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RAA News November ’14

Special Alert for January Member Show

This January our member show will be different than usual.  Because the Ray Swanson Exhibition will be occupying the west gallery, the member show will be restricted as follows for hanging in the east gallery.  Members are to submit only one piece and it should be representative of your best work.  Try to keep it on the small side as the space is limited and we would like as many pieces shown as possible.  Take in is set for Friday, January 2nd and hanging will be Saturday January 3rd.  A special reception for both shows will be on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 PM.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Advance Notice for Special Ray Swanson Exhibition

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former member Ray Swanson who was a city engineer from 1964-1974.  Ray became a famous painter of the southwest and especially Native Americans with an emphasis on the children.  His paintings featured the Navajo, Suni, and Hopi.  Examples are below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.

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There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.

This is a special show for us and hopefully we will have a large number of people visiting the gallery.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour December 6 & 7

Join us for a holiday studio tour on Saturday or Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. Seven local artists, including RAA members Muriel Dolemieux, Adele Johnson, Aïda Schneider, John Brownfield and Candy Glendening, will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. They will also have work available for purchase to get ready for holiday gift giving!

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For more information see postcards in the gallery or this website.

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider

Annual Tea Party Postponed Until Sunday 25th January 2015

Suddenly the holiday season is just round the corner and lots of artists are involved in shows in the lead up to Christmas. So we are postponing the Annual Tea Party until Sunday 25th January 2015 from 3-5pm. For those of Scottish descent it “Burns Night” when the haggis is traditionally piped to the table and there is rutabaga and boiled tatties (potatoes). There won’t be these delights but there will be tea, cakes, sandwiches and other delectible nibbles.

It will also be the last week of the Ray Swanson exhibit in the main gallery so it will be an opportunity for those people who haven’t seen the show to see the work of a past RAA member.

So please mark your calenders and we’ll celebrate the New Year, Ray Swanson and Burns Night all together. It should be an amazing celebration.

If you had a ride last year you will be contacted early January.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

Liz Coviello (Historian in the Cupboard)

Special Christmas Tree Ornament Take In – November 21.

This year’s take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS, will be on Friday, November 21.  Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no member fee). Please make sure items are clearly marked with PRICE and ARTIST NAME.

Studio Tour 6 to be held Dec 6th & 7th

We’re excited to share that Studio Tour 6 will be taking place on December 6th and 7th from 10 to 4 pm. This year’s tour features the work of six women artists at three studio stops in Loma Linda and Redlands. Featured artists include:

  • Terry d Chacon’s oil paintings and lost wax bronze sculptures.
  • RAA member Antonette Hanson will be showcasing her silk paintings both framed and as wearable art.
  • Patricia Rose Ford a popular RAA instructor and recognized plein air soft pastel artist.
  • RAA member and youth art instructor Jillian O’Dwyer will be sharing her handbuilt, functional pottery.
  • Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, also an RAA member, will feature her enamel and metal smith jewelry.
  • Veronica Lucas joins the tour with her monotype prints.

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Highlights of the tour include Terry’s largest lost wax bronze sculpture to date in progress at her studio as well as the raffling off of artwork donated by the featured artists. Visitors stopping at all three of the studios on the tour will be eligible for the raffle. We hope to see you there!

Jillian O’Dwyer

FOR RAA Newsletter, Regarding Fees

RAA has been a part of this community for the last 50 years. During this time RAA has run a public gallery where members display their art, hosted featured artists from the community and ran juried Art shows. RAA also provides excellent education for youth and adults via classes, workshops and summer camps at an extremely fair price. We also offer financial assistance to needy people to take classes and learn art. Our member fees and fees for classes have not changed over the past several years even when the cost of living has increased.

In its continuing effort to improve and enhance the quality and quantity of services the Association provides, the board has approved a change in the fee schedule.  The main impact of this change will be to reward the supporting members with significant discounts compared to non-members, while maintaining financially viable programs and standardizing and clarifying costs for membership, adult classes and workshops.  The changes are listed below; all other fees remain the same as 2014.

2015 Fees Member Non-Member
Individual Membership $50/yr N/A
Additional Family Members $10 each N/A
Membership, Sponsor No change N/A
Membership, Lifetime No change N/A
Adult class No Change $110
Workshop $15/hr. $25/hr
Program night Free Free
Per Show fees       *Regular Gallery shows are Members only   
     Hanging $5 N/A
     Wall – 3 pcs. max $15 no docent discount N/A
     Art in the Park $25 $75

As you can see, Annual Membership dues have increased; however, the differential between members versus non-members for classes and show fees is substantial. It is our hope that these changes will encourage a growth in membership and participation in RAA, while providing members with increased benefits. Maintaining financial stability and enhancing member benefits is an ongoing process and other changes may be forthcoming.

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a new Artist’s Way Workshop.  This popular class is based on the bestselling book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  It is designed to unblock your creativity and to help in setting and reaching creative goals.  It is a fun and exciting class with a great group dynamic, and is led by successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to learn more about this program, ask questions, and find out if it is for you.  The workshop will then begin the following week on Wednesday, January 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.  For more information, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or email jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Judith Sparhawk

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