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RAA News May 2015

Art Alive Flowers!

Many thanks go out to our florists who chose a piece of art, or two, to create their own original designs in live flowers. Hockridge Florist, City Florist, and Joanne Ohnemus (Bird Abode) set up their arrangements in the gallery for the enjoyment of the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society’s Garden Tour visitors. Hockridge Florist chose a photographic close-up of a sunflower by Bruce Herzig and then had a big white vase full of sunflowers and draping greenery (no, I’m not a gardener!). They also chose an oil painting by Tomi Olson and matched the painting with a square glass vase with salmon/pink tulips. City Florist also chose a sunflower- a giclee print of a watercolor by Maggie Macro. Joanne Ohnemus selected her own multi-media piece, a wooden rainforest scene with colorful birds. Her matching flower art featured succulents and a wooden bird.




Sandy Davies, Publicity

Jewelry Kiln Firing Available

Tia Shira has offered to keep a firing schedule of the small jewelry kiln for any artist @ $10 per firing. The kiln is good for precious metal clays and enamling, etc. Contact Tia to get on her schedule by emailing:

Art-in-the-Park May 23 & 24

Smiley Park will become a gallery for RAA’s Artists at Art-in-the-Park

Redlands Art Association’s artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work at this annual outdoor event. A variety of art will be featured – oils, acrylics, sculptures, watercolors, photography, weavings, hand dyed silks, etchings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, ETC.

Open Memorial Day weekend, May 23 & 24 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Smiley Park, adjacent to the Police Annex (old City Hall), on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands.

Check out the line-up of musicians who will be entertaining us at Art-in-the-Park and/or Redlands Festival of Arts: Matt Coleman, Circle Band, Rullian, Darcie Rickert, Jennifer Sparks, Wendy Hunt, Dan Klooster, Third Stream Crossing, Ana Gonzalez, Strange Indeed, Prairie Sunset, Chad Nelson, Stephanie Diane Moore, Shepdogs, and the Claytones.

Also in progress will be Redlands Festival of Arts behind Smiley Library, across the street from Art-in-the-Park. … Fine arts, music, theatrical events, Kid’s Zone, food trucks… A wonderful day of Art!

The Redlands Art Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Sales Gallery and Art Center at 215 E State St, downtown, Redlands displays member’s artwork year round, as well as offering youth & adult art classes. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. However, the Gallery will be closed the weekend of Art-in-the-Park.





Sandy Davies, Publicity


Artist Bios

Many thanks for the new Art Bios which regularly appear in my box – please keep them coming in.

If you are planning to be a Featured Artist, remember to make an Artist Bio for yourself to go up with you show, everyone wants to know a little about the Featured Artist. Please submit a copy to the Featured Artist Coordinator who can forward it to the Newsletter and leave me with a copy as well which I can add to the Bio book.


Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

Won Koh is First Place winner, citrus category, at the National Orange Show

Won Koh, RAA member, wins First Place for her oil painting of bright red peppers in the National Orange Show annual art exhibit. The art entries are submitted for the Citrus Category or Open Category. Koh’s painting won for the Citrus Category. If tradition holds, her painting will be purchased by the National Orange Show Association for their permanent collection that dates back to the 1970s.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

Kay West, Featured Artist In Spokane, WA

RAA member Kay West will have a select ten iPhone photographs on stretched canvas featured in the Wild, Wild West Show at Manic Moon & More Gallery, Spokane, WA. West’s photos are often highlighted on a number of Instagram hubs. See why! Show will run from May 15 – June 15. If any of you folks are in Spokane area, please drop by. “I’d love seeing my Redlands friends!” Check out her Instagram gallery @kweststudio8.


Our appeal for a Treasurer has met with outstanding success. I am delighted to announce that Kris Bussard has agreed to become the RAA Treasurer. Kris is a practicing artist and CFO of the Alta Vista Credit Union here in town. Please congratulate and thank her when you happen to cross her busy path.

Larry Harvill, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Outside Workshop

Charlie Ciali will teach another workshop in Encaustics at his studio in the desert.

When you think of encaustics, think “hot wax”. Wax is heated and colors added while it’s hot. Then colors are spread on a board, canvas, etc. to create a painting.

  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY, June 19 & 20: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Fee: $190: includes both days; Discounted Member fee: $150


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Carpooling to event May 20

Who would like to join me to carpool to this event at Caltech, Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena at 8 pm Wednesday, May 20:  “Watching Paint Dry and Colors Fade: The Intersection of Art and Science”?  Materials scientist Katherine Faber was part of the research team that determined the blank sky in Homer’s 1887 watercolor “For to Be a Farmer’s Boy” was once a brilliant orange-red sunset.  Faber discusses the science in solving mysteries of our most treasured art objects.

Submitted by Winnie Stephany

Email:, Telephone: 909-793-5100

Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF)

Annual Report for 2014-2015

It has been a pleasure for the MCAEEF committee to receive, review and allocate grant, scholarship and award funds again for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. As you are aware, funds used are generated by the Classic Film Series and we thank Annette Weis for her expertise and enthusiastic hard work.

The Committee takes its responsibilities very seriously. Providing and enhancing art education in Redlands and surrounding communities is our goal and to help achieve this goal the following projects were funded. The committee not only funds the projects but also monitors and evaluates their progress in order to insure that our resources are being used effectively and appropriately.

Here is a list of the grants, scholarships and awards funded this year:

 Grants to Schools:

Smiley School “Arts Attack” in the Classroom $1000
Kimberly School Artist in Residence $2000
AAA Academy Minimum Day Art $1500
Judson/Brown School GATE After School Art $1000
J. Franklin School Multicultural Art $2000
Grove High School Shakespeare Production (set design) $2000
Redlands e- Acad. Beauty Through The Eyes of Children $2000
Orangewood HS Palm Springs Art Museum Trip $545
AAA Academy Kingsbury and McKinley School Art Clubs $1000
Kimberly School Meet the Masters $3000

Other Grants:

Micah House, Oxford Art Enrichment Classes $1100
Micah House, Chapel Art Enrichment Classes $1100

Scholarships and Awards:

Redlands High School $1200
Redlands East Valley High School $1200
Citrus Valley High School $1200
Orangewood High School $600
Grove High School $350
  • Total amount given for grants: $ 18,245.00
  • Total for Scholarships/Awards $ 4,550.00
  • Total amount funded: $ 22,795.00

RAA is indeed reaching out to bring are education to our community!

Submitted by Jerry Meeker, MCAEEF Chair

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