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March/April 2022

Upcoming Events

March 13, 4:00 pm

Nancy Takaichi

What's the Big Idea?


Nancy Takaichi discusses the importance of a strong design plan and how to accomplish creating one.

Nancy is a California Impressionist who paints Plein Air.  She shows how a strong design benefits all forms of art.  She also explains her use of Notans, and walks us through the steps that go into creating a balanced and harmonious composition. 


Nancy is an LGAA member whose work can be seen at Gallery 24 in Los Gatos and Collibri Art and Framing in Morgan Hill.  Read about her and see her paintings at

April 10, 1:30 pm

Scott Hamill

Painting a Convincing Water Scene


Scott presents a live demo at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos. 

Scott is a prolific painter of California land and water scenes.  His style is both painterly and true-to-life.  He demonstrates how to skillfully render water scenes such as breaking waves, still water, reflections, ripples, etc. 


See several examples of Scott's plein air and studio art and learn more about him at his website

Letter from the President

The past four months have been the busiest that many of us can recall.  We had two major juried shows. One was live at the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). There also was the Artist of the Year competition, the Annual Members' Art Critique, and a new website!  Thank you to those who helped make these events happen! 
Special thanks goes to Elke Groves and Susan Jochheim for putting together the Fall Members' Juried show; Marilyn Haley our webmaster, for such a beautiful website; Rachel Tirosh for creating and running the Instagram Gallery; and Sue Levy for creating our public Member Directory. An additional thanks to Elke Groves and Jeff Owen for coordinating the Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) competition and exhibition so masterfully.

I am happy to report that we are going LIVE starting April 10th!  We return to our former meeting place in Los Gatos at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane.  Please note that our meeting time is changing to 1:30 pm starting in April.  We will follow the most recent county guidelines for Covid safety.

Our beloved Rebecca Lillis White is retiring after being the shepherdess of the Plein Air group since 2007.  We are tremendously grateful for Rebecca's tireless leadership!  She built up the group to the large number of loyal artists in it today.  Annie Haines will be the sole chairperson with the help of a few others to run the Tuesday critique sessions.  Susan Migliore also helps by posting the paintsites onto our website. 
Our Members' Gallery on Instagram is once again in full swing—this time under the direction of Sue Levy.  For those who contribute art to the gallery, we will continue having a monthly raffle.  The winner receives a $25 gift certificate from University Art.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again after being sequestered for two years!

Warmest regards,
Jane Loomis


LGAA Artists in the GBAO Exhibition

Jo Ariko
Elise Burrows
Susan Butler-Graham
Gary Coleman
Linda Curtis
Patricia Dennis
Syd Dunton
Susan Englert
Norman Jung
Lorraine Lawson
Suzanne Levy
Jane Loomis

Ed Lucey
Kaaren Marquez

Dale Momii

Jeff Owen
John M. Perez

Radha Rao

Helen Scheel
Bonnie Joy Sedlak
Al Shamble
May Shei

David Stonesifer

Nancy Takaichi

Nina Temple
Rachel Tirosh

LaRhee Webster

Michael Welch

Ni Zhu

Xueling Zou

Award Winners

1st place Sculpture
Syd Dunton

1st place Photography
Patricia Dennis

2nd place Oils
David Stonesifer

2nd place Watercolor
Nina Temple
3rd place Watercolors
Susan Butler-Graham

3rd place Sculpture
Jeff Owen

Honorable Mention, Photography
Jane Loomis

Honorable Mention, Acrylics
Michael Welch

March & April Paintsites

The Plein Air Group meets every Monday of the year from 9 am to 12 noon. Look for the LGAA Sign, or the orange cone, or both to find the group. Be prepared for weather changes by having layers of clothing. We practice social distancing and wear face masks. 

March 7, 2022

Downtown Campbell

Park in the 3 story garage at the corner of 3rd Street and Civic Center Drive because you may park there for free for an unlimited time. Meet in front of Starbucks, 267 E Campbell Ave, at the corner of N 1st Street and E Campbell Ave, then fan out to our favorite painting spot. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


March 14, 2022

Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero

Park in the Northern parking lot, also known as Pebble Beach at Bean Hollow State Beach. Pit toilets. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


March 21, 2022

Stevens Creek County Park Lakeshore Picnic Area, Cupertino

Park at the Lakeshore Picnic Area. Pit toilets. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


March 28, 2022

Don Edwards, Fremont

Park at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


April 4, 2022

Bear Creek Redwoods, Los Gatos

Meet at the Bear Creek Redwood Preserve Parking Lot. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


April 11, 2022

Wilder Ranch, Santa Cruz

Park at the Wilder Ranch State Park Day Use Parking. Parking fee $10. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


April 18, 2022

Lexington Reservoir County Park, Los Gatos

Park in the first parking lot off Alma Bridge Road. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.



April 25, 2022

Coyote Valley Open Space, Morgan Hill

Park in the parking lot at the end of Palm Avenue. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


Rebecca Lillis White

A Winner Forever

LGAA Officers    

President, Jane Loomis
Vice President, Elke Groves
Recording Secretary, OPEN POSITION
Treasurer, Susan Jochheim
Corresponding Secretary, Kat Williamson

Membership Director, Suzanne Levy
Webmaster, Marilyn Haley
Newsletter Editor, OPEN POSITION 
Social Media, Suzanne Levy

Committee Chairpersons
Awards, Helen Scheel*
Plein Air, Annie Haines
Museums Liaison, Elke Groves

Mailing Address

PO Box 1193

Los Gatos,  CA  95031

Meeting Address

Congregation Shir Hadash

20 Cherry Blossom Lane

Los Gatos,  CA  95032


Submit your Art News to
Jane Loomis
Sue Levy
Include the name of your event or award, date, a very brief description, location and address, and event website. You may attach one .jpeg image.

Scott Hamill, LGAA's April demo artist presents two upcoming workshops.

April 22-24 

June 25-26

Scott also tutors private students.
See for details.

Member News
May Shei currently has a solo show at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont. The show runs until April 2nd.  See the link for details....

Show Info

Art Supplies For Sale
A Mabef easel from Italy. Used but in excellent condition. Originally it cost $150, I paid $65 and would like to sell it at this price. 
If interested contact
Syd Dunton
(408) 353-4731

Welcome New & Returning Members

Kathleen J Borgman
Jan Chang
Melissa Dare
Rick E Guidice
Ryan Olein
James W Rebello
J Sonnenschein
Nina Temple
Cathy Wang
Susan Wei