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General Meeting & Art Demonstration
1st Wednesday of every Month at 1:00 PM (PST) via Zoom
Next Meeting: June 01, 2022

What happens during our general meetings?

  • Meet and greet. Come interact with the artists in your community!

  • Announcements of upcoming events

  • Updates on what's in the works for the Fremont Art Association

  • FREE art demonstration and Q&A

  • Artist of the Month (a'la Mini Art Show)

Come and join us! Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

Or by filling out the following form:

June Art Demo​​nstration

Rita Kirkman is joining the FAA from Texas, as our May Demo Artist!


Kirkman is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her paintings have been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel and published in many others. Her work is in public and private collections across the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Africa, and Australia.  


In her demo Painting Playful Animals in Pastel, Kirkman will present her approach and techniques in painting animal portraits in pastel and share her enchantment in bringing our warm and fuzzy friends to life.


That Kirkman was born an artist is undeniable. She began drawing portraits of family and friends when she was merely 11 and acquired her first paid portrait commission at 17. In 1986 she embarked upon her 12-year creative journey in drawing quick portraits in amusement parks. In 1988 she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Dayton and kicked-off her business producing quality hand-drawn pencil portraits from client photos. Over the past two decades Kirkman has immersed herself in pastels, continuously refining her style and techniques and winning major awards in national and international competitions. In recent years she has become a popular workshop instructor. In 2020 she created a Patreon page, where she showcases numerous demo videos.


Kirkman’s immense and distinctive body of work is a pure expression of her love and respect for her subjects whether they be human, animal or nature. Her paintings, which are marked by their captivating compositions and phenomenal play of color and light, burst with life. Karen Vernon, Director of Arts for Rural Texas, puts it best: "Kirkman's paintings of animals have an unmistakable presence and a connection with the viewer. With a background in portraiture, she captures the spirit of each as an individual soul. Her process of underpainting the light forms a sense of place and depth that stimulates the imagination. The situations and expressions of her animals spark a human recognition within us.”


Join us for a warm and fuzzy experience as Rita Kirkman paints one of her endearing animal portraits.


You may view Kirkman's works or contact her at:

Artists of the Month​​

Entry Guidelines

  1. Artist must be a Fremont Art Association Member in good standing, and must be present during the meeting.

  2. One entry per artist.

  3. Piece being entered must be original work, preferably created within the last month - no older than a year. (No prints/reproductions, or any work done as part of a class/course/workshop)

  4. Entries must be photographed and sent to Helene Roylance at with the subject header no later than 6 pm (PST) on the evening before the meeting. (Ex. For a meeting on 02/03/2021, submit no later than 6 PM (PST) on 02/02/2021.) 
    i. Must use the subject line: "Artist of the Month" on the email submission. 
    ii. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to abide by our Privacy Policy.

  5. Also send the following information:

    • Title of the Piece​

    • Medium(s)

    • Size

    • Price if available for sale (or indicate NFS - Not For Sale)

    • "Framed" or "Unframed" if applicable

  6. Non-members may not submit, but may participate in voting via Zoom during the meeting. All voting is anonymous.

  7. Artist of the Month is all virtual - No artwork will be displayed in the gallery, but will be shared on the website and on FAA Social Media. 

  8. Artwork listed for sale can be purchased through the FAA. Send any inquiries via the form below and please be sure to reference the piece. 

Contenders / Submissions

May 2022 Artists of the Month Awardees

1st Place

1st Place

"Tuscan Door" Deepti Saraswat Watercolor 11 x 14 inches Matted $300

2nd Place

2nd Place

"Vio x Wit" Mia Bounds Pastel on Paper 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches Framed $123

3rd Place

3rd Place

"Strawberries" Jenna Hobbs Oil on canvas 10 x 8 inches Unframed / N/A NFS

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2021 Artist of the Year


Helene Marie Roylance has been a member of the Fremont Art Association since 2014. Her works focus mainly on watercolor and intricately painted ceramics. Her paintings often depict scenes from her travels, as well as plein air paintings of local vistas. Her works can currently be found both on her website and at the Fremont Art Association.


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