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Dear Members and Patrons,

 Welcome Spring! Our May meeting is surely a “don’t miss” event! Not only will our Members Spring Fine Art Show be up, but our nationally known artist guest, Frederick C. Graff, will have juried it and will announce the 2014 winners.

 It is also time to renew your membership. The cost of  membership is most reasonable, and you have an option to give an additional donation if you choose to contribute to FAA as a tax exempt organization. You may also want to check on the form to have your email address printed in the directory. We hope you all will continue in this great group!.

 You will also see in this newsletter the nominees for our 2014-2015 Board members with a short bio. A great “Thank You” goes out to you all for stepping up to lead this organization we all value so much.

 Spring is the time when the high school Senior FAA scholarship winners are chosen. We are pleased to announce that ten talented students applied for our two $1,000  awards. The winners will be announced at our June Celebration Meeting.

 Mr. Graff will be demonstrating his professional talent for us at the May meeting. This is indeed an honor to have him with us. So come early to enjoy viewing the show, pay your membership dues, and we will get started with our meeting at 7:00 pm. The Board will meet at 6:00 pm.


Sue Brezine



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.” His continuous growth and development in his pursuit of watercolor has enabled him to be a leading artist/educator in the field of watercolor painting.

 He believes that  “When an artist understands the basic principles and elements of design, the subject matter becomes unlimited. The selection of my subject matter is determined by my immediate response to the subject and its surrounding  environment. Fred says, “It is essential that I go beyond the level of just recording facts. It is my intent to convey a spontaneous response in an unrestricted yet semi-controlled manner. This approach to watercolor painting lends itself to a unique and unpredictable experience. This state of uncertainty compels me to further explore the world of watercolor.”

 Upon graduation from Miami University, Fred studied privately with the late Franklin A. Bates. He pursued additional graduate work at both Kent State University and the University of Akron. In addition to being a retired art teacher for the Berea City Schools, Fred has been conducting numerous watercolor workshops, demonstra­tions, and critiques throughout the United States and abroad for the last 40 years. He has won numerous awards from various watercolor societies including Millard Sheets Memorial Medal award, Emily Goldsmith Award and the most recent Bud Gretchen Marble Medal from American Watercolor Society.

 A native of the Western Reserve, Frederick C. Graff resides in his hometown of Medina, Ohio with his wife Jan, who is his workshop and gallery coordinator.


Election of Officers to serve on the 2014/2015 Board of the Fairborn Art Association will be held at the May meeting. We will definitely elect a new president, vice president, and recording secretary. Abbreviated bios for those nominees are included below. More descriptive bios will be available at the Gallery at the May meeting. Other current Board members have agreed to continue to serve the Association for the coming year; however, we will welcome nominations from the floor at the May meeting of anyone who would like to serve in any position. There are also several committees which will welcome your participation to keep the Association running smoothly. Our Nominating Committee will present the slate of Board officers for the coming year:

President:  Sandy Kinnamon             

                    David Yarnall                                          

Vice President:  Louise Jackson         

Recording Secretary:  Sheryl Scott

Treasurer:  Sue Red 

Corresponding Secretary:  Jackie Albright

Nominees for President:

Sandy Kinnamon has been treasurer for Western Ohio Watercolor Society and vice president for Fairborn Art Association, president of her Toastmasters Club, and vice president of Good Sam Club.

Dave Yarnall is a member of Western Ohio Watercolor Society and Fairborn Art Association. He has been the president of two social clubs, trustee of one social club, as well as secretary and president of lodges.

Nominee for Vice President:  Louise Jackson has been on the boards of many painting organizations and most importantly, has served as the program director for several of them.

Nominee for Recording Secretary:  Sheryl Scott has served as secretary for the State of Ohio Society of the American Medical Technologists for 12 of the 15 years she has served on their Board of Directors.

Nominee for Treasurer:  Sue Red is the current Treasurer and is running unopposed.

Nominee for Corresponding Secretary:  Jackie Albright is the current Corresponding Secretary and is running unopposed.

