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Hello Everyone!

The 2021 Sweet Corn Festival is history, and I couldn’t be more proud of all the hard work our organization provided to make this event a HUGE success…everyone was OUTSTANDING! A special thanks to Warren Brown for chairing this extravaganza and to Cheryl Miracle for being his right-hand ‘woman’. Our watermelon booth sold out, so Kudos to Roger Browning, his family, and all those that stood for hours cutting watermelon. Sheryl Scott kept all the vendors in order and didn’t stop moving the whole weekend! I can’t mention everyone’s name or this letter would go on forever, but just know I am very grateful for the marvelous job you all did, despite the hot and humid weather.

We are starting a new season this fall and our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm, with Nita Leland as our guest speaker. Since she is such a popular ‘attraction’ and Covid-19 numbers are on the rise, we are requiring everyone to wear a mask, although we won’t be limiting the number of attendees. I look forward to seeing everyone and having a great year!

April Coppess agreed to accept the position of Corresponding Secretary after Lisa Becker had to step down. She has been hard at work learning all the ‘ins and outs’, so a BIG thank you, April!

Be aware of two changes: 1) Our new or used art supplies sale is moved back to October and 2) Our refreshments will remain grab and go prepackaged items. Water is provided.

See you in September, (feel free to add your own music….)

Linda Brandenburg



The Sweet Corn Festival Committee is happy to report that attendance at the festival was steady with Saturday appearing to be the bigger day. The high afternoon temperatures no doubt slowed down attendance, but our parking crew reported that every available space all the way to the back of the high school was full mid-afternoon on Saturday. Vendors reported brisk sales and the Lions sold out of chicken on Saturday afternoon. The Committee thanks all the FAA volunteers that committed to help at the vendors gate, information booth and watermelon booth. Without your assistance a successful event would not happen! Remember that next year is going to be our 40th anniversary event so begin thinking about the task you are going to volunteer for next August 20 and 21!

…Submitted by Warren Brown, Chair


The watermelon booth this year was another success. We sold 200 watermelons, cut and diced and served in 1,796 cups of delicious fruit for our customers. We made about $2,050 for the Fairborn Art Association. Thanks to all who supported the watermelon booth by volunteering to work and endure the heat.

…Submitted by Roger Browning, Chair


We have several great events coming up in September through the remainder of this year:

  • September 7 will feature Nita Leland, talking about collage. She is a well published artist who has provided demos and taught at FAA in the past. This promises to be another well attended meeting.
  • October 5 features Shirley De Lait, with watercolor
  • November 2 workshop features Liam Quan Zhen, a watercolor and Chinese painting artist who again has taught previously at FAA and was very well received.
  • December 7 Christmas Party

…Submitted by Carol Edsall


February 1 Marsha Pippenger, collage                August 2 No meeting
March 1 Jane Halliwell, botanical watercolor      September 6 Jacqueline Sullivan, acrylic
April 5 Andi Sanders, alcohol ink                          October 4 Workshop, TBD
May 3 Workshop, TBD                                            November 1 Erica Kenner, pastel
June 7 Social                                                            December 6 Christmas Party
July 5 No meeting

…Submitted by Carol Edsall


At the September meeting, FAA member Nita Leland will give a collage demo and book talk about her recently released memoir, Born Creative: Paint, Passion & Purpose. Nita is an experienced artist, teacher, and author. Since 1985, she has written several best-selling art-instruction books on color, creativity, and collage/mixed media. Revised editions and translations of her books and DVDs are still in print, along with early YouTube watercolor lessons.

Smack in the middle of the carpool years, Nita was a frazzled housewife with four kids. Her husband Bob decided she needed a hobby and gave her a set of watercolors. Every attempt to teach herself ended in disaster. When she enrolled in a YMCA class, she became obsessed with watercolor.

Trapped in a tug-of-war between her family and an art career, Nita invented strategies to balance her life and triumphed over a multitude of domestic conflicts, gender bias, and lingering self-doubt to emerge as a professional watercolor and collage artist, international workshop instructor, and author.

Nita’s books and talks reflect with directness and humor how one woman successfully turned challenges into opportunities and fulfilled her life’s purpose as a teacher.

Signed copies of Nita’s books will be available at a special price at this event. Email Nita for more information: [email protected] .

…Submitted by Carol Edsall


Fairborn Art Association is excited to have Lian Zhen returning to teach a 4-day workshop (November 1-4, 2021): 2 days of Chinese watercolor and 2 days of his own technique. Lian will bring the materials needed for Chinese painting at the low cost of $35. It includes brushes, paints, paper, etc. Lian is a truly inspired watercolorist and teacher, plus he is full of enthusiasm and lots of fun, so you are certain to enjoy his teaching style. There are still some spaces left but they are filling up, so please send your registration and deposit to Pat Dunker. The full payment is due October 25, 2021. The registration form is available in the Gallery and is attached.

