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RAA News August 2012

City of Redlands 125th Celebration

 The city of Redlands will be 125 years old this coming November. Events and celebrations will be held from November of this through November of next year and are in the planning stages right now.
RAA has been asked to be involved by sponsoring child/youth events involving the visual arts.  We are looking for experienced teachers who would like to teach an outdoor one or two day class which will focus on some aspect of the city’s history.  The class could be in drawing, painting, sculpture, mural work, photography, etc.  There will be an exhibition of work following the end of classes.
If you are interested in teaching or have some ideas for the Redlands 125th Celebration committee, please contact Linda Apmadoc at 909-792-9414 or lindaapmadoc@verizon.net.
Gail Brownfield

Remembering Nancy Yowell and Joe Colley

Redlands Art Association were saddened to lose two of its long-time members, photographers Nancy Yowell and Joe Colley.

Nancy was well known in the Redlands area, for her active volunteer role in the First Methodist Church, Redlands Camera Club, Redlands Art Association, AAUW, and other organizations.  She was retired from a long career as an RSUD teacher, and has been active as a photographer for many years.  She traveled to many places in the world to pursue her photography.  She is survived by her two sons, Paul and Jack, and several grandchildren.  She passed away on July 29, 2012 at the age of 78.

Joe was also a member of Redlands Art Association and Redlands Camera Club.  His career was as a civil engineer for the City of Redlands and the County of  San Bernardino.  He taught photography through UCR and CSUSB.  He once won Best of Show in RAA’s Multi Media Mini Show, for his photograph of patterns in sand at the beach.  He recently showed his photographic work at Redlands Country Club, where he has been a member for many years.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth, and his three children.  He passed away on August 2, 2012 at the age of 86.

Judith Sparhawk 

A Message from the “Take In” Crew

RAA and the Take In Committee needs your help. The evening crew (4-7 pm) needs additional members to make the process more efficient for everyone.  If you are interested in helping, please call Pat Meeker, Take In Chair, at (909) 793-5988.  Please give this your consideration.

 Pat Meeker

Help Needed for Children’s Art Show

“We are looking for Artists that are good at making “balloon animals” to volunteer their time, as members, for the Children’s upcoming Art Show, August 25th Reception. Please call Gloria/Teacher (leave a message in her teacher box, with your phone#), or Firouzei/Teacher, so they can let us teachers know. We also are asking for RAA members to help with the fundraising by donating 5-10 cupcakes, undecorated Sugar Cookies or cake decorating icing….for the Children’s Art Show…bringing these in the Friday night, or Saturday morning of August 25th. We could use at least 50 cupcakes (with paper wrappers). Also if you could help volunteer to “set up” art or “take down” art for the Children’s Art Show, let us know. Thanks

Gloria Steinweg

Fall Artist’s Way Class

As summer draws toward an end, it is time to think about fall, back to school, and new beginnings.  If you feel like it is time for something new, think about signing up for the 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 photographer and successful workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 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, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss it.  Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.

For more information, call Judith Sparhawk at (909) 793-1876 or email jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Judith Sparhawk 

Redlands Area New Home for Mersereau

Joanna Mersereau has recently moved to Mentone after making her 57-year art career in Riverside. The new location has inspired her to create watercolors of the University of Redlands: “Administrative Building” and “Clock Tower”.

The prestigious American Watercolor Society, founded in 1865, gave Mersereau signature membership in 1997. She is the only artist in the Inland Empire to have this status, given after being juried into 3 exhibits.

Joanna was recently informed that she was juried into the Watercolor West exhibit, October13-December 16, 2012. One hundred paintings were selected from over 1000 national and international entries. Watercolor West was founded by a small group of Redlands and local women with Milford Zornes as mentor. Mersereau was a founding member.

“The Art of Milford Zornes: Friendships & Inspiration” by Gene Sasse included Mersereau’s  reminiscences of her travels in Zornes’ workshops, especially her experience when she thought she had “murdered” her instructor. (All was well.)

A member of the Redlands Art Association for over 35 years, Joanna has painted most of the local historical places and buildings of this area. She was the first featured artist in the popular “Art for Heaven’s Sake”.

Mersereau’s “Coyote and the Gods of Wood”, a novel of the founding of the California Missions, was published in 2006. Historically accurate, Mersereau focused on the emotions and interplay among the padres, the military and the Indians. The book contains twelve of her watercolors.

Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Riverside Art Museum, CCAA Museum of Art in Rancho Cucamonga, Na Balom in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico and in private collections in the USA and abroad.

An interesting twist: her work and article is featured in VERGILAmerica in both Korean and English in its January-March 2012 issue.

Joanna Mersereau

FY 2012/2013 Budget approved

The Board of Directors has recently approved the operating budget for the coming fiscal year.  In this budget we have a projected total income of $197,115.00 and expenses of $221,651.00.  We will be starting the year with an anticipated deficit of $24,536.00 which means we have a challenging year ahead but represents beginning with less projected red ink than the year that is just now ending.  We will be ending the year with total assets of nearly $730,000.

For illustrative purposes I have made pie charts of the distribution of assets and the new budget so you may see how these are distributed.  Our major expense is clearly in the area of education which is consistent with our mission statement. These pie charts can be viewed on our website, click here.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Drawing Heads and Hands with John Brownfield

Develop your people drawing skills with emphasis on heads and hands, in a class taught by master drawer extraordinaire, John Brownfield. John is a retired University of Redlands art professor and will give valuable instruction on how to make your drawings look more professional.

This class will be on Friday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, starting in late September and will continue into October. Please watch for more specific information in the RAA Gallery and on the RAA website. The information should be available very soon.

Lori Powell, Adult Education

Programs & Workshops

PROGRAMS

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.

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

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