Fairborn Art Association News

February 2021 Newsletter

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Hello, and welcome to 2021!

After some time off, it feels good to be getting back to meetings and art demos and looking forward to the new year.  It may still look a lot like the past year, but at least it is looking ahead.

We will have our member meeting on February 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Connie Gifford will be presenting a demo of painting on YUPO.  Connie has had great success with this sometimes difficult substrate, and she will share her techniques with the group. The meeting will again require a reservation with our Membership Chair Debbie Cosenza.  You can find her email in your directory.  Masks and social distancing are required and there will be no refreshments provided.

We intend to continue with our programs as scheduled, and hope residents of our area stay healthy enough for that to happen.

The first meeting of the Sweet Corn Festival Committee will take place this month.  It takes several months of planning to make this very important event happen, and I hope some of you will come forward to help out.  Administrative help is really needed to take over some of the activities provided by Sue Red and Lori Luckner.  Sheryl Scott will be working as vendor contact person, but so much more is involved in the coming months.  Please let Warren Brown know of any administrative talent you have that can help us have a successful event.

Jim Gifford has agreed to be our Sunshine Chair and he has sent cards to several of our members who have needed support.  Some have been ill with covid-19, some are recovering from surgeries and injuries.  If we have missed you, I apologize, but it is because we have not known. Please let Jim know of any of our members who might appreciate a cheery card from FAA friends.

Our policy regarding inclement weather at our meeting time has always been to follow the news for Fairborn schools.  That may not apply this year, unless schools are back in session regularly.  So, we will try to send an e-mail blast the day of the scheduled meeting if we need to cancel.

Looking forward to seeing you on February 2.

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.”  Aesop

Billie Dickson, President


To raise funds for their for the organization,  B.W. Greenway will hold an online auction in April of 2021. They have asked F.A.A. artists who would be interested, to donate art for this event. All money collected would be for B.W.s operating fund. Ideally, artwork would reflect B. W. Greenway’s mission, and represent the outdoors, and natural subjects. Artwork will be collected no later than March 1st, 2021.

Those interested in donating a piece of their work, please contact Bob Coates via email at  [email protected] with a photo of the artwork. He will make arrangements with artists for pick-up at their home/studio or for drop-off at his home – 33 East Hebble Ave. Fairborn, Ohio.

Artists are asked to price their work to help with setting an opening price for bidding. They would also like each artist’s contact information and a short bio to display along with the work on the online the auction site.


February 2nd Connie Gifford, Yupo techniques

March 2nd Amy Gantt, Design artist Lula Bell

April 6th Tim Langenderfer, oil painting

May 4th Workshop with Misuk Goltz

June 1st Social

July 6th No meeting

August 3rd No meeting

September 7th  Nita Leland, collage

October 5th TBD Workshop

November 2nd  Shirley DeLaet, watercolor

December 7th Christmas Party

FEBRUARY’S FEATURED ARTIST —Connie S. Gifford, Watercolor Artist

As a child living in Dayton, Ohio, Connie was enchanted with color…the brighter, the better.  Her childhood passion for drawing, painting, and art in general launched her into a 30-year profession in graphic arts and a degree in visual communication.  Bright colors motivated her then, and her love has increased greatly ever since.  In 2011, Connie discovered the magic of watercolor, and her childhood fiery passion was reignited.

She is inspired by all things in nature and strives to focus the bright, transparent freshness of watercolor to attract a viewer into her painting.  Connie wants people to feel the life pulsing in a wild or captive animal, in the promise of a sunrise, a bright day, or the release of a day’s stress in a sunset.  Her limited palette, from three to eight transparent colors, is selected to intensify a mood, celebrate a moment, and make her work sing.

Connie attends workshops with nationally acclaimed watercolor artists. She studies videos on watercolor and online courses, and attends demos and lectures at local art groups. She co-chairs a Thursday Paint-In watercolor group each week with local watercolor artists. She currently teaches private watercolor lessons to a high school student and a group of younger children.

