History

The Redlands Art Association has a long history and tradition of artists working together to bring visual arts to the community. In 1964, Ben Rabe and a group of like-minded artists thought it would be a good idea to form the RAA and find a place to sell their art throughout the year. They came up with the idea of holding shows for local artists and had a tiny space in the Fox Theater where they could only hang 12 paintings at a time.

Rabe, an architect, and painter, was the 1st President of Redlands Art Association. Courtesy of Smiley Library, Heritage Center, we are fortunate to have an Oral History recorded by fellow member, Anne Besseme, many years ago. In it, Rabe talks about his life and work in Redlands, including 17 minutes where he talks about the founding of the Redlands Art Association.

Redlands history buffs will be interested to know that Rabe designed the old Daily Facts building now on its way to becoming the new Redlands Museum.

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Thanks to Will Bundy for his help in recording the audio tape and his transcription of the interview.

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Upcoming Events

Community Photo Show 8-6 to 8-20-22

This Show-in-a-Show is open to the community photographers, as well as RAA artists.

Your advance notice - bring in your photography on Saturday, August 6 from 1-4 pm. Entry fee: $5 for one photo, $8 for two. 20% commission to RAA on sales. (This is an art sales gallery - all art must be for sale)

No theme or subject - just bring your favorite! Please limit size to 16" x 20". Must be ready to hang with eye screws or D-rings with wire. Entry forms will be in the gallery soon.

Member’s Exhibit

RAA MEMBER ARTISTS:  "Along the Beach" on display through July 28, 2022

Next New exhibit 7-28 to 9-8-22    Theme: BLACK / WHITE / RED. Put your thinking cap on! You'll see a lot of things in black, white & red.

    Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are still allowing only 10 artists at a time to bring in your art, so we’re continuing the appointment schedule. No walk-ins. You need to make an appointment for a time slot. Call 1-909-792-8435.

TAKE-IN / TAKE-DOWN IS:
Wednesday, July 27 for jewelry artists from 11:30 am to 4 pm.
Thursday, July 28 for table-top and wall art artists from 11:30 to 4 pm.
Friday, July 29 for table-top and wall art artists from 9:15 am to 6 pm.

Take-down your art from the last show will be done on your same appointment. If you are just picking up your art, you still have to make an appointment.
 
Regular fees apply.   No docent time is required.   30% commission.
 
1.) For all artists bringing in art, the inventory form must be completed before you arrive. No tables inside the gallery for filling in forms. Download the inventory form HERE or from the RAA web-site, www.redlands-art.org. (Click on Join RAA, select Forms for Members from the drop down menu and click on Inventory Form).
This form is typeable… just start filling in the blanks and then print it out. Make 2 copies: one for you, one for us. Complete the few blanks that didn’t fill in and sign it before you come in. If you can’t download the form, stop in the gallery to pick up some forms.
  2.) Each piece must have your artist ID label: Name, Phone, Title, Price. Tape your business card or something on the back, upper right hand corner. For your protection, your artist ID should be on ALL your art, ALL the time. Jewelers – your ID tag must have your name, an inventory number, and the price.
   3.) Inspect your art. We will not accept damaged frames, dirty mats, chipped or cracked pieces, or sawtooth hangers. Must have screw eyes or D-rings with wire to hang. No ribbon or twine.

Following exhibits...SEPT 7 - 8 -9. Theme: International Flair

OCT 19 - 20- 21 Theme: Nature's Wonders

ART-IN-THE-PARK Thank you… all!

 Memorial Day weekend! We couldn't have asked for better weather. The attitude in the park was busy, noisy, and everyone so happy to be active again. As one of Redlands Art Association's major fundraisers, the organizers were pleased with the results of the weekend.

Thank you to the Redlands Art Association and Redlands Festival artists who displayed and sold their art.

Thank you to the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund committee (MCAEEF) for the Youth Art Expo celebrating our community's youth art.

Thank you especially to the Redlands Festival of Arts organizers who provided the crowd with entertainment, music, food and beer/wine.

Thank you to their sponsors - Century 21 / Lois Lauer Realty - Shirley Harry & Lynn Whitmer, City of Redlands Cultural Arts Commission, Citrograph Printers, Stout Payne Waner Financial, Gerrards Market, Arts Connection, Evans & Co., Rotary Club of Redlands, Hatfield Buick, Beaver Medical Group, Church West Insurance Services, Maupin Financial Advisors, Ritual Brewing Co., Nancy O'Connor, John & Cheryl Evans, Redlands Community News.