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RAA News March 2012

CHANGE IN TAKE IN DATE FOR APRIL

Take-in for April’s show will be THURSDAY April 27. We will hang on Friday, and thus be ready to celebrate Vintage Redlands on Friday evening.

Pat Meeker

“Welcome to Redlands” Art Show

Margaret Clark Gallery, Redlands High School, 840 E. Citrus Ave.

 Opening: March 18, 1:00-4:00

Also Open: March 24, 25, 31, April 1, 1:00-4:00 Or, by appointment. Call John Fisher, 909 838 5230

Fellow RAA Members, the take in for the “Welcome to Redlands” Show is almost complete. If you know of any “known” Redlands Artist (or unknown) that have used a “Redlands” theme in their work, would you invite them to show one of their pieces of art work. Not too big. Bring your own stand up easel if you have one. The show will be big enough to fill the library too. Be sure to join in on the festivities.

Take in is March 12-14. Deliver the work to the Margaret Clark Gallery, in the Library building just east of Grace Mullen Aud. (Do not take work to the RAA Gallery for this show!)

And if you invite an artist to show, and they are retired, could you please “host” them to the show since it requires some “navigation” to walk to the Gallery from the parking lot. We’re not all “high-school kids” anymore. There are maps in the RAA Gallery or in this article. Download the Artist info sheet by clicking on this link.

Email John Fisher for more info: jd.fish@verizon.net

The Eighth Annual OPEN AIR ART for OPEN SPACE SHOW

“Churches of Redlands”   Show Dates: June 4-21, 2012

All Plein Air artists are invited to paint on location at the beautiful and historic churches of Redlands, and to enter the resulting artworks for the Show-Within-A-Show at the Redlands Art Association gallery.  Take-in for artworks is on Saturday, June 2 from 12-4. The reception and awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arts Walk at the RAA gallery on Friday, June 15 from 5-7. Penny McElroy will judge the show for cash prizes: $150 for First Place, $100 for Second, $50 for Third as well as Honorable Mention ribbons.
The prospectus for the show, including paint out locations and dates, is available as a download on the RAA website, or as a handout in the RAA gallery.
Ginger Pena & Evelyn Ifft

Flower Power Show at RAA Gallery show

Oohh.. Aahh! Like fireworks, the beauty of the flower gets rave reviews from onlookers. Redlands Art Association’s Gallery and Art Center will burst with floral art in their ART ALIVE in Redlands! exhibit during the month of March/April. Florists will be invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 21 & 22. “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinator. “The floral creations of past have been beautiful, stunning, and sometimes whimsical.” Also on display will be art for the garden and patio in ceramics, glass, wood and metal.
ART ALIVE in Redlands! is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour the weekend of April 21 & 22. The Gallery will have special hours as a stop on the tour: Saturday, 10am to 6 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5pm.
Artist take-in for the Flower Show is Friday, March 23. For more information, call  909-792-8435.
Sandy Davies

News from MCAEEF

At the latest MCAEEF Meeting presided over by Jerry Meeker, a letter  was sent by Sherry Edwards expressing appreciation for the education grant to Lugonia and Franklin Elementary Schools. The grant was for grades K-5, and the children experienced art media such as watercolors, oil pastels and collage while learning the color wheel, mixing colors and art terms such as perspective, monochrome, polychrome and so forth.  Victoria Elementary was given a similar grant so the children there could have new art experiences that expand their knowledge of the arts.

Ed Sotello

The Art of Sharing

The Redlands Art Association has been providing a gallery for local artists and classes for upcoming artists of all ages since 1964. Our mission is to encourage and support the visual arts in the city of Redlands and neighboring communities. While our focas is centered on our gallery, we are always looking for ways to expand our presence in our community.

Recently, several of our artists’ works were highlighted in the 2011 Annual Financial Report for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association. Those artists included Judith Sparhawk, Kathleen Bryan, Richard Freund and Janet Edwards. Their work is prominently featured in the 115 page financial document.

We continue to look for opportunities to share our passion for the visual arts in our community. If you have ideas, suggestions or would like to feature our artists in your publications, please contact Randy Hill at the RAA (909) 792-8435.

Randy Hill

Agency Seeks Volunteer Instructor for 16-18 Year Olds

For Saturday, May 19, 2012

California Youth Connection (CYC) is a non-profit organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change.  CYC was founded by current and former foster youth in 1988 who believed in giving youth a voice in the decisions that affected their lives.

Every year CYC in collaboration with, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, San Bernardino County Foster Youth Services, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Independent Living Program, host the Foster Youth Summit for 150 current foster youth in San Bernardino County.  The summits main focus is to provide a space where youth can make recommendations for policy and practice change.

This year we want to provide these young adults with the opportunity to express their experiences or recommendations through creative expression.  In order to do this we are in need of your assistance. We are looking for volunteers such as yourself or your students who have experience in the following art forms; Visual Arts such as; sketching, drawing, pastel or dry oil painting and Performing Arts such as; poetry, spoken word, and theater.  You or your students will be teaching a small group of about 30 youth to express themselves in the chosen art form.  The last hour of the summit is dedicated to present both the recommendations and the creative art work to various members of the community including San Bernardino County Children and Family Services.

This year the Summit will be held on May 19, 2012 from 10am to 5:30pm.  The art workshop will be held from 1:20pm to 2:55pm at a location to be determined . If you or one of your students would like to assist with this event or have any questions please contact Tatianna Byrd at (909) 891-3559 or email at Tatianna.Byrd@hss.sbcounty.gov

Tatianna Byrd

Peer and Family Assistant of the Independent Living Program 

County of San Bernardino Children and Family Services

“Celebration of Arts and Architecture”

Join the Art Alliance, a Supporting Group of the Riverside Art Museum, for a day and evening long “Celebration of Arts and Architecture” on Saturday, April 28, 2012.   Start the day with a self-guided tour of the artist studios of Helen Bell, Charles Bibbs, Tiffany Brooks, Judy Davies, Paulden Evans, Denise Kraemer, and Martin Tobias. Then put on your best cocktail or 1920’s attire to wine, dine, and dance the night away at RAM from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  Each of our studio tour artists are donating a piece to be auctioned off during the Evening Gala.  Tickets for the Studio Tour are $35, $100 for the Evening Gala, or $125 for a combined ticket for both the Studio Tour and the Evening Gala.

Visit www.riversideartmuseum.org/RAMcelebrate for more information and to purchase tickets.  Funds raised will benefit RAM’s continuing mission to put on thought-provoking exhibits (come see “You Are Breathing In It!” in July), offer high-level adult art workshops (we have workshops lined up with nationally-renowned instructors in Photography, Plein Air, Watercolor, and more) and youth art classes for children of all stripes to flex their creative muscles (check out our Special Art Class for Kids with Autism).

Kathleen Bocian and Helen Bell

 


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