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49th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show

Mini Art makes major impact

The 49th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, was on display at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands, February 22 through March 15. Redlands’ Mayor, Paul Foster, spoke about Art-in-Public Places at show’s Grand Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 23.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands. What makes it different is: 1) all media is accepted (where else will you see fantastic fabric fairies?) and 2) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5″ including base or frame. The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in the Inland Empire. An art judge views the entries and selects the ones for the show. Sant Khalsa, Professor of Art at California State University, San Bernardino judged the show and awarded the prizes. Her Juror’s Statement reads, in part, “I have never found jurying an exhibition an easy task and this show was no exception. There were more quality artworks to select from then there is wall and pedestal space to install them on. As an artist and art educator, I have a deep understanding of the art making process and the emotional risk that comes in sharing ones work in a public venue. I applaud all of the artists that entered the show for their commitment to their studio practice and willingness to share the fruits of their creative labor with the Redlands community.”

Winners of the competition participated in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.

First Place, $400, was presented to Kathy Paulus from Moreno Valley for her color pencil drawing. Second Place, $300, to Janis Commentz from Yucca Valley, and Third Place, $200, to Froukje Schaafsma-Smith from Riverside. Juror’s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Ron Stephany and Roberta Thole, both from Redlands. Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, given to Cindy Kanakriyeh and Linda Willason. Past President’s Award, $100, given to Chick Curtis; Joan Wiley Memorial Award, $100, was presented to Charlotte Yale-Provost and Doris S. Cook Memorial Award, $50, given to Karen Clark. Watercolor West gave a $50 award, Excellence in Watercolor, to Sheila Hansberger. Honorable Mention awards are: Dan Soury, Jose Rodas, Karen Grace and Tess Lee Miller.

Art supply companies also donated goods for prizes. Those companies are: Jack Richeson & Co., Wilson’s Frame Up, Ampersand Products, and Bud Rickert’s. The winners of the goods were: Ginger Pena, Muriel Dolemieux, Tony Radcliffe, Martha Cowen, and Kathy Paulus.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged to buy art even before the art was up. Patrons were: Grace Fermier, Judith Sparhawk, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation, Sandy Davies, Linda Willason, Sharon Rachel, Sharon Klotz, Lynn Whitmer, and Micah & Christine White. They purchased art from Ginger Pena, Carol Mahlum, Cindy Rinne, Betty Francis, Matt Bundy, Sheila Hansberger, Ruth Wood, Kathy Paulus, Roberta Thole, Jeanne Dolan and Holly Warner.

83 Redlands Art Association member artists were juried into the show: Teri Adams, Sheldon Alvarez, Kent Ambrose, Garrett Beach, Andrea Beechko, Debi Bishop, Beverly Brett, Alycia Bromer, Matt Bundy, Terrie Burian, Cherie Burris, Janis Commentz, Liz Coviello, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Sandy Davies, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Jeanne Dolan, Janet Edwards, Julie R. Evans, S. Ladean Evans, Betty Francis, Deborah George, Tom Gillett, Ernesto Gomez, Mary Grinyer, Sheila Hansberger, Antionette Hanson, Jan Harvey, Patricia Hayden, Bruce Herwig, Vici Haag, Angel Holguin, Evelyn Ifft, Athene Johnston, Cindy Kanakriyeh, Midge Tosten Kilgour, Philip Kilgour, Won Madeline Koh, John Lapi, Michael LeBlanc, Sheila LeBlanc, Carol Lima, Carol Mahlum, Michael Mazgai, Caroline McAllister, Diana McLaughlin, Pat Meeker, Rick Meidell, Tess Lee Miller, r. mike nichols, Joanne Ohnemus, Jeff Owens, Sri Harsha Pamu, Rusty Parenteau, Kathy Paulus, Ginger Pena, Wendy Quine, Sharon Rachael, Tony Radcliffe, Richard Ransom, Linda Richards, Jose Rodas, Aubrey Sanchez, Froukje Schaafsma-Smith, Penny Schwartz, Joan Marie Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ronald Stephany, Kitty Stephens, Carol Stouthamer, Jo Sutt, Lucinda Swain, Roberta Thole, Holly Warner, Elaine Waterman, Christine White, Linda Willason, Ruth Wood, Lori Worby-Krebs, and Kathy Young.

