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RAA News April 2013

Late addition: Ceramics Workshop with Raul Acero

Raul Acero, professor of art at the University of Redlands will be giving a ceramics workshop this summer.

Dates are: May 13 to May 20th.

Beginners welcome, wheel throwing, Handbuilding and glazing techniques are taught.

For more information visit

Upcoming classes

Creative expression enlivens us and keeps us growing at any age. Stimulate your creative soul, by taking a class or workshop that will teach you new skills, while motivating your expressive self. Check out our upcoming classes here:

Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Program and Workshop Reminder:  Abby Cameron

April Program:  The Spirit of Art and Color w/ Abby Cameron:  Tuesday, April 23 @ 7 pm

Abby will share with us her love of creating art that is infused with rich, dynamic color.  Her creative spirit has enticed her to successfully explore many media, (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencils, glass, silk, etc.).  Most recently, she has discovered drawing with colored pencils on Colourfix Paper offers wonderful possibilities for gorgeous color in her art.  She will discuss and demonstrate her methods of making drawings sing with amazing color, using colored pencils and other media.

April Workshop: Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 3 pm

Join Abby and learn to infuse your artwork with color, using colored pencils, pastels and more on Colourfix Paper.  You will experience the joy and fun of experimentation and a new look to your drawings, making them sing with amazing color.

Abby Hanging Out

Program & Workshop Reminder: Charlie Ciali

Put Tuesday, May 14th, at 7:00 PM on your calendar now. Charlie Ciali, a well known and admired Palm Springs artist and teacher, will be our guest artist, speaking on and demonstrating methods and techniques he uses to create an Encaustic Painting. He has won many awards and is represented in many private and corporate collections. You won’t want to miss this program!

Charlie will give a follow up workshop, Encaustic Experience, on Saturday, May 18, from 9 AM – 4pm. Sign up in the RAA Gallery now.

Workshop Fee: $70 members / $75 nonmembers, with a $16 materials fee paid to the artist at workshop.


Lori Powell, Programs & Workshops

New Class Offered:

Disjointed, Juxtaposition, Transformation: Making  book with Ann Binghamfreeman

Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, & 29; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Well-known and beloved artist, Ann Binghamfreeman will lead this class.  Ann, a true-to-herself, free spirited artist, whose personal work is never contrite, should be a great inspiration to all participants.

The focus of the class will be on the process of making a book.  Participants will incorporate their own art and self-portraits, made in class, using gesture and contour drawings and more.  The class will look at the Surrealists for inspiration on linking introspection, creativity and finding a new prospective on one’s art.  If you join this class, Ann will guide you, encourage you and inspire you to let your creative juices flow, in the process of creating a book of your own, introspective self-journey.

Class Fee:  $85 members / $90 non-members


Lori Powell, Programs & Workshops

Tony Radcliffe in RCH Show

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation invites you to an “Evening With the Artists”, which will present the work of six local artists, including Tony Radcliffe and Dennis Hare. This event is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013; 5:30 – 7:30 PM; at the Weisser Education Pavilion, 350 Terracina Blvd., Redlands. RSVP by April 15 – (909) 335-5540; $20 entrance fee payable at the door. Artists’ works will be available for purchase.

Gail Brownfield


An “au revoir” to “Off the Shelf”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

My “red flyer” (walker) is an amazing convenience, but limited in helping gain access to the RAA library. So I’m sad to say I will no longer be writing a column on the RAA art books.

It’s been a fun ride, and I have learned so much just in reviewing. (Having a deadline kept me prompt and on course.)

So thanks to whoever has read my ramblings—I now turn the RAA books over to you!

Fabric Dyeing Patio Classes

I’ve been teaching small fabric dyeing classes on my patio, and wanted share this info with interested RAA folk.

Scheduled at the convenience of both myself and the participants, a small group of fabric lovers can join me in an exploration of adding color and texture to fabric.  If you don’t have a group of people you’d like to dye with, that’s fine, I’ll assemble groups of like minded color lovers.

