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RAA News January 2014

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

Take in Date Correction

The correct date the May Take-In is FRIDAY MAY 9.

The original date of May 2 conflicted with Vintage Redlands so we had to change ours.
Please notate your calendars and correct your list of 2014 Take-In Dates.

 RAA Library to be Liquidated = BARGAINS!

The Operating Committee has been struggling with the issues of our library and the intense need for more teacher’s storage.  Tuesday night it was decided to sell all the books in the library within the next few months (by April 1, 2014).  So we are offering all RAA members first choice in buying the books off the regular shelves on the “stage”.  The proceeds will go into a special fund for our new building.  The cost will be 1 book for $3 or 2 books for $5, to be paid at the front desk.  If you have books from the library at home please either pay for them or return to RAA shelves to sell.  THIS IS A BARGAIN SALE for a great cause!!!

It has been a wonderful library for a couple decades and as much a we love books, it seems the right time to let them go.  So many artists go online for instructions, ideas, how-to for everything from watercolor to woodworking.  A paper library is now a luxury that RAA cannot sustain.  But you can expand your personal library with any of the several hundred books that we have there!!  RAA members are given first rights to choose as soon as this newsletter is received.  Those that are not sold will then be added to the Joan Wiley Art Book Fair we will offer to the public later, maybe in May.  After that the remaining books will be donated to a good cause.

Our library has books in many categories, the largest being watercolor; next, oil and acrylic techniques, as well as art history, many craft books, colored pencil, drawing, design and color, famous artists, etc.  Buy for the  budding artists in your family.  Now is your chance to get new inspiration, especially if you are more comfortable with paper than computers, like many of us.  We appreciate that some of you will miss the library and for that we are sorry.  RAA is thankful for the numerous and generous donations of so many books through the years.  Many have enjoyed them.  Hopefully you will understand.  Thank you.

 Evelyn Ifft and Tia Shira

 

Redlands  Art  Association’s  Fifth Annual  Community Photo  Show

Call for entries for this annual event.  You do not need to be a member of RAA to enter your photographs in this show.  The theme of the show is open—your choice.  You may enter up to two framed photographs, $5 for one, $8 for two.  Frames must be wired on the back for hanging (no sawtooth hangers, please).  Your framed work must be identified on the back with your name and telephone number, and the photo’s title and price.

Take-in will be on Saturday, February15th  from 2 – 5 pm.  The show will be hung the following day, and will be available for viewing by the public during regular gallery hours, on Monday, February 17th,  through Saturday,  February 22nd.  Gallery hours are  from 10 am to 5 pm.  In addition, a reception will be held on Sunday February 23rd, from 2 to 5 pm.   Please invite friends and family to come enjoy refreshments and view the beautiful photography.  Your entries may be taken home at the end of the reception; otherwise they may be picked up the following Monday or Tuesday, at the gallery.

Judith Sparhawk

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.

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

PROGRAM Jeannine Sevedra, Oil painting demo Tues. 2-22-22

"A PAINTERLY APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE”

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 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