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December 2012 RAA News

Time To Renew!

It’s that time of year, it’s time to renew your RAA Membership! This year we’ve made it even easier to renew by adding a form to our website that allows you to type in your information and then pay for the membership with your credit card. We’re using PayPal as a way to safely and securely process credit card information, but you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service, you can also just enter your credit card information and be on your way. This online form is located here.

We also have a form on the website that you can type in and then print out and mail with a check to the gallery, this form is located here.

This month’s print newsletter will have a membership form, and of course there are always forms available at the gallery. However you do it, please remember to renew your membership with the RAA. As a group, this association can accomplish so much, and this all starts with your renewal dues!

Thanks – Candy Glendening, Newsletter Editor

RAA Finances for Fiscal Year 2011-2012

The end of year report on the RAA finances for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 has been published online. You can find this information on the website under the “About” tab – when you hover over the “Board of Directors” in the drop down navigation a link will appear. Or just click this link.

Larry Harvill

chair, Board of Directors

44th Annual Multi Media Mini Show

Art group encourages artists to enter show

The 44th Annual MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW at the RAA Gallery and Art Center is slated for March 1 – 21, 2013. Any artist residing in California or a member of the Redlands Art Association may submit up to three recent pieces of work, of their original design. Unique in Southern California, this show accepts work that includes fine arts of any kind: paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, digital art, photography, etc… hence the Multi Media part of the show. The size is what qualifies artworks for the Mini part… maximum size is 14 2″ including frame or base. Submitted art can be designated not for sale, if desired. New this year, RAA is waiving their commission on art sold from the show.

Entry is in person, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10am-4pm, at the Gallery. Entry forms can be picked up soon at the Gallery and Art Center at 215 E. State St, downtown Redlands or online at www.redlands-art.org, under forms.

The jurist, Robin St. Louis, noted watercolor artist, will select the art for the show. AIt=s a real thrill to have your art chosen for the exhibit, A says Sandy Davies, coordinator of the MMM show, Abut even if it isn=t chosen, just entering the show is a great teaching experience for future shows.@

The show’s Open House Reception will be Friday, March 1 at the Gallery, from 5 – 7PM. The Artist Reception and Awards will be Sunday, March 3, at the RAA Gallery.

Sandy Davies

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Drawing in Ink” 741.234, by Harry Borgman

Why would a watercolorist, or anyone who works in acrylic, pastel or oil want to read this book? Because—all of us need to make stronger statements, which involves VALUES.

Borgman shows the same subject with different placement of tones from light to dark. He recommends first drawing simple outlines, next placing the darkest (in ink it would be black). Then gradually doing the in-between gray values.

The artist who would profit most, in my opinion, is the plein-aire painter. With the necessity of working fast before the light changes, this painter must get down the crucial elements in the beginning, rather than trying to pull it together at the end.

Felt-tip pens are the current “pen and ink” elements, from superfine to bold Sharpies. They are permanent markers, and the fact that they cannot be modified makes the artist aware of innate principles—composition, center of interest, simplification of subject matter. When on location I find that making a sketch with a fine and superfine black marker along with two shades of gray, I could easily translate my sketch into color in the finished painting. Fast, easy, efficient!

The value sketch may be small, but the design will be strong. Minor details are not necessary in the sketch. Those will be in the painting.

Borgman’s book was published in 1977; his method still holds true today. As Milford Zornes, noted watercolorist, demonstrated in his life, “Sketch whenever and wherever you have a moment.”

I concur. Sketching has to promote those little brain cells what keep us alive and innovative.

by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

Program and Workshop with Marijke Terwissha in January 2013

PROGRAM: GLORIOUS GLAZES FOR RAKU FIRING

Ceramic artist, Marijke Terwissha will be speaking on “Glorious Glazes for Raku Firing,” at the Redlands Art Association Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Marijke is well known for her unique and beautifully glazed, with jewel like colors, raku fired tiles. She will be bringing examples of her fascinating tiles for us to see, as well as sharing glaze information and special techniques that she uses. What she accomplishes with her glazes is nothing less than amazing.

Come see and hear about the gorgeous glazes that are characteristic of her ceramic art.

The Tuesday evening program is free to RAA members and $3 to nonmembers.

WORKSHOP:  GLAZES ON TILE FOR RAKU FIRING

Learn about the magnificent glazes and the techniques of applying them, that are used by ceramic artist, Marijke Terwisscha. With Marijke’s guidance, you will experience using her glazes and techniques to create your own individually expressive tile. During this workshop, you will finish your tile by putting it in a raku firing. A great time awaits all who participate.

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Fee: $70 Members / $75 Nonmembers  with a $5 per tile materials fee paid at workshop.

A New Class Opportunity at the RAA

Life Drawing with John Brownfield

A basic essential for artists of all media, is Life Drawing.  However, the opportunity to draw the human figure is not always available. This winter/spring, the RAA is pleased to have master figure drawer, John Brownfield, fill this void. He will be teaching Life Drawing at the RAA Gallery! A University of Redlands emeritus professor of art, John has many years of experience as a figurative artist and teacher of life drawing.

Participants of this class will draw from nude and costumed models. Emphasis will be on focused observational based drawing, that develops one’s perceptual abilities and drawing skills. Important elements of this course will include instructor discussion and demonstrations of principles of proportion, anatomy, pictorial composition and various drawing techniques with a variety of mediums; as well as attention to individual student needs. Class critiques and discussions will also help build skills of drawing from life.

