May 2018 Paint Rag

Volume 76, Issue 3

Chuck Kovacic

Painting with Water Mixable Oils

Chuck Kovacic is a noted Plein Air painter who has switched from regular oil paints to water mixable oils. He will demonstrate his successful techniques for the San Fernando Valley Art Club on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center. Visitors are welcome.

Chuck has had a life long career with various types of art and has received many awards for his excellent work.

“After acquiring a BFA in graphic design with a minor in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Chuck art directed campaigns for a variety of print and media clients and detailed urban revitalization programs for communities participating in the “Main Street” program sponsored by the National Trust For Historic Preservation.”

Later, he moved to Southern California and became an expert in restoring art and antiques. He also was an art lecturer, performer and emcee for presentations for numerous groups including Fortune 500 companies.

 “His paintings investigate a variety of subjects rendered in the”plein air” style of the post-Impressionists. Chuck is an Honor Court member of the Mid-Valley Art League and in 2017 was named to Signature status in the California Art Club. In 2016 he was the recipient of the CAC’s “William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award.” He is a frequent exhibitor at the CAC’s annual Gold Medal show as well as their Old Mill Gallery in San Marino.

Chuck has participated in invitational art programs in China, Provence, Switzerland and Scotland, as well as “plein air” events in Alameda, San Luis Obispo, Mendocino, San Dimas, Sonoma and Ohio.”

San Fernando Valley Art Club Meeting
May 1, 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

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


Coming Up in May and June

The San Fernando Valley Art Club will be participating in the Simi Valley Street Fair to be held on Saturday, May 12 on Simi Town Center Way from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

June 5, 2018 – Christina Ramos will demonstrate Acrylics.  The link to her website is:


April Mini-Art Show Winners


Delicious Refreshments  – Thanks

Thanks to the following people who brought delicious refreshments to our April Meeting.  They were: Bea Piper, Jasmine Kazaryan, Anaida Nipiosyan, Robert Logan and Guy Newell. Apologies to anyone who brought food, but was left off of this list. Thank you all!


Dues Reminder

If you haven’t renewed yet for 2018, please mail your check for $40.00 to SFVAC, P.O. Box 16404, Encino, CA 91416 or bring it to the next meeting.


Thank You, Karen Werner!

Our April Guest Artist was Karen Werner who traveled all the way from Upland to give us a wonderful demonstration of her techniques of “Loose and Poetic” oil paintings. She believes in painting daily, and knows that painting often pays off in the development of better and more personal art techniques, and she brought many samples of her work in both oil and watercolor to share with us. She demonstrated a lovely small still life from sketch to completion, and many compliments were, and are, offered to her for the enjoyable evening and clear step by step explanations of her methods and style.

Words Provided by Trisha Bennett


 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
November 23 - December 22, 2019Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art FestivalLaguna Beach
November 29 - December 1, 2019
December 14 & 15, 2019
Desert Arts FestivalPalm Springs
December 2019 (dates not set yet)Chili Bowl Fest and Art & Craft FaireTujunga
May 23 -25, 2020
July 3-5, 2020
September 5-7, 2020
Morro Bay Art in the ParkMorro Bay
Every SaturdayArtist & FleasVenice
Artist CallsOpportunities for Artists to Exhibit in the WestVaries
Artist CallsCalifornia Arts Council