Dear Members and Patrons,

SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!! And aren’t we looking forward to the beauty that surprises us, no matter how many times we have witnessed the miracles of creation. Let’s hope the weather allows us to have a wonderful March meeting with our guest speaker, Rusty Hardin, whose talents will be valuable to all of us no matter what medium we prefer. So, call your friends, invite them to join you March 5, 6:30 gathering, 7:00 short meeting, followed by hospitality and good nourishment and then Demo begins. You’ll find our faithful greeter, Larry Hawkins there to sign you in. So Come On Along!

Sue Brezine

Rusty Harden is a self-taught artist who has lived in Ohio’s Miami Valley for a number of years. Through perseverance, Rusty set about learning the fundamentals of her craft. Discovering an affinity for watercolors, the synergy that followed began to inspire all of Rusty’s artistic endeavors. Rusty has had the honor of her work being included in juried, community, and solo exhibits. Her work is shown in numerous galleries, corporate and private collections. As an instructor of workshops, classes and an inspirational speaker, she believes it is her privilege and responsibility to create new artists. Rusty owns, publishes and hosts an online art gallery, Art Challenge Gallery ( . She is represented by three galleries: Studio 14, Tipp City, Ohio; Wombat Artworks, Waynesville, Ohio; Creative Framing, Franklin, North Carolina. Rusty’s presentation is entitled, “Reference Photos to Strong Composition in Artwork.” Interpreting artwork from a photo reference that already has strong elements of design may not be a challenge. But having an unremarkable photo reference or having more than one photograph to work from requires seeing the possibilities. Rusty takes us through examples of working with mediocre photo references to build strong composition for artwork. She will paint a demonstration in acrylic on canvas.

The Greene County Council on Aging Senior Artisan show will be in our Gallery in March. Art drop off will be Friday, March 1st from approximately 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The grand opening will be Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The show will be open Sunday, March 10 and 17 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Wednesday March 20 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pick up time will be March 20 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions ask Pam Dorsten, Resource Coordinator, Green County Council on aging, 140-A Rogers St, Xenia, Oh 45385 or call 937-376-5486 office or or [email protected]

The Members’ Spring Fine Arts Show will be setting up at the end of April for our show in May. We need volunteers to help to set up the show and also to sit the gallery while it is open. We are looking forward to many participants displaying their work. The Prospectus for the show will be available at the Gallery in March and April and on our website at It will also be mailed to all members with the April Newsletter. There are a few minor changes in the Prospectus since last year, so please read it carefully. We are looking forward to working with you. We hope that everyone has been busy creating new works of art. For information contact Gayle & Robert Beireis, phone 937-390-1992 or email [email protected]


If you are planning on using the gallery this summer, or any time, it is important that you let me help you with that. I’ll even let Jackie Albright know, if you want me to, so she can put your class information in the newsletter. Don’t just look at the calendar for info, you must talk to me. Please contact gayle Beireis 937-390-1992.

“Watercolor Painting with Misuk” will continue in March and April. The session will run from March 14 to April 25, 2013 for 7 weeks. The class will meet on Thursdays from 9:30 am until 12:30 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. In addition to planned class projects, there will be a few mini demonstrations of very helpful techniques to enhance your paintings. The Gallery studio is reserved until 3 pm on Thursdays for those who would like to stay and paint in the afternoon after the class is over. The tuition for the class is $75. Please send your registration to: Misuk Goltz, 2489 Sherbourne Way, Xenia, OH 45385 phone 937-352-6711, email [email protected]

Sandy Kinnamon will be teaching a Spring (7 weeks) watercolor class in the Gallery starting on Wednesday March 13 and running to May 1, 2013. The class will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The cost of the 7-week class is $75. If you have any questions, please call Sandy at 937-543-9990 or visit her web site at to view her watercolors. To register for Sandy’s class, please send a check and the registration form (located on the FAA website at to Sandy Kinnamon, 3928 New York Drive, Enon, OH 45323.