Over the past several years, Connie has exhibited her paintings in Kettering and Beavercreek; the past five years her art has been accepted into the Ohio Watercolor Society juried shows; and she has sold several paintings to private collections in the surrounding communities. Connie can be reached at [email protected].


Misuk Goltz grew up in South Korea and moved to the US in 1980. She studied art history and psychology along with art therapy. After her studies, she worked as a psychiatric counselor in hospitals until she retired in 2008. When she retired she began to paint. Using watercolors, she mostly paints people, trying to capture the unique and intriguing story that each individual carries within them. Misuk has studied with many nationally known artists, mostly watercolor painters. And she particularly enjoyed taking classes from local artists in the Dayton area. She is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and her works have been accepted into the National Watercolor Society International and Member’s juried shows, the Ohio Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Association. She has also participated in many other juried art shows and has won numerous awards for her watercolor paintings. She has been teaching watercolor painting classes and workshops since 2011. She was involved with Fairborn Art Association artists for many years until she moved to California in 2016. Since 2015 Misuk has been keeping illustrated journals. In her journals, she has expanded her subjects to include landscapes, animals and everything else that she comes in contact with as she journeys through her life. She has traveled worldwide and recently returned from an 8-month trip to Mongolia and other countries in the Far East. Her experiences during her travels inspire her art journaling. Misuk has been teaching watercolor painting classes, workshops and art journaling workshops in California. She is happy and excited to come back to her former hometown and help others discover the joy of sketching and painting in a journal book; keeping a diary with sketches and paintings on a daily basis.

For registration information, contact Pat Dunker [email protected] or  print out a copy of the attached registration form.

Attachment:  Misuk Goltz Registration May 2021


Sue Brezine, a watercolorist and member of the Village Artisans in Yellow Springs, will present a retrospective of her work in watercolors and pastels. Brezine’s Lobby Show will be on display from Jan. 8 through March 4 at the Village Artisans Gallery, located at 100 Corry St., Yellow Springs. Brezine is a  member and former president of the Fairborn Art Association, president of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society, and a member of Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors. Brezine retired from a long and successful career of teaching. She has been quoted, however, as saying, “Thank goodness artists never need to really retire.”  The Village Artisans Gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.


If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at www.fairbornart.org 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, March 2, 2021. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the March Newsletter is Monday, February 15, 2021. Please email your articles to  [email protected]  or call Kenny Moore at 937-313-1040.







November 2020 Newsletter

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Hello all,

And just like that, the weather has turned cool, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween and Thanksgiving are upon us.

If you missed our October meeting, there was important information for all to be aware of.

  1. We have had to cash in a CD in order to meet our normal expenses (rent, phones, speakers, etc.) for the year. Without the Sweet Corn Festival, we lost $13,000 income. Our current dues do not begin to cover even our rent, so there was no choice. We are now operating at a deficit, and spending our assets. That is not a sustainable way to continue providing the wonderful things you have come to expect from FAA.
  2. Sue and Loren Red, and Lori Luckner have resigned their positions with FAA and the Sweet Corn Festival. No monetary amount could be put on the time and energy they have devoted to both organizations over the years. We need volunteers in place next month (November) if the Sweet Corn Festival can be held in 2021. Along with Warren Brown and a committee of volunteers, they have been the driving force behind the Sweet Corn Festival, and Sue has been FAA Treasurer for as long as I can remember. Please, please, please consider taking a leadership role in this festival that is so important to the Fairborn community and to FAA. Call Warren Brown and he can fill you in how YOU can help.
  3. Roger Browning has agreed to take over the Treasurer role, but can only commit for a year. We NEED someone to take over this critical role for our organization (and to work with Roger ahead of time). Please call Roger or me if you are willing to take on this role. I’m sure Sue Red would be happy to answer questions as well. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Because of the restrictions placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to have our annual Holiday and Christmas party this year. Therefore, there will not be a meeting in December.

We had a successful Members’ Show in October. There were 75 entries, and if you were unable to get out to see the show you missed some absolutely compelling pieces of art. We are planning a spring show for May 2021, and crossing our fingers! Hopefully, photos of the prize-winning entries will be on our Facebook page and our Website soon.

Jim Gifford has taken on the role of Sunshine Chair from Deb Suter. If you know of a member who needs some love from FAA, please let Jim know and he will send a card.

Our November meeting is Tuesday, November 3. Our speaker is Tim Langenderfer, Artist-in-Residence and instructor at MOSA Academy of Art. He will be talking about and demonstrating drawing techniques. Please reserve your space by emailing or calling Debi Cosenza. Only 40 seats are available because of social distancing requirements. Meeting begins at 7 pm. Remember there are no refreshments provided, so if you need to bring something for yourself only you may do so, but are required to take your trash out with you.

We will have a special recognition of the service of Sue and Loren Red, and Lori Luckner at our November meeting as well.

Cheap Joe shared this quote attributed to Dan White. “To belong is perhaps the most important and yet least recognized need of the human soul.”

Billie Dickson, President


Tim Langenderfer is our November demo artist Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7 pm.  He will be sharing his teaching skills in drawing.  Mr. Langenderfer is lead instructor and Artist-in-Residence at MOSA, Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin, Ohio.  His career began in illustration for various well-known clients. To reserve your seat at the demo, email Debbie Cosenza at [email protected], as our maximum seating for distancing is 40 members. No refreshments, you may bring a snack and beverage as long as you remove your own trash. Masks MUST be worn. Our Board will be meeting from 5:30-6:30 in the gallery, so please do not arrive prior to 6:30. As always all common areas will be cleaned prior to your arrival. We hope to see you there!                                                                                                                          …Submitted by Carol Edsall


FEBRUARY 2 – Connie Gifford – Yupo
MARCH 2 – Amy Gantt-Design artist Lula Bell
APRIL 6 – Jacqueline Sullivan-Abstract landscapes, multimedia


Juror Statement: I commend all of you for showing your work. Wonderful show!!! Good values on many. Like the strong values and interesting brush strokes, tonal values and variety of media make this an interesting show! Thank you for having me here.                                                                                                      …Bruce Neville

Jane Trame – Best of show                                 Carol Edsall – 2nd place
Connie S. Gifford – 1st place                             Tom Kinarney – 3rd place

Honorable Mention:
Peggy Bowman, Esther Wilson, Shirlee Bauer, Shirley Harbaugh, Linda Brandenburg, Rose Schultz, Doriann Fusco, Patricia Dunker.

Judges Merit Award:
Linda Keller, Billie Dickson, Sheryl Scott, Patricia Tallman, Lisa Becker, Joann Davenport, Carol Collett, Marsha Elliott


Connecting Art & Spirit: Mindful Markmaking. 3-Day Mini Art Retreat Online, November 13, 14, 15, 11 am – 1 pm EST. This is a 3-day online (2 hours each day for a total of 6 hours) ZOOM class. The cost is $95 US dollars for all 3-day classes. Register by clicking this link https://www.rosiehuart.com/new-online-class-coming . Detailed instructions for art techniques, poetry readings, Zoom info, and source of suppliers will be emailed before the retreat.


Middletown Arts Center presents the Annual Area Art Exhibition. This juried competition is open to adult artists working in 2D & 3D media. See the best work from artists within a 50 mile radius of Middletown! You may view entry information and the prospectus here:  https://files.constantcontact.com/97c16d8e001/c0824dca-22e1-4e6f-bf5e-1d4748d1c318.pdf . Work to be accepted Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19 during business hours. Check business hours on prospectus. A copy of the prospectus is attached.

Attachment:  MAC Area Art Exhibition Prospectus 2020 NEW REVISED_1_


If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at https://fairbornart.org 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 deadline for submitting articles to be included in the December Newsletter is Monday, November 16, 2020. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Kenny Moore at 937-313-1040.

