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RAA News October 2012


On Wednesday, October 3rd, the MCAEEF Committee met and reviewed requests for educational grants.  The following were approved:

 Franklin Elementary
  • Title of project:  Franklin Attacks Art
Judson and Brown
  • Title of project:  After School Art
 AAA (Arts, Athletics, Academics) Academy
  • Title of project;  Minimum Day Art Classes, K-5
 Ed Sotello

Springtime in Paris

There is never a more beautiful time to enjoy Paris than in the Springtime. The flowers are in bloom, the air is crisp cool and refreshing and the beauty of the City Of Lights is at its best. The Redlands Art Association is offering a once in a lifetime trip to Paris leaving on April 22, 2013 and returning on April 30th.

For more information or to register, call our office at (909) 792-8435 and ask for Randy. Also watch our next newsletter and the website for more details. I hope you will plan on joining us for a fabulous excursion to the incredible city of Paris!

Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Featured Artist Corner

Have you noticed our Featured Artist corner this year?  Our Artists have really enhanced the appearance of our Gallery.  If you would like to feature your art in 2013, please call Patty Hayden at 909-793-5178.  It is not difficult.  All you need is some inventory; about 10-12 pieces or less if they are large.

The remaining months will feature Jean Waller, Joanne Bergeson, Doug Bowman, and Joanna Mersereau, all long-members of RAA.  Come in often to enjoy their displays!!                                                                

Keep painting–Patty

Patty Hayden, Featured Artist Co-ordinator

Save the Date

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM The Redlands Art Association will open it’s doors for our first annual members Holiday potluck. Plan on joining us to view the new show in the gallery, participate in an ornament exchange and kick off the holiday season. A sign up sheet will be available in the gallery in mid November.

So remember to mark your calendar and plan to join us for some great food, some delicious drink and lots of fun.

Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Tuesday Night Programs

Terrific programs are offered, almost monthly, by RAA. If you are an artist or a person with an interest in art, you won’t want to miss these special programs. Interesting speakers and demonstrators will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the arts. The programs are free to RAA members and only $3 to non-members.

This month, on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 pm, local, professional artist, Dennis Hare will speak and inspire us. Next month, on Tuesday, November 13th, noted historian, Lyndy Zoeckler will speak on Rene Lalique’s architectural designs in Los Angeles.

Should be very stimulating. See you there!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration

9:30 to 11:30, Saturday morning, November 3rd, 2012

Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands 92374

Sponsored by Redlands Sister City Association

  •  Activities for children, (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Dancers and musicians will be performing
  • Viewing of family altars and artwork

You are invited to:

  •  Display your family altar
  • Display your Día de los Muertos artwork

For more info, please call:

  • Carol (909) 793-9919 English
  • Anna (909) 792-4977 English or Spanish

Just a Reminder on Upcoming Classes

A new session of Oil Painting with Chick Curtis starts Sunday, October 28th and Watercolor with Ed Sotello, starts Thursday, November 1st. Check out the dates and details on the RAA website and register by calling (909) 792-8435 or visit the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street  Redlands. You’ll be glad you did!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Market Night Art

Do you enjoy Market Night in Redlands on Thursday evenings? The Redlands Art Association would like to encourage you to bring the family and visit the unique food booths, sample the wonderful fruits and vegetables, enjoy the various crafts and create some ART!
If you bring your children with you to Market Night why not stop by the gallery located at 215 E. State Street. While you are browsing inside, your children can create art work with pencils and crayons out on our patio. Our professional art instructors will offer helpful hints and guidance for the children and answer questions regarding our children and adult classes, our workshops and programs. They may even give you an update on whats happening at the gallery.We invite you to come, see and enjoy your Redlands Art Association.
Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Grove School Looking for Qualified Jurors

The Grove School in Redlands is a Charter middle and high school. During the November Harvest Festival, works of art by 7th to 12th graders will be on display. The exhibition will include drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, drama and music and will be on display one day only, November 9, 2012. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to juror any of these categories, contact Amy Nottingham, Visual Arts Teacher.

I’ve Been Framed!

Or at least I need to be framed. The Redlands Art Association members sometimes need to have their work framed. They ask our volunteers for a referral or recommendation but alas we don’t have a referral list to offer them. If you frame art work and would like to be added to our list of referrals please call Randy at the gallery(909) 792-8435 and give us your name, address, phone number and email address and we will add you to our list.

