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 Happy Spring Everyone,

There is something about the springtime burst of color in SW Ohio that seems to lighten everyone’s mood. There are certainly beautiful landscapes to inspire the artist in all of us. Be sure to check out the site for inspiration for the Landscapes 2019 show to benefit the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust. It is the Garland Wetland Reserve, and is located at 1271 Commerce Center Blvd. in Fairborn. That is at the northern end of Commerce Center Blvd. near the intersection with Garland Ave. Entries are delivered to our FAA Gallery on Saturday, June 29 from 1 – 4, so it’s time to get those beautiful pieces of art started. Pick up a prospectus at the Gallery.

We will have Election of our Officers for 2019-2020 at our May meeting. The slate presented by the Nominating Committee is listed in this newsletter.

Our May meeting, on May 7, will have Soon Y. Warren demonstrating her watercolors and we will announce the winners for our May Members’ Spring Fine Arts Show. Please bring your friends and families to see the show on Sundays, May 5, 12, and 19 from 1 to 4 pm. Ms. Warren will be teaching a workshop from May 4 through May 9, so please contact Pat Dunker at [email protected] ASAP if you want to be a part of that.

Thank you to Carole Collett who cleaned up and added some new colorful plants to our planters in front.

See you at the May meeting at 7 pm, Board meeting at 6 pm.

Billie Dickson



At the May 7, 2019, 7:00 pm, Fairborn Art Association (FAA) meeting, members will enjoy an artistic demonstration by well-known artist, Soon Y. Warren. The meeting is open to the public. Ms.Warren will also conduct a watercolor workshop at FAA from May 6-9, 2019.

Soon Y. Warren is a full time artist and teacher. She has an Associate Degree in Commercial Art from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Ms.Warren has had numerous exhibitions, earned numerous awards, and has published two books. She is a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS); American Watercolor Society (AWS); Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA); Southern Watercolor Artist (SW/LM); Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS); Honor Society of Watercolor USA; and Rocky Mountain Watermedia; Society of Watercolor Artist (SWA).

Ms.Warren’s favorite subjects are those found in nature: people, an animal, trees, a tangerine, pear, oriental poppy, iris, or something of intrigue at the moment. She is known for her spectacular renderings of everyday objects. She likes subjects that are pretty and make her happy. Ms.Warren always looks for interesting compositions created by natural form or light and often uses subject matter from still-life scenes. Flowers from her gardens often become models for paintings. She says, “I’m inspired by the beauty and complexity of nature and our surroundings. I try to paint the essence of subjects and my sincere feeling for nature.”


We will be voting for Officers of the Fairborn Art Association at our May 7, 2019 meeting. The slate presented by our Nominating Committee is as follows:

President – Billie Dickson                                             Vice President – Shirlee Bauer

Recording Secretary – Sheryl Scott                                Corresponding Secretary – Jacqueline Albright

Treasurer – Sue Red

If anyone wishes to run for one of the above offices, or if you wish to nominate someone else for one of the offices, please contact Fran Watson at [email protected] or 937-434-9943 prior to May 1, 2019, so a ballot with that name can be prepared. If no one else chooses to run, the election will be held by voice vote.


We still have openings for Soon Y. Warren’s watercolor workshop, May 6–9 and would welcome any interested people to get in touch with Pat Dunker 937-271-4798 or 937-562-3014 to enroll. Workshop cost for 4 days is $250 for members and $285 for nonmembers, both of which include a $40 non-refundable deposit. The subject matter in the workshop (as voted on by attendees) will be (1) flowers in a crystal vase and (2) a kitten. A materials list for this workshop is available on our website at

Attachment: Soon Y Warren registration

Attachment: Material List for Soon Y Warren


The next FAA workshop will be in October 2019 with Judi Betts. Information for this workshop will be included in the June 2019 Newsletter and will be available on our website at


FAA Spring Show paintings will be accepted on Tuesday, April 30, from noon to 5 pm. The show opens on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Prizes awarded on Tuesday, May 7 at the FAA meeting. Please bring your art ready to hang, and we do not accept saw tooth hangers or ring hangers. The prospectus has all the information needed to prepare your art for the show. A prospectus for this show is available in our Gallery or on our website at

Registration:  Tuesday, April 30 from Noon to 5 pm

Show Opening: May 5, 2019 from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm

Prizes Awarded:  Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7 pm at our May meeting

Gallery Hours:  Sundays, May 5, 12, and 19 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Pick Up:  Sunday, May 19 from 4 to 6 pm

If you signed up to sit with the FAA gallery, please bring light snacks. We will assign one person in your group to have access to the gallery so you can get in and lock up when you leave. Please check with us when you register your art to make sure who will have gallery access. Light snacks could be cookies or cheese & crackers, or chips & salsa, and a punch or lemonade or something similar. Feel free to bring your artwork to work on while you are there.

