Proposed Gallery Renovation

September 2011 Report from the Remodeling Task Force

As our membership has expanded, we have outgrown our existing space. Our classroom is over utilized and the gallery bursts with great art packed into too small of a space.

To address our space limitations, a Remodeling Task Force was formed: John Fisher, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft (chair), Jerry Meeker and Annette Weis. Armantrout Architects were retained for the preliminary and feasibility plans only. The architect’s cost of $3500 was donated by Larry Harvill and Evelyn Ifft.

The task force met many times with Leon Armantrout and his assistant, Avani Pavasia. We informed them of our needs, hopes and restrictions as pertained to the project. Avani spent much time researching ideas, materials, furniture, etc. and then planning the space.

Below is Avani Pavasia’s statement of purpose, the new floor plan and the visualized RAA façade. Further information, pictures, and material samples are in the gallery for you to see.

Now we need your help to meet the visual arts needs of the community. Your donation, no matter how large or small, will help us continue to provide art classes and opportunities to artists of every age.

Thank you, Evelyn Ifft, chair

Philosophy and Approach to the RAA Design

The inspiration and motivation to update and expand the present gallery space came from the collective enthusiasm of numerous hearts and souls directly and indirectly involved in the project.

The existing RAA State Street Gallery is the result of the history of a place originally built by the Gas Company in the mid-sixties and subsequently purchased in 1973 by Carl Doss for one of the first Century 21 Real Estate offices. Today its’ location at 215 East State Street in Redlands is enhanced by one of the Indian Laurel trees lining the street. These large trees define a beautiful setting in downtown Redlands for an art gallery/association.

There is also the remarkable motivation and inspiration among the members involved in this design project. The goals and visions of these folk are all based on various degrees of involvement. Together, all of us believe in creating a gallery design which can support our environment and health. A well-organized collection of design elements, both interior and exterior, can lead to higher productivity, happiness, and prosperity. The RAA Art Gallery is a perfect example of that happening in Redlands today.

Not so long ago I started working with Armantrout Architects who assigned me the task of creating a new and distinctive place for art education and exhibition purposes. RAA’s goal was to do a major renovation to gain space for their expanding classroom needs and a larger exhibit area. Thanks to Leon Armantrout and the RAA Remodeling Committee, my imagination took flight. Their strict guidelines and requirements became a challenge, but my mission was to translate their necessity into a creative preliminary design…and that is how it all began.

Due to the emerging green movement, artists have begun to incorporate nature into every field of art. My goal was to take advantage of that to create a gallery space that is unique, yet close to the roots of RAA and culture of Redlands. The idea of a floated organic shaped drywall ceiling with a partially exposed roof structure and a skylight will add high volume and light to the space. I have always enjoyed using a combination of different surface materials in interior space. The use of industrial materials, such as glass and bare metal, combined with sustainable materials like bamboo flooring and with natural organic shapes can create a very effective and inviting interior space. A freeform-shaped lacquer finished front desk, abstract metal tree branches for the jewelry display wall and exaggerated stacked metal strips behind the desk balance a perfect tranquility with sophistication. The green movement has already been effectively implemented by the solar panels above the north wall. We will retain and add to them with the new addition. Our goal is to make the building as green as possible in order to earn maximum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification so that Redlands will have another example of a high quality, sustainable building at RAA.

Each project has a story and inspiration. This project’s inspiration came from the Indian Laurel tree that stands just outside of the existing entrance. Time and trends are constantly altering that which shapes our society and living. As I always say, “Design makes a difference”. Materials gathered together harmoniously create a place for meetings and educational purposes, for exhibition of art as well as a contribution to the environment.

The interior design is edgy, yet it has a classic twist. When I envision the art gallery space, I think of simplicity, elegance, art, comfort and belongingness. With high regards for RAA’s specific guidelines and Leon Armantrout’s architectural expertise, this vision came alive. It can be seen when you look at the preliminary plans and sketches which are displayed in the gallery. The RAA art gallery should be a place where people can meet to appreciate, enjoy and create art.

Avani R. Pavasia of Armantrout Architects



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New adult art classes

Beginning artist? Or just want to improve your style? Check out the classes we have scheduled!

Please Note: We are a COVID Compliant Business – CA regulations apply.

Exploring Fused Glass with David Lines ______________________________________________

In this class we will harness the power of kiln-forming to create stunningly beautiful jewelry from fusible glass. Color theory will be considered along with combing opaque and clear glasses. Learn the difference between full fuse, contour fuse and tack fuse for best results with each piece. 10hrs. 

Sundays: Jan 16, 23, 30  Feb 6, 13       Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm. Fees: $100.  RAA Member: $80. $35 supply fee due to instructor at start of 1st class

Clay Odyssey with Nancy & Penny __________________________________________________

In this class you will explore the different techniques used in hand building ceramics. You’ll build, glaze & have your items fired here at the gallery. 

