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May/June 2022


Sunday, June 12, 1:30 PM

Caroline Mustard

Using a Digital Art App
(to Solve Painting Dilemmas)
Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos


If you already use an art app for envisioning variations in your traditional art or for creating digital art, then you already know how much fun it can be. However, if this is entirely new, you can discover its joys and usefulness by seeing this demo. You can learn a lot either by just watching, or by bringing your mobile phone or tablet and experimenting as you follow along.


To see more examples of Carolyn's work, visit her website at

Sunday, May 8, 1:30 PM

Jan Silverman, Master Printer

Photographing, Digitizing, and Printing your Art
Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos


Owner of Artistry Printing, Jan has expertise in producing Gallery-quality prints and digital images of art work. He will discuss all phases of the process from photographing to digitizing and printing.


He will resolve many questions artists often ask, such as:
- What are the best file formats to use and why? (It's not JPEGs!)
- What print media to use? (paper, canvas, metal, etc.)
- How large can I print?
- Why don't prints look like they do on my monitor?
- What is giclee? (a specialty of Jan's)


To learn more about Jan and his work, see his website at

Letter from the President

After being homebound for two years, hopefully you are venturing out to enjoy the outdoor world once again. With the Bay Area's beautiful weather and the longer days, seeing the beauty and bounty of nature is certainly refreshing and inspiring for artists. Let us enjoy it all that we can. May your creative spirit spring forth!

One of our long-time members, Betty McGuire, has moved out of the local area to a coastal town. Betty held varied board positions, and we wish to thank her for her many years of service. She most recently was our Awards Chairperson, so this position is now open. It is for someone who can attend most monthly meetings, tally the peer review votes, and award ribbons to the three top winners.

We still need VOLUNTEERS! Our club is run entirely by volunteers. We desperately need more Board Members! There are now 6 important positions to be filled. Unless some members step up to help out, we might need to temporarily discontinue live demo meetings, the newsletter, and the monthly peer reviews. That would be sad for a club like ours with so much talent! Please contact me if you are interested in any of the openings listed at the end of this newsletter. I can provide further details.

Kennedy Road Art Show + Summer Party
The Kennedy Road Art Show is a yearly week-long event held in Los Gatos at the park-like residence of LGAA members Hershel Abelman and Ingeborg Jakobson. The show is open to local artists of all levels. This year's theme is Reflections. The Party and Show is a simultaneous event, and members are welcome to bring guests. Note that the party takes place in lieu of the LGAA monthly meeting and is open to the public. Members are welcome to bring guests.

I'm looking forward to this exciting event. I hope you are too!

Warmest wishes,
Jane Loomis

Kennedy Road Art Show and Party Dates
Friday July 15 Opening reception
Sat/Sun July 16-17 Open
Sunday July 17, 10:30-1:00pm LGAA Party, public invited
Monday July 18, 9am-noon On-site Plein Air paintout
Monday July 18, 9am-1pm Open
Friday July 22, 5-7pm Open
Sat/Sun July 23-24, 1-4pm Open

LGAA Members' Gallery 

LGAA Members' Peer Review (Gallery) has been a long-held tradition of displaying members' newly created art and shown at every monthly meeting. All members attending the meeting voted by paper ballot for their favororites and the winners were awarded Artists of the Month with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons. In December the composite votes for the year were tallied and the winner was awarded Artist of the Year.

With the onset of covid in February 2020, we discontinued live meetings.  To fill in for the missing Peer Review Gallery, a special online gallery was created on the social media platform, Instagram. This gallery continues today due its popularity.

LGAA Members may submit one recent art image to the Instagram Gallery each month. A random drawing of the submissions for that month is held during the following month's LGAA demo meeting. The winners receive a $25 gift certificate for art supplies from University Art and may add LGAA Artist of the Month to their art resumes. Interested in participating?
Find the submission form and instructions on our website:
  • Go to the LGAA website -
  • Click menu item MEMBERS ONLY
  • Click sub-menu INSTAGRAM

If you have any questions, please send an email to the manager of the gallery, Sue Levy, at

Congratulations to the Instagram Raffle Winners!
April: Linda Raye Simms
May: Patricia Dennie

May & June 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. 

May 2, 2022

Nola’s Iris Garden, San Jose

Follow dirt road to parking area. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


May 9, 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.


May 16, 2022

Municipal Rose Garden, San Jose

Park along the road in the neighborhood. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


May 23, 2022

Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos

Enter the gates of the Novitiate Historic Winery marked by two large stone pillars. Tasting Room is just up the hill. Restrooms available. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


May 30 2022

Memorial Day

June 6, 2022

Los Alamitos Creek, San Jose

Park in neighborhood. No facilities. Click on map symbol for map and written directions


June 13, 2022

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, Felton

Drive down the road until you see the Park on the right. Blue outdoor facilities in parking area. Click on the map symbol for map and written directions.


June, 20, 2022

Villa Montalvo, Saratoga

Park in lot number 3. Restrooms available. Click on the map symbol for map and written directions.


June 27, 2022

Gizdich Ranch, Watsonville

There is a bakery with pies and an antique shop here as well as the ranch grounds. Click on map symbol for map and written directions.


Member News

Ellen Howard Workshops:
Mendocino Art Center
: "Capturing the Beauty of Mendocino", June 10-12th,

SLC Workshop in South Salt Lake Utah: "Painting the Poetic Landscape", July 21-23rd,

Bonnie Joy Sedlak had her watercolors accepted in the Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition (April 15 – June 3, Watkinsville, GA) and the Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition (May 1-21, New Orleans, LA)

May Shei has 2 paintings accepted in the upcoming Pacific Art League Annual Members Exhibition. The event will feature works of nearly 150 artists. Show runs May 6 - May 25.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th (5:30-8pm)
Public Viewing: 1:00-8:00 pm through May 25
Address: 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto, CA 94301

Honorable Mention
Rain or Shine, I will be Home by May Shei
Watercolor on Gold Rice Panel
Three LGAA members Ellen Howard, Marie Massey and Nancy Takaichi were juried into the prestigeous Carmel Art Festival. The Plein Air competition was held the weekend of May 12-15. Visit

Suzanne J. Levy was accepted for membership into Women Painters West. Membership in WPW is achieved through a jurying process, which takes place annually. Visit the WPW Website:

Bathing Beauty
Ellen Howard's painting “Restful Light” was chosen for the "Treasuring our Green Zones" portfolio section of Fine Art Connoisseur's June Issue.

Numerous LGAA members participated in the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOC) event held annually the first three weekends in May. Many artists living between San Bruno and South San Jose opened their doors again after being closed for two years. Visit to see the interactive map and other details.

Welcome New & Returning Members

Len M Floyd
Ronald A Garcia
Meetu Gupta
Dennis R Nugent
Andrew O'Neal
Sandra Smith-Dugan
Douglas Snyder
Jiann C Toyosaki
Margaret Washington
Nancy J Wulff

Art Supplies For Sale
Do you wish you could free up some space in your studio? Advertise here! Send us your information and we will put it in the next newsletter. Send an email to Jane Loomis at

LGAA Officers    

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

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

Committee Chairpersons
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
Send an email to Jane Loomis at and Suzanne Levy at
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.

Ellen Howard is  teaching a workshop the weekend of July 9 & 10 on "Painting Water" in the new state of the art Burlingame Recreation Center in Burlingame. She will be focusing on painting water reflections and ocean scenes. Here is the link if you'd like to register: