May 3, 2017

May’s Featured Speaker: Michele Hubler

The featured presenter will be FCAA member, Michele Hubler. She is a self-taught digital artist who uses only a stylus as her brush and an iPad as her canvas. She will discuss the variety of tools available to use with an i-pad, will show examples of her artistic creations, and she will also show some of the items she had created from her art onto wallpaper, I-phone covers, gift wrapping, coasters, and notebooks. She will share her plans to pursue art licensing in order to explore the numerous possibilities available in today’s market.

Michele began creating digital art in 2012 without the benefit of any formal training or art classes.  Over time, she learned to apply the evolving technology to design a visual image on her i-pad that she says “is energetic, lyrical and vibrant. I design outside the norms of any formal structure or rigid technique – a freedom that permits me to grow in my journey of discovery.”

Her artwork consists largely of abstract floral designs. She says her garden and the expansive views of Long Island Sound at her Bridgeport home are a constant inspiration. Her work has appeared in numerous juried shows, including Digital Art Technology Nation Exhibit, Westport Downtown Merchants’ “Art About Town”,  Ridgefield Guild of Artists. It can be seen on a website of work by exceptional artists juried for buyers to see.  Michele will have her work in the Kershner Gallery with 2 other artists some time in 2018.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

April/May Member News

  • Welcome to new member, Patricia Omonte.
  • Marjorie had work in Ridgefield Guild juried photo show and in Ridgefield Art Center juried show in March, Weston Library in April.
  • Lee had a photograph in the BRAG show at Fairfield University Bookstore.
  • Noreen is in SPAG show in Norwalk.
  • Joel got Honorable Mention in Rowayton exhibit in March, had a solo show at Weston Senior Center, is in Salamagundi show this month.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY: 70 Sanford St, Fairfield

  • Sight-Lines, paintings by members, Susanne Keany and Mollie Keller until 5/14.
  • In Time, In Shadow, paintings by members, Cate M. Leach and Paul Larson.
    Reception and artist talk 5/21, show 5/15-6/18.

KERSHNER GALLERY:  Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 

  • An Artful Mix, work by Jeffrey Starkes, William Meddick and Carlos Frias until 5/29.

EASTON ARTS GALLERY:  691 Morehouse Rd., Easton

  • Juried Show May 10 through June 10. Reception 5/20 from 7:00p to 10:00p

April 5, 2017

April’s Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Starkes

The featured presenter will be  West Haven artist, Jeffrey Starkes. He will talk about and show paintings that trace his transition from a watercolor realist to an abstract oil painter and he will share the insights and obstacles he encountered on his artistic journey.

Eight years ago, Jeff sought a new means of expressing his thoughts and feelings, and became an abstract painter. He says, “I started out painting from life and ended up painting about life, learning a lot about myself in the process.” His abstract paintings address patterns of human behavior and the balance between logic and emotions using a combination of hard-edged geometric patterns and randomly arranged torn or amorphous shapes. He uses a highly colored palette and transparency to create the illusion of layered depth.

Jeff has a BFA degree from Paier College of Art and is a member artist at Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield. Throughout a long career as an art director and graphic designer, he also painted works in watercolor.  His recent work has been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout Connecticut, including a solo show at the DaSilva Gallery in New Haven and in group shows in Chester, West Hartford, Fairfield and New Haven. He is in an upcoming three-person show opening on April 15 in the Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

February Member News

  • Joel won “Best in Show” at Rowayton Art Center “Beyond Brushwork” Exhibit last month and an Honorable Mention at Rowayton in the current “Inspiration” Exhibit.  He currently has a solo exhibit at the Weston Senior Center.  And was just juried into the 84th Hudson Vally Art Association Show at the Salmagundi Club in NYC next month.
  • Marjorie had work in Ridgefield Guild juried photo show, in Ridgefield Art Center juried show, and this month in Weston Library.
  • Paul sold a painting at the Easton Arts Council winter show.
  • Eve, Lee, Karin, Adair, Judy all had work in the BRAG show 3/25-4/4 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery at University of Bridgeport.
  • Alice will have work there 4/6-16 as part of the University of Bridgeport alumni show.
  • Adair, Karin talked about their art to students in Bridgeport schools for Bridgeport Arts Count Day, 3/22.
  • Gail has work on 4/6-8 in Westport Collective art show at Westport Arts Council.
  • Karin has a painting in Firehouse Gallery in Milford.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY Two Views, Oil paintings by new members, Elizabeth Higgins and Jeffrey Starkes until  February 5.
KERSHNER GALLERY The Power of Color, show from 81 area artists until 2/19. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 

March 2016

Jahmane West (3/8/17)

Crack Kong by Jahmane West

The featured presenter will be Norwalk artist, JAHMANE WEST. He will show and discuss some of his work on the screen and in actuality.

Jahmane’s career as an artist began in the form of graffiti and has evolved into works on canvas, photography, fashion design, mural painting, screen printing and graphic design. He has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology and abstract language and is a reflection of his constant critique of the world around him fused with thought provoking concepts and imagery.

Jahmane has exhibited at Westport Arts Center, The Center for Contemporary Printing in Norwalk, Art Under the Bridge, Artspace Bridgeport, Cottages and Gardens magazine, The FC Beat magazine, and Art Basel Miami, as well as numerous gallery shows. Currently, he is a teaching artist, curator and active member of several artists’ collectives in the tri-state area. He.produces his fine art and his Kultjah Dezigns clothing label at his studio in the Firing Circuits Artists Building in Norwalk. The clothing can be found in select boutiques and specialty shops throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe and the Caribbean.

Jahmane says, “My collections of art represent the many diverse concepts from which I draw inspiration. Throughout my years as an artist, I have always been fascinated by art’s ability to effect the individual viewer and society as a whole. Exploring various styles, mediums and techniques has expanded my visual lexicon and allowed my work to communicate beyond social barriers “

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

March Member News

  • Jason sold his Squall on Sisco Beach painting in our Independence Hall show.
  • Jean had 2 paintings in Lyme Art Association show in February.
  • Joel won “Best of Show” at Rowayton Art Center.
  • Nicole Grant Paul has rejoined FCAA.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY InsideOutside, paintings by members, Elaine Clayton and Barbara Bernstein. Reception 3/12 at 2-5 pm. Show 3/7-4/9. 70 Sanford St, Fairfield.

KERSHNER GALLERY Art Speaks, work by David Sheshkin, Gayle Gleckler, and Tony Woolner. Reception 3/4 at 4:30-6:30 pm. The artists will talk briefly at 5:30. The show runs until 4/9. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 

September 2016: Norman Siegel

MEETING LOCATION UPDATE: The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 14 at 7 to 9 pm.
From now on, September 2016 to June 2017, FCAA will have meetings in the Roger Ludlowe Middle School Library, This is good news for presenters and for members because no walking is involved after you park the car. You go to the ramp at the main entrance, and on the right, enter the side door of the library without having to go into the rest of the building.

Come and meet our new President Terri Singer. Terri is a Fairfield retiree who recently moved here from Michigan. Come to the meeting and say hello!


Normal Siegel

Normal Siegel: Louis Bleriot at the First Paris Air Show, 1909

Our featured presenter will be Norwalk artist Norman Siegel, discussing his photorealist and trompe l’oeil oil paintings. See his attached: “Louis Bleriot at the First Paris Air Show, 1909”.

Norm graduated from High School of Industrial Art, now called Art & Design, and Cooper Union. Inspired in sixth grade by some of the art he saw led to his later selling illustrations of monsters for the cover of a magazine, and much later on, working as an art director at various advertising agencies. He is still active in advertising and graphic design.

In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won most every award in the industry and has three commercials in the permanent collection of the Paley Center. When not art directing, he paints in the style that first inspired him back in the sixth grade. He says that most of his subjects satisfy that kid in him that loves all things having to do with aviation and astronomy.

In 2000, Norm joined the American Society of Aviation Artists and a few years later, the Air Force Art Program. Both have given him the opportunity to have his work exhibited in the many aviation museums throughout the country and to be part of the their permanent collections and those of the Pentagon and the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force Art Program has also given him the opportunity to fly in many of our latest, hottest and biggest aircraft..

His Awards include “The Star of Excellence” from Lockheed Martin, and Aviation Week magazine’s “Best of The Best” award, 2011. Norm is presently a member of the Westport Art Center Collective and Area in Connecticut. Almost thirty of his aerospace paintings are on exhibit at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport through the end of December.

After the presentation, which includes time to ask Norm questions, members attending may show one original work for group feedback.

Future Meetings. These are all on a Wednesday but not necessarily the 2nd week of the month, due to limitations set by the school activities and closings:


Oct 19 RLMS DONNA BRIEN free expression
Dec 1 Independence Hall show and reception, no meetings

Jan show continues, no meeting
Feb 8 RLMS TRACE BURROUGHS digital art
Mar 8 RLMS not filled yet
April 5 RLMS NANCY MOORE painting
May 3 RLMS MICHELE HUBER FCAA member, stylus paintings on computer
June 14 RLMS not filled yet
July Ice Cream Social


  • Perkins Gallery, Reception for show of last year’s art show winners, 8/31 at 5-7 pm. Show 9/1-20. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave, Southport. 259-0346.
  • Loft Artists Association, “Lost and Found” show 9/8-10/2 at 575 Pacific Street, Stamford.
  • Stamford Art Association Faber Birren national color award show, 9/25-10/27, Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St.
  • Stamford Art Association reception for “Structures and Patterns” juried show 9/15 at 6-8 pm. Show 9/11-1/19. Ferguson Library, 39 Franklin Street 203-325-1139
  • Art/Place Gallery Now and Then, all-member show celebrating 35 years of creativity. Until 8/28. 70 Sanford St, Fairfield 292-8328
  • Kershner Gallery, Reception for Earth and Beyond, photos by Fran Gallogly and paintings by Eric Chiang, 8/20 at 4:30-6:30 pm. Show until 9/25. Fairfield Library 256-3155
  • Firehouse Gallery, Light and Shadow until 9/16. 81 Naugatuck Ave, Milford
  • Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Reception for Coney Island: Visions from the Boardwalk by Gail Ingis-Claus, 9/8 at 5:30-7:30 pm. $10 adults, $8 seniors. On until 9/30, 295 West Ave, Norwalk.
  • Flinn Gallery reception for “Power of Observation” 8/11 at 6-8 pm, show 8/7-28. Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.
  • Tibetan Center for Universal Peace Paint Out exhibit and auction, 9/10 at 2-3 pm, 30 Putnam Park Rd, Redding. www.dnkldharma.orgRSVP to: .
  • Ridgefield Guild juried show 9/21-10/23, reception 9/24 at 4-6 pm, 34 Halpin Lane. 438-8863.
  • Firehouse Gallery reception for Splash of Color 8/29, show until 10/28. 81 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. 203-878-6647.
  • Milford Arts Association Photo Expo until 9/22. 40 Railroad Ave. 203-878-6647.