October 2020 Meeting

PHOTOS FROM BRUCE NEVILLE’S WORKSHOP       … Submitted by James Gifford

Bruce Neville was our speaker and demo artist at our meeting on October 6, 2020. Bruce demonstrated his watercolor techniques resulting in a colorful city scene which took us by surprise. He started with abstract looking blocks of color, working all over the page, not concentrating on any one object, but working on all objects intermittedly. The finished painting brought all these objects together in a delightful painting. He also showed several of his other paintings. It was an enjoyable painting session, also including his wife, Nancy, who commented on both the painting process and their personal history with his painting life.

October 2020 Newsletter

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Fall is definitely in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and it is time for our FAA Members Fine Art Show!

Be sure to take your work for the show on October 1 from noon to 4.  The prospectus and registration form are available on our website as an attachment to an article on the Members’ Show dated September 15, 2020.. Have your paperwork done BEFORE you show up to register. Show is open October 4, 11, and 18 from 1 to 4 pm. Please pick up your work on Sunday, October 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be announced at the October 6 meeting.

Our meeting is Tuesday, October 6 at 7 pm. The speaker is Bruce Neville, award winning watercolorist from Cincinnati. You must reserve a seat with Debbie Cosenza at [email protected] as space is limited. Masks must be worn and there will be NO refreshments.

The Bruce Neville workshop is Wednesday, October 7 through 9th. Contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] if you still want to register. (She is taking this over temporarily from Pat Dunker, who is having surgery that week.)

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful work at the show!

Cheap Joe says. “Enthusiasm is the single most important element in your talent bag.”

Billie Dickson,


At this time the 2020-2021 artist and workshop schedule is as follows, subject to change:

OCTOBER 6 – 8 – Workshop – Bruce Neville
NOVEMBER 3 – Tim Langenderfer-Drawing
DECEMBER 1 – Christmas Party
JANUARY 5 – No Meeting
FEBRUARY 2 – Connie Gifford- Yupo
MARCH 2 – Amy Gantt-Design artist Lula Bell
APRIL 6 – Jacqueline Sullivan-Abstract landscapes, multimedia
MAY 4 – Workshop – Misuk Goltz
JUNE 1 – Social
JULY 6 –  No Meeting –  B-W Greenway Landscapes2021 Exhibition*
AUGUST 3 – No Meeting, Sweetcorn Festival
SEPTEMBER 7 – Nita Leland- Collage
OCTOBER 5 – Workshop – TBD
NOVEMBER 2 – Shirley De Laet-Watercolor
DECEMBER 7 – Christmas Party

…Submitted by Carol Edsall

*The brochure for the Landscape2021 Exhibition can be found on our website as an attachment to the article that was published in the September 2020 Newsletter.


Bruce Neville from Cincinnati will be our featured artist for the FAA workshop October 6, 7 and 8. Reservations are now being accepted. Please send a $40 nonrefundable deposit to reserve your place in the workshop. (If FAA has to cancel the workshop due to Covid-19 or any other unusual reason, your deposit will be refunded.) Fees are $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. The Registration form is on the FAA website at https://fairbornart.org .

Bruce Neville’s workshop will be filled with information to help you process the painting, in developing your own style and adding that freshness to your work. Each day Bruce will start the subject demo and will demonstrate how he will approach the subject and show the processes he goes through. The loose style, the light process, where the values are critical to bring your eye into the focal point of the painting. Drawing and perspective will also be discussed, and he will provide some shortcuts to develop the painting. For additional information, please contact Connie Gifford at [email protected] .


The annual Fairborn Sweetcorn Festival is the revenue generator that sustains the Fairborn Art Association by paying for the gallery and associated expenses throughout the year and allows us to keep the dues at a reasonable level and provide the level of service that you expect.

Sue Red, Loren Red and Lori Luckner have retired from the Sweetcorn Festival which means we need some dedicated volunteers to take their places.

