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John Brownfield 4/28 – 5/18

Opening Reception in conjunction with RAA’s “Celebrate Redlands” Saturday April 28th, 4 to 6 pm

I am looking forward to putting together an interesting little show. Works in drawing and painting media vary from the humorous and playful “self portraits as a potted plant” and other paintings to figure drawings in various mediums. This “featured artist” little show opens with the same opening reception for RAA members show, 4-6 pm Saturday April 28.

Artist’s Statement: Thanks to those folks who are taking the time to have a look my work. A little more about me, as people seem to like a little personal information about an artist when considering their work. I grew up in Chicago, the city, on the north side, obligatory Cubs fan. I went off to college at Illinois Wesleyan University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree where I met my first wife (and married too young). I began graduate work at University of Iowa but money pressure forced me (us) to move back to Chicago where my wife returned to a caseworker job with Cook County. I was admitted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a move I wish I had taken first of all. A generous amount of units from Iowa transferred in and I was accepted into candidacy and loaded up a large course load and finished and awarded my MFA two years after Bachelor degree.

I got real lucky in getting a full-time teaching gig at Portland State University. I was hired as sabbatical replacement and was invited to stay on the following year. Nice, BUT I was invited to make a visit to Redlands. The late Margaret Clark, who was a professor at the University of Redlands, was most instrumental in this. I had made an application to a position at the University of Redlands while still in grad school. Job went to someone else, then position re-opened. Meanwhile, Margaret was on sabbatical, which included a stop the Art Institute where an old acquaintance worked, and arranged a morning interview with me. Early the next semester I was invited to interview everybody and I got the job (well… I found the unrelenting grayness of Portland depressing—figured heat was preferable). I arrived in August of 1965. And the job was what I wanted; small liberal arts department, tremendous flexibility in course design, easy, friendly, connections with other disciplines, small class size… very much like my experience at Illinois Wesleyan. There is a lot of luck in the arc of my academic career. I found myself holding the position one would expect to obtain after 10 or 15 years of part-time gigs, sabbatical jobs, etc. So I spent the next 6 years rising up to a position as a full, tenured professor (also a stint as department chair) and retired after 38 years.

As for growth as an artist; My first love, my enduring refuge has been in drawing the human image. I have never grown tired of practicing and life drawing. There was a special time when I had a colleague who shared this love. The ten years John Nava and I shared this enthusiasm were an enormous influence on me. The other major influence on my art was in making several trips to Europe… I have been profoundly influenced by the great humanist, and classicist tradition… particularly Italian art of the 15th, 16th, 17th centuries. I hope you can see the echo of this tradition in much of my work.

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