RAA News December 2013

RAA News December 2013

Time To Renew!

It’s that time of year, it’s time to renew your RAA Membership! This year we’ve made it even easier to renew by adding a form to our website that allows you to type in your information and then pay for the membership with your credit card. We’re using PayPal as a way to safely and securely process credit card information, but you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service, you can also just enter your credit card information and be on your way. This online form is located here.

We also have a form on the website that you can type in and then print out and mail with a check to the gallery, this form is located here.

This month’s print newsletter will have a membership form, and of course there are always forms available at the gallery. However you do it, please remember to renew your membership with the RAA. As a group, this association can accomplish so much, and this all starts with your renewal dues!

Thanks – Candy Glendening

A Take-in Reminder

Artists: When bringing your art in at Take-in, the hours are 9am to 7pm. Please arrive early enough to do the paperwork so the workers can go home at 7pm. First-timers, allow half an hour to go through the procedure.

Sandy Davies


Art shows are usually focused on one type of art – like photography or wall art: oils, watercolors, acrylics. Someone is chosen to judge the art that was submitted for the show. The judge would be known for his/her experience in the arts. He does not need to be an artist but someone in the art realm. For most shows today, the art image is sent by email and scanned onto a DVD so the judge can view it on a computer or projector screen. The judge is told how many pieces the organizers want in the exhibit. Then he choses which pieces will be shown in the exhibit.

The judge also chooses which pieces win an award. Sometimes the judge chooses which pieces get prizes from their image on the DVD or he waits to see the exhibit up on the wall, when he can see the actual piece. He considers the prize – First place, Second place, etc., or if it is a specific award – like “Best Watercolor”. He reviews the pieces he has chosen for the show and selects which ones he likes the best or is the best fit for the prize.

For Redlands Art Association’s Multi Media Mini Show, the judge is told he will have to consider not just the traditional art techniques but what the artist did to create his piece. I mean, there is nothing traditional about putting a bunch of nuts, bolts, paperclips and do-dads together to create wall art and yet, the effort has to be appreciated. The Multi Media Mini Show lets the judge see the actual piece up close so he can get a better feeling for the work done.

Last year, there were 282 pieces entered to show but the judge was limited to choose only 115 wall pieces and 45 table pieces, including jewelry. That means only half of all the art submitted was actually in the show. HOWEVER….

When an artist’s work is chosen in a juried show, he gets bragging rights!

It is a star on his resume and the art piece can be featured in his portfolio.  Kinda like getting nominated for the Academy Awards.  Then, if he wins an award in the show, he can feel like he’s got the Oscar in his hands!

Of course, each jurist is different and one piece of art not-accepted for this show may be accepted in another show by a different jurist.

The rule of thumb is to keep making art and showing it off.  Enter as many exhibits that you qualify for.

Bring us your art!


Sandy Davies

Open to all artists….RAA’s Multi Media Mini Show advance planning.

Get your creative thinking cap on! Get to the studio and make me some art! Art that makes me say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members. Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces. Multi-media means… anything! Strict size limitation: must fit within a 14.5” cube, including frame and/or base. The prospectus/ entry form will be available January 1, at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website: www.redlands-art.org.

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 2, between 10am – 4pm. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards. Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public.

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 7 from 5pm to 7pm.

“Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art. It is a collection of little “gems” … you=ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time RAA supporter.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website www.redlands-art.org or call, 909-792-8435.

Sandy Davies

A “MCAEEF” Minute

Every RAA member should know about MCAEEF (Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund) because of how important MCAEEF activities are to the Association. Some of us fondly remember Margaret Clark and all she did for the Redlands Art Association. Some wouldn’t remember- it all goes back a ways. Margaret was and is our inspiration for promoting the visual art in Redlands and surrounding communities. If you would like to know more about Margaret Clark, please ask someone at the Association about her. It’s a fascinating story. The next time you’re at the gallery take a peek around the corner into the office. A painting of Margaret is on the wall. Her trademark “hat” is always prominent.

Did you know there is a MCAEEF committee that meets each month in an effort to keep Margaret Clark’s dream alive in our community. Just like everything RAA does, our committee puts the visual arts in the hands of individuals, young and a little older (more mature) to experience. We all understand how important this is for every person.

The MCAEEF committee uses, funds mostly generated by our Classic Film Series to provide classes, scholarships and awards to a wide variety of groups in the community. The MCAEEF committee wants you to be aware of what’s going on with these funds.

Look for A “MCAEEF” Minute in future newsletters. We’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on.

Thank You,

 MCAEEF committee

Our First Annual Teaparty

Many thanks to everyone (40 people) who came and made it a memorable event. It was wonderful to meet some of members who have been with us since the early days. I’d like to thank a few people specifically for their hard work behind scenes: Cheryl O’Conner who organised hospitality; Judith Sparhawk for taking photographs, Jill O’Dwyer for scanning in loads of photographs, creating the invitations, and constructing the time line, which we were able to display on easels around the East Gallery, and as a video loop for everyone to watch on the projector; and the volunteers who provided rides for those people unable to drive. Sandy Davies for the flowers, Pat Meeker and Gail Brownfield for their large tea pots, John Brownfield for zipping home to get the teapot and the electric kettle. And a big thank you to everyone for  the delicious food. It was wonderful to welcome founding members, past presidents and one of our newest members. We will hopefully see you all again next year.

Here’s a short video of the gathering:

RAA 5oth anniversary tea party from Redlands Art Association on Vimeo.

And pictures taken by Judith Sparhawk:

tea Rosemary R-B







A wonderful time was had by all!

Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard