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Sunday, Nov 26 at NOON
Entry deadline for 
Artist of the Year Contest


Monday, Nov 27
Online Voting begins for
Artist of the Year

Tuesday, Nov 28 at NOON
Registration Deadline for the
LGAA Members Party Dec 3rd

Celebrate LGAA's 75 Years
Artist of the Year Awards
Vote-in 2024 officers

2023 Greater Bay Area Open



Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Letter from the President


The recruiting effort to find new officers was a huge success...  
LGAA has the officers it needs to operate in 2024-2025!!! 
Thank you to those who helped recruit or stepped up to volunteer. Hooray to you all!  Because LGAA's future was uncertain for several months, many artists hesitated to join or renew their memberships. Those worries are over.
You may now join or renew your membership!
If your membership has expired, you can still log into this website by clicking on Member Login. If you are new, click JOIN on the menu bar.  I urge you to do so asap because many exciting members-only events that you won't want to miss are coming very soon... 

Artist of the Year 2023 Contest
LGAA Members Competition and Online Exhibition
November 1—30
(Details were emailed to members.)
75-year Celebration and Holiday Party for LGAA Members
December 3rd, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
◾Introduction of all new 2024-2025 officers
◾Art Display of all Artist of the Year 2023 Entries
◾Artist of the Year 2023 winners awarded
◾Food, games, prizes, music, laughter, and fun
◾Spouses invited
January 2024
Critique of Members Art ~ with GEORGE RIVERA
An educational and exciting event back by the popular request
January 14, 1⇁4 pm, at Congregation Shir Hadash
February 2024
Demo Meetings resume 

Warmest regards,
Jane Loomis

October 27, 2023


LGAA Peer Gallery 
Artist of the Month
September 2023

Congratulations to the Winners!!!

The members present voted for the winners from left to right...

1st Place ~ Kim Smith
2nd Place ~ Ken Wallace
3rd Place ~ Jeffrey Janoff

The September Meeting was held to discuss LGAA's future.

Members offered recruitment ideas, and prospective board members for 2024 were introduced.

LGAA members celebrate
Dec 3, 1:30–3:30

Diamond Jubilee 
1948 - 2023

Details coming soon.

Kennedy Road Art Show

Fleeting Moments

Silicon Valley Open Studios

During May of every year, Silicon Valley artists open their doors to the public. Several LGAA artists participate in this event. Some artists choose to have a solo exhibit, while others form a group of artists whose style and media varies. For details and the upcoming map of artists' locations, see

Weekend 1 — May 6, 7 — Coastside Artists
Weekend 2 — May 13, 14 — Mid-Peninsula Artists
Weekend 3 — May 20, 21 — South Bay Artists

Coming in July...

Kennedy Road Art Show


LGAA Summer Party

The Call for Entries has been sent to members. Stay tuned for more details.

Sunday April 16, 1:30 pm

Hershel Abelman

How to Paint People and Faces—7 Tips Monet Taught Me

In-person DEMO at

Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane
Los Gatos


The zoom session has ended. 


Hershel is long-time active member of LGAA. He will present a painting demonstration at the easel and also a slide presentation to illustrate 7 Tips he learned from Monet for painting people and faces. 


Sunday February 5, 1:30 pm

Inna Cherneykina, Artist

Painting a Still Life/Floral in Oils


In-person DEMO at

Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane
Los Gatos   

The Zoom event has ended. 


Inna is a classically trained artist who was born in Serglov Posad, near Moscow, Russia.  At age 10 she was accepted in the Sergiev Posad Art School, and then studied watercolor painting with Ivan Kharchenko. In 1988 she was accepted in the Moscow Art University for the five-year Master Program of Art and Graphics.

Inna followed a path into computer art and graphics and worked on major projects of the fantasy worlds games. In 2007 she took an Ala Prima class, which led her to study under famous American-Armenian artist Ovanes Berbarian. His passion for colors had a huge influence on Inna's art.  His workshop was a great source of inspiration for Inna and fueled her love of still life painting. Inna's beautiful painterly style is admired and loved by many.

See examples of Inna's art and learn more about her at her website


Sunday March 19, 1:30 pm

Nancy Seamons Crookston

Painting a Portrait in Oils

In-person DEMO at

Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane
Los Gatos


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Nancy studied art with Russian master Sergei Bongart in Thornton, Idaho.  She attended Idaho State University and Utah State University.  She was drawn to the quality of a simple time and to the Old World feel of the European countryside.  She is attracted to the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection, which she masterfully captures in her portraits.  She teaches workshops across the nation, helping painters learn the principles of Russian Color, which she learned from Sergei Bongart.

Nancy has been the recipient of countless prestigious awards.  Her work can be seen in galleries throughout the United States, and she has exhibitions in the U.S., Japan, and China. 

See examples of Nancy's art and learn more about her at


Sunday, January 8, 1:30 pm
Terri Ford, pastel artist
Critique of Members' Art

In-Person Event*
Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos

* The event is also on Zoom (link is below)


A long tradition of LGAA has been the Annual Members' Critique. Always held in January, this has been the most popular of all the year. All members are invited to bring one piece of art to be critiqued in a positive way by the juror of the most recent LGAA Members Juried Show. The art pieces are critiqued in the order in which they are received. Each critique usually lasts 3-5 minutes. No digital renderings of art will accepted. Read about Terri and see examples of her art at

The Zoom event has ended.

Join us February 5th for a still life and floral demo by Inna Cherneykina. See her beautiful work at Inna's website

Morning Vista by Terri Ford

Sunday, December 11, 1:30 pm
Robert Regis Dvorak, artist and teacher
Painting a Yosemite Waterfall in Watercolors

In-Person Demo at
Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos

Robert Regis Dvorak is a professional artist and teacher who works in a variety of art media. He is in demand for his lively and engaging workshops, which are held in places such as Molokai, Hawaii, Alaska, and Greece. Robert is known to inspire creativity, so you can be assured this will be a very enjoyable experience. See examples of Robert's work and learn more about him at

The Zoom session has ended.
Please visit us again on January 8th for the annual Member Critique with Terri Ford, artist and art juror.


Silicon Valley Open Studios ~ Call for Artists
Each May LGAA artists open their studios to the public.

Weekend 1 — May 6 - 7  - Coastside artists
Weekend 2 — May 13-14 - Mid-Pensilula Artists
Weekend 3 — May 20-21 - South Bay Artists

NOTE:  Registration ends February 5th.

Visit for details.

Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 pm

Helen Scheel, Pastel Artist

Painting the Asilomar Dunes


Congregation Shir Hadash

20 Cherry Blossom Ln.

Los Gatos

The live demo was shown on Zoom.


October 1 through 31

Fall Members' Juried Show

Exhibition and Competition

Addison-Penzak JCC

14855 Oka Rd.

Los Gatos

To see all show images click below ⬇️


Sunday August 14, 1:30 pm

Bruce Marion, Impressionist

Painting a Landscape in Acrylics



Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos

(also on Zoom)


Bruce is a contemporary impressionist who paints with a distinctive abstract style using multiple layers of acrylic paint applied with pallete knives, brushes, and various tools. Painted in vibrant colors, his landscapes, cityscapes, figures, and wildlife all resonate with the viewers.

Having been classically trained, Bruce now teaches across the US and abroad. Read more about Bruce and see examples of his work at BruceMarion.comHis streaming online video painting lessons are available at Bruce is making a special offer for LGAA members and anyone who watches this demo...receive the first month's lesson free of charge. If interested, email Bruce at If you want to continue with subsequent lessons, you may do so at the regular fee. Otherwise, you may cancel for no charge.

Sunday, July 17, 10:30 - 1:00 pm

LGAA Party and Kennedy Road Art Show

The location is a private residence at
15155 Kennedy Road, Los Gatos

The Kennedy Road Art Show is a week-long event that includes several viewing times, a paintout, and an artists' reception. The paintings are done by local artists and are displayed in the cottage on the property. This year the theme of the show is Reflections.

New this year, LGAA has added a party to the summer art show  The combined event is held at the park-like residence of LGAA members Hershel Abelman and Ingeborg Jakobson. The public as well as LGAA members are invited. Click on the date August 17 on the Calendar to see a map in which you can obtain driving directions.

At the venue there are restrooms, ample parking, and refreshments are provided.



LGAA's Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) Juried Exhibition was Feb 4—Mar 12 at NUMU Los Gatos

See the Juried Art here... GBAO Art

Plein Air paintouts every Monday 9 am-Noon

See Locations . . . Paintsites