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Spring Greetings!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend, despite the cold weather. Can you believe we had snow the day after, although it was beautiful. I know, if you live in Ohio…

Our Members’ Show will be one of the highlights of our May 3 meeting, along with David R. Smith’s demo. Since there is so much talent in our organization, I, for one, am looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries and the announcement of winners. I’m also anxious to see our guest artist’s presentation, which should be very informative and entertaining. Don’t forget that we start promptly at 7:00 pm so come early to see the show and claim your seat since we are expecting a large attendance.

The judging for the three $1000 scholarships has been finalized and letters sent to the winners and non-winners. We had nine entries this year and they all exhibited varying works and talents, which made it challenging for our judges. The winners will be presented with their scholarships at the June 7 meeting.

Speaking of our June 7 meeting, we will be serving a picnic style meal of hot dogs, baked beans, chips, etc., and voting for our People’s Choice Awards, which is always lots of fun, so please plan on attending. That will also be our last meeting until September.

Our Sweet Corn Festival will be here before you know it so PLEASE sign up to help us by filling out the volunteer sheets located in the Gallery. We need volunteers to help with setup on August 18–19 and with festival duties on August 20–21. Once again, this is our BIG money maker and much help is needed. Roger Browning will also be needing help at the Watermelon Booth so, when he contacts you, please help if you are able. And last, but not least, we still need a Sweet Corn Chair to assist Warren Brown and take over for 2023. I can’t stress enough how much we need someone to step into this position. This is Warren’s last year and, if no one volunteers, we will be out thousands of dollars that support our organization so please seriously consider helping us if that is your talent.

We are considering participating in the Garden Show in downtown Fairborn on Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am–3:00 pm, publicizing FAA and getting our name out into the community so we may need your help setting up or working the booth.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in May, so keep creating and enjoy Spring, no matter what the weather!

Linda Brandenburg


May 3 David R. Smith watercolor demo (workshop May 2–4)
June 7 Social
July 5 No meeting
August 2 No meeting
September 6 Jacqueline Sullivan, acrylic
October 4 Demo and Workshop TBD
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. Please only bring food or drink for yourself and clean up afterward.

…Submitted by Carol Edsall


Fairborn Art Association is pleased to welcome David R. Smith for our May demo and workshop. David enjoys the challenge of working in harmony with a fluid medium. By providing the proper environment, surrendering some control, and working with the medium, the most beautiful results oftentimes occur naturally. To keep the paintings from getting too precise, and instead, to convey a feeling of aliveness, David utilizes a number of techniques such as working wet into wet, glazing, pouring, spattering, and spraying. These techniques not only keep the painting fresh, but produce exciting interminglings and textures effortlessly.

David’s favorite subjects tend to be found in nature and he loves to travel abroad as well as explore state and national parks for inspiration. Depicting a subject in great light, capitalizing on the contrast developed by light and shadow, while showcasing the assortment of jewels that happen naturally through the fluid medium, keeps David eager to paint his next creation.

David has studied under numerous instructors in the states and in China. He has displayed his work in galleries and museums across the United States and his work has been awarded at the state and national level. David has received Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and others.

  …Submitted by Pat Dunker


FAA Members’ Show artwork will be accepted on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 5:00 pm. The show opens on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Prizes awarded on Tuesday, May 3 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. The prospectus is available in our Gallery and on our website.

Note New Changes:  Photography will now be included in the show, however, maximum of two entries per member. Entry fee for each piece of artwork is $10; Size not to exceed 30 x 40 inches.

Registration: Thursday, April 28 from Noon to 5:00 pm

Show Opening: May 8, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Prizes Awarded: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm at our May meeting

Gallery Hours: Sundays, May 8, 15, and 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Note: The Members’ Show will end at the June 7, 2022 meeting and is now included with the People’s Choice. Artwork will be removed after the meeting.

Pick Up: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 after the FAA meeting and on Thursday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

If you signed up to sit with the FAA gallery, please bring only food/drink for yourself because we will not furnish anything for the guests due to COVID-19. 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. 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, contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] or Carol Edsall at [email protected] .

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful art work!

…Submitted by Connie S. Gifford and Carol Edsall


I want to remind all members of the need for Sweet Corn Festival volunteers for the time period of August 18–21. See the sign-up sheet for volunteer positions!

…Submitted by Warren Brown, Sweet Corn Festival Chair


Our Sweet Corn Festival is August 20–21 this year. As always, we will need volunteers for the Watermelon Booth, as well as the other activities. I have put the Watermelon Booth Schedules in the gallery on a clipboard on the entrance desk. If you would prefer, you can email me at [email protected] and I will sign you up. Please sign up for this very important fund raiser early. I will also have the schedules at the May meeting for you.

…Submitted by Roger Browning


The annual membership fees are due by June 1. If you haven’t renewed yet, FAA Membership forms are available at the office.

…Submitted by Debbie Cosenza, Membership Chair


We have had a new member express an interest in starting an evening painting group at the gallery. Elizabeth Beecher does oil paintings and would be willing to help beginners get started; however, any medium would be welcome. If you would be interested in joining an evening painting group, please contact me at [email protected] .

…Submitted by Carol Collett, Gallery Coordinator


Yuki Hall will be presenting a painting and sketching vacation workshop, “Capturing the Magic of Tuscany
in Florence & Trequanda, Italy from September 22 to September 30, 2022. It is a trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting, Tuscan cuisine and wine! We will be staying in a hotel in the Oltramo district in Florence for the first 2 nights, then the next 6 nights, in the 16th century renovated family owned farmhouse with its history and vineyard. The trip includes a private guided tour in Florence, entrance to Accademia, Uffizi gallery, a private guided tour in Siena with entrance to Siena cathedral, private excursions to Pienza and Bagno Vigoni, cooking class, vineyard and wine tour as well as watercolor painting and sketching instruction by Yuki throughout the trip. All the transportation during the trip and most meals are included. For more information, contact Yuki at [email protected] , 937-679-2464. The information about this trip is also on her website, .


Village Artisans presents the 38th Annual Art On The Lawn on Saturday, August 13, 2022. This juried Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is held on the yard outside Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. For more information, contact Village Artisans Gallery at 937-767-1209 or visit their website at .


FAA will have water and soft drinks available at the meetings. We will not be encouraging the sharing of food at our meetings, however, if someone wants to bring snacks to share, they must be individually prepackaged. You are welcome to bring your own personal snacks. Please be responsible for cleaning up after yourself.

…Submitted by Carol Collett, Galley Coordinator


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, June 7, 2022. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the June Newsletter is Monday, May 16, 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 newsletter 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.