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RAA News June/July 2014

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner

The RAA’s 2014 Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner was held at the home of Larry Harvill and Evelyn Ifft on Tuesday, June 3rd. Good company, delicious food and delightful conversations were enjoyed by all.

Judith Sparkhawk shared some pictures of the festivities with us:


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Larry Harvill was master of ceremonies and introduced the operating committee members. A complete list of the operating committee and Board of Directors can be found on the website under the “About” tab.

Candy Glendening, Website/Newsletter

Website Updated!

RAA squareOur website has been updated to reflect our new branding!

Last Fall, graphic design classes in three local colleges were invited to create a new ‘Identity Package’ for RAA. Over 30 college students and their professors participated in the effort. In December, the four best designs were presented to RAA’s member juror team; experienced graphic artists Grace Fermier, Jan Harvey and Karen Mahmoudi. Their unanimous choice was the package created by a team of senior graphic design students from the Art Institute in San Bernardino. The design is colorful and versatile and communicates what we do here at the art center.

We’ve been implementing this branding with new signs and paint on the outside of the gallery, paper collateral is being updated, our social media sites have made the switch and now the website also reflects this bold new look with a fresh outlook on what it means to be a member of the RAA; Creativity starts here!

As you’re browsing the new site, if things look funky or run really slow, you should clear your browser cache, here’s how (if you’ve never done this before, you’re in for a treat, everything will run faster!). I hope you find the site useful and inspirational.

Candy Glendening, Website Designer and Textile Artist

Pics from Charlie Ciali Program & Workshop

People who attended Charlie Ciali’s Monotype Program and Workshop, on May 27th & May 31st, enjoyed, learned and experienced so much.   Charlie is truly an outstanding artist, instructor and individual!

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Submitted by Lori Powell

Upcoming Workshops

Creative Clay Teapots w/ Marijke Terwisscha

Always a fantastical, creative experience!  For more info check out the summer schedule in the RAA Gallery or on the RAA website. Picture: marijke

Two Saturdays:

  • June 14; 9 am -4 pm and
  • June 21; 10 am – 3pm

Workshop Fee:  RAA members $90 / non-members $95 with a $20 materials and raku firing fee paid to the instructor on the first class.  No experience necessary!

Twisted Toys w/ Richard Freund

Create unbelievably imaginative toys, while learning methods of joining all sorts of objects and unusual acrylic painting methods.

  • Saturday, June 28; 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Workshop Fee:  RAA members $85 / non-members $95

Oil Painting w/ Chick Curtis

Informative instruction that is individualized and inspirational.

  • Sundays, June 22, 29, July 6, 13 & 20; 10:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  RAA members $70 / non-members $75

Watercolor w/ Ed Sotello

Integrates creativity with instruction of basic skills, design and composition.

  • Thursdays, July 3,10, 17, 24 & 31; 7 – 9:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  RAA members $70 / non-members $75

Sign up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery.


Submitted by Lori Powell


Fall Artist’s Way Class Forming

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, September 10, 2014 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, September 17th , 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 email


Downtown Redlands Artwalk June 15th

Join us on Sunday, June 15th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm when we participate in the Downtown Redlands Artwalk.  The Redlands Art Association is excited to be able to provide free children’s art activities to the community as part of the artwalk events!  Stop by the RAA gallery to make a clay animal sculpture, collage a small journal or watercolor a Father’s Day card for Dad!

Local artists will be exhibiting their works in the alleys and sidewalks of downtown Redlands accompanied by performances from local bands and solo artists. Swing by Ed Hales Park to feast on the crab and crawfish boil! Grab a beer or a glass of wine by Ritual Brewery, Hangar 24 or State Street Winery in the beer and wine garden adjacent to the park.

For more information on the artists, musicans and local businesses that will be participating in the Downtown Redlands Artwalk, visit DTR Artwalk on Facebook (

Art Venues include:

  • Augie’s Coffee House
  • Alley Gallery
  • OneLove Deluxe
  • Parliament Chocolate
  • The Vault Martini Bar
  • A Shop Called Quest
  • JD Myers
  • Redlands Art Association
  • Ozel Jewelers
  • The Mitten Building
  • Greater Good Coffee Company
  • Katz Alley
  • Citrus Dental Plaza
  • STB Gallery
  • The Lounge 22
  • 5th Street Alley (next to oscars)
  • City Plaza walk way
  • Wilson’s Classic
  • Fleur De Lis
  • Stone Wheel Olive Oil Co.


“Let Love Grow” Raffle Fundraiser

LetLoveGrow1City Alive Inc. is excited to present their first Spring Campaign to fight poverty in Redlands, CA. “Let Love Grow” is a raffle fundraiser offering tickets for sale at $25 each for the chance to win a grand prize of a year of free lawn care for a Yucaipa, Mentone or Redlands resident provided by Community Works, a program of City Alive Inc. Additional prizes include 2, 1 month of free lawn care services and a dozen “Let Love Grow” t-shirts designed by local small business Art Renew. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Tickets will be available starting May 22nd and closing on June 28th. Winners will be announced on June 30th on-line at and with a follow-up phone call or email. Additional t-shirts will be sold post-raffle at with $5 of your purchase being donated to Community Works.

Community Works is one program developed by Verhoef to realize City Alive’s mission. On the outside Community Works looks like another average lawn care service but at its heart Community Works is an employment development program hiring individuals who are unable to personally sustain stable housing and who have been unable to find work due to a lack of job history. Interns work for the lawn care program while taking part in life-coaching and organized mentoring. After 6 months they will have developed a savings account, stable housing, and an updated resume which they have used to be hired by another employer. Those participating with the Community Works program are a part of an accountable community, know the future they are striving for, and have a record of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.

City Alive Inc. was established in 2011 with a mission to inspire, bridge, educate, and coach for the alleviation of poverty. Director Joel R. Verhoef established this non-profit with the belief that “every person has value, talent, and dreams.” Verhoef stated, “Everyone, especially those who for one reason or other have been convinced their value, talents, and dreams are “less than” those of another, is an asset just waiting to contribute their gifts to make the place where they live better for all. City Alive develops asset-based strategies to uncover the treasures that are hidden in our city.”

Funds raised from the “Let Love Grow” campaign will go to support Community Works’ general operating needs such as payroll, insurance, equipment needs and repairs. Will you join us to “Let Love Grow” in Redlands?

Submitted by Melanie Papp, City Alive Inc. Communications Director


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