Mondays: Jan 10, 17, 31 Feb 7, 21, 28 Time: 6:30 – 9pm.   Fee: $150. RAA Member Fee: $120.  $30 supply fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.

Beginning Drawing with Marcia Taack  __________________________________________________

You can draw!! Drawing is the basis for all art. Anyone can learn to draw with Marcia’s techniques and tips to help refine your skills and open your artistic door. 10hr class Bring your own supplies, list provided.

Tuesdays: TBA  Time: 6:30 – 9pm   Fees:  $100.  RAA Member: $80 

Advanced Oils with Martha Cowan __________________________________________________

Learn advanced and skill building techniques, color mixing. Includes weekly demonstrations and sharing of information on tools & supplies.

Wednesdays: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 9:30am -12:30 pm  Fees:  $120.  RAA Member: $96

Wednesdays: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Time: 9:30am -12:30 pm   Fees:  $120.  RAA Member: $96

Pastels with Natalie Richards  __________________________________________________

Learn the wonderful medium of pastels with weekly focuses on specific areas. Natalie will demonstrate and give individual help. 10hr class. Quality supplies are a MUST. Ask for supply list

Wednesdays: Jan 12, 19, 26 Feb 2           Time: 7 – 9pm   Fees:  $100.  RAA Member: $80

Beginning Watercolors with Michelle Myers __________________________________________________

Our expert instructor will teach you all about watercolors and application techniques along with demonstrations. 10hr class. Bring your own supplies, list provided.

Thursdays: Jan 20, 27 Feb 3, 10 Time: 10am – 12:30pm  Fees: $100.  RAA Member $80

Watercolors with Holly Warner __________________________________________________

Holly has lots of instructional information and new techniques to share with you, along with demonstrations. 10hr class. Bring your own supplies, list provided.  

Thursdays: Jan 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17    Time: 7 – 9pm   Fees:  $100.  RAA Member: $80

Beginning Oils with Vici Haag __________________________________________________

Learn the basics of painting with oils. Vici will show you different techniques and styles. Ask for a supply sheet when signing up

Fridays: Jan 21, 28 Feb: 4, 11 Time: 12pm – 2:30pm  Fees:  $100.  RAA Member: $80

2022 Workshops

Valentine Pointillism Workshop with Syrien Salvio _____________________________________________

Valentine’s Day Pointillism class using Metallic markers & black pepper. Applying dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they visually blend together.

Saturday: Feb 5th. 1:00 – 4:00pm  Fee: $55/RAA Members Fee $45

Alcohol Ink Workshop with Monica Foulston __________________________________________________

Make delightful floral images with alcohol and ink. This workshop will introduce you to the techniques and mediums used to create intuitive alcohol ink floral paintings. No experience necessary except a desire to learn and have fun. Students will create an average of two or three 8×10 inch paintings by the end of the class. Supply fee $10 due to instructor at the start of class.

Saturday: Feb 19th. Time:1:00 – 4:00pm  Fee: $55/RAA Member Fee $45

Mosaic Workshop with Ada Jarvis __________________________________________________

Beginners: learn how to turn treasured pieces of broken china into stepping stones for your garden. All you’ll need to bring is one cement stepping stone (available in garden depts. of Lowes, Home Depot). All other supplies and tools will be provided. Supply fee $10 due to instructor at the start of class.

Intermediate: Learn to refine your beginner skills and progress to constructing a 3-D piece. Bring a small birdhouse, Styrofoam cone, flower pot, frame or tray. Wooden and terracotta items must be sealed before attending class. Bring special pieces of china, marbles and beads to incorporate into your piece, although some china will be available. All other supplies and tools will be provided. Supply fee $10 due to instructor at the start of class.

Sunday: Feb 20th. 1:00pm – 5:00pm   Fee: $75. RAA Member Fee: $55

1-25-22 PROGRAM The Critique

RAA hosts guest artists and lecturers on the 4th Tuesday of each month, September through May.

David Fairrington will be conducting critiques of the art brought in on January 25.

David Fairrington is highly qualified and has held many critiques in all media, encouraging artists to go further and reach their best. Named ‘Master Artist’ by International Artist magazine, he has won multiple awards and over a lifetime career has been commissioned by clients as diverse as the major film studios to the Pentagon.

Bring in a piece of art for his critique.

Join the group on Tuesday, January 25from 7 to 9 pm. No Charge. Public welcome.

2-22-22 PROGRAM ... Jeannine Savedra.

Jeannine will demonstrate/lecture on a painterly approach to landscape from start to finish, and the use of the palette knife.

MULTI-MEDIA MINI SHOW Open to the public – no membership required.

The 53rd MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW. March 10 through March 31, 2022

This show has been unique to the Redlands Art Association. What makes it different is that it is a juried show for artists whose art doesn't usually get judged. Those artists whose art is chosen can put that on their art resume! All visual mediums are accepted. For example, artists can submit photography, digital (computer) art, fiber art, drawings, glass, repurposed materials compositions, sculptures in wood- stone- and metal, ETC, ETC... as well as the traditional fine arts. The limitation of the art piece is 14.5" on any side, including base or frame.  Naturally, its success has spawned similar shows, however, the MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California. The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members. The juror for the show is Munro Galloway (bio below) who will chose the winners of the competition and awarded over $ 1400 in cash awards.

