June 2018 Paint Rag

Volume 75, Issue 12

Acrylic Still Life Paintings
by Christina Ramos

Join us for our June painting demonstration by Christina Ramos. She plans to show us her Still Life Painting techniques with acrylic paints. This is a wonderful opportunity.

Christina Ramos is a nationally recognized artist from Southern California. Specializing in figurative realism, Christina was recently named by American Galleries as one of America’s Great Painters.

Raised in a family of artists, craftsmen, and musicians, Christina’s talent was recognized at an early age. Although she studied Architecture and Interior Design during college, it was not until she was home raising her four children that she began focusing on painting. She refined her skills in figurative painting at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.

Her work has been shown throughout the United States and has been honored with awards from esteemed jurors like Max Ginsburg, Dean Mitchell, Tony Pro, and Kristin Hoerth, Editor and Chief of Southwest Art magazine.

Her innovative use of acrylics has made her a much sought-after demonstrator and instructor. Christina’s work has been shown at the Pasadena Museum of History, the Santa Paula Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, the Pacific Asian Museum, and many galleries throughout the United States. Her work is held in many private collections in the United States and Europe as well.

San Fernando Valley Art Club Meeting
June 5, 2018  – 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: The San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356
Free parking in the rear of the building
Cost: Visitors – $5.00 / Members – Free
Phone:  (818) 697-5525

Refreshments and an opportunity to participate in a raffle for prizes will be provided.

SFVAC at the Simi Valley Street Fair


In spite of the morning drizzle, the Street Fair turned out to be a big success. The weather changed and the citizens of Simi Valley turned out. Crowds were seen all day. Our booth looked good with photographs, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. There were portraits, landscapes, animals, florals, prints and abstracts. Surprisingly, we had the only “art” booth among the hundreds of other booths, and we gave out some invitations to local artists to visit our club. There were a few sales too.

Thanks go to the following people for making it a success: Marilyn and Paul Blutter for providing the canopy, racks, sand bags, and chairs, John and Martha Chapin for arriving early to help with the canopy set up, and all of the other people (Bea Piper, Robert Logan, Jacque Daugherty, and Jorge Rodriguez) who helped with the racks and umbrellas. Everyone helped with the taking down of the canopy and Jorge Rodriguez and Paul Blutter stayed later to help load the heavy items in the cars at the end of the day.

Thanks everyone for making it a success.

Trisha Bennett

May Mini-Art Show Winners


Thank You, Chuck Kovacic!


Our May guest artist was Chuck Kovacic, a noted “plein air” painter who paints a variety of subjects with water mixable oils. Chuck has had numerous awards and frequently exhibits in various galleries. He demonstrated and explained his techniques for successful work with this fairly new type of oil paint. Many people who were in the audience paint with  traditional oil paints. He answered questions from the audience and encouraged them to experiment with water mixable oils.


Show Your Art in the Members Gallery On Our SFVAC Web Site!

We have a Members Gallery where you can have three to six of your pieces of art on display along with a link to your own web page or internet store. This is a great way to share your work and to give people a way to contact you that does NOT include your e-mail address (unless you want it there). Many people who are interested in art visit our site to see Our activities, and to see the work of our members – so take advantage of it.

Take three  or more good sharp photos of your art with your digital camera or your cell phone that has a camera, and send them to Diana Hartman.  She will size it for our Members Gallery. Contact Diana at: [email protected]

 2018 San Fernando Valley Art Club Scholarship

The SFVAC is committed to continuing its scholarship program. It will present another scholarship award in 2018 to a deserving art student. If you are able to help in this worthwhile program, make your check out to SFVAC and note “Miriam Thorin Scholarship Program” on the memo line.Forward your check to San Fernando Valley Art Club, P.O. Box 16404, Encino, CA 91416. Your donation will make a difference in fostering the arts in our communities.

Display Your Work at Local Venues

Artist Alley
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas
Call Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782

Coffee Fix
12508 Moorpark St., Studio City, (818) 762-0181
Go into Coffee Fix and inquire about showing your work.  No commission.

Daphne’s Desserts
13646 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 906-4991
Email:  [email protected]   Commission:  30%

Moby’s Coffee & Tea
5668 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood
(818) 579-4761, Email samples to [email protected]
Commission:  20%.  If credit card is used, credit card fee added.

M Street Coffee
13251 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks, (818) 907-1400
Email samples to [email protected]   Commission:  25%.

Upcoming Art Events

DatesEvent Title and LinkLocation
October 5-7, 2018Harvest Festival Art & Craft ShowVentura County Fairgrounds
October 6, 2018Granada Hills Street FaireGranada Hills (Chatsworth Street between Zelzah and Encino Avenues)
October 7, 2018Encino Family FestivalVentura Boulevard (between Balboa and Amestoy)
October 13 & 14, 20182018 Brewery Art WalkThe Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
October 20 & 21, 2018Beverly Hills artShowBeverly Gardens Park (dogs welcome)
October 21, 2018Sherman Oaks Street FairVentura Blvd between Van Nuys and Kester
October 21 & 22, 2018Hermosa Beach Fine Arts FestivalCommunity Center on Pacific Coast Highway
November 2-4, 2018Sketch Kon 2018The Westin Pasadena
November 17 & 18, 2018Pasadena Fall Art and Craft FairCentral Park, Old Pasadena
November 30 - December 2, 2018Harvest FestivalPomona Fairplex
January 23-27, 2019LA Art Show 2019Los Angeles Convention Center
Artist CallsOpportunities for Artists to Exhibit in the WestVaries
Artist CallsCalifornia Arts Council