Please invite your friends and family to come see the show, and hopefully find a piece of art they would like to hang in their home or office. Remember to share this information with your friends on Social Media such as Facebook.

If you have questions or if you need to deliver or pick up your work at a different time, please contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] or (937) 270-7359 or Maggie Vance at [email protected] or (937) 527-8919.

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful art work!           …Submitted by Connie S. Gifford & Maggie Vance

Attachment: Spring prospectus 2019


Everyone should have received their Membership Dues Notice in the mail. Please bring your dues with the renewal form to either the May or June meeting or mail them to: FAA, PO Box 1231, Fairborn, OH 45324. The deadline for renewal is June 4th. If you did not receive a notice in the mail, there will be some available at the Gallery or you can contact Lori Luckner at [email protected]. Please fill out the form completely as we are redoing the database and want to make sure all information is accurate.

Attachment: FAA Membership Form 2019


Our Sweet Corn Festival is only about 3-1/2 months away. As you all know this is our major fund raiser for the FAA. We run on volunteers so we need you to volunteer some time August 15, 16, 17, or 18. We will need help on Thursday the 15 laying out the park; manning the gate and helping vendors find their spot on Friday the 16; the watermelon booth, information booth, and entry gate on Saturday and Sunday 17 & 18. So please sign up on the sheets at the May and June meeting. If you can’t make those meetings, let us know at the FAA number and we can get you on one of the tasks. Shifts usually run 3 to 4 hours; we can work around your schedule. Thanks in advance for your help on this important event.


Thank you to those who came out to the Senior Artisan Show and to the 45 artisans who shared their creations. The show included 81 pieces, 9 of which sold. We asked guests to choose their favorite pieces, and three top vote getters were The Wren by Dorleen Hilbig, A Feathered Beauty by Judy Ireton, and My Soul Flies on the Wings of a Dove by BJ Michaelis. Our thanks to our friends at the Fairborn Art Association and we look forward to another beautiful show in 2020.


The Fairborn Art Association was established years ago to join a community of artists together to enjoy many art forms. What is the essence of art? Almost every form of art has COLOR! The original logo for our association is a paintbrush with a splash but it is in black and white. I think that we should update the logo to make it colorful and reflect the association today. The Board has been trying very hard to make our association appear more modern.  We would like to hold a contest to design a new colorful logo. Everyone is encouraged to create a new logo. We can display the designs during the People’s Choice Show. We can all vote to choose the logo we like the best. So, I challenge you all the get busy with color and create logos!                          …Submitted by Sheryl Scott


Connie Gifford will be offering a workshop on May 22, 2019, from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery. Have you ever tried to watercolor on yupo paper, only to become frustrated and dismayed because you didn’t have  control of your painting? Yupo tends to become the boss with watercolor; however, I can help you with understanding how to take charge, where you manage and control what and how the paint flows. If I have your attention now, why not plan on attending my workshop with yupo? I will share the many tips, tricks and techniques that I have learned over the past few years of working with watercolor and yupo. Class space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. I will supply you with a 9×12″ sheet of Yupo paper and bring your watercolors and normal supplies (water container, brushes, paper towels, pencil, liquid frisket) and anything you have that will make textures. Registration instructions: The cost of the workshop is $50 and will be held at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery located  in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartment Building, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, Ohio. You can pay the day of the workshop but please email me to let me know if you plan to attend. If you have questions, please email: [email protected] or call me at: 937-270-7359.


Outdoor Sketching Workshops

Yuki Hall will be teaching outdoor sketching workshops “Fun with outdoor sketching” from May 21–May 23, 2019 (Session 1) and June 11–June 13, 2019 (Session 2).  These are two independent sessions and students can register for either one or both. We will be sketching at Cox Arboretum, Carriage Hill Farm as well as The Greene. In this workshop, students will learn about the variety of sketching supplies available, how to select and simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. You will also learn how to steer away from illustrative ‘coloring-in’ sketching style, but to paint in painterly fashion and add finesse to your sketching. We will be sketching mainly with watercolor, with additional use of both permanent and water-soluble pens. All levels are welcome.  The cost for this workshop is $140 (the cost includes two types of pens).  For more information or/and to register contact Yuki at (937) 679-2464, [email protected].

