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RAA News August 2015

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 9, 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, September 16, 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

Submitted by Judith Sparhawk

Marketing Your Art with Candy Glendening, Textile Artist

Filming her DVD on the set of Quilting Arts TV
Filming her DVD on the set of Quilting Arts TV

Monday: August 31, 6:30 – 9 pm

Being a successful artist is so much more than perfecting your technique and focusing in on subject material that speaks to you; today’s artist has to be their own advocate and marketer as well.

Opportunities abound with the tools that the internet brings to your marketing toolkit, but it can also be overwhelming: Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Instagram, where does it end?

In this one evening class Candy will explain many of the marketing tools available to artists, pointing out the pros and cons of each one.

Bring items you are using for marketing (like business cards, photos of your booth, a laptop computer so we can look at your website, etc…) and Candy will point out what’s working, what’s missing, and help you design a strategy for YOU to be more comfortable marketing YOUR art!

Click here to read more information.

Submitted by Candy Glendening

Another Oil Painting Class is Coming Up!

MARTHA COWAN, Nationally renowned Oil painter is coming back! She will hold a series of 4 classes on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. beginning September 3rd. See EDUCATION label at top of Webpage for details.

Her May class was lively and full. So don’t wait! Call or drop into the Gallery to sign up.

Submitted by Tomi Olson

Coming in September: Art & Abstraction – Simply a “Blurred” Reality

By Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig, an artist who enjoys exploring a variety of styles and media, will be the guest at RAA on Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM.  For this program, she will focus on her interest in creating paintings that are expressive abstractions, using various water media.  She will emphasize her desire to express beyond what is visible.

A workshop will follow on Saturday, September 26 from 9AM – 4PM.  It will provide an opportunity to find inspiration utilizing a participants water based medium of choice, with guidance from Angela.  Collage may be incorporated into one’s work.  This experience will provide a non-threatening environment, with an opportunity to be more explorative in one’s art, while loosening you up and jump-starting your creative juices.

Put the dates on your calendar.  Come explore artistic abstractions!koenig

Workshop Fee:  $100 members / $130 non-members.    Supply list available at sign-up.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Photography Show: “Cuba: Turning a Corner”

Photographers Penny Schwartz and Caroline McAllister will offer a joint show of some 70 Cuba photos titled “Cuba: Turning a Corner” from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3 at the San Bernardino Valley College Art Gallery. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25.

The photographs will showcase street scenes, people, market locales, cars, architecture and the outdoors in the capital city of Havana as well as the French-influenced town of Cienfuegos, the colonial city of Trinidad and several areas of natural beauty. Schwartz was visiting the country in December, 2014, when the historic announcement of a thaw in relations was made simultaneously by President Obama and Raul Castro. McAllister was on hand with her camera a short time afterward.


Schwartz is a freelance journalist and photographer who does work for The Press-Enterprise and has taught journalism and English as a Second Language in area colleges. McAllister is retired from teaching English, photography and newspaper production at Redlands East Valley High School. The pair have previously exhibited travel photographs together in the University of Redlands Alumni House gallery and at the Valley College gallery.

Gresham Art Gallery

701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.

San Bernardino, CA 92410

The Gresham Art Gallery is located on the Valley College campus next to the Administration building.  Turn right on Esperanza Street (There is a Pizza Hut on the corner) from Mount Vernon Avenue to get to the parking lots closest to the gallery.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Parking for the Aug. 25 reception is available in Lots 3, 4 and 5. For information, call 909-384-4432

Submitted by Penny Schwartz

Children’s Art Show.

The RAA Youth Education presented a Children’s Art Show in July. The art included work from six weeks of Art Camps and our Spring Art Classes. The show ran from July 25-29th.

On Saturday, the 25th, there was a reception that welcomed over 100 people to view art work, create a minion craft and enjoy refreshments.

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Pottery, wood sculptures and a collaboration reproduction of the famous “Starry Night” were included in the show.
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Duct tape flowers in a vase-student collaboration
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Talent on display!

Enrollment for Youth Education Fall Classes has begun, with classes beginning  Aug. 24th.

Submitted by Suzanne Burke, Children’s Education Co-ordinator

Mersereau Featured in “Uncle Jam” Magazine


A large article Joanna Mersereau is printed in the summer issue of “Uncle Jam”.  The article, “A conversation with Watercolorist Joanna Mersereau”, includes 5 pages with 2 in full color. “Edwards Mansion” is on the cover.

“Uncle Jam”, a quarterly art magazine, is FREE online, and can be found here:

There are hard copies of the magazine in the gallery if anyone would like to pick up a copy for themselves and read it.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau




Sale on RAA Mugs & Tees

Summer Savings are here!

  • RAA 50th Anniversary mugs are now $8.99 each + tax or $34 + tax for a set of 4 mugs
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirts sizes L & XL are now $10 + tax
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirt size 2XL is $12

While stocks last.

Submitted by Liz Coviello, Gallery Coordinator

Christian Counselling Centre is looking for donated art or loaned art

The Christian Counselling Center is moving to new offices. Joyce Crawford one of the board members came in to asked if any of our members would be prepared to donate or loan a piece of wall art to their new offices. Please contact Joyce at (909) 793-3863 or ask for Cheryl McMillian in their current office next to the Security Bank on State Street.

Gallery Coordinators

Redlands Bowl Associates Art Show

An art show will be held by the Redlands Bowl Associates on Aug. 22, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of our member artists will be displaying their artwork for sale at this event, so, be sure to stop by and see the various arts and craft items for purchase.

Your purchases and your vending help support the Redlands Bowl.

To sign up, send a check for the booth rental ($40) to :

Associates of Redlands Bowl

12245 Wabash Ave. Redlands,  92373

For more info call or email: Eleaner Oden  951-201-6679  or

  • Aug 22, 2015  From 10am-4pm.
  • Mission Gables House (and adjacent grass area)
  • Booth entry fee: $40
  • 20% of sales go to Associate of Redlands Bowl.
  • Customers pay artists directly, 20% given at end of event.
  • Call for Entries

Submitted by Bronwyn Weis, Gallery Coordinator

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