RAA News June/July 2012

RAA News June/July 2012

Annual RAA Potluck and Meeting

Early in June, many of our members met at the annual pot luck dinner on June 6.  New officers and committee heads for next year were installed, and members of both our Board of Directors and the MCAEEF committee were introduced as well. The new MCAEEF five-minute film was introduced and shown by Annette Weiss – a good time was had by all. A complete list of all the members of these three important groups of people can be found here on the RAA website

Here is a gallery of pictures of the event taken by Judith Sparhawk:

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Newsletter:  A Reminder

Every summer the newsletter goes on a brief hiatus. If you have time sensitive information, it can be posted on the website under “upcoming events”. Also, featured artists are always welcome to send their artist bios and pictures, their information will be added to the website as soon after receipt as possible.

The deadline for the next newsletter will be Thursday, August 2nd. The best way to submit is to use the form on our website here: https://www.redlands-art.org/newsletter/newsletter-submissions/ or by emailing: newsletter@redlandsartassociation.org

Suggested submission guidelines:

  • Emailing info in plain text with minimal formatting.
  • Don’t type things to be emphasized in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • Only use the return key at the end of a paragraph; when you get to the end of a line in your email or text editing program those words are going to wrap around to the next line.
  • Email lots of pictures—attach them to your email using the button that usually looks like a paper clip.  The files should be either .jpgs or .tiffs, the higher quality (larger number of pixels) the better.

Many ThanksGrace Fermier & Candy Glendening

Smiley Elementary “Arts Attack” Art Show

This picture was taken at the Spring Annual Art Show at Smiley Elementary School . One piece by each student in the school is displayed, grouped according to particular lessons in design in the schools comprehensive Arts Attack program.  Standing by this display is Susanne Burke who coordinates this school program. Displayed here is a project done by the fifth grade students of Mrs. Jenelle Barnes, illustrating pointillism.  Each child received a small square of this design by George Seurat and then translated it to a larger paper using the artist’s technique. All pieces were then reassembled full size.  The MCAEEF committee of the RAA is pleased to continue funding the Arts Attack program with our grants for art education in the schools.

Janet Edwards

Open Air Art for Open Space

The 8th annual Open Air Art for Open Space show, co-sponsored by the RAA and the Redlands Conservancy, will be on exhibit in the Featured Artist space of the RAA gallery from June 4-21. Note the date change for our reception, which will be held on Saturday, June 16th, from 1-3 p.m. Intrepid ‘plein air’ artists have been out painting in the rain, the heat, and the few much-appreciated balmy days of May to record their impressions for our theme this year, which is “The Churches of Redlands”. We might have painted YOUR church, so come in to the RAA gallery and have a look.

Ginger Pena

Celebrating Cowboy Heritage

Redlands will be celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy with a week’s worth of excitement.  There will be concerts, demonstrations, food and fashion, storytelling and so much more.  Many of the events will help raise money for the Redlands High School historical mural project.  Highlighting the concerts will be performances feature two award winning Western music artists, Belinda Gail and Dave Stamey.  For more information about the mural project and a schedule of events go to the “Community Events” tab on the RAA website: https://www.redlands-art.org/community-events/

Randy Hill

Plein Air First Presbyterian Church

As recorded in the minutes of the Los Angeles Presbytery for September 20, 1887, “The Presbyterian Church of the East San Bernardino Valley “ was organized on July 7, 1887 with eight members and two elders.  On October 29, l887 the Citrograph reported the certificate of the incorporation of the First Presbyterian Church had arrived from the office of the California Secretary of State.  For the first two years services were held in a school house, at the Baptist tent and in theHamilton building.  In December l888 Judson and Brown donated two lots at the corner of Fourth and Vine which were later exchanged for lots at the corner of Cajon and Vine, the current location. Ground was broken for the church in April 1889 with twenty members and the church was completed in September.  By l890 there were 46 members. By 1898 there was a need for a larger sanctuary which was completed in January 1899.  The church kept growing and more buildings were added, but they were all sold to the Contemporary Club and relocated. The new church, with a Sunday school addition, was dedicated on March 26, l905.  The next building project took place in l957 when John Knox Fellowship Hall and Christian Education facilities were dedicated. A tragic fire completely destroyed the old church on June 29, l967 and the present church was built and dedicated on June 14, 1970.

We are making plans to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Redlands First Presbyterian Church.  So far we know we will have a banquet on October 27 and a special church service on the 28, the installation of a peace pole, and we’d like very much to have Plein Aire artists draw images of the church. Our thoughts are to combine a concert with the artists’ display and reception in John Knox Hall the night of the banquet on the 27th.  The art could be sold to members and friends that evening. The art work could be on display in the Narthex for the special Sunday service, or leave it in JKH for fellowship after the service.

Our church is multicultural with members joining us from Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, and Cameroon. We host Youth Hope, an organization for homeless Redlands kids, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6.  Our sanctuary has recently been refurbished and in the Narthex. we have a beautiful large stain glass picture that had been a window in the 1905 church and survived the fire.

The Plein Air will take place on October 1 through 5, giving the artist time to complete and frame their artwork; also in case the weather does not cooperate we’d be able to easily change the date.

 Helen Waitz

Contact info: (909) 794-3860