Members:  This is a reminder that Registration for the 2014 Members Spring Fine Art Show will be Monday, April 28 from 9 am to 12 noon and from 1 to 3 pm. It also will be Wednesday, April 30  from 10 am to 12 noon. The Gallery will be open Sundays, May 4, 11, and 18, from 1-4 pm. Pick up for the artwork will be Sunday, May 18, from 4-5 pm and Monday, May 10, from 10 am to 12 noon. Please have your sales information, entry forms, and fees ready when you come for registration. The forms are available on our website and at the Gallery. I hope to see you there. The awards will be  given at the May meeting; best of luck to all of you. To those of you who have volunteered to help set up and sit in the gallery, I thank you and will see you there.        Submitted by gayle Beireis

Attachment:  2014 Spring Prospectus


As May approaches, it is time to renew your club membership. Membership fees are due June 1 for 2014/2015. A membership form is attached to this newsletter and we request that you fill out the form completely so that we can update your information if necessary. You may bring the membership form and your check (or cash) to the May or June meeting and submit them as you sign in at the door. Or you may send them to Fairborn Art Association, P.O. Box 1231, Fairborn, OH 45324. The cost is $25 for Individual membership; $15 for Seniors; $30 for Family membership; and there is an optional donation line if you choose to contribute to FAA as a tax exempt organization. You may also want to check on the form to have your email address printed in the members’ directory. All members who pay by the June 3rd meeting will be included in the new Directory.

 The Board of Directors voted to make a change to the By-Laws of our Constitution regarding the collection of dues. By-Law #1 will now read as follows:

 1.  The FAA membership dues will be a fee set by the Board of Directors at the February board meeting. Memberships will run from June 1st to May 31st of each year. Starting on February 1 of each year, the Fairborn Art Association will prorate membership dues for the current year in the following manner:  the membership dues for the current year will be prorated to $2.00 per month for the remaining months of the year, to include the current month through the month of May. The prorated amount will be accepted only if membership fees for the following year are paid at the same time.

Attachment:  Membership Form


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. Contact Yuki Hall for additional information. To register for this workshop, contact Yuki Hall at [email protected], 937-426-7229, or use the registration form available on our website . This workshop is currently full, but you may register for the waiting list.

Attachment:  Fred Graff workshop registration form


The Fairborn Art Association is sponsoring this 4-day watercolor workshop with Janet Rogers, AWS, FWS, October 6 to October 9, 2014 (Monday through Thursday) from 9 am to 4 pm daily. This workshop will be held at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, located at the rear of the Fairborn Senior Building, 221 N. Central Ave., Fairborn OH. In this workshop, Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach to working with the medium. With series of exercises, you will quickly gain confidence in approaching the floral, portrait, and figure in a more spontaneous and expressive way. The workshop materials will include demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, and “show and tell” session. All levels are welcome. Janet Rogers is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, as well as the Florida Watercolor Society. She is a nationally recognized instructor, conducting workshops all over the United States and in Europe.  She has produced four instructional DVDS, “Expressive Watercolor Portraits,” “Expressive Watercolor Florals,” “Watercolor Rhythms with Figures,” and “Expressing the Bouquet in Watercolor.”  She has been featured in the book The One-Hour Watercolorist, by Patrick Seslar (North Light Books), and was also featured in the July/August 2009 issue of American Artist Magazine. You can learn more about Janet, by visiting her website at .  The cost for this workshop is $260 for a FAA member, $280 for a non-member. To register, send non-refundable deposit of $40 along with the registration form to:  Yuki Hall  4136 Fox Fern Ct., Beavercreek, OH 45432.  Make checks payable to Fairborn Art Association. Final payment must be made by August 15, 2014. For any questions about this workshop, please contact Yuki at 937-426-7229, [email protected] . The registration form is available at the Gallery or on our website at .

Attachment:  Janet Rogers workshop registration form


Time to get outside and do some en plein air painting. The 2014 En Plein Air Juried Art Exhibition is scheduled  to start with an Opening Reception July 6, from 1-4 pm. Artwork will be received at the FAA Gallery on June 29 from 1-3 pm and from 5-8 pm. This year the 2-dimensional artwork must be created by painting outdoors at Cemex Reserve, Fairborn, OH, from March 2014 until June 28, 2014.  A flyer giving more detailed information about the history, requirements, schedule, and location for painting for this year’s show is available at the Gallery and on our website . Cash prizes totaling $300 will be awarded at the Opening Reception.

