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RAA News May 2011

News from the Board of Directors

At the Annual Potluck on June 1, there will be an unveiling of the remodel/addition plans for the Gallery at 215 E. State.  Your committee headed by Evelyn Ifft has been meeting for several months with Leon Armantrout and his assistant, Avani Pavasia to address the needs, activities, space available, etc. of RAA.  We have a conceptual plan that will be available for inspection and comment as we go forward.  The architectural fee for the conceptual plans has been provided for by an anonymous donor.  Jerry Meeker, Francis Wiley, John Fisher, Patty Hayden and Annette Weis are also on the committee.  We will be explaining the plans and some of our rational at the Potluck.  We welcome any feedback about them afterwards.

Thanks, Larry Harvill

MCAEEF Update

The Smiley Elementary School Arts Attack Show is on May 26, 5-8 p.m.  The Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund (MCAEEF) awards grants every year for the art supplies for this program, which provides art education to all students at Smiley.  Stop by and see youth art at its best!

Tia Shira

Teen Mania Interpretations of New York City

Artist Tate, doing his drawing

Teen Mania enjoyed doing a lesson study on the hustle and bustle of New York City (see photos of art examples done by teens). Students used mixed media, and a preliminary sketch in pencil prior to painting.

Teen Mania meets Monday nights, and this group will be having a special Teen Summer Art Camp, planned for the month of July (Tuesdays/Thursdays). The students are very creative, and advance well in complex areas such as printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and more.

by, Gloria Steinweg


RAA Library Update

As you are all deep into SPRING CLEANING like my mom used to do, please check around and return the books borrowed (whenever) from RAA so that others can use them.  I need to cull some more to make room for some new donated ones as well.  Anyone who loves books and can do filing would be a great help in keeping it in order????  Give me a call after May 27 if you are so inclined.

Thanks, Evelyn Ifft

Flowers explode 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 burst with floral art in their “ART ALIVE in Redlands!” exhibit during the month of April. Florists were invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their own art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 16 & 17.   “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinator”, “The floral creations are beautiful, stunning, and sometimes whimsical.”  The florists participating are: Michael Lopez with Flowers on Vine, Conroy’s, Hockridge Florist (3 designers!), Bird Abode, and City Florist.

ART ALIVE in Redlands is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour that weekend.  RAA gives the Petite Award for the adult miniature arrangement at the flower show at ESRI.  Joanne Ohnemus and Sandy Davies construct a display at the ESRI Redlands office suggesting Art for the Garden and Patio with RAA member’s art in ceramics, glass, wood and metal.

Sandy Davies

Requests from The Historian

Scrapbook

I am currently updating the scrapbook. If anyone has any newspaper clippings, photographs or anything pertinent to the RAA they would like to see included in the scrapbooks from 2009 – 2011 (or older) please drop it in at the gallery and leave it in the “Bio” Box in the office by 23rd May (late pieces will be accepted but I can’t guarantee to include it in time).

Please ensure each item is dated, there is a caption and if people are present their names are given.

Artists Bios

If you are a new member of the RAA or a member who has not previously submitted  a bio or would just like to update the one you have in the book we would love your contribution..

Suggested format:

  • Page 1: your name/ studio name, contact details email/blog/website and other information you prospective buyer would like to know (a paragraph would be fine). By all means include a personal photograph.
  • Page 2: (on a separate sheet of paper): include up to 3 photo examples of your work with captions. Please put your name. studio name at the bottom of this page to prevent any mix ups.

Please also include a few business cards so these can be taken by gallery customers.

Artists Business Cards

Please leave a few business cards in the gallery or attach one to your work when you bring items in for take-in. Customers regularly ask for information about the artist when purchasing an item from the gallery – be it jewelry, paintings, or table items. A frequent comment is “I’m giving this as a present and would like to include the business card…” There is space for business cards on the shelving in the East gallery.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello

Quick-Draw pet caricatures

Darlene Douthit will be drawing Quick-Draw pet caricatures on site at the upcoming 15th Annual Walk for the Animals, again this year on May 14/2011 8:30 am to 1:00 p.m. the event will benefit the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley. A portion of Darlene’s art sales will be donated for the cause. The event is always filled with fun! She will be donating two colored caricatures (drawn at the event or from a photo for the raffle) Darlene offers free cartooning classes once a month at the Center for Spiritual Living  Inland Empire call for latest class date 909-883-7171. Darlene also teaches at the Redlands Art Association fee $55.00 for 5 Mondays, 3:30 to 5:00.


Pictured here is Darlene and her new Best Friend and inspiration, Charlie Brown! The caricature is Charlie Brown.  He was rescued by the Riverside Humane Society and was one in a group of 200 dogs. Charlie is a piebald miniature Dachshund.  He helped fill the loss of her 17 year old Dachshund Lobo and her 16 year old Chihuahua Dinky, who went to the Rainbow bridge. Darlene found Charlie at PetFinders.com, Pet Smart and TLC Inland Empire, were all helpful.  Charlie is two years old, full of energy and a bundle of love!  She  feels very lucky to have been able to adopt him! Her love of animals and art began at an early age, she has been drawing, illustrating and painting portraits professionally for over 30 years. She worked as an illustrator for children’s books and magazines. She loves her work and keep is keeping prices down so pet lovers can afford to have a custom picture of their special furry friend. Her prices start at $10.00 for a black and gray caricature bust, $15.00 for color.

Contact: Darlene Douthit: 909-886-1592 • darleneartstudio@earthlink.net • DARLENEARTSTUDIO.COM

 

 

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