I’ve got several classes designed for beginners, and would be happy to design one that meets the interests of a particular group. For more information, see this page on my website:


Candy Glendening

Interested in Solar Power?

Attention to all RAA members who might have an interest in adding solar power to their homes or businesses.

On April 28, 2013, at 2 PM, The Redlands Art Association is hosting an informational meeting on incorporating solar energy in your home or business. This workshop will be presented by ElectriCare Solar based in Murietta, CA. This presentation will cover:

  • How solar energy works
  • Benefits of solar energy
  • Choices: leasing or purchasing
  • Why solar now

Free, but limited seating. The Redlands Art Association is located at 215 E. State Street.

Larry Harvill

Gilman Wild West Days | Western Art Festival

June 1st & 2nd, 2013

Celebrate the return of Banning’s Stage Coach and experience the Wild West Frontier. Enjoy Art, Food, Beer Garden, Western Re-enactments, Demonstrations, and Vendors. Plus, enjoy a free ride on the Stage Coach.

Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, 10am-4pm

$3/Walk-in adult $2/walk-in child $6/car $1/leashed dog

For complete details, visit
Western Art Show Contact: Chuck (951) 324-9701

Look Who’’s Talking

A Series of Lectures Exploring the Art of Cooking, Travel, and the Human Spirit

 The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents four lectures by four extraordinary women

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents “Look Who’s Talking,” a series of four fascinating speakers on four diverse topics, April 8, 15, 29, and May 6 at the Riverside Art Museum. Lectures range from topics such as competitive cooking to heroines of the French Resistance in World War II. The public can purchase the series of four lectures for $100 or an individual lecture for $30. All events begin at 6:00 PM at the Riverside Art Museum (3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside). Refreshments are provided at no additional cost.

The series kicks off on Monday, April 8 with a look at the world of competitive cooking by Laureen Pittman, a chef who has participated in over 40 competitions, won over $40,000 in prizes and has published recipes in numerous magazines and cookbooks. Laureen’s lecture, entitled “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Cooking (Competitions)” will inspire both amateur and professional cooks, and give us a glimpse into the fast-paced world of competitive cooking.

On Monday, April 15 we are honored to have acclaimed National Geographic photographer and documentarian Karin Muller visit us. Her discussion will be about “Perilous Journeys” that she has taken in her extensive world-wide travels, from Peru to Kenya, Japan to Cuba. She has been featured on National Public Radio and has many important documentaries to her name. In addition, she has founded Take 2: The Students Point of View, a program to help students create their own documentaries and develop global citizenship. Approximately 40 schools (including RUSD) have joined the project thus far.

On Monday, April 29 we will be treated to the wit and wisdom of Monica Holloway, whose lecture entitled “Strong in Broken Places” will make us feel encouraged by her life story. Ms. Holloway’s experiences with her lovable, brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the life lessons she has learned from these adventures, will help everyone who discovers bumps along life’s road. She is a bestselling author whose memoir Driving with Dead People uses humor to connect us with the issues she cares deeply about.

On Monday, May 6, we will get a rare glimpse into France during World War II and explore the world of hidden children and French heroines who were instrumental in the French resistance against Nazi occupation. “Hidden Child and Clandestine Activities of French Women during WW” by Monique Saigal, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Literature from Pomona College, will speak to us about these extraordinary people whose stories have been largely overlooked through the years. Professor Saigal has interviewed dozens of women to put together her tales of courage. She herself was a “hidden child” whose life depended on the kindness of a Catholic family during the war. It is against this backdrop that she will share a fascinating look back to a painful yet inspirational page of history.

The lecture series is a fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum. For more information about the lecture series, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum at pcrabtree2@ .

 Ai M. Kelley, Riverside Art Museum Communications 

Programs & Workshops


Redlands Art Association puts on a Program on the 4th Tuesday of the month September through May. We bring you educational lectures, fun artsy topics, instructional demonstrations.

The 2021/2022 series has finished... now we're looking for new subjects for the next series.

Please call the Gallery with your suggestions! Call 909-792-8435. Thank you.

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

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