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RAA News June/July 2013

Minutes from MCAEEF

The MCAEEF Committee met at Jerrry Meeker’s home and he presided on Tuesday, May 14, 2012.


  1. Members decided to grant $1500.00 to CHILD HELP USA, an arts therapy program for abused children in Beaumont, Ca.
  2. It was decided that grants for art supplies and teachers will be granted to elementary schools as usual, but to also include junior high and high schools.
  3. The foreign films at the Krikorian eontinue to exceed  expectations.  The French film, “in the House,” proves that the human mind, behavior and will are the most fascinating of subjects.  Look forward to the fall selections.
  4. MCAEEF will meet again September 4, 2013.


Ed Sotello

Annual Potluck Meeting

Groups pic plus any others you’d like. Judith sent these to you, right?

The annual RAA Potluck Meeting was held last week at the United Church of Christ on Bellvue in Redlands. Our artists are great cooks too, we all had a wonderful meal. Larry Harvill, the Chair of the Board of Directors provided us with an overview of the budget and shared some exciting dreams and outlooks to how the RAA can grow.

President Gail Brownfield shared with the room how each member of the operating committee brought their special skills and talents to work for the RAA. There is so much talent in our group.

Candy Glendening, Website

Drawing Teachers needed

REDClogoThe Redlands Conservatory of Arts and Sciences is in search for an artist to teach drawing classes to young students ages 7-15 during the 2013 summer.

Please contact the Redlands Conservatory at 909-798-9777 or email for more information.

Sculpture: Lost Wax Bronze Casting Workshop

Learn how to make small sculpture and cast bronze in this 6 day workshop with Raúl Acero at the University of Redlands where he is a professor of art, the class will cover making small sculptures, mold making, wax techniques and the actual casting of the sculptures. All levels of students are welcome, including beginners.

The class session is from July 22nd to July 27th from 6-8:30 P.M.

The workshop fee is $ 425.00 all materials are included

Space is limited  for more information go to

Request from the Adult Education Coordinator

Art classes, programs and workshops are for you; you’re growth, enjoyment and enrichment.  Therefore, it would be good to know your needs, desires and recommendations.  Is there a class you would like offered or a particular artist/ instructor you recommend?  Do you have ideas for programs and/or workshops?

To better serve you, your input is welcome!  Let me know directly via email:

Lori Powell, Adult Education

Red Barn Art Show

Sponsored by Red Barn Furniture Company, 512 3rd Street, Redlands, cross street Stuart St. They are looking for artists interested in displaying artworks on June 29, 3 to 7 pm. No entry fees, no commission. There will also be music. For more information contact Brandon Gonzalez at 909-239-5102 or

Creative Clay Teapots with Marijke Terwisscha

Back by popular demand:

marijke teapot

Marijke creates teapots that are imaginative, fanciful and often whimsical little sculptures.  In this workshop, Marijke will guide you in creating your own, unique and individually expressive teapot.  During the first class you will make your clay creation.  During the second class you will use Marijke’s glorious glazes and make your teapot come alive with color. Your teapot will then be raku fired.  Don’t miss this creative opportunity!  No experience necessary.

Two-Day Class (Two Saturdays):

July 6 from 9am to 4pm and

July 13 from 10am to 3pm

Class Fee:  $65 RAA members / $70 non-members with a $10 materials fee paid to instructor at first class.

To sign up, call or visit the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435

Lori Powell, Adult Education Chair                 

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2013 Workshop Schedule for Richard Freund

Prepare to Stretch your Imagination.  Let your Mind run Free.   Liberate your Inhibitions.

You will learn how to join all sorts of objects, as well as unusual acrylic painting techniques that will give your assemblage creations a whole new look and feel; transforming the Found Objects into new and mysterious Works of Art.

Fancy-n-Fabulous, Fun-n-Freaky, Flatware

Sunday, July 28, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

The title says it all.

In this one day workshop, you will learn what all can be done when you combine Found Objects with simple pieces of Flatware.  There are many possibilities for art involving Spoons, Forks and Knives.

Will you go home with several separate art pieces, or a creation that combines them all into one grand display?

Busted Books

Sunday, September 1, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

Bookworms Beware, as these Busted Books will be Barely recognizable, and not at all  readable, after this one day workshop where you will alter them and convert them into Barely Believable, works of art.

Take home your own artistic creation based on “literature”.

NOTE:  Richard will provide the books

Unordinary Ornaments

Sunday, December 8, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

In this one day workshop, you will take unlikely objects and transform them  into a Strangely Attractive or perhaps Odd Ornament.  Either way, Your creation will most likely be a most Unordinary Ornament.

Will your Ornament adorn a Christmas Tree ???

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

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