17 other exhibiting artists are: Marge Beasley, Ann Binghamfreeman, Tina Carson, Karen Clark, Gary Dehrer, Muriel Dolemieux, Karen Grace, Roberet Mease,  Betty Pilley, Cindy Rinne, Dave Saline, Froukje Schaafsma-Smith, Kandra Scullin, Dean Spencer, Charlotte Yale-Provost and Chris Young.

Programs & Workshops


Redlands Art Association puts on a Program on the 4th Tuesday of the month September through May. We bring you educational lectures, fun artsy topics, instructional demonstrations.

The 2021/2022 series has finished... now we're looking for new subjects for the next series.

Please call the Gallery with your suggestions! Call 909-792-8435. Thank you.

PROGRAM 5-24-22. Nelda Stuck – quilter

    Redlands quilter Nelda Stuck will present the Redlands Art Association's program Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the gallery at 215 East State Street. The public is invited. No charge.

    Stuck, co-founder of the Redlands Historical Museum Association, has specialized over the past 40 years in quilts depicting Redlands, and will be emphasizing artistic choices when designing quilts. All her quilts are hand-pieced and most are hand-quilted. Her two favorite quilts depict a bookcase with shelves filled with Redlands-titled books, and her "Those Who Made a Difference in Redlands" quilt of 218 signatures gathered in 1995 (historically important now that more than 90 of the signers are deceased) each having written how they wanted to be remembered in one hundred years. She says, “One quilt I made for my husband, Monte, showing his military career and medals (and they are colorful!)  Probably the most artistic of any of my quilts -- made completely of leftovers (and titled that). Turned out to be a challenge and fun, and based on Monte's layout-design.”

       She received her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1959 and her masters in radio and television news in 1969 from Michigan State University at East Lansing and worked 22 years as Community and the Arts editor for the Redlands Daily Facts, retiring in 2002. Nelda and Monte, RAA members for more than 40 years, recently published the Redlands photo book titled, "Redlands Movers and Shakers, Centennial to Millennium, 1980 to 2002," with proceeds going to the Museum of Redlands.

PROGRAM Tues 4-26-22 Cultural Arts Commission updates

PROGRAM  Tues, April 26.  7 – 9 pm. RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown. No charge, public welcome.

  Art in Public Places: "Interiorem Pulchritudinem" (Latin for Inner Beauty). Installed on the corner of Vine & Cajon Streets, Civic Center side.
 CONVERSATION WITH DENNIS CHRISTENSEN, one of the Commissioners of the City of Redlands Cultural Arts Commission.

Heard of Art In Public Places?  Redlands Art Association is presenting Dennis Christensen to address that question at their Program on Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM at their downtown Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands. Public welcome – no charge.

Christensen will talk about the Art In Public Places placed throughout the city, how it’s chosen, and who pays for it. He’ll also tell us about the status of the city’s Art and Culture Master Plan, and the newly adopted City Strategic Plan. His program will include a question and answer session.


Tues, April 26, 2022.  7 – 9 pm  No charge, public welcome.
RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands

Featured Artists

Janet Esparza and Marilyn Durham 6-4 to 6-24-22

Open House on Saturday, June 11, 2022

Janet Esparza does her own lapidary work to create Gems out of plain looking rocks! Then she wraps them in sterling silver to showcase the beauty of the stone.

Marilyn Durham will show us her watercolor paintings - showing both the fluid movement and the tight control of the medium.

Joan Marie Smith and Sue Priest 5-14 to 6-3-22

Joan Marie Smith will be displaying her oil paintings ~ Sue Priest offers her unique flame painted copper jewelry and paintings.

