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RAA News April 2011

Announcing Search for Executive Director

I am delighted to inform you that your Board of Directors has recently approved a search for a full-time Executive Director for RAA. As you may recall this was a major recommendation of our recent Visioning Project and the Board is hoping that such a person will be a major factor in bringing in new funding to help us move forward with a possible expansion and improvement of our gallery and teaching spaces.

The specific position description can be found on the website here:

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Smiley Park Will Become a Gallery for RAA’s Art in the Park

Click on the photo to be taken to a photo gallery of last year's event

Artists will be hanging their masterpieces on pegboards, A-frames, and trellises. Glassware, pottery, wood crafts and jewelry will be set out to touch. Easy-Ups, canopies and umbrellas will add color and shade. It must be Art-in-the-Park time again!

Open Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 & 8 from 9 am to 5 pm., this is Redlands Art Association’s semi-annual outdoor sale. About 50 community artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work in a variety of media at Smiley Park, which runs beside the Police Annex (old City Hall) on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands. Sandy Davies, from the Redlands Art Association says “This is the best place to find original art from artists you can get to know. And don’t overlook the small pieces of art. I was pleasantly surprised to find a small watercolor in a friend’s motorhome!! She said it made her traveling home more like a real home.”

A Refreshment booth will offer light snacks and a variety of beverages. Sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, their proceeds will fund community projects.

Artists are welcome to sign up and get a more detailed information sheet at the RAA Gallery and Art Center at 215 E. State Street, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm or call 909-792-8435. Membership is not required. Original art only by the artist signing up.

The Redlands Art Association’s Sales Gallery and Art Center at 215 E State St, downtown, displays member=s artwork year round. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Sandy Davies

Edwards Spring Art Show

Janet and Fred Edwards invite you and your friends to their Spring Art Show in their home at 1314 Del Haven Court, in Redlands.

  • Friday, April 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday April from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday May 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Several new designs will be introduced.  (909) 793-7169.

“Palms To Peaks: The Art of Janet Edwards”

Text by Fred Edwards,  published by Esri Press, is now listed on- line on Amazon and other on- line sources.  It is due to be released October 1, 2011 (approximately)  A book signing event and Book Fair to benefit art education is scheduled at Barnes and Noble on Saturday November 12th.

Candy Glendening is Published in Quilting Magazine

Candy Glendening, art quilter, web designer and RAA newsletter editor, has been published again!

This time, she has 2 projects in the just released magazine 101 Patchwork Projects from Quilting Arts.

She has found that publishing “how-to” articles is a great way to combine her “day job”, teaching Biology, with her passion, art quilting!

This is her 4th and 5th publications, and she is excited to have her work seen again by the art quilting world.

Candy Glendening

Youth Hope

A Special Thanks to the MKAEEF Grant for Giving Redlands’s Street Kids a New Avenue of Expression

Heidi Mayer founded YouthHope in July of 2009 after sitting at a bus stop and watching some Redlands’ youth prostitute themselves and pan handle for food and shelter. What many residents of our hometown don’t realize is that there is a significant population of youth attending school and living alongside of our own children who don’t have safe places to sleep at night. Since the founding date, YouthHope has fed, clothed and helped over 260 young people ages 14 to 24. The three populations we serve are the runaway youth, ages 18 and under; the homeless youth, ages 18 to 24; and the borderline street youth, often called couch-surfers, that exist in both age groups. No matter the label any individual youths we serve may fall under, they might share any of these commonalities: hunger, lack of shelter, lack of clothing, an abusive home life, substance abuse problems, a lack of direction, and a desperate need for love and affirmation (which are useful for building a solid and productive sense of self with). YouthHope exists to offer assistance with any and all of those needs to each youth we encounter in Redlands.

In addition to the countless doctor appointments, school enrollment appointments, counseling appointments, grocery runs, free dinners, and free clothing YouthHope provides, we understand that the spirit needs just as much care as the body does. One of the ways YouthHope addresses the relational needs of our young people is through University of Redlands graduate Bryce Mee. He teaches a weekly art class that usually consists of a brief introduction to an artistic technique or material, and then lots of free space for the students to create at their individual paces. Loud music, plenty of art supplies and several hours to explore their favorite modes of expression and experiment with new ones has enabled YouthHope to provide something desperately needed by our kids: a safely challenging place for them to be themselves in. Whether a youth is extremely artistically inclined, or isn’t at all, the safety of our art class is sought by some of what Redlands might consider its most troubled youth- and they come seeking paint, pastels, collage supplies, and good conversation.

Our art class’ most recent project has explored the prompt “Redlands is … to me” for our upcoming art exhibit and auction, “Redlands Through Our Eyes.” The vision for this exhibit/auction/banquet/fundraiser (catered by the Farm Artisan Foods) is to bring our street kids’ artwork into the spotlight alongside of “real” adult artists with a common theme of the individual artist’s experiences in our hometown. Because of a grant awarded to us by the Redlands Art Association’s art education fund (MKAEEF), the kids have taken cameras out into Redlands to capture important facets of their lives on the streets on film. Familiar and unknown, winsome and shocking, we want to celebrate Redlands in awareness of as many of its complexities as possible. Chief-of-Police Jim Bueerman and Heidi will both speak at the event.

If you are interested in donating a piece or two to our auction in a holistic celebration of our beautiful Redlands, or are interested in purchasing tickets to the dinner to help us raise money to get our kids off the streets, please email Nicole Rutter at, or call at 719-659-3138.

Exhibition: Ink’n’Clay

Ann Bingham Freeman’s work can be found at the Exhibition: Ink’n’Clay 37 an exhibit at Cal Poly Pomona

  • March 17-April 29, 2011
  • reception  Sat. April 9 2011    5:00-7:00 pm.
  • Gallery hours  11:00-4:00pm  Sat. 12:00-4:00pm

For more information call or 909-869-4301 visit the Website. Information about University parking can be found by calling 909-869-3061

Doug Ketchum’s work on Etsy

I have opened up a new online shop at Etsy (link here). This site is for artist and craftspeople to sell their work.  Their fees are very low, and may be a better venue than Ebay. Fees are .20 cents to list an item, and 3.75% commission when sold. Notice how many “hits” I have had on my listings in just a few days. It is also a very user friendly site.
Doug Ketchum








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.


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


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 or, 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