Hello Fellow Artists,

Isn’t this time of year fabulous? I’m in my shorts and flip flops, listening to a cardinal singing outside my window and I couldn’t be happier. My flowers are in their pots, a couple of cherry tomatoes and a new red dogwood tree are planted in my backyard, which creates a plethora of colors. But I also experienced a note of sadness this spring when my 17-year-old Dachshund, Sizzles, died, and he is also buried in my backyard. He was such a funny, loyal companion to our family, bringing moments of hilarity, fun, and sometimes frustration, but always love, so spending time out back brings a mixture of emotions. I know many of you are busy planting vegetable and flower gardens, and I hope they are all very fruitful and bring a bountiful harvest of food and beauty.

Our meeting on Tuesday, June 6, will begin at 6:30 pm. Hot dogs, drinks, and paper products will be provided and everyone is to bring a side dish or dessert. We will then have installation of officers, introduce the Sweet Corn Festival king and queen, introduce the three scholarship winners, and last, but not least, announce the People’s Choice award winners. Each attendee is to vote for their three favorite pieces first thing after your arrival so there is time for the votes to be tallied. It will be a busy evening, but always an entertaining one, so I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there!

I thoroughly enjoyed our demonstration last month with Keiko Tanabe, and I want to thank Pat Dunker and Shirlee Bauer for making her visit and stay possible. I heard many favorable comments and you two are to be commended. Also, our Members’ Show is fantastic and, as always, we are fortunate to have so many talented artists with a variety of expertise. I hope many of you were able to bring your families to visit the show. I want to thank all those members who volunteered to help with the show. I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to Connie Gifford and Carol Edsall for all their hard work organizing this gorgeous show. This is their last year and I’d like to recognize what a great job they’ve done over the years… KUDOS!!!! Our new show chairs are Cindy Sayeedi and Linda Perry. I look forward to working with them in 2024.

I would also like to recognize Carol Collett for taking care of the flower beds outside of the gallery doors. She makes sure to keep them planted and watered, and they always look amazing, so THANK YOU, Carol!!!

I have a BIG announcement, thanks to dear Warren Brown… Jerry Red has agreed to be our new Sweet Corn Festival Chairman… HOORAY!!!!! He has worked with Warren over the years and is familiar with how things run and what needs to be done to make this festival run smoothly. This position opening has weighed heavily on FAA for several years, with much begging and pleading, and it is a huge relief to have Jerry accept. I, for one, will do what I can to help him adjust to taking over the helm, and I hope all of you will be just as accommodating. Thanks again, Warren and Jerry!

I believe this will be the last newsletter until autumn so I hope you all have a wonderful summer, filled with travels, family time, relaxation, and just plain fun.

Keep creating!

Linda Brandenburg, President


June 6 Social (Begins at 6:30 pm)

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 5 Catherine Bishop Green, watercolor

October 3 Alicia Farris, watercolor (Workshop Oct. 2–4)

November 7 Sarah Maxwell, watercolor

December 5 Christmas Party


January No meeting

February 6 Gary Blevins, acrylic/multi-media

March 5 Peggy Bowman, journaling

April 2 Charmaine Boggs, acrylic/mixed-media

May 7 TBD (Workshop TBD)

June 4 Social

July No meeting

August No meeting

September 3 Shirlee Bauer, watercolor portrait

October 1 TBD (Workshop TBD)

November 5 Rosemary Nick, collage

December 3 Christmas Party


We want to recognize all those who helped with this year’s 2023 FAA Members’ Show. It is a lovely show and it does take many volunteers who work behind the scenes to make the show successful. We could not do all this without your help.

Registration: Linda Brandenburg, Carol Collett, Debbie Cosenza

Hanging: Tessa Kalman, April Coppess, Carol Edsall, Esther Wilson, Cindy Sayeedi

Printing Title Cards: Linda Perry, Cheryl Miracle

Gallery Sitters: Cass Barth, Marie Trittschuh, Warren Brown, Rosemary Bailey, Linda Brandenburg, Sue Seitz

Thank you all,

Connie Gifford and Carol Edsall, FAA Show Chairs


We still need volunteers for the Watermelon Booth at the Sweet Corn Festival. One shift is open Saturday, August 19, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Three positions are open Sunday, August 20, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm; one position from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and 4 positions from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. If you can fill any of these shifts, please contact Roger Browning at 937.760.5222, or [email protected] .


The B-W Greenway Community Land Trust & the Fairborn Art Association’s Landscapes 2023 juried art competition is underway. The competition has been held for the past 11 years to use art to heighten public awareness of the importance of preserving local greenspaces.

Annually, a different preserved greenspace is selected to be an inspirational site for artists. The 2023 locations are the Hebble Creek Reserve and Fairborn Community Park Reserve.

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. 3-D 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 24,and Sunday, June 25, from 1:00–3:00 pm.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 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 Landscapes 2023 is Remy Groh. Remy is currently an Elementary Art Teacher at Fairborn Intermediate School. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Fine Arts from Miami University. Groh’s favorite art medium is painting and creates works that are conceptual and abstract.

The Opening Reception will be held at the Fairborn Art Gallery on Sunday, July 9, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The art will be on display at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery and open to the public on July 9, 16 and 23.

For additional information visit the B-W Greenway webpage: or contact co-chairs: Pat Higgins at [email protected] or Karen Nagafuchi at [email protected] .


Long time FAA member Virginia Hess died on May 9, 2023. She was a well-known sculptor in the area and nationally, with a piece in the Smithsonian Museum. 

…Submitted by Billie Dickson


Village Artisans at 100 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is holding a lobby gallery show “Mammals & Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!” featuring artworks using imagery of animals. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours through July 3, 2023. For more information, call 937-767-1209 or visit .


Middletown Arts Center will present the 2023 Photography & Digital Art Competition/Exhibit July 21 through August 24, 2023. Submission of digital images via their website starts Tuesday, May 30 and ends Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 pm. Notification of accepted images in this competition will be available on their website by Monday, June 19. Accepted entries must be personally delivered (no mailings) as finished pieces to the MAC Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13 during designated hours. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, OH 45042. More information can be found at:


The Piqua Arts Council will hold its 31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition representing artists from all over the state, in September 2023. Works of art include drawing, oil and acrylics, water media, photography, three-dimensional and miscellaneous. Registration deadline is Friday, August 18, 2023, with artwork drop off on Saturday, August 26 and Monday, August 28. The Awards Reception will be held on September 7, 2023. The show will be open to the public from September 8 to September 29, 2023 during normal gallery hours at the Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St., Piqua, OH 45356. For more information, visit their website at:


For those interested in taking art classes, K12 Gallery & TEJAS (Teen Educational and Joint Adult Studio), located at 341 South Jefferson Street in Dayton, offers them for Kindergarten age through adults. Visit their website for details:


Our next meeting will be on September 5. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the September Newsletter is Monday, August 21, 2023. Please call or 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.