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RAA News | January 2013

Photography Show: The Travelers Eye

Photographs by Penny E. Schwartz and Caroline McAllister

Please join Penny Schwartz and Caroline McAllister at their gala show reception from 5 to 7 p.m. January 22. Reception parking is free in Lots 3, 4 and 5.

The Gresham Art Gallery at San Bernardino Valley College is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Their photo show runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 7. For information, call (909) 384- 2013

Annual Photography Show-In-A-Show

 Call for entries

Here is a great opportunity to show off your best photographs, and to be part of RAA’s third annual Photography Show.  This show is open to the community and RAA members alike.  Take-in for the show will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from  2:00-5:00 p.m. The entries will then be hung in the east gallery, and will hang through the week.  A reception will be held on Sunday, February 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Take down is after the Open House, 4 to 5 pm.

The theme of the show is open so thus may include a wide range of subjects.

You may enter one or two photographs, which must be matted and framed, with wire for hanging (no saw tooth hangers). The entry fee is $5.00 for the first, $7.00 for two.  There is no size limitation. A 20% commission will go to RAA for any sales during the show.

The reception will be a chance for you to invite your family and friends, enjoy some refreshments, and socialize with other artists.  Your artwork may be picked up at the end of the reception.

So look at your photographs, choose your very best, and come be a part of this fun event!

For additional information or to ask questions, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or email to

Entry form can be found on the website here.

Adult Art Classes / Workshops

It is already January 2013 and some of the Winter/ Spring Adult Art Class sessions are starting up this month.  Check out the schedule and sign-up for a class.  All classes are listed in the December / January RAA Newsletter, as well as on the  RAA website,  or pick-up a schedule at the RAA Gallery.  Also, don’t forget to check out the intriguing workshops that are scheduled.

Expand your artistic horizons by taking a class!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a 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 successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 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, January 30th , from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.  For more information, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or

Judith Sparhawk

Artist Bio Book Cover

On behalf of the Art Association I would like to thank Joanna for allowing us to use one of her new mouse prints for the 2013 cover of the Artists Bio Book. The artist mouse is very cute.

So bring in your 2013 bio for the new Bio book and see Joanna’s cover.
Liz Coviello, “Historian in the cupboard”

RAA Historian looking for History

We recently received a donation of some 1990s and 2000s RAA newletters – Are there more of these treasures out there?

If you are Spring cleaning and want to find a new home for old RAA newletters please bring them down to the gallery for the Historian.

Many thanks,

Liz Coviello, “Historian in the cupboard”


Upcoming  Programs and Workshops

RAA is privileged to have some very interesting and outstanding program speakers.  Be sure to take advantage of theses events that are free to RAA members and only $3.00 to nonmembers.

This month, on Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 pm, ceramic artist, Marijke Terwissha, will be speaking on “Glorious Glazes for Raku Firing.”  Marijke is well known for her unique and beautifully glazed raku fired tiles.  Don’t miss hearing about the special techniques she uses and seeing her amazing ceramic art.

The Tuesday evening program will be followed by a workshop on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  At this workshop you will experience using Marijke’s glazes and techniques to create your own individually expressive tiles.  You will also participate in a Raku firing.  Workshop fee is $70 members / $75 non-members with a $5 per tile materials fee paid at workshop.

Next month, on Tuesday, February 26, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Elizabeth Carr, a watercolor, collage and acrylic artist, will be our special speaker.  She has won many awards and is an active member of the National Watercolor Society.  Her works are known for their bright, joyous colors and whimsical shapes.  Elizabeth’s Tuesday night program, called “Mess into Masterpiece,” will be followed by a workshop of the same name, on Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Participants in this workshop should take their unsuccessful artworks to the workshop.  Elizabeth will guide individuals in developing their failed artworks into masterpieces, using collage papers, acrylic paint and a little ink.  Each student will also create a collage of their own.  Workshop fee is $70 members / $75 non-members.

Sign up for a workshop by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Cookie Exchange Fun

Executive director Randy suggested we have a cookie exchange before the holidays last month. Participants would bring 36 cookies, half would go to Carol’s kitchen & half would be shared. About 16 people participated.

Randy suggested Carol’s kitchen who feed people who need meals and give out food. It has a sad story as to how it came about (death of daughter and her hubbie in car accident),

The cookies were delicious. Thanks to everyone who joined in. We look forward to doing it again next year.

Cookies to exchange
cookies gathering for Carol’s kitchen


“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“The Watercolorist’s Guide to Painting Trees” 7758.4 by Ferdinand Petrie

This is a starter book. The author paints from photos (we all do, at times). Of course, the photo must have the elements of good composition and color. “Trees” show the photos (by John Shaw) and, on the opposite page, what Petrie has done in watercolor.

I was disappointed that the author chose to copy the photograph as closely as possible. In most respects I thought the photo better.

Having said that, I’ll credit Petrie with subtle color and depicting accurately the silhouettes of the many different species of trees. He uses opaque drybrush to suggest the lacy quality of  a willow or similar tree.

Also on the positive side, he shows and tells how to paint trees in confusing situations such as a heavy fog (Davy’s Gray and yellow ochre in a graded wash with a foreground of Davy’s Gray and ultramarine).

All in all, this is an excellent book for the beginner. Petrie solves many problems of intricate leafage against  a dark background by using gouache (opaque watercolor). While not acceptable into juried transparent watercolor exhibits like Watercolor West, this technique is an easy solution.

Take a look at this book! See if you are challenged to take the author’s painting and put your own unique composition, design and artistic slant in order to carry it into a further stage.

I remember a cautionary advice from Millard Sheets. “No square inch of a painting should be exactly like another—either change the value or the color.” Petrie’s work would be more interesting if he had done that.

I add my own thought: when painting from a photo, remember your eye sees more than the camera. “Be a creator—not a copier!”

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