…Submitted by Pat Dunker

Attachment:  LIAN QUAN ZHEN Registration 2021


Yuki Hall

Yuki Hall will offer a 3-day watercolor painting workshop, “Capturing the Light in Watercolor” at Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 North Central Avenue, Fairborn, Ohio from October 18 to October 20, 2021. In this 3-day workshop, you will learn how to fully exploit the various kinds of light effects to create a watercolor painting with a powerful visual and emotional impact. Yuki’s highly-organized, friendly, and non-intimidating teaching style has been well received for years by students of all levels. The cost is $200. More information is attached.

Yuki Hall received the Rae & Associates Award at the Ohio Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, 2021. Yuki also has her Watercolor Exhibition titled “Moments in Time” currently running at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, OH. The exhibition runs until October 24.

Attachment:  Yuki Hall Flyer

Pat Dunker

Beavercreek artist, Patricia Dunker, will exhibit her work at the Gallery at Lofino Plaza during the month of September.

Studying the techniques of the old masters with Frank Covino from 2005 to 2016, Pat became adept enough to be invited to paint in Paris at the Louvre. At the end of 2 weeks, Pat’s drawings were approved and she was invited to return in 2 years and exhibit her work in the Louvre. This was an honor of a lifetime. Pat’s painting experience has also extended to watercolor. She is a member of the Fairborn Art Association, Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, and Bonita Springs Art Association and has received multiple awards for both watercolor and oil paintings. Pat will be hosting a reception at the Gallery on Friday, September 10 from 2-4. The Gallery is located at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio 45432.  Hours are Monday through Friday 9-4. Beginning September 6, hours will extend to Monday-Thursday 9-7, Friday 9-4, and Sat. 9-12.


Congratulations to several of our FAA members who are award winners in this show held now to October 3, 2021 at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center. Please invite people to come and see this beautiful show in person. It is one of the best shows – watercolor at its best!

Yuki Hall – 1st Place for “Street View from Victor Emanuel Monument II”
Rosie Huart – 3rd Place for “Spirit Symphony”
Carol Edsall – Honorable Mention for “Tahoe Dreaming”
Elizabeth Martin – Honorable Mention for “Onions Again”
Shirley Harbaugh – Honorable Mention for “Spring Garden”

…Submitted by Connie Gifford


Congratulations to our FAA members who won awards in this exhibition.

Water Media

Leonard Williams – 1st Place for “Afternoon Shadows”
Carol Edsall – 2nd Place for “Faded Beauty”
Mary J. White– 3rd Place for “Porzoi Puppy”
Shirlee Bauer – Honorable Mention for “Front Street Glassblower”
Connie S. Gifford – Honorable Mention for “Sunflower in Morning Light”

Mixed Media

Rose Schultz – 1st Place for “Beyond the Bridge”

Oil and Acrylic

Bonnie Kuntz – Honorable Mention for “Sedona”


Barb Olekas – Honorable Mention for “The Path Hibiscus”

…Submitted by Connie Gifford


Our annual “garage sale” of no longer wanted art supplies will be moved to October 5 from 5:30-6:30 pm, due to September’s busy venue. So you have time to go through your garage, studio and collect all those supplies you’d like to sell. More information on how to reserve your table will be coming in the October newsletter.

…Submitted by Carol Collett


I would like to inform or remind all members that the gallery is here for you to use. I would really like to see art on our walls. Please consider having your own show; if you can’t fill the gallery why not get together with a few artist friends. During the month of September we will have paintings on display from our Thursday and Friday morning gallery painters. (You are invited to join us and paint at any time.) Can we see your paintings in October or November? Please contact me with questions or to sign up. Also, the gallery is available if you would like to lead a workshop. The gallery is here for the use of all members. Give it some thought.

…Submitted by Carol Collett

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


We would like to offer your organization the opportunity to attend both the monthly art hops/and also to set up a pop up tent advertising your organization free of charge to sign up members on First Fridays! For more info, please contact [email protected]

…Submitted by Clarice Moore


Yellow Springs Textile Art Group will exhibit at the Winds Cafe, 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 on September 7–October 30, 2021; Artists’ Reception –TBA
Media Contact: Pam Geisel, 937-767-8013, [email protected]
Public Contact: Winds Cafe, 937-767-1144,


The Piqua Arts Council will hold its 29th Annual Fine Art Exhibit on September 10 to October 1, 2021, at the Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St., Piqua, OH 45356 during normal gallery hours. Several of our members have artwork in this exhibit.


Art classes for children and adults are back in session at K12 Gallery & TEJAS (Teen Educational & Joint Adult Studio), 341 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, OH 45402


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, October 5, 2021. The deadline for submitting articles to be included in the October Newsletter is Monday, September 20, 2021. Please email your articles to April Coppess.

Please note that for privacy reasons, the Fairborn Art Association will no longer be posting personal email addresses or phone numbers in the newsletters or on our website. Consult your FAA Directory for contact information for members. For non-members, we will provide the contact information we are given for them.