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August/September 2021

Hello Art Lovers,

All of us at Redlands Art Association hope your Summer is going well. Please come in the gallery soon to see the new show starting on July 31st. Our C-Note show will be up from July 31-Sept. 7. Art of various shapes and sizes will be priced at $100 or less. I can’t wait to see this show.

The two week Photo Show will be up from August 7th to August 21st. The Youth art classes start on Aug. 23rd. Spaces are filling up fast. Unfortunately, face coverings are still required in the gallery. Luckily, face coverings don’t inhibit creativity. Please check the website for all Adult and Youth class schedules. Also, look for news about monthly Programs and Art on State Street in September.

Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life-music, paintings, theater, dance and sunsets…

Eric Carle

On a personal note:

With the pandemic and essentially staying at home for the past 16 months, it was shocking to all my senses to fly, visit family/friends, face the crowds, and stay in hotels. There’s nothing like a trip away to make one feel and appreciate home. My recent family vacation to the states of Georgia and Tennessee were exhausting but also enjoyable and educational. We saw an amazing array of sites and cultural landmarks. the cities of Atlanta and Nashville are teeming with public art. Sculptures, statues and murals were everywhere.

It was an interesting coincidence that on the same day that I walked across the rainbow art crosswalk in Atlanta, I also read about the rainbow inspired crosswalk approved by the Redlands City Council to be installed at East Vine and South Fifth. It’s great to see more public art in Redlands. Especially works that symbolize inclusion. Have you seen the new ground murals at Texonia and Israel Beal Parks? Thank you Christine White for telling me about these projects and the stories behind them.

Unfortunately, we didn’t visit any art museums on my trip. These places were not a priority for my three family members. The top priorities were The Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta Aquarium, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, and Antique Archeology. All of these attractions were great! I had hoped to see Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. I suppose I need to venture to Los Angeles and see it local.

My trip included visiting the small town of Newport TN., where there is a company called “Incredible Tiny Homes.” The architectural design and ingenuity of the “tiny house” is pretty clever. My 21 year old son is obsessed with designs and versions of this art form. For me, the worst thing about living tiny would be, “Where would I put all my art?”

Trips are exciting and inspiring but coming home to Redlands is the best!

Save the Date

We are in the planning stages of the RAA Annual Potluck dinner. The tentative date is Saturday, September 25th. Come and enjoy food and company among your art friends. Learn about the current/future goals and accomplishments of the RAA.

Stay Safe!

Your President,

Suzanne Burke

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