Third Place $50: Donna Pierce Clark for “Sentry”

Honorable Mention $25:
Lisa Becker “Are You There”; Jackie Albright “Oh Those Roses”; Warren Brown “New Car”; Clarice Moore “Paul”; Debbie Cosenza “Beneath the Surface No. 2”; Marsha Elliott “Glacier Park”; Carol Edsall “Morning Glow”; Esther Wilson “Pearls Secret”

Judge’s Merit Award:
Shirley Harbaugh “Grandma In All Her Glory”; Nancy Dankof “Between the Wires”; Bonnie Kuntz “The Bear Facts”; Pat Dunker “Splish Splash”; Mary Spicer “Icelandic Trolls”; Shirlee Bauer “Chalk One Up for Art”; Nyeon Ju Woo “Autumn Late of Country”; Lucy Burns “The Window In The Wood”

…Submitted by Connie Gifford


Thank you to the Fairborn Art Association for the invitation to juror the exhibition. Though I was honored with the duty, it’s an arduous job of selecting pieces to award. As the exhibition was open to many mediums from photography to sculpture and collage to colored pencil, there was the added challenge of comparing and selecting pieces that were drastically different.

With regard to criteria, a number of things should be considered: Beauty – does one find the piece captivating? One may be drawn to a piece because of a pleasing composition, the colors, &/or textures. Or perhaps the piece elicits an Emotional Response? Also, the presentation &/or Framing might aid or detract from the beauty of a piece.

Technical Skill – does the artist show mastery of the medium?

Uniqueness – does the artist show us something different. Has the artist taken risks?

Meaning – is the piece thought provoking or is there a story behind the piece? Or… is the piece purely representational?

Lastly, as a watercolorist, I also have an additional criteria for watermedia – “Does the painting showcase the qualities of watercolor well?” What makes watercolor so unique and enjoyable (and sometimes challenging) is the medium of water, which helps the artists create the beautiful interminglings of color, unique textures, and transparent glazes that are unique to watercolor.

Regarding criteria and juroring however, as the artist Herman Pekel once said, “Artists make the worst judges, as they focus on the technical side vs the emotional side of the painting.” He added that if Van Gogh would have entered an exhibition, Artists would have never selected his pieces.

In response, I tried to take this into consideration and not just look at the paintings with a “technical eye”, but also to simply view the paintings in terms of whether I felt drawn to the painting. Does the painting illicit an emotion? Does the piece hold my interest?

Again, there were many more worthy submissions than there were spots available. Thank you for sharing them and congratulations to the selected artists.

David R. Smith, AWS, NWS


Connie Gifford and Shirley Bauer will be representing the FAA at the Osborn Historic Garden Club’s Garden Affair. This Garden and Art Fair will be held on June 18, 2022 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm on Main Street Commons (Main Street and Grand Avenue) in Fairborn. This will be a great opportunity to promote our organization to the community and it’s free! A tent will be set up, information about FAA will be handed out and artwork will be displayed.


The Watermelon Booth schedule is filling up nicely. I appreciate all those who have volunteered so far, however, I still need two people for Saturday, August 20, 4:30 to 7:00 pm, and three people for Sunday, August 21, 3:30 to 6:00 pm. If we don’t get volunteers for those shifts we will have to shut down early and that will impact our sales and our profits. If you can help with these shifts, please contact me at [email protected] or (937) 760-5222. Thank you for your support.

                                                                                                                                               …Submitted by Roger Browning


The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association’s Landscapes 2022 juried art competition is underway. It has been held for the past 11 years to heighten public awareness of preserving local greenspaces through art.

Annually, a different location which has been preserved is selected. The 2022 location for the competition is Spangler Nature Preserve, one of the newest parks for the Clark County Park District. The Spangler Nature Preserve encompasses property acquired on both sides of Spangler Road by B-W Greenway.

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. 3D 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 25, and Sunday, June 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

A non-refundable entry fee of $20 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 Landscapes2022 is Eve Fleck. She served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Museum of Art. Eve worked as a studio ceramicist operating Eve Fleck Porcelain for 30 years. Her work is included in several museum collections and art publications. Eve received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Goddard College with additional study at the San Francisco Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Penland School of Crafts.

The Opening Reception will be held at the Fairborn Art Gallery on Sunday, July 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 17 and July 24. For additional information, visit the B-W Greenway webpage: or contact Pat Higgins.

Volunteers from FAA would be welcomed to assist with the Opening Reception and the following two Sundays. If you can help, please contact Pat Higgins.

                                                                                                                                                       …Submitted by Pat Higgins


Our October workshop will be given by Nancy Nordloh Neville. She does wonderful paintings of flowers and other things but flowers will be the main aspect of the workshop. Nancy is from Cincinnati and continues to win awards on her paintings. It promises to be a wonderful workshop. Hope we can encourage many participants to come. The registration form is available in the Gallery and is attached here.

Attachment: Nancy Neville Registration Oct 2022

                                                                                                                                                       …Submitted by Pat Dunker


Exercises in Abstractions – June 8, 15 & 22, Cincinnati, OH
Complex Gel Prints – June 11, Online via Zoom
Palette Productions – July 18–22, Pensacola, FL
Exercises in Abstractions – August 3, 10 & 17, Cincinnati, OH
Eco Printing – August 19–22, Glendale, OH
A Mixed Media Art Retreat – August 25–29, Mineral Point, WI
Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy – September 13–19, LaMarche, Italy


Village Artisans at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio is holding “A Little Bit Different” lobby gallery show of art created by their members. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours through July 11, 2022. For more information, call 937-767-1209 or visit .


The Springfield Museum of Art will host its 76th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition July 30 to October 2, 2022. Adult members can submit up to two works of art and are guaranteed to have one piece accepted. Submissions deadline is June 6 with drop-off for accepted entries on July 15 and 16. The Opening Reception will be held on July 30. The Museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, OH 45504. For more information, visit their website at:


The Piqua Arts Council will hold its 30th Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition representing artists from all over the state, in September 2022. A maximum of 180 works of art including drawing, oil and acrylics, water media, photography, three dimensional works and miscellaneous works will be featured. Registration deadline is Friday, August 19, 2022 with artwork drop off on Saturday, August 27 and Monday, August 29. The show will be open to the public from September 9 to September 30, 2022 during normal hours at the Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St. Piqua, OH 45356. For more information, visit their website at:


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 on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Monday, August 15, 2022. 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.