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Athene Johnston & Adele Johnson: 7/27 to 8/7

Athene and Adele will be joint Featured Artists From July 27 to August 7, 2020

Athene Johnston

Athene Johnston graduated from Laguna Beach High School. She exhibited at the Pageant of the Masters upon graduation from Wheaton College, Illinois.  Karl Steele, the Professor of Fine Arts at Wheaton, took the art students on plein air trips to Brown County, in Indiana. They camped and prepared their own meals painting in the beautiful fields, morning and afternoons in the spring and autumn. They also visited the Chicago Art Institute many times. One of their projects was to copy a masterpiece exhibited in the Museum. Athene chose Rembrandt’s “Girl at the Half Door” where she learned the technique of using many monochromatic glazes. 

Athene majored in fine art with minors in Bible and Education courses.  Wheaton had started the ROTC program and in her senior year she found out she would qualify for the new program in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. Since she heard about Occupational Therapy when she was 13 and discovered the Army would complete the training, she signed up for the program.  She was sworn in in Dana Point where her parents had moved while she was away at college.

She checked into Ft Sam Houston Army Base and began a vigorous program in military training and accelerated classes in occupational therapy. She served at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., receiving her National Board of Registered Occupational Therapist certification. She then was sent back to San Antonio. Although she served in the chapel, she also attended a church in downtown San Antonio. There she met her Air Force husband.  They traveled to Florida, Sumter, S. Carolina, Yokota, Japan, back to S Carolina, only this time the beautiful city of Charleston. From there they moved to New Jersey followed by Kansas with various temporary duties in between such as Tinker AFB and Altus in Oklahoma and Omaha, Nebraska. When her husband went to Vietnam she moved to Los Alamitos. They ended up in Norton AFB after the war and soon were transferred to Travis AFB near San Francisco.

She participated in art shows, won first place and designed a cover for the Air Force Wives’ Magazine, but did not get actively involved in art until returning to Redlands and taking a refresher course from Marc Wurmbrandt, Professor at Crafton Hills College. She joined the Redlands Art Association and Fine Art Institute and participated in shows in San Bernardino County Museum and the Civic Center, San Bernardino and Loma Linda Civic Center.

Some of the places her art is displayed include South Africa, Chicago, Illinois, Raleigh, North Carolina, Colorado, Santa Maria, Big Bear Lake, Highland and Redlands. Her late husband, 3 sons and daughter have been a great encouragement and help to her. She says traveling the earth flying at low altitudes has been a joy and inspiration enabling her to create land and sea images.

Some Awards: 

  • 2nd Place in San Bernardino County Museum MMM
  • International Award
  • Blick Awards for Color
  • Abstract Art
  • Juried into Pomona Art Show

Adele Johnson

I have been working as a jewelry artist for over 10 years. My pieces are made from precious metals and gemstones as well as pearls. Some of my jewelry is influenced by Ancient Greek and Roman images and mythology but I also appreciate the symmetry and simplicity of more contemporary looks.

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

Margaret Goodwood 7-16 to 8-5-22

Margaret is a genius with paper! Designing her art by cutting & pasting, or folding papers to make pictures, animals, etc. etc.

Adele Johnson & Don Britton 6-25 to 7-16-22

Adele Johnson's jewelry has been delighting us at the gallery for years! She uses silver and gold metal with gemstone pendants and beads for her classical necklaces and earrings.

Don Britton's passion is the art of the landscapes of the America west. Ocean shores to lake beaches ... majestic canyons to seeini-forever desert vistas..

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.

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