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Misuk is offering a three-day workshop, “Portrait Painting in Watercolor with Misuk,” at the FAA Gallery June 9, 10, 11 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. This three-day workshop will cover the basics of portrait painting in watercolor. Different values of color create the illusion of form and space related to form. Misuk will demonstrate mixing colors for skin tone and value that will add depth to capture the essence of the person you want to paint in watercolor. We will focus on the steps of preparing reference materials, sketches, quick value studies, color portrait painting, and finishing up with an interesting background to produce a complete portrait. The cost for the workshop will be $95. You may contact Misuk at [email protected] . A flyer and application form is available at the Gallery or on our website .

Attachment:  2014 June Portrait workshop at FAA


Yuki will be offering a three-day watercolor workshop, titled “Watercolor–Working with Notan” from June 23 to June 25, 2014, at Fairborn Art Association Gallery. Notan is a Japanese word meaning “harmony of dark & light.” In art form, it refers to the arrangement of dark and light patterns in the way it conveys the underlying energy of the composition. In this workshop, students will learn to recognize and utilize the concept of Notan as an essential design element, so that they will be able to take more active role in creating a powerful composition in their painting. The cost of this workshop is $140. To register, contact Yuki at [email protected], 937-426-7229. You can also download the registration form from our website at .

Attachment:  Working with Notan FAA registration


Spots are filling quickly for the 2014 Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival to be held on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 10 pm. If you are interested in participating, please fill out an application. The festival features wine from Ohio wineries and art from local artists. Last year we had an attendance of over 12,000 and we expect the same for this year. If you have any questions or would like additional information please do not hesitate to contact me.  Submitted by Amy Lawson, Administrative Assistant, Grove City Town Center Inc., 3378 Park Street, Grove City, OH 43123, 614 539-8762.


In conjunction with the Bicentennial Celebrations of the City of Troy, OH, the Troy Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the “200 Years, 200 Pieces of Art” Adjudicated Art Exhibit. The exhibit consists of a Senior Division, open to those aged 18 or over, and a Junior Division for High School students, grades 9-12.  There are 4 categories in each division:  2D, 3D, Photography, and Poetry. Prizes for People’s Choice and Best in Show will be given to each category in each division. Additionally, there will be ONE Grand prize in each division. Prizes in the Junior Division are $500 each, and the Grand Prize is $1000. Prizes in the Senior Division are $1,000 each, with a Grand Prize of $3,000. Entry Fees:  Junior Division $20 (for up to 10 pieces); Senior Division $30 (for up to 10 pieces). Deadline for submission is June 27, 2014; Finalist will be notified by July 18, 2014; Finalists’ work must be received by August 16, 2014. The show will last one month from August 25 until September 27. Prizes will be announced in the closing ceremonies of the Bicentennial celebrations on September 20, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, call the TAA at 937-301-9889. Submitted by Steven Kiefer, President, Troy Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 763, Troy OH 45473, [email protected] .

Attachment:  EntryForm4 with Standards


The Dayton Metro Library through their project “Libraries for a Smarter Future” is announcing a new project they call, “ReImagining Works.” The plan is to put original works of art into each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library location. Artwork will be created by local artists, inspired by existing works in the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection. Eventually, each Library will display a new piece of art which is a result of collaboration among the Art Institute, the Library, Library users, and artists in our region. This ReImagining Works project is the first of 17 projects for the new libraries; original, commissioned interior and exterior artwork will be sought periodically for the next 3 years. All commissioned pieces will be conceived in response to an artwork held in the permanent collection of The Dayton Art Institute. Voting will take place for each building. Artworks from the voting will be chosen to be included in each full Request for Proposals (RFP). The E.C. Doren RFP will be available on May 13, 2014. Artists will have one month to develop a response to chosen artwork. Any aspect can be utilized as source material for the submission. Specifications of the site and a detailed timeline for installation will also be included in the RFP. Look for more detailed information on the Dayton Metro Library website at . This is a unique opportunity to have your artwork in a new venue in the local area.


The following people signed up to bring refreshments to the May meeting:  Jean Lutz, Vicki Dehus, Jan Lendino, Ellie Ditmer, Cheryl Miracle, and Jim and Margaret Brooks. Thank you for volunteering.

 Our next meeting will be June 3, 2014. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the June Newsletter is Monday, May 19, 2014. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.