3-Day Indoor Watercolor Workshop

Yuki will also offer a 3-day indoor workshop, “Watercolor – Painting Loosely” at the Fairborn Art Association Gallery from June 24 to June 26, 2019. In this workshop, students will learn how to break away from coloring-in painting style and start painting watercolor with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities for more spontaneous and impressionistic appearance. In addition, effective use of eloquent calligraphy will be discussed. This workshop is designed to help students gain insight in discovering the true quality of watercolor so that he/she can create paintings with maximum visual and emotional impact. The cost for this workshop is $140.  For more information or/and to register, contact Yuki at (937) 679-2464, [email protected].

A brochure/registration form for each of Yuki’s workshops is available on our website at                                                                                            …Submited by Yuki Hall

Attachment: Fun with outdoor sketching pdf

Attachment: Painting Loosely.pdf


Former FAA President, Sue Brezine, will have her art on display at the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, OH, May 1 through June 28, 2019.  For hours call 937-296-2480.


Clarice Moore is exhibiting at Central State Dayton Campus at 840 Germantown Street, from April 1–May 31, 2019. Clarice also will have artwork on display at 3rd Perk Coffeehouse, 46 W. Fifth Street, April 6–June 13, 2019, as part of the Historic African American Churches exhibition, which has a lovely calendar featuring all the artists for sale.  Evvie Moore and Clarice Moore will be exhibited at Oakwood Historical Society’s fundraiser May 18, 2019, 4:00–-7:00 pm, 1947 Far Hills Avenue.


Monday Morning Artist group, led by Libby in Yellow Springs will have an exhibit ‘Art From the Heart’ at the YS Senior Center from May 15 thru July 1.  The Senior Center is open M-F, 9-4 usually.  Several other FAA people are part of the group, Theresa Mayer, Toni Larrichiuta, Marty Davenport, and others. Art from the Heart Artist Reception (food/drink/art friends) Friday, May 17 from 4:30-7:30.    Please come visit!

Libby Rudolf and Diana Hoke will host a workshop in the Great room, “Painting People in Watercolor” on Monday, May 20, 3:00-4:30. The cost is $15 and people should call the Senior Center at 767-5751 to sign up.  We will give tips and tricks of painting people…bring good photos. All supplies will be provided but people may bring their own if they prefer. Maximum of 15 people.


Yellow Springs Village Artisans has released a call for artists for the next Village Artisans Open Community Show. Applications and artwork are due by May 11 or 12, 2019. A prospectus/registration form is available on our website                                                                          …Submitted by Theresa Mayer

Attachment: Theresa Mayer Birds & Bees


The Landscapes 2019 juried art competition is underway. The juried competition’s Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 pm; with prizes awarded at 3 pm.  Please note this is a corrected date from previous notices. The gallery will also be open on July 21 and 28 from 2 to 4 pm for the community to enjoy.

Each year since 2010, B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and the Fairborn Art Association have sponsored the art competition to heighten the community’s awareness of local greenspaces and the need to preserve them. The Landscapes 2019 location is the Garland Wetland Reserve, a City of Fairborn Park located at 1271 Commerce Center Blvd., Fairborn; at the intersection of Commerce Center Blvd and Garland Avenue.

The juried competition is open to all artists 16 years and older, living within 200 miles of Fairborn, OH. Work may be oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, print, drawing, mixed media, photography, or 3D hanging art less than 10 lbs. in weight. Size many not exceed 30 x 40 inches.  A non-refundable entry fee of $20 for a total of 3 works must accompany the entry form. 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 29, 2019, during the hours of 1-4 pm. For additional information, please contact Pat Higgins at [email protected].


June 4, Social Meeting
July,  No Meeting
August, No Meeting


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.


The following people signed up to bring refreshments to our May meeting. Pat Dunker, Maggie Vance, Evvie Moore, Ed Vance, Shirley Harbaugh, Carol Edsall, Kenny Moore, Linda Perry, Shirlee Bauer, Sue Seitz, Jada Keplinger, Cass Barth. This will be a well attended meeting with the Workshop Artist giving the demo and we usually have 60 or more in attendance, so please plan accordingly. Additional volunteers are welcome. Your contribution does not have to be a chef’s perfection or even a cooked casserole. Finger foods and desserts are perfectly acceptable.

Our next meeting will be our June Social on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 7:00 pm. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the June Newsletter is Monday, May 20, 2019. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Jackie Albright at 937-233-7532.