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RAA News: November 2011

Submitting to the Newsletter is now even easier!

There is now a form on the website that allows you to submit an article for publication in the RAA newsletter! It can be found on a link underneath the members tab,  there is also a link in right hand column of the online newsletter, click here to see it now. You just type your information into the form and press submit – easy peasy! The form will also allow you to attach up to 3 pictures, hooray!

Special Christmas Tree Ornament Take-In

Friday, November 18

A special take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS ONLY, will be on Friday, November 18, during regular gallery hours (10-5). Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no show fee). All items must be clearly marked with price and artist name. E-mail questions to Tia Shira at

Holiday Show

December 2nd Take-in

Our holiday show take-ins always bring more pieces of art than we can tastefully display. This year we are trying something new – setting some personal limits on number of pieces: Wall pieces are limited to two pieces per person; table top works are limited to eight pieces per person. These limits are in effect for the December 2nd take-in ONLY. There is no change in the number of jewelry pieces that can be submitted, but items in jewelry cases may be rearranged by the hanging committee or the president if deemed appropriate. And as usual, when the gallery sells one of your pieces you may replace it. Questions can be directed to Gail Brownfield, President.

Gail Brownfield


Sign up to sell your art at RAA’s semi-annual outdoor show, “ART-ON-STATE STREET”. Like Market Night, we will have our tents, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy shoppers walking down the middle of the street. Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street and in the Gallery at 215 E. State Street. The event is one day only, Sunday November 20 between 9 am and 4 pm. An Exhibitor Information Sheet is available at the Gallery, $10 entry fee to RAA members, $28 for non-members; 20% commission on sales.

Photos from last years show by Sandy Davies

Reception Pictures

At last month’s Open House introducing Randy Hill, RAA’s new Executive Director, Neil Derry, 3rd District Supervisor, present a $10,000 grant award.

Randy Hill, new Executive Director
Neil Derry, 3rd District Supervisor
Jan Harvey, Featured Artist

43rd Annual Multi-Media Mini Show

Put your creative cap on and get ready for the Mini Show. This is RAA’s only juried show – where a noted artist choses the art for the exhibit from the art entries.
All artists are welcome to enter, no membership requirement. The exhibit has two parts:

  1. It’s multi-media- photography, digital, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, wood, glass …EVERYTHING! However,
  2. It must fit within a 14.5” box, including frame and base.

Also it’s the only exhibit where you can enter pieces not for sale…so you can show off your special stuff! You jewelry artists…think Mardi Gras or something for the Czar. Fabric artists…think Aunti Mame or Hello Dolly! Glass artists… how about a queen’s crown? Recycle-material artists – WOW…the sky’s the limit! Entry date is late February.. just around the corner! Watch for more info.

 Sandy Davies

Artists for a Cause


Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 am-4 pm

“Artists for a Cause” is the inspiration of six local artists who joined their talents to create an annual fine art show and sale to benefit a chosen local charity. This year’s recipient charity is Associates of the Redlands Bowl who raise funds to support the financial needs of the Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA) and to support and promote the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival.  All the artists donate 20% from all sales at the show directly to the Associates.

The 2011 show includes 19 local artists, including RAA members: Kathleen Bryan, Helen Carson, Liz Coviello, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Janet Evans, Candy Glendening, Cindy Lantier, Adele Johnson, Sandra Blake Meichsner, Judith Sparhawk and Vlad Voytilla.  It will be held on Sunday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Adele Johnson, 560 Terracina, Redlands, CA. For more information, see their

Submitted by Liz Coviello

Redlands Area Artists Studio Tour

Sunday, December 11, 10 am-5 pm

There will be a holiday studio tour on Sunday, December 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. 5 local artists, including RAA members Muriel Dolemieux, Aïda Schneider and Candy Glendening, will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. They will also have work available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift giving!

For more information see postcards in the gallery or this website.

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider


Janet Edwards Book Signing and RAA Bookfair to Benefit Art Education

Redlands’ renowned artist Janet Edwards will be signing her book, “Palms to Peaks, the Art of Janet Edwards” on Saturday, November 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Redlands. The book, published by ESRI, comprises more than 60 full-color pictures of her work, quotes by Janet, and written text by her husband, Fred Edwards, all in a beautiful cloth-bound book, with attractive dust jacket, and quote on her work by James Fallows, Atlantic correspondent, well known to many locally.

A BOOKFAIR at Redlands’ BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS will be held in conjunction with the book signing, which will include art activities for kids, story time with RAA teachers, and student art exhibits from RAA and Redlands schools.

Special Guest, Larissa Marantz, who is an illustrator for many books and TV shows, including Spongebob Squarepants, The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats, will provide ongoing demonstration and hands-on how-to drawing workshop for kids! Ms. Marantz will show how to draw characters from her own kids’ book, Dream-o-Licious.

A percentage of all purchases including food in the B&N store that day until 11/17, when presenting ID# 10469088 at check out, will benefit art education at local schools and the gallery through the RAA’s Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund. Flyers including a coupon with the ID# are available at the gallery or by clicking here.

Janet Edwards

Teen Classes

Teen Mania class, which meets Monday nights, joined a competition for Recycled Art in the Inland Empire. The entire class of teens entered their art in the show and received 1st place in the category they entered. Each student received a $15.00 cash card to spend at a local store. Here are photos of some of the students and their art. Students decided to do “shoes” as their topic, under the leadership of Ms. Gloria Steinweg.   She has been teaching the Teen Mania class for over 15 months at the Redlands Art Association. Due to its popularity, the program has expanded and now offers two teen classes. For more details, go to the Education page on the RAA website and click on Youth Classes for schedules and descriptions. So congrats TEENS!

Gloria Steinweg

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