This is an intermediate to advanced level course, for those with fundamental drawing skills. Participants must be 18 years or older, because nude models will be used.  A supply list will be available at time of sign-­‐up.  Register soon for this class by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435.

This class is offered twice this season:

Class A:  THURSDAYS;  JAN. 17, 24, 31, FEB. 14 & 21;  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

(No class on Feb. 7)

Class B:  WEDNESDAYS;  APRIL 24, MAY 1, 8, 15 & 22;  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Class fee:  $80 to members, $85. for nonmembers: includes model fee

Upcoming Adult Classes at the RAA

Winter/Spring 2013

 Oil Painting with Chick Curtis

Informative instruction that is individualized and inspirational.

  • Class A:  Sundays:  Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Feb. 3;  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Class B:  Sundays:  Mar. 10, 17, 24, Apr. 7 & 14;  10:00 am -­‐ 1:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  $65 members / $70 nonmembers

 Weaving with Evelyn Ifft

Learn the basics of weaving and beyond; plus create fabulous fiber compositions.

  • Wednesdays: Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 13 & 20 (no class on Feb. 6);  10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Class Fee:  $65 members / $70 nonmembers

Life Drawing with John Brownfield

Drawing from nude and costumed models, with emphasis on focused observational based drawing and individualized instruction. Outstanding drawing instruction from an extraordinary artist and teacher.

  • Class A: Thursdays: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 14 & 21 (No class on Feb. 7); 7 – 9:30 pm
  • Class B:  Wednesdays:  Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15 & 22;  7 – 9:30 pm
  • Class Fee:  $80 members / $85 nonmembers; includes model fee

 Watercolor with Ed Sotello

Integrates creativity with instruction of basic skills, design and composition.  Beginning through advanced students will grow in this class.

  • Thursdays:  March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4;  7 – 9:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  $65 members  / $70 nonmembers

Sign up for a class by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

Upcoming Classes with Richard Freund

You will learn how to join all sorts of objects together, then learn unusual acrylic painting techniques to give your

Assemblage creation a whole new look and feel, transforming the  Found Objects into a new and mysterious Work of Art.

Busted Books

Sun. April 28, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

Bookworms Beware, as these Busted Books will be Barely recognizable, and not at all readable, after this one day workshop where you will alter them and convert them into Barely Believable, works of art.

Take home your own artistic creation based on “literature”.

Fancy-n-Fabulous, Fun-n-Freaky, Flatware

Sun. May 26,  Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

The title says it all.

In this one day workshop, you will learn what all can be done when you combine Found Objects with simple pieces of Flatware. There are many possibilities for art involving Spoons, Forks and Knifes.

Will you go home with several separate art pieces, or a creation that combines them all into one grand display?

Bizarre Bottles

Sun. July 28, Redlands, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

In this full day workshop you will learn to sculpt a Bottle with Found Objects, turning your bottle into Art.

Will your bottle still look like a bottle?, like a statue?, like a shrine? Will your bottle be Bizarre?

Unordinary Ornaments

Sun. Oct. 13, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

In this one day workshop you will take unlikely objects and transform them into a Strangely Attractive or perhaps Odd Ornament. Either way, Your creation will most likely be a most Unordinary Ornament.

Will your Ornament adorn a Christmas Tree ??

WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle

December 23, 2012 –- February 21, 2013

Reception and Live Art Demo during January 3rd Arts Walk from 6:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) announces the opening of WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle. This exhibition, which features artwork from five artists with physical disabilities, will run from December 23, 2012 through February 21, 2013. There will be a live art demo by select featured artists during the January 3rd Riverside Arts Walk from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), WHEELS UP is coordinated in conjunction with the Academy of Special Dreams, an organization championing awareness for the special-needs community.

“We believe that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the arts,” says Michael Dergar, President/CEO of the Pasadena, California-based Academy of Special Dreams foundation. “This art exhibition furthers our mission to increase public awareness, recognition, and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities.”

WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle features work of various media by five artists – Jhovana Cecena, Tom Doyle, Todd Tostado, Martin Vogel, and Nikita Wang – who are each highlighted for their artistic merit and creation of innovative tools for expression. Eminent artists such as Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec triumphed over their physical impairments with unrivaled feats of creativity and dedication. The WHEELS UP artists show similar fortitude and ingenuity. Both Vogel and Doyle utilize the front and/or rear wheels of their wheelchairs in the actual process of applying paint onto a surface, whereas Tostado’s wheelchair serves as the physical link to a computer that ultimately captures the depictions of his imagination.

“The artists affiliated with the Academy of Special Dreams demonstrate the creativity and resourcefulness of artists who use the materials around them to communicate their lived experience and build communities of dialogue and understanding,” says RAM Executive Director Drew Oberjuerge.

One of the artists, Jhovana Cecena, currently lives in Riverside and has a lifelong interest in the arts.

“Ever since I can remember I’ve enjoyed drawing in pencil to create characters and stories, but lately I have concentrated more on painting with acrylic on canvas to express my feelings for helping poor people,” says Jhovana. “I am happy for this opportunity to have my art appreciated in my hometown.”

RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 50-plus-year-old, private, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RiversideArtMuseum.org.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and is coordinated in conjunction with the Academy of Special Dreams, a locally-based organization championing awareness for the special-needs community.

 Ai M. Kelley

951.684.7111×303 | akelley@riversideartmuseum.org

 

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.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL THE ARTS IN REDLANDS

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

"A PAINTERLY APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE”

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 Joanmarie.finearts@gmail.com or rnj.smith65@aol.com, 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