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Summary of the 51st Annual Multi-Media Mini Show

The 51st Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association, was open to the public on February 22 at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands.

92 artists submitted 234 pieces of art but only 168 pieces were chosen to show. 

Big talent in small spaces!

Jennifer Frias from Claremont was selected as juror for the exhibit. Jennifer is the Director/Curator of the Begovich Gallery at Cal State University, Fullerton. She is a contributing writer for KCET Artbound. She is also a practicing designer and artist working in photography and installation. Her curatorial projects have led efforts that connect contemporary art and visual culture into the classroom and the community.

Frias awarded $400 first prize to Karen Clark from Rancho Cucamonga for her watercolor, “Seeking Warmth”,

$300 second prize to Mary Gehley of Corona for her gourd, “Bud”, and $200 third place to Dave Saline of Redlands for his oil painting, “Musing”. Juror’s Choice Awards, $50 each went to Tony Radcliffe of Redlands and Alan Remele of Yucaipa. Excellence Awards, $50 each were given to Martha Cowan of Rancho Cucamonga and Geeta Pattanaik of Riverside. The $100 Joan Wiley Memorial Award was given to Ernesto Gomez of Redlands. Sioux Bally-Maloof of Mentone won the $100 Past Presidents Award. Johathon Corbridge from Redlands won the $50 Doris S. Cook Memorial Award. The $50 Best in Watercolors award went to Denise Westcott of Beaumont. Honorable Mentions were given to Betty Francis, Bruce Herwig, Jeff Owens, Dave Saline, and Lucinda Swain. Gift Certificates donated by Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery were awarded to Caroline McAllister, Lenore Roth, and Joan Marie Smith. Art panels donated by Ampersand Art Products were awarded to Kathryn Young. A Gift Certificate from Createx Colors was given to Alicia O’Neal. Kathy Paulus was given the gift certificate from Artists & Craftsman Arts Supply.

Other Redlands Art Association members juried into the show are: Justin Baetz, Debbi Bishop, Matthew Bundy, Terrie Burian, Cherie Burris, Marcha Cowan, Jamil Phap Cung, Sandy Davies, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Barbara Dipoma, Jeanne Dolan, Darlene Douthit, Fred Edwards, Janet Edwards, Susan LadeanEvans, Betty Francis, Richard Freund, BeaJay Gatson-Baldwin, Able Gaytan, Tom Gillett, Mary Grinyer, Vici Haag, Evelyn Ifft, Terri Johnson, Athene Johnston, Candy Kanakriyeh, Hillery Klem, Emma Lee Kuld, Carol Lima, Patty Mariano Denning, Morgan McCloskey, Diana McLaughlin, Pat Meeker, Virginia Melton, Robert Merchant, Robin Mount-Straub, Michelle Myers, Joe Oakes, Susie ONeal, Ginger Pena, Teresa Radsick, Linda Richards, Nancy Ann Roeder, Laura Ryan, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Kathleen Smith, Edward Sotello, Judith Sparhawk, Carol Stouthamer, Kitty Stephens, Carol Stouthamer, Cindy Sullivan, Hilary Swartz, Katherine Talkington, Holly Warner, and Lori Worby-Krebs.

Non-members chosen are Princeton Bernal, Ann Binghamfreeman, Luis Hernandez, Scott Krohne, Vicki Moran, Geeta Pattanaik, and Betty Pilley.

The Mini Show is unique to Redlands . What makes it different from all other judged exhibits is the limitation of the art piece to 14 ½ ” on any side, including base or frame and that all media is allowed for the show. For example, artists submitted photography, digital (computer) work, drawings, ceramics, sculptures in stone and metal, as well as the traditional fine arts. Naturally, its success has spawned similar shows, however, the MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

RAA opened the Mini Show with a private preview of the show to persons who pledged to buy art from the show. The Purchase Award Patrons: Judith Sparhawk, Linda Willason, Kris Bussard, Grace Fermier, and Sandy Davies purchased pieces from Kathryn Young, Ernesto Gomez, Pat Meeker, Cindy Sullivan, and Ed Sotello.

The Multi Media Mini Show Grand Opening was February 23 at the Gallery. Jennifer Downey from the A.K. Smiley Library told the group of the revitalized art lending program to card holders. Sandy Davies, MMM’20 coordinator, also spoke at the reception thanking all the volunteers who had a part in making this show one of the best.

The show will be up through March 12th . The public is welcome to view the creative mini art. Gallery hours are: Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm, with Market Night.

For further information, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands or call, 909-792-8435.

Please visit the Show to see what interesting art Ms Frias chose to display.

Programs & Workshops

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

PROGRAM Jeannine Sevedra, Oil painting demo Tues. 2-22-22


Tuesday, Feb. 22   7 PM   Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands

Public welcome – no charge

Jeannine will demonstrate/lecture on a painterly approach to landscape  from start to finish, and the use of the palette knife. Says Jeannine, "I am a studio artist and plein air painter that loves to explore the outdoors as a way to connect with reality and express myself. Nature provides me with endless compositions to paint and countless color combinations to interpret. My passion is transforming the local terrain and habitat into expressive works of color, light and texture. I believe my expressive approach to painting and bold brushwork strives to bring new life and a fresh look to southern California landscape art."

I have been a painter and art educator for the past two decades teaching drawing and painting to children, adolescents and adults. I received formal art training at Otis Art Institute, Parsons School of Design and CSULA  where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art for Drawing & Painting and went on to earn a Master’s degree and Certification to teach Art.  In ‘95 I began teaching at the Visual Arts and Design Academy in Pasadena as the Studio Art Instructor and as an Art Teacher for the South Pasadena High School Summer Arts Program.  In 2003 I began working at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles as a member of the Adjunct Faculty through 2015.  Over the past 20 years I have also worked as a Restoration Artist in Pasadena assisting with the restoration of fine art for private art collectors, art dealers, artists estates, and museums. Currently I enjoy teaching in my studio as well as being part of the Art Faculty at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.

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