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Artist of the Month Winners
April 2024

3rd Place: Ken Wallace (left), 2nd: Kim Smith, 1st Place: LaRhee Webster
missing from photo: Eileen Cervera, 2nd Place tie

LGAA Members Peer Gallery

LGAA features a "Members Peer Gallery."  Members may bring a recent art piece to display at demo meetings.  A competition is held and members vote for their favorite choices.  Each of the top three winners receives a certificate.  This month the 1st place winner won an LGAA apron.

In addition to getting to see and appreciate the fine work that LGAA members do, all gallery contributors receive one credit point toward the Artist of the Year Award, held at the end of the year.

Call for Entries

Kennedy Road Art Show

"Water in Motion"

Entry Deadline: June 25

Call for Entries

Submission Details

Silicon Valley Open Studios

(SVOS) does a great service to our arts community by opening local artists' studios to the public the first three weekends in May. We encourage our members to participate as much as possible. Exhibiting LGAA members' names are listed here.  Go to to view or download the 2024 Directory to see their site locations and dates.

Borgman, Kathleen
Butler-Graham, Susan
Curtis, Linda
Duffy, Kay
Haines, Annie
Host, Marilynn
Janoff, Jeff
Lu, Wenlan
Marquez, Kaaren
Nussbaum, Stacey
Owen, Jeff
Stonesifer, David
Wallace, Ken
Webster, LaRhee
Wong Cervera, Eileen

If your name should be added to or removed from this list, please notify me by email... Jane at

Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 pm

Paul Kratter, Plein Air Landscape Artist

Painting an Iconic California Landscape


Congregation Shir Hadash

20 Cherry Blossom Ln.

Los Gatos 95032

Paul Kratter is an accomplished plein-air artist and Signature Member of the California Art Club. He has a prolific repertoire of oil paintings depicting iconic scenes such as the California Golden Hills, Eastern Sierras, and his signature Eucalyptus and Popler trees. His depth of knowledge, expert skills, and lively personality makes his demos very informative and fun for everyone. While painting, the tales he tells of his adventures in the High Sierras transported by a pack of mules takes plein air painting to a whole new level. Read about Paul and see examples of his work at

LGAA ad currently in the Silicon Valley Open Studios SVOS 2024 Directory...

This ad and the list of exhibiting artists' names, the exhibition dates, and locations are in the SVOS 2024 Directory. To view it, click the button below.

SVOS Directory

Artist of the Month Winners
February 2024

1st Place David Stonesifer (left), 2nd Claudia Browne, 3rd Cyra Cowan

At the monthly demo meetings, LGAA features the "Members Peer Gallery."  Members may bring a recent art piece to display.  A competition is held and members vote for their favorite choices.  Each of the top three winners receives a certificate, and this month the 1st place winner won an LGAA apron. Many attendees were awestruck at how beautiful the gallery was this month. All gallery contributors receive one credit point toward the Artist of the Year Award, held at the end of the year.

LGAA Members Peer Gallery

The image below shows a portion of the Peer Gallery. The numbers below each art piece are for the voting. The artisis' names aren't revealed until the final winners are announced.

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:30-3:30 pm
LGAA presents

Scott Hamill

Unlock the Joy of Painting



Scott presents a lively and entertaining demonstration on how to paint a California water scene that looks convincing and captures its essence.  He is a masterful and prolific plein air artist with a painterly style and skill set many artists would love to have.  Scott demonstrates in oils how to acquire the skills needed to paint beautiful water scenes such as breaking waves, still water, reflections, ripples, etc.

Scott emphasizes the importance of learning and continuously practicing the techniques of painting, such as color mixing and creating depth.  As one gets faster and eventually "nails it" by rendering things skillfully and quickly, one can finally become free to experience the real Joy of Painting. Seeing Scott's vast repertoire of seascapes and landscapes on his website is proof he has definitelt nailed it.

Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos.   MAP

To see examples of Scott's work and learn more about him, visit his website at

The public is invited to this free event.  Members are invited to display their recent art in the LGAA Members Gallery, which is on view during the event. Light refreshments will be served.



Ribiera, Gaylen

Guidice, Rick

Zou, Xueling

GBAO Video
Greater Bay Area Open

Knock on the door to Enter

Juried Exhibition through March 9th
at NUMU Los Gatos
106 E. Main St.
Visit for hours
and directions

Welch, Michael

Jaekel, Susan

Lord, Carolyn

Special Event

Sunday, January 28, 1-3:30 pm

LGAA Members Critique

with George Rivera

George Rivera is returning with his artist wife Kristin Lindseth to Critique LGAA Members' Art!  Members who would like to participate are asked to bring TWO differing pieces of art. George will point out features that would make one art work a better show candidate, and why, along with ideas that could make it even better.

WHERE: Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos MAP

Beloved by LGAA members for many years. George Rivera, M.A., was the past Executive Director and Curator of the Triton Museum of Art for 28 years. Not only a fine artist, he taught art at San Jose State University, UC Berkeley Extension, D'Anza College, and Mission College.

NOTE: Because this is such a special and educational event, the start time will begin a half hour earlier than usual.

New members and artists of all levels are invited to participate. Guests and non-members are welcome to attend.

We are in for a very special treat!

(Those who participate by bringing art earn one Artist of the Year point!)

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Letter from the Outgoing President


The 75th-year Celebration and Holiday Party for LGAA Members in December was a wonderful success! The food catered by Un Taco Mas was delicious, the live harp music played by Larisa Smirnakova was delightful, and the games we all played were great fun. The new 2024 Executive Board of Directors were voted into office by the members present, and I introduced all the new and returning officers. To see their names and titles, click the following link...

Board of Directors 2024
I wish the new Board Members much success in their new roles. They include Marilynn Host, President;  Kris Rogers and Susanne Koga, alternate Recording Secretaries;  Ken Wallace, Awards Chairperson (for the live Peer Review Members Gallery); and Jeff Janoff, Parliamentarian. Many thanks to the board members returning for another 2-year term, and to those assuming Interim roles until new volunteers can be found.

Elke Groves (former 1st VP) will remain on the Board as Museums Liaison, and I will remain on the Board to assist Marilyn Haley administrate the website, coach the new Board members in their new roles, recruit volunteers for the Open and Interim positions, and do whatever I can to smooth the transition.

A New Point System rewards frequent participants in both Online and Live Members Galleries.  Members earn ONE Point per entry in each gallery. 
Best Participation Award goes to the artist with the most points for submissions accumulated from both galleries by year's end.
Members who participate in both galleries can earn as many as two points per month!  These points will be added to the Members Votes in November during the Artist of the Year 2024 Contest. Regular participation will matter!

Peer Review voting for the Live Members Gallery begins at the February 25th meeting. Anyone who brings art to the January Event will earn 1 point!

January 28, 2024
Critique of Members Art ~ with GEORGE RIVERA
George returns for an educational and exciting Special Event — back by the popular request.
Sunday, 1⇁3:30 pm, at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos. See more details in future emails to members.
February 25, 2024
Demo Meetings resume with Members Gallery Peer Review (Contest)

It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve as the association's President the past four years. 

Warmest regards,
Jane Loomis

January 1, 2024

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

LGAA's 2023
Artist of the Year 


Congratulations to the Winners!

View the winning images full-sized with details 

Click here Artist of the Year 2023 WINNERS

To view LGAA's entire Members Gallery, including ALL the Artist of the Year 2023 Entries
go to Instagram @losgatosartassociation

or click here

 LGAA Online Members Gallery

Login to view the images full-sized and see more details.

2023 Greater Bay Area Open




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


(The Zoom meeting has ended.)


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