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April 2024

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



If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.                                   Edward Hopper

Direct inquiries to the DFAAnews editor:

Susan Gallo

Deadline for news items - 15th of each month

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April 3 - Monthly Meeting, 9:30 

April 10 - Board Meeting, 10:00 zoom

April 17 - Open Paint/Create, 11:00 - 3:00

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Dear DFAA Members,

Sometimes words fail me. Sometimes inspiration eludes me. But there are always others who can say what I couldn’t, who have spoken about the nature of art and of artists. Some buoy me up when I’m feeling challenged. Some make me remember why it matters.

❖ “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
❖ “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -- Edgar Degas
❖ “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” -- Eugene Delacroix
❖ “Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.” -- Salvador Dali
❖ “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” -- Leonardo Da Vinci
❖ “Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” -- Theodore Dreiser
❖ “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” -- Scott Adams
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” -- Dr. Suess
(I can always count on Dr. Suess)
❖ “To create one’s own world takes courage.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe
❖ “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”-- Alberto Giacometti
❖ “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” -- Pablo Picasso


I’d love to know whose words touch you.

Donna Barnhart

President, DFAA

Monarchs and Margaritas

DFAA artists will have an opportunity to sell artwork at

MONARCHS AND MARGARITAS The Dunwoody Nature Center annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 4.

Theme: nature
Subject matter: plants, animals or landscapes


The Dunwoody Nature Centers (DNC) is located at 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338, 770-394-3322.

There is room for about 18 pieces of artwork hung on walls and display easels. 
The maximum size for artwork to be displayed on walls is 16” x 20”.  

The maximum size for artwork to be displayed on floor easels is 30” x 30”.

Submission process: Each DFAA member in good standing may submit up to two pieces of art for consideration. Dues were due February 29

The Nature Center will select one, two or none of the work. JPGs of the work should be sent to the following email address:
Submission period: March 5 - April 8, 2024

DNC will select the artwork for the sale.

DNC will notify the artists of the acceptance of their artwork by April 19, 2024.

DNC will process payments and remit 60% of the sale price to the artist.

DNC will be responsible for credit card fees from their 40%.

Note that the accepted JPGs may be used by the DNC and DFAA as publicity for the event.

March Presentation by Larry Hall

"Staying Engaged and Motivated in Your Art" 

Larry Hall’s paintings are indicative of his perception of the actual as well as the possible nature of things and range from simplicity to outrageous interpretations. He paints still lifes, landscapes, and figures, realistic and abstract. He is fascinated by the painting process and its historical aspects. Larry, ironically, is also a favorite model for many portrait artists and portraits of him have appeared in several international art magazines. Larry’s art pursuits include photography, costume & clothing design and poured metallic medallions.  

DNC 2024 Monarchs and Margaritas Prospectus and Submission Form

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New Board Members for 2024-2026    

The DFAA board is announcing the slate of candidates for the 2024-2026 term. DFAA members will vote on this slate at the April meeting and the board will be installed at 11:00 am on May 1st before our spring luncheon. Thanks to all who have agreed to serve on our board!!

Co-Presidents - Lynne Joffe & Barbara Riordan

1st Vice President (Programs) - Joan Monroe

2nd Vice President (Membership) - Traci Kruger

Treasurer - Karen Peay

Secretary - Harriette Perlstein


Feldman Law - TBD, Pat Troxel

Edward Jones - TBD, Sharon Weiss

Shallowford Annex Installation    

The first changeout will be March 26th 10-12. The next changeout will be June 26th. Contact Joan Monroe if you have questions.

Thanks to Diane Houle    

Thanks to Diane Houle for speaking at our March meeting.


Do you enjoy reading about what other DFAA members are up to? Then please share your art news with the editor. We look forward to hearing our members art news.

Featured Artists    

We are rerunning 3 previous Featured Artist profiles after receiving no response from 6 individuals who were invited to be featured. If you would like to be featured in the future contact the editor at

Member Spring Luncheon Planned    

Please join us at the DFAA Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The luncheon will be held from 11 am - 2 pm at the home of Tim and Stacia Minton at 1766 Trapnell Drive in Dunwoody.


We will have a short Business Meeting to discharge the current Board and install the 2024-2026 Board, then enjoy socializing and a pot luck lunch of salads and desserts.


Please use the link below to let us know you will attend and to sign up to bring a salad or dessert. If you have any trouble using Sign Up Genius, please contact Linda Brown at 617-642-7527, or by email at 


We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.

Creating at the Barn    

Beth Berghoff shared this shot of paper making, book making and collage at the barn at Brook Run.

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Farewell to Our Dear Friend Barbara Flexner    

"All artists leave a part of themselves in their work. I want you to keep a part of me in Atlanta.

After 20 years in town, Paul and I are relocating to New Jersey to be closer to family. Yet I can stay with you – the friends, neighbors, and acquaintances we’ve made in Atlanta – by sharing some of my older and current work with you. 

My sale reflects the breadth and depth of our life in Atlanta. It will include framed and unframed work, mostly watercolor and acrylic. There are works on paper and canvas and experimental works that remain in my collection. There will be small works and large works, work in ink as well as in paint.

I look forward to greeting you at our home and studio, Sunday, April 14, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to be with us, we can make private arrangements to visit. Please contact me directly by email, text or cell (see the eBlast)."
More info on Barbara's website,, and NYC gallery may be found in the eBlast.

Welcome New Member    

Angel Domschke

Angel is having an art opening this Thursday evening at the Pinckneyville community center. PDF of Flyer attached for details.

How to Find the Directory and Other DFAA Documents Online    

A few new members have mentioned they weren't sure where to find information concerning our framing guidelines and other important information. The DFAA Directory, Standing Rules & Procedures and our Bylaws are all available as PDFs on our DIRECTORY page which can be found under the ARTISTS menu on our website - Members may access that page by creating a login and then being approved by the Webmaster. This is the only page that requires a login as we consider our members personal information to be private.



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: Katie Carr

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 2025: Joan Weiss

Shallowford Annex: Joan Monroe

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