The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a 3-day watercolor workshop with Joe Fettingis from May 6 to May 8, 2013. The workshop will be held in the Fairborn Art Association Gallery located in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N. Central Ave., Fairborn, OH. In this workshop, Joe will teach us how to understand and work with colors and values, how to control the moisture on your brush and your paper, how to glaze the colors, how to move the colors to create balance and movement, working on designing your composition and so much more. Joe is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and his articles have been published in the cover story of the American Artist Magazine, International Artist, andPalette Talk magazines. He has been featured in the books Splash 6, Painting Color, and The Best of Watercolors 2, as well as many articles throughout the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. He lectures, demonstrates and conducts workshops nationally and in Canada every year. To learn more about Joe and view his beautiful paintings, visit his website at Cost for this 3-day workshop is $160 for a F.A.A. member, $180 for a non-member. To register for the workshop, please send a non-refundable check for $40 made payable to the Fairborn Art Association, to Yuki Hall, 4136 Fox Fern Ct., Beavercreek, OH 45432. For further information, contact Yuki at 937-426-7229 or email to [email protected].

The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring a 5-day watercolor workshop with Sterling Edwards from September 30 to October 4, 2013. The workshop will be held in the Fairborn Art Association Gallery located in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 N. Central Avenue, Fairborn, OH. Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master. He is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, as well as Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, an international organization based in Toronto. He is also an author of the North Light Book, Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process. He is also a contributing artist to numerous other magazines and books. His instructional DVDs are marketed worldwide. The cost for this workshop is $260 for a FAA member, $280 for a non-member. To register, send a registration form (available at the Gallery), along with a non-refundable deposit of $40, to Yuki Hall, 4136 Fox Fern Court, Beavercreek, OH 45432. Make check payable to the Fairborn Art Association. The balance of payment is due by August 1, 2013. For additional information, contact Yuki Hall at 937-426-7229 or email [email protected]

Becky Joy is scheduled to come from Arizona to Troy, Ohio. She is an up and coming master oil painter. This a great chance to be taught by of the best painters in America. The 3-day workshop will be held at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, 301 West Main St., Troy, OH 45373. The workshop will cover the elements of composition, values, color, lines, shapes, space, and brushwork. Exercises in oil, to learn more about color, getting a glow or a mood in a painting, will take an “ordinary” photo to something extraordinary. Exercises to work on your texture and brushwork in oils will make your painting individual to you. The workshop will be held Thursday, August 15, to Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost of the 3-day workshop is $375. This link tells all about the workshop, about Becky, all the details, and sign up procedures.… or contact Donna Pierce-Clark, PO Box 304, North Hampton, OH 45349, phone 937-964-8859,

Announcing: a creative exploration workshop, “Life Lines – letting go of the familiar, to greet the unexpected.” Dates: April 11–13, 2013. Sponsored by Rosie Huart and Trish McKinney. Location: The Fine Art Center At Town & Country, Kettering, Ohio. Cost: *$275 (*for early registration). Registration & Information: Contact:[email protected] or [email protected]

Western Ohio Watercolor Society will be sponsoring a workshop by Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS. called “Painting Color and Light in Watercolor” April 22 through 26, (M – F) 9 am to 4 pm daily, First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. In this workshop, you will learn to paint from within, rather than merely reproducing the subject matter itself. You will also learn how to create painterly and believable watercolors. Steve will cover many key points of watercolor, such as light, color, dark values, painting reflections. The goal of the workshop is to encourage each artist to advance to their own vision and gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively in watercolor. Steve Rogers is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He was juror for the AWS annual Exhibition in 2007 and served on the jury of selection. He was also a Chairman of the American Watercolor Society Jury of awards in 2010. His works have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including four awards in the American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions and a National Watercolor Society Purchase Award winner “Best of Show” at the NWS Annual Juried Exhibition in 2006. The cost for this 5-day workshop is $260 for WOWS member, $280 for non-member. To register or for more information, contact Yuki Hall, (937) 426-7229, [email protected].

The following people signed up to bring refreshments to the March meeting: Cheryl Miracle, Gayle Beireis, Barb Arnold, Maly Bucy, Anna Mae Brown, Cass Barth, Yuki Hall, and Connie Weber. Thank you for volunteering.

Our next meeting will be April 2, 2013. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the April Newsletter is Monday, March 18, 2013. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.


Sandy Kinnemon Spring 2013 Watercolor Class

Becky Joy Workshop