The complete prospectus and entry form will be on the RAA web site SOON.

Wednesday, March 2  from 11:30 am to 4 pm in half-hour increment appointments.
Thursday, March 3 from 11 am to 4 pm in half-hour increment appointments.
Friday, March 4 from 9:30 am to 6 pm in half-hour increment appointments.

Size limitation.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  For 2 dimensional pieces, including frame must be 14 ½ inches or less on both sides. All 3 dimensional pieces, including base must fit within a cube of 14 ½ inches. 25lb max. weight.

This is a juried show. RAA will not guarantee the judge will chose your art for the exhibit.

Open to artists residing in CA and all RAA members. Artists outside the Redlands area may mail in their pieces.

Artists may submit up to three entries. Fee: $45 for 1 or 2 entries, $60 /3; Members Fee: $30 for 1 or 2 entries, $45 /3. Fee is non-refundable. (Get the discount…sign up for Membership at $ 50 /year. Includes the monthly news updates, put your art in the Gallery and outdoor shows,  plus discounts on workshops/classes)

ART MUST BE FOR SALE. A 30% commission on sales goes to RAA.

Work must be ready for display, with screw eyes and wire for wall hangings. Artist name, contact info, title & price must be attached to back of art piece. NO saw-toothed hangers, exposed glass edges or visible staples, unprotected drawings or watercolors.  Clean mats and good frames are expected. 3D pieces must be stable and assembled. Max size for table top paintings/photos is 5”x7”. Bring display stands for jewelry.

Not Accepted: reproductions, giclees, copies, crafts, wet work, fragile, poorly prepared work, or requiring special handling. RAA reserves the right not to exhibit any work the MMM Show Committee considers unsuitable.  Work previously exhibited in any MMM Show is not eligible.

All work accepted by juror is to remain through the final exhibition date of March 30, 2022.  NO EARLY PICK UP.  Not accepted art pick up dates and times is on the Claim Card which will be mailed back to you.

Typeable Entry Form and Insurance Form can be downloaded from the RAA web site: SOON.  On the web site, go to Join RAA tab, then Forms for Members  tab. Look for the 2022 entry form.

The Juror: Munro Galloway.

Munro Galloway is an artist based in Redlands, CA. Galloway received a B.A. in art semiotics from Brown University (modern culture, creative arts and the media) and an M.F.A. in painting from Bard College in 2006. He has worked as a critic, translator, and assistant editor at Art Press Magazine in Paris and as a production designer at The New York Times Magazine.

His work was included in the exhibition "Dust: Plates of the Present" at the Pompidou Center, Paris, France, in October 2020. Past solo exhibitions include "California House" at The Tack Room, La Verne, CA; “Chairs Missing” at Studio 10, Brooklyn, NY; “Four Years” at the University of Redlands Art Gallery, Redlands, CA; and “Green River” at Murray Guy, New York, NY. He co-edits and publishes the zine Modern Pizza.

Galloway has taught at Brooklyn College, the Cooper Union, Princeton University, and the School of Visual Arts. He was appointed lecturer in painting/printmaking in 2013. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Redlands.


for RAA member artists: APRIL EXHIBIT~ Spring Blossoms ~ 4-2 to 5-12-22.

Mother Nature has awaken ... bring us examples of what she has brought forth after the winter sleep.

The theme of the exhibit is only to stretch your imagination ang challenge you to do something different... NOT mandatory. Bring anything you want to show us!

To maintain social distancing, we are still allowing only 5 artists at a time to bring in your art, so we’re doing it on an appointment schedule. No walk-ins. You need to make an appointment for a time slot. Call 1-909-792-8435.

Wednesday, March 30for jewelry artists from 11:30 am to 4 pm in half-hour increment appointments.
Thursday, March 31 for table-top and wall art artists from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm in half-hour increment appointments.
Friday, March 14 for table-top and wall art artists from 9:15 am to 6 pm in half-hour increment appointments.

Take-down your art from the last show will be done on your take-in 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.
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,
This form is typeable… just start filling in the blanks and then print it out. Make 2 prints: 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.
    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.
  Inspect your art. We will not accept damaged frames, dirty mats, chipped or cracked pieces, or sawtooth hangers (must have wire).


MAY EXHIBIT~ Abstract ~ 5-12 to 6-9-22

Abstract art uses visual language of forms, colors, textures, and shapes to create the art piece. Maybe more of a feeling than a realistic view of the subject. "This art form has as its main objective to provide viewers with an intangible and emotional experience, being completely different for each individual depending on their personality and mood."


Questions? Don't hesitate to call... Judith, Liz, Linda, and Sandy ...we're happy to help.  1-909-792-8435.