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September 2023

The Dunwoody Fine Art Association (DFAA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to:


  • Promote fine art in the Dunwoody, GA area


  • Encourage its artists to exhibit their art


  • Support each other in their creativity and self-expression through lectures, critiques, workshops and exhibits



Painting is easy when you don't know how...     Edgar Degas  

Direct inquiries to the DFAAnews editor:

Susan Gallo

Deadline for news items - 15th of each month

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September 6 - Monthly Meeting, 9:30 

September 13 - Board Meeting, 9:30 zoom

September 20 - Open Paint/Create, 11:00 - 3

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Dear DFAA Members,

Summer has its own rhythm. Our schedules are syncopated with different activities and people and places, and the steady beat that we move to the rest of the year becomes harder to hear. It’s a welcome change and yet a challenge to find the rhythm that fuels us and orders our lives.


Each summer I believe that I’ll devote more time to artistic exploration. There are so many things I want to try or to expand on that I have to write them down to keep my head from exploding. And yet, at the end of each summer, I find the lists have only grown. I find that I struggle to maintain even my normal studio schedule.


So I’m excited to welcome fall and the return to our regularly scheduled programming. DFAA has a lot in store for the upcoming months, with meetings, exhibitions and opportunities for service and for fellowship. I look forward to regaining that steady rhythm that keeps me on track, but also enjoying the syncopation that always accompanies the meeting of artistic minds.


I look forward to seeing you at September’s meeting, and I hope you’ll bring a friend.

Donna Barnhart

President, DFAA

September Presentation by Anne Hall    

Please join us for the Sept 6, 2023 DFAA membership meeting. Our guest artist will be Anne Emerson Hall who won first prize at the recent Sights & Insights exhibition.

Anne Emerson Hall paints in oil with a passion for color and meaning, with a focus on human relationships. She has studied extensively with the great American masters Steven Assael and Nelson Shanks. Anne teaches classes and workshops in color study, dynamic figure drawing and painting, most recently at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. At Norcross Gallery & Studios, she serves as Director and is a moderator of the Figure Study group that meets on Tuesdays. 


She has shown her work locally at the Chastain Gallery, Atlanta Artists Center, Norcross Gallery and Studios, the Art Station at Stone Mountain, and the Marietta Cobb Museum, and in exhibitions elsewhere such as the Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe and the Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University.

All Together Now - Sandy Springs Library

"Our patrons really enjoyed and appreciated the beautiful artistic creations of the artists who displayed their work at the library. We wish to thank all of the artists who participated and to the DFAA for making this project successful."


Ruby Allen
Assistant Branch Manager
Sandy Springs Library

The winner of the peoples choice award goes to Jenny Kalmin for "Cody Diner", pictured below.

Thanks again to Donna Fitzwater for chairing this exhibit.

Sights & Insights 2023

The 2023 Sights & Insights Exhibition opened Friday, June 16 with a reception at Chastain Gallery. Dunwoody Fine Arts Association hosted the juried exhibition. 70 artists from Georgia submitted work and 56 of them had a total of 94 pieces juried into the show. The exhibit was up until July 29. Twenty-four of the participating artists were from DFAA. 

The show delivered a variety of styles, materials, and media. Besides the actual exhibit at Chastain Gallery, all of the works were featured in The Web Gallery on the home page. You can also view the winners plus candid photos from the reception on our EXHIBITS page here on the DFAA website. Tom Francis, Professor Emeritus of Painting at SCAD-Atlanta, juried the show and awarded 1st Place to Anne Emerson Hall, 2nd Place to Donna Fitzwater, 3rd Place to Lisa Kleysteuber. Honorable Mentions went to Kathy Smith, Cynthia Frigon, Susan Proctor, and Laura Smith.  


Barbara Riordan and Joan Weiss were Co-Chairpersons. With a strong committee of members, volunteers, and Chastain Gallery staff, the show met its goal to offer a juried art exhibition for Georgia artists and the opportunity to display their work in a prestigious Atlanta gallery.


Feldman Law - Week of October 9, Pat Troxel

Edward Jones - Same day as Feldman, Sharon Weiss

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Seasons Exhibition - Sandy Springs Library

Starting October 2 the Sandy Springs library will host the next DFAA exhibition - "Seasons". DFAA members may submit 2 pieces for consideration. Space is limited for both table easels and floor easels. See submission form below.

Important dates:

September 20: Submission deadline to Donna Fitzwater via email -
October 2, 11-1: Drop off accepted art at the Sandy Springs Library
January 8, 1-3:  Pick up art at the Sandy Springs Library

Please pay attention to the acceptable art sizes, Any work with glass cannot exceed 16 X 20 and will be displayed on a table easel. Floor easels can hold up to 30 x 30 size.
Any questions, contact Donna Fitzwater at

Sandy Springs Library

2023 Submission Form

Best of the Best Juried Exhibition 

This juried show for DFAA members is returning this fall. Once again the Dunwoody Library Hall Gallery (adjacent to Spruill Center for the Arts) will be the venue for this show.
Members may submit up to two recent works to the Williams Room on October 4th from 12:30-
2:00. Entries will be juried, and our judge will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the selected pieces. Cash prizes will be awarded. Please see the prospectus and entry form below.

Best of the Best

2023 Submission Form and Prospectus

Welcome New Members
Katie Carr
Anne Emerson Hall
Larry H
Spring Luncheon - Thanks to all!    

Everyone who attended had a scrumptious lunch and a wonderful time at the home of Tim and Stacia Minton. Thanks again for welcoming us into your home! And thanks to all the members who brought food to share.

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Please Note: New Barn Hours
The hours for painting at the barn have changed to 11:00 - 3:00. Please update your calendars.
EBlast Chair Needed for DFAA
Jenny Kalmin has been our eBlast chairperson for many years but time has come for her to retire from this position. She will help inform the next person who takes on this role. It is actually a very easy job because anyone who has info to publish will give it to the eBlast person in finished form. It will just need to be copied and pasted into an email. Jenny might size the font or add a bit of clip art to make things stand out. And voila! Your eBlast comes to you via email each Sunday. Thanks to Jenny for all your years of service in this job!
DFAA Officers

President: Donna Barnhart

1st Vice President: Becky Bennett

2nd Vice President: Barbara Riordan

SecretaryLinda Brown

Treasurer: Karen Peay

DFAA Committee Chairpersons

Barn Paint Days: Janette Worley

EBlast Communications: Jenny Kalmin

Hospitality: Linda Brown

Membership: Barbara Riordan

Newsletter Editor: Susan Gallo

Online Directory: Susan Gallo

Parliamentarian: TBD

Programs & Workshops: Becky Bennett

Printed Brochure: Tim Minton

Publicity: Sharon Weiss

Social Media: TBD

Webmaster: Susan Gallo

Exhibit Chairpersons

Art in the Park: TBD

Best of the Best: Joan Monroe

Dunwoody Library Hall: Joan Monroe

Edward Jones: Sharon Weiss

Feldman Law Offices: Pat Troxel

Sandy Springs Library Gallery: Donna Fitzwater

Sights & Insights 2023: Barbara Riordan & Joan Weiss

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