  1. One position manages the booth acquisition and associated duties.
  2. Another position manages the physical activities such as the restroom contract, field layout, tent rental, generator rental, and materials from storage such as chairs and tables and watermelon booth.
  3. Another position manages the website and works with booth selection and arrangement and orders parade handouts and signs for booth locations and other informational signs.

We have detailed instructions for these positions and as you can well imagine these positions are at the heart of the event so are critical to be filled and accomplished.  There can be multiple volunteers for each of these positions as well.

If we cannot find volunteers for these positions by the end of November 2020 the event scheduled for August 21 and 22, 2021 will not occur!


If you have access to the internet, please go to our website at https://fairbornart.org 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 is scheduled for November 3, 2020. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the November Newsletter is Monday, October 19, 2020. Please email your articles to [email protected] or call Kenny Moore at 937-313-1040.

2020 Members’ Fine Art Show

FAA Member’s’ Fine Art Show paintings will be accepted on Thursday, October 1, from noon to 5 pm. The show opens on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Prizes awarded on Tuesday, October 6 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 is attached.

Due to COVID-19, we can only allow 10 people inside the gallery and at least 8 are the volunteers to help with the show, therefore, only the required amount of people inside the gallery at a time. Weather permitting; we will have tables setup outside to help with the registration process. Please be prepared prior to entry and a mask is required to enter the gallery and maintain 6’ social distancing.

Registration: Thursday, October 1 from Noon to 5 pm

Show Opening: October 4, 2020 from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm

Prizes Awarded: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7 pm at our May meeting

Gallery Hours: Sundays, October 4, 11, and 18 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Pick Up: Sunday, October 18 from 4 to 6 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 (937) 270-7359 or Carol Edsall at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful art work!     …Submitted by Connie S. Gifford and Carol Edsall

Attachment:  FAA 2020 Fine Art Show Prospectus

Bruce Neville Workshop

At this time in our uncertain world, the Bruce Neville watercolor workshop WILL BE happening but with reduced number of students to maintain social distancing.  It will be held at the FAA Studio from Oct. 7-9. 2020.  Cost for the workshop is $200 for FAA members and $250 for nonmembers,  Bruce will give a demo at the Oct meeting on OCT 6.  There will be social distancing for both and masks are required.  In addition there will be no food at either event due to the coronavirus but you are allowed to bring food and drink only for yourself. If you are interested in the workshop please send a nonrefundable deposit of $40 to Pat Dunker at 30 Innisbrook Close, Xenia, Ohio 45385.  The registration form can be found online with the FAA September 2020 newsletter.

IMPORTANT: Pat has recently discovered that some mail doesn’t seem to be arriving either timely or at all. If you have sent registration and a check to Pat for this workshop, please texl her at 937-271-4798 so she can make sure it has arrived. Thank you for your understanding during our changing world.

 Bruce Allan Neville born in Rhode Island and studied at the Boston Architectural Center and Wentworth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Neville moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960 and graduated from University of Cincinnati in the DAAP program in 1966 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

 When Bruce retired after 40 years as an architect, his wife Nancy (also an artist) gave him a gift of a watercolor workshop, and he was hooked.  Over the years Bruce has taught at Baker Hunt in Covington and has begun giving  workshops.

Neville is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Associate member of the American Watercolor Society and the Signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club. Neville has won numerous awards and honors including the RAM Richmond Art Museum Award of Excellence, CAC Viewpoint Award, Boston Mills Award of Best in Show and two years Best in Watercolor at Carmel International in Carmel, IN. Neville has extensive teaching experience at college level at the Cincinnati Art Academy and workshops throughout the Midwest. Bruce is interested in mood and atmosphere and says “when you understand the lighting you are able to make drawings with strong contrasts” .Neville’s style and technique was published in the “ The Watercolor Technique of 23 International Artist”. My goal is to develop not a style of painting but a way of thinking, interpret and being creative. Each painting conveys a unique experience leading the viewer into a new way of seeing and understanding my process.

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