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Letter from the President


We have a couple of great in-person shows coming up next year and the first one will be at Thousand Oaks Art Gallery, in early February. The prospectus for this show has been posted to Online Juried Shows. The theme is “Artist’s Choice”, which leaves everyone an easy latitude after working hard on many things during this time of year. We will have an in person reception, awards, (as usual), and we will be asking for participants to sign up to sit the gallery, as it’s required of groups at Thousand Oaks Art Gallery. We will have a fee one may pay to defer if they’re not able to sit, but do know that someone else will need to do a double shift to cover you so please bear that in mind.

The other live show will be at the elegant Santa Paula Museum of Art, which will be a highly competitive exhibit, with only roughly 55-65 works of art. The theme for this early July show, will be “The California Scene,” which lends itself to any genre of art or subject matter that is relative to “California”.

We had a nice little CAL gathering at Lake Balboa, (aka Anthony C. Beilensen Park), recently. CAL brought ample donuts, artists brought their art, and there was plenty to talk about. We have a lot in common, not only because we are artists, but that our lives revolve around that very issue, and affect choices we make in our lives. Having the chance to share what we’ve been doing lately, as well as getting to see what others have been working on was reviving. The diversity of art styles, techniques, subject matter, makes for a greater source of inspiration for everyone. It was a decent sized group, and we hope to have folks come join us. A few stayed after the gathering to paint the lake from the pavillion’s vantage point. 

One last note here I’d like to relay is that even though CAL hosts some nice shows, the occasional demo and get together, this is brought to you because a handful of people step up to hold positions on the board to get things done. We have latitude to work harder on some things, and allow some time on other duties, but it’s got to get done. We need people to sign up for next year, for Secretary and Newsletter Editor, for starters. At the end of next year, I will be stepping down as President, so here’s a really long advance notice in that regard. This has been really fun for me, a bit challenging, but there have been great people to help teach what needs to be learned, to help where we need it. Please do consider joining “The CAL Team” so that this fine organization can continue to thrive. There is a nice sense of belonging and of purpose that are greatly rewarding. I feel very grateful and lucky to have had this position. Wait- I’m not leaving yet- but a year can zip past in the blink of an eye. So do think about joining the board. We get to laugh at our meetings almost every time.

Happy Holidays to you, and brush off those art supplies and get ready for the upcoming shows! Hope to see you then!

All the Best,

Nora Koerber, CAL president, 2022-2023

Membership News

Mike Wicks

Mountain Dancing Mixed Media piece won 1st place in Mixed Media at the Thousand Oaks Art Association Member Show.

I'm also pleased to announce that through the end of the year I'm offering 60% off my images on aluminum that are in stock.  First come first serve as this is only available for pieces I have on hand.  Contact me directly for pricing. (star trails image for example)


Kathryn Donatelli

SOLD!! The Ballerina, oil on linen, 50 x 34. Modeled by Ballerina Amanda Jegeus and her 4 pups. My major sale of 2022.

Susanne Belcher

is one of the featured artists at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery DTLA during the month of December 2022. Visit  for Opening and Reception dates.  She also has been invited by the Conejo Valley Board of Directors to participate in a photography show at UBS in Westlake Village where she will be exhibiting five of her digital photo collages.  Opening Jan. 3 thru Aprl. 30, 2023 with a Reception TBA in Feb.

1)  A SOLITARY VIEW, Mixed Media on Canvas (GDCA Gallery DTLA)
2)  Love on the 101 Freeway, digital photo collage archival print (UBS show)


Randy Sprout

will be exhibition Point Lobos After the Fire an 8X8 Watercolor at the 3rd Annual All Square, All Member Show

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Art Gallery
3251 Laguna Canyon Rd Ste E, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
November 28, 2022 through January 2, 2023

Nancy Whitlock

had two Paintings of her "Woodland" Series (Acrylic on Watercolor Paper) accepted into the RANDY HIGBEE GALLERY 2022 13th Annual  6" Squared LIVE  Exhibition and Sale. This international Show is open from December 3, 2022 to January 6, 2023.  Opening and Artists Reception on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.


Judy Knott

I'm excited to announce my painting "It Doesn't have to match your Damn Couch" was accepted into the Crocker Kingsley's 2022 art competition.  The Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition was first juried in 1940, a tradition that continues to the present day. Over the past 80 years, this prestigious show has included many premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, and Wayne Thiebaud. Works selected by this year’s juror, Emma Saperstein, Chief Curator and Director of Education at SLOMA, will be on display in all 4 galleries at Blue Line Arts in Roseville California with the reception being held on Dec 17 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  There were nearly 700 artists entered so I am more than thrilled to have had my artwork selected.  

Terry Romero Paul

I will be in an upcoming exhibition at the Laguna Art Gallery. The show is called, "2023 New Year, Good Vibes". The attached painting will be in the show, "Field Of My Dreams, 36"x48" oil painting. The address of the gallery is 555 Shops at Mission Viejo, Suite 928A, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691, Ph 949-257-9008. The date of the show is Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, 2023.  I will also be a featured artist on the front page of

Nora Koerber 

Nora has work in three upcoming shows. 

The first is through SCAPE, ("Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment"), a group that paints local So Cal areas that are in conservation. A percentage of sales will go to the designated area of conservation, which for this show will be the UCSB Natural Reserve System. This upcoming show will be at "The Music Academy of the West", Lehmann Hall and Kuen Court, 1070 Fairway Rd, Montecito, CA., Dec 3rd and 4th.

The second show is at the LAPAPA, (aka, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn), gallery, awards night is Dec 1st, 7 to 9 pm. The show will run through Jan. 2nd.

The third show is with American Impressionists Society's All Member Online Show. A link is provided here so you can see all the artists work, which is shown in alphabetical order. (Nora Koerber's work, "Quiet on the Lake", is roughly in the middle of the catalog).

1) "Orchestral Burms", Coal Oil Point Reserve," 6" x 12", oil on linen panel (for SCAPE show)

2) "A Good Day", Coal Oil Point Reserve, 11"x14", oil on linen panel, (also for SCAPE show)

3) "Laughter", 8"x8", oil on gessobord, for the LAPAPA show


Eric Renard

"Dancing in the Library II" is being exhibited at the Malibu City Hall Gallery in "MUSIC INSPIRED ART" through January 13, 2023. The gallery is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA.

I am excited to announce that "Pendry" was awarded First Place for photography at the Artist Space Gallery's "Abstract  Art Exhibition".

"Swoosh" was nominated as a Finalists in the 2022 IAA Awards (International Achievement Awards).


Michael Alpay

I have been displaying my paintings in various professional offices. One who loves paintings and gladly displays what I present to him is my doctor. He has a big office complex in West Hills Medical Center and over the years was able to display 25+ of my paintings. He takes time to show them to his patients and communicates with me through emails, all the comments he receives. This experience has been very positive for both of us and especially for me with referrals to other professionals who love art. I expect I will continue to seek out professional offices where I can show my paintings in the future.


Peter Lars Schuller

My entry for "Winter Wonderland" exhibition titled "Sinterklaas Is On His Way".
A 14x11 oil on canvas.

Runping Zhang

Ready to participate in the 2023 Salon at the Grand Palais in Paris

Ken Kochakji

Both images are from the Camelback Art on-line gallery exhibits


And that’s all for now, folks!

Please keep us in touch with what you do, and we’ll do the same. Any suggestions, wishes to do this or that or if you feel like helping out, please contact Ms Nora Koerber at

Thank you, Members, and Artist Friends!


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