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Evelyn Ifft 6/4-25

“Exploring Fiberart”

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 PM.

Ifft 1Evelyn creates artwork in many mediums:  watercolor, collage/assemblage, pine needle basketry as well as fiberart and weaving.  Nature is the inspiration of many of her creations.  She incorporates driftwood, grasses, twigs and seedpods into her wall hangings.  She tries to communicate through weavings her love of natural things and of the wonderful textures and colors of fibers.  In her work you will also find manmade forms especially old or rusty artifacts found in the desert and local groves.  Her loom of choice is the portable rigid heddle or the backstrap loom.

A native of Pennsylvania, Evelyn was born into a family of artists.  In 1963 she moved to Redlands with her family.  She has an AA Degree in Commercial Art from L.I. (N.Y) State University and a BA in Art Education from L.A. State (CA).  She taught high school art and later, weaving at the University of Redlands, San Bernardino Valley College and Redlands Art Association.  She traveled extensively in Europe and Israel while living in Denmark for 2 years.  There she took classes in tapestry and double weaving.  From 1985 until 2002 she owned a business in home remodeling design in Redlands.  She retired to making art, gardening and RVing.

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Her commissions include liturgical-season wall hangings for the Cannon Chapel at Emory University in Atlanta, GA., the Jamison Center wall hanging and Student Center Office wall hanging at the University of Redlands.  Her watercolor “Studio Still Life” won First Place at the Multi-Media-Mini Show at the San Bernardino County Museum and a watercolor/collage “Findings in a Grove” won First Place, Citrus Division, Citrus Fruit Fair.  Her artwork has been accepted in juried art shows and is in many private collections.  Evelyn is an active exhibiting member and past president of the RAA.  Her husband Larry Harvill, has chaired the RAA board of directors.

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Evelyn’s Featured Artist Show will be exhibited at RAA from June 6 through June 24, 2016.  The gallery is located at 215 East State Street, Redlands and is open Monday –Saturday, 11 AM – 4:30 PM.  The opening reception for Evelyn’s show and RAA’s new exhibit “School’s Out for Summer” will be held in the gallery on Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend.

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Programs & Workshops

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.

Programs –

October 26 - Larry Dierdorff

Murals of Redlands

November 23 - Monica Foulston

Mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of the months: October through May, 7-9 pm. (Maybe not December. Too close to the holidays?)

Programs starting up

Redlands Art Association presents Programs on the 4th Tuesday of the months September through May, from 7-9 pm. These Programs may be a lecture, a painting demonstration, a power-point show, or a hands-on experience for the audience.

We decided against a September program due to the Redlands Cinema Classic dates. Come to see what we've planned ...

October 26 - Larry Dierdorff

November 23 - Monica Foulston

Mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of the months: October through May, 7-9 pm. (Maybe not December. Too close to the holidays?)

Featured Artists

Barbara Dipoma 2-12 to 3-4-22

Barbara uses vibrant colors in watercolor paint to create her art. She especially enjoys painting animals.

1-22 through 2-11-22 Linda Willason.

I know it's a blurry photo of her but she just doesn't sit still! Linda specializes in the Redlands landscapes ... landmarks in Pastel paintings, photography, and ceramic tiles. Her art is perfect for RAA's new REDLANDS CORNER, dedicated to all Redlands. Example of her Photography. Left and Below: samples of her pastel paintings.

1-1 to 1-21-22 Kathy Paulus and James Bowden

Kathy Paulus began her art passion in her early 50’s after working in Special Education Programs and as an Infant Specialist. She considers herself a self-taught artist specializing in pastel work. She loves both domestic/wild animal portraits and still life subjects. She enjoys the challenge to capture the real beauty in animals, especially for horses and all wild cats. 

She is also a scratch artist and became a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artist in 2018. Scratch art enables her to achieve fine detail in realism in her animal studies. She alternates working with pastels and scratch work.

Although she resides in Moreno Valley, CA she’s been a member of the Redlands Art Association for many years, displaying her art.

James Bowden Flintnapping arrowheads for display and jewelry.

I am James Bowden. I have been flintknapping for 37 years, passionately creating images of the past. At first I was largely self-taught. Later I studied with other knappers to advance my skills and knowledge. Early on, sizable stone was unavailable to me, which directly affected my style of flintknapping.

Today I work with a wide variety of materials to flake many different types of stone implements. The tools and methods I use closely follow traditional ones. My forte continues to be intricately flaked eccentrics, and small delicate gem points with long, drawn-out ears. This work fills a special niche in the world of modern flintknapping.

All of my pieces are permanently initialed and dated using a diamond-tipped scribe, making them collectible museum quality replicas and artwork. My knapped work is represented in the Modern Lithic Artists Journal, Volume 3, the Sept./Oct. issue of the Gold Prospectors Magazine, the #5/Summer 2018 issue of Knapper’s Quarterly, the 2022 “Flintknapping, The Art Of The Ancients” Calendar, and in collections of over 30 museums and visitor centers across the United States.

Flintnapping arrowheads by James Bowden

From Our Fearless Leaders

December 2021

Dear Members and Patrons, 

Over and over we hear how much RAA has meant to those wanting to grow as artists – people of all ages.  They thrive within the RAA community. They find a place to connect with other artists, to build their skills, and to sell their work. They learn best practices and networking tips and how to build their courage to try new things. For many, the gallery and art center is the place where their dreams become real and are shared with the community. There is no other place quite like the Redlands Art Association. And you are a part of that dream with every piece of art or membership that you buy.

We need your support. Your gifts allow us to continue serving the arts both in our gallery and in the greater community. A convenient donation portal is located here on our website.

We know we have generous patrons and members.  Earlier this year we thankfully accepted the gift that paid off our mortgage! Now we want to do more for our art education programs, our artist members, and the gallery where people come in for solace and inspiration. We want to offer scholarships and support for art students who can’t afford their classes.

Whether it’s a one-time gift or an ongoing gesture of financial support, please know that we appreciate anything you can spare. It makes a difference.

Thank you for your support and your generosity.

Suzanne Burke, President

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