Joan Marie Smith grew up in Manila, Philippines where she attended the American School. It was her high school art teacher, Ruth Geoffey, who introduced Joan to the variety of art mediums. Joan loved to create pastel pictures of still life displays. Using pastels to create the roundness of a vase or the highlight on an orange prepared her for her future interest in painting with watercolor, acrylics and oil.
             At Hope College in Michigan, Joan prepared for a teaching career. After she married and moved to California, she began teaching. Once a week her husband very kindly said he would take care of the toddlers while she drove to Valley College to take an oil painting class. As her children grew she used her spare time to study for her master’s degree and her reading specialist credential. After teaching for 30 years, she retired and at last found time for painting. She took a watercolor class at the Redlands Art Association . Then she began painting with a group at a church in Redlands, started private lessons in Chino and joined the group at the Loma Linda Senior Center.  She now paints with Martha Cowen at the RAA in Martha’s advanced oil painting class.
Joan’s husband said, “She’ll probably become a “Grandma Moses.”” “A grandma of seven I am, she says, but “Grandma Moses” I highly doubt. I’m at peace when I paint. I lose myself in what I’m doing and if I have good results, I’m happy.”
Contact Joan at or, phone 909-792-8061

Sue Priest has a "flare" with her copper painting... pun intended!

Using a torch, she "paints" the copper sheet creating colorful abstract images then cutting the sheet into her jewelry pieces. She also guides her flame to make representational images on the sheet.

Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5 pm.

Janet Edwards 4-23 to 5-13-22

Printmaker, Watercolorist, California Artist and Redlands Treasured Artist, Janet Edwards, is holding her Retirement Show at the Redlands Art Association. Sadly, she will no longer be making etchings to sell.

Janet says of her art: "For over three decades I have worked primarily in the etching medium, my love of watercolor has strongly influenced me toward interpreting my images with a watercolor like style."

Janet, famous for her iconic etchings of palms trees ( most of these have been sold) will be selling framed, matted pieces and greeting cards.

She will also be showing her husband's work; some of his books and matted art. Unfortunately, Fred Edwards, passed earlier this month after a long illness.

Janet has asked that purchased art remain on the wall for the duration of the show so everyone can view it.

The show is free and open to the public.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2022

“The beautiful Spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also”. 

Harriet Ann Jacobs

Hello Members and Friends,

Art on State Street happened! The weather was beautiful and the steady flow of people made for an enjoyable day. Whatever the weather, the Redlands Art Association is always busy lately. The Garden show is in full swing and don’t miss the special selection of Janet Edwards framed etchings, unframed etchings and cards. These pieces will be in the gallery until May 13th. Please come in and browse. Please refer to the website and flyers for upcoming programs and Open Houses in May, June and July.

The RAA Board of Directors have discussed re-designing our website for many years now. The pandemic caused a huge delay in this endeavor. However, very soon the new website will be launched. Possibly in the coming week. We are excited about it and hope you will find it improved and refreshing. Please be patient as we continue to update numerous pages and links.

Get ready for “Art in the Park” and “Redlands Festival of Art” happening over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29th. The Youth Art Expo sponsored by the Margaret Clark Arts Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF) is set to make its second appearance. The Youth (K-12th grade) are asked to bring their artwork to the RAA gallery from May 23-26th. Please refer to the entry form for all the rules. The artwork will be judged in several different age categories. Awards and prizes will be announced on Saturday, May 28th at 12 noon in the Youth Art Expo tent area. There will be 2 tents. One for displaying artwork and the other for art activities such as painting and printmaking. There are not many juried opportunities for the youth in the area, so if you know young people, please let them know of this fun event.

Please check the website for upcoming Youth and Adult classes. Also, the Redlands Cinema Classics will return April 27through May 19th. Films will be shown at the “Look” theater here in Redlands. Proceeds from your ticket purchase help support Youth Art Education.

One more thing, remember that Potluck we used to do with all RAA members? After 3 years, we are in the early stages of planning a gathering.  Date TBA soon.

Happy Spring All,

Your President,

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke