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RAA News February 2015

2nd Annual Tea Party


A big thank you to everyone who came to the tea party and brought the wonderful food. It was wonderful to meet new, returning members and founding members. Our two hours zipped passed so quickly. For some it was the chance to see the Ray Swanson show and reminisce about old times, when the RAA was on Vine Street and Citrus and for others it was a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


I’d particularly like to thank Cheryl O’Conner for her hard work with hospitality, Janice Commentz for greeting, waitressing and clearing up; Grace Fermier and her friend who helped with the clearing away and drying up; my sons William and Matthew for setting out the tables, laying them and folding napkins and putting the tables back at the end, Sandy Davies for offering to drive and collect people so they could attend, Pat Meeker for the loan of her lovely teapots and everyone else who helped in any way make it such a successful afternoon.


We’ll see you all again next year.


Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.


Do you have old photos of the RAA?

If  you have old photos of the RAA and events from the past I’d love to see them. We have very few of the RAA in Vine Street, on Citrus or at events such as Art in the Garden with Ann Blessener.

Many thanks,

Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.

Business card folder for artists

I just wanted to remind artists there is now a business card folder for a limited number of business cards, approximately 6, per artist. I made several sales of artists work this week and the customers were interested in the artist and asking about their websites and their work. It’s hard to pass on details if we don’t have it in the gallery.


Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.

Open to all artists….enter the Multi Media Mini Show!

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us 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.  Our judge, Leslie A. Brown, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as give out the awards.  Since the prospectus/entry form will no longer be mailed out, it will be available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website here: 2015 MMM Prospectus-Insurance E-FORM

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 1, 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 6 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 8.

“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 or call, 909-792-8435.

Sandy Davies, MMM coordinator

Snezana Petrovick Coming to RAA: Tuesday Evening, March 31 @ 7 PM

RAA is privileged to have nationally and internationally acclaimed Snezana Petrovick, as guest artist.  She is an award winning 2D, 3D and 4D artist, independent curator, gallery director and educator.  A freelance designer in both Europe and the U.S., she has done design work for more than 225 theatrical productions, as well as 22 TV shows and eight movies.  She is chair of the art department at Crafton Hills College.

Mark your calendars now.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this fascinating and amazing, multi-media artist speak on her life and art.

Also, Snezana will present a workshop on:  Saturday, April 4

Submitted by Lori Powell

Attention all Members who Shop on Amazon

Notice to all members who buy things through about a new charitable giving program they have.  When you want to shop on Amazon please sign on to Select the Redlands Art Association in the drop down window and the RAA will receive 0.5% of your purchase refunded to our bank account.  This site provides access to the full line of products Amazon offers and in fact is a window to the official Amazon site.  Once you have selected the RAA you so not have to repeat that selection provided you always sign on to  You can also switch to any other nonprofit charities Amazon lists.  Amazon has not increased prices to compensate as you are accessing the actual site anyone in the general public does.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Art Alliance Announces 2nd Annual Riverside Art Market on April 25, 2015


The Riverside Art Market is a free family friendly annual one-day event featuring artists and artisans presenting their own works for sale. In addition we welcome art galleries.  The types of items for sale include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, etchings, prints and a variety of crafts including jewelry, woodwork, pottery and items made of fabric, glass and metal.  Held at the historic Riverside Art Museum in downtown Riverside, the event will also feature pop-up restaurants, food trucks, a children’s craft area, face painting, and live demonstrations of glass-blowing, print making and painting.

The event is organized by the Art Alliance, a supporting group of the Riverside Art Museum.  Proceeds will benefit local community outreach, children’s art education programs, art classes and other programs of the Riverside Art Museum.

  • DATE: April 25, 2015
  • TIME: 10am – 3pm
  • PLACE: Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

For more information and for the vendor application: Visit the Riverside Art Alliance website, the Riverside Art Museum website, or email


email or call (951) 201-8173.

PAAR’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Celebration & Paint-Out

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR), an Artist Group of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM), invites you to participate in PAAR’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Celebration & Paint-Out, April 11 – April 22, 2015. The theme is “Loving the Landscape.”

To kick off the celebration on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, there will be four (4) mini-workshops (2 each day) at RAM with the following accomplished artists: John Budicin, Oil; Brenda Swenson, Watercolor; Sally Strand, Pastels; and Chuck McPherson, Mixed-Media. (Unless there is space available, these workshops are offered first to PAAR members only at a special PERK price.) Also that weekend (April 11-12) there will be 20 art supply vendorsexhibiting at RAM.

What is really exciting this year is that we will have 2 days before the Paint Out (April 11 and 12) which will be our Workshops with the Masters.  Golden Acrylics has committed to providing paint (all media) for our workshop participants.   In addition, we will have numerous vendors at RAM selling art products and who have also donated supplies for our workshops and Paint Out prizes.  To name a few:  Golden, The Brush Guys, Jack Farley’s Art Supplies and the list continues with food vendors who will be there so you don’t go hungry.

Not able to be there but who have sent product and prizes are Guerilla Painter (a $258 pochade painting box  plus…..), Raymar, Strathmore, Holbein, BestBrella – Every Paint Out participant will once again receive a Goody Bag filled with great stuff.

We are inviting the public  and other artists to participate in our Art FuZion happening during those two days for a small donation of $5.  Art FuZion is a chance to bring one’s creativity to life.  All art created during that time will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum and for PAAR.  A Children’s art corner is featured and a child will have a chance during a drawing to win a “Goody Bag” donated by our Sponsors.

The excitement is building.  The magnets for our cars are once again available for sale; a Anniversary Glass Ornament to commemorate the occasion is also available, and Anniversary hat pins will be given to every participant. Please take advantage of early bird pricing.

 For additional information click here.

Bonnie Kent, Publicity Chair, Plein Air Artists of Riverside  951-833-2557

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