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Drawing & Painting People” by John Raynes. 128 pp. 757 RAY

Using simple media–charcoal, acrylics, watercolor and colored pencil–Raynes leads you through simple steps to get a likeness. His use of a rectangle with divided areas takes the “luck” out of the process. Eyes are normally at half the vertical rectangle. Lines drawn through both eyes to center of mouth form a triangle. He describes each feature for angle of view and structure.

The sections on skin and hair color show how to bring life to the subject through warm and cool pigments. His text and illustrations of reflected light on dark skin are particularly valuable.

Capturing the expression can make or break the painting’s success. Raynes illustrates children and adults, from a posed figure to photographs. He touches on how to draw hands, poses and fabrics.

For a simple, yet thorough study of painting people, this book gets a “thumbs up” from me.


Joanna Mersereau

Teen Mania Wins Prize in Recycled Art Show

Here are some photos of the Recycled Art Show, where class Teen Mania one first prize as a class! Five students entered their art into the contest! Students worked on individual designs using stairs, and human figures. Student Jaqui B., also entered her own art, separately winning a 1st prize in that category. So congratulations to the class! Some of these students have been in the Monday night class since it began 3 years ago. Ms. Gloria Steinweg, a recognized and awarded artist (RAA member, and Teen class teacher) also won a prize in the show! Artist Liz Coviello, well known RAA member, was also highly recognized in that show!

Gloria Steinweg

IE’s Best Architects Go Green

2012 Design Awards at the Riverside Art Museum

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Inland California Chapter 2012 Design Award Submissions Exhibition

Exhibit: October 4 – January 15, 2012

Awards Presentation and Panel: October 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Riverside CA –The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly announces an exhibition of The American Institute of Architects, Inland California Chapter (AIAIC) 2012 Design Award submissions. The exhibition will run from October 4 – January 15, 2012, and will be displayed in RAM’s alcove hall, display cases, and mezzanine wall, with an Awards Presentation on October 4, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This prestigious professional organization was founded to offer education, government advocacy, and public outreach. As part of the AIA’s effort to promote design excellence, member architects are invited to submit their best work to be judged by an esteemed jury.  This year’s submissions will be shared with the public as part of a tribute to Julia Morgan, the first female architect licensed in California in 1904, best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and of course, the former Riverside YWCA building which now houses RAM.

The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society. Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. As AIA members, over 80,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.

The public is invited to the awards presentation and panel discussion on October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Riverside’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation. The goal of the Long Night program is to showcase the city’s accomplishments in the arts and sciences to residents, build pride in the city, and encourage youth to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

For more information, please visit: or
RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 50-plus-year-old, private, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit Find us on Facebook ( and Twitter (RAMRiverside).

Ai M. Kelley
Riverside Art Museum Communications

Film and Video Game Concept Art at RAM

Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art

September 30 –- January 10, 2012

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Riverside CA – The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is proud to present Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art, which explores the work that defines this genre and showcases exemplary pieces of character design, vehicle design, environment painting, matte painting, and storyboarding.

“It is really exciting to bring concept art to a museum not only to showcase such incredible talent, but also to share the process and purpose of concept art within the entertainment industry,” says guest co-curator Nicole West.

Characters, vehicles, and environments from our favorite movies and video games are often developed years in advance of their public debuts. Early on in the pre-production of movies and video games, concept artists collaborate with directors and producers to create the visual design for intellectual properties. Concept artists are required not only to have the drawing and painting skills of a fine artist and the knowledge of an industrial designer, but they also need to have the vision and creativity to generate entirely new designs and concepts. In the past few decades, concept artists have migrated away from working in oil, acrylic, pencil, and pen and have moved to a more efficient digital medium.

“With one out of six jobs in Southern California now in the creative industries, we are pleased to share with our community a possible career path such as a concept artist,“ says Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director.

The exhibition is co-curated by Nicole West and Thomas Brillante.

West is a Development Director II at Electronic Arts, who has worked in the arts and entertainment fields since graduating from the University of Southern California. West has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, Babel Media, and Brash Entertainment. She has organized several concept art exhibitions that have been viewed by thousands of people.

Brillante has over 13 years of experience working for The Art Institute of California as an Assistant Director of Admission. He has had several of his former students obtain success in various fields of media design. Outside of work he is a patron of the arts from figurative painting to digital concept art. In 2009 he organized the Gifted Artist charity art auction benefitting the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Foundation, a successful show that included illustrators and entertainment designers from all over world.

Sponsored by the Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, Painting in Pixels will run from September 30 – January 10th. West Studio and Design Studio Press provided additional support to make this possible.

For more information, please visit:

Ai M. Kelley
Riverside Art Museum Communications

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