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RAA News: September 2013

Let’s celebrate the RAA’s 50th Birthday.

In 2015 the RAA turns 50. Your historian has some questions for you:

  • How long have you been a member?
  • What do you recall of the early days?
  • Did you know Margaret Clark and some other the other founders?
  • Do you have photos, newspaper cuttings, newsletters or “stuff” that you’d like a new home for or would be prepared to share?
  • Would you be prepared to do a small interview about your memories?

If you would like to deposit or share information please contact me either through the RAA website or at

I’d love to hear from you.

Liz Coviello, “Historian in the Cupboard”


RAA Featured Artist Corner:

Creative clayworks by Marijke Terwisscha and her teapot workshop participants, will be on display in the Featured Artist Corner from September 21 – October 11.  Her Creative Clay Teapots workshop was held in July and was a great success according to her enthusiastic participants, who say they want to “do it again!”  All the works were made using paper clay, then bisque fired, glazed and finished in a Raku fire.

Submitted by Lori Powell



(The pictured teapots were made by Irina Malgin in Marijke’s Creative Clay Teapot Class.)



September Program: CLAY, FIRE & SMOKE with Colby Cramer

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7 pm

Colby is a young man, who is very energetic and enthusiastic about making creative ceramic works.  Also, he is an extremely talented and exceptionally fine potter, who has won many awards and who continually explores and experiments with materials, glazes and firing techniques.  He has become quite the authority.  The RAA is enthusiastic about him coming and presenting a program on his art and the alternative methods of firing (saggar, pit, barrel, Raku, fuming, low temperature salt firing, etc.), he enjoys experimenting with and using.


Workshop:  ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF FIRING with Colby Cramer

Saturdays, September 28, from 10 am – 1 pm & October 5 from 10 am – 4 pm

On September 28th, with instruction and guidance from Colby, participants will make hand built or wheel thrown pots that Colby will bisque fire.  On October 5th, again with instruction and guidance, participants will glaze, then fire the pots, using alternative methods of firing, such as saggar, barrel and pit.  It should be a great experience.


Note:  Satellite Location – Colby’s Ceramic Studio @ Perris Hills Park, San Bernardino   (directions will be given when you sign up)

Workshop Fee:  $70 RAA Members / $75 Non-members with a $15 materials/firing fee, paid at workshop.

October Program:  THE PORTRAIT MADE SIMPLE with Richard Stergulz

Tuesday, October 22 @ 7 pm

Richard Stergulz is a very fine, figurative and plein air, oil painter, while being an outstanding teacher.  During this program, Richard will demonstrate and discuss how he achieves accurate drawings of faces and sets up the light and shadow color families of his paintings, in just 20 minutes.  He will also share some of his amazing work that is realistic in style, with a touch of Russian Impressionism.  This should be a captivating program.  Don’t miss it!

Workshop:  THE PORTRAIT MADE SIMPLE with Richard Stergulz

 Saturday, October 26, from 10 am – 3 pm

In this workshop, Richard will show us how to compare all of the features in a face to get an accurate drawing.  Then he will show how to get the light and shadow families.  This will happen in just 20 minutes.  It takes a very talented artist and teacher to do this, and Richard Stergulz is just that.  Richard will demonstrate in oil, but you can use any medium you wish, for this workshop.


Workshop Fee:  $70 RAA Members / $75 Non-members



Coming in October is a new class, “Introduction to Soft Pastels,” taught by “Patricia Rose” Ford.  She is a well=known and admired artist, who has won many awards for her sparkling, plein air, pastel paintings.

For the past couple of years, Pat (as she is known to many Redlanders), has spent much of her time traveling around the country, painting with plein air pastel groups.  Some of her accomplishments on these trips can be seen on her impressive website,

Currently, Pat has a show in Banning Art Gallery (along with 3 other artists), of Plein Air Paintings created on Catalina Island, “Capturing Catalina Island in Plein Air.”  The show will be up until October 14, 2013.  Also, Southwest Art Magazine will print a brief statement about her pastels in the October issue, along with an add for an upcoming show that she’s in, at the Purple Sage Galleria, in Albuquerque, N.M.  Pat is also a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, among other professional art organizations.

About herself and her work, Pat says, “As a landscape painter, I love the great outdoors, and particularly the scenes of the southwestern desert and coastline.

Currently, I am drawn to plein air pastels, in as I enjoy being in nature, looking at a beautiful scene, and translating the emotions of what I see onto the paper. My hope is that I am able to convey in my art, the feelings of joy and tranquility that I experience when painting.”

Patricia Rose

Pat’s upcoming class will be an opportunity to learn and experience her joy of soft pastels.  She will share techniques of building a soft pastel painting.  This class will be on Tuesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12, from 10 am -12 noon.  A supply list will be available when you register for this class.

Lori Powell,  Adult Education Chair



A new fall season is upon us (although it is a hard realization, with the hot weather we’ve experienced) and a new fall schedule of art classes is out.  Some old favorites are being offered, along with some interesting new ones.  All the classes have artist/teachers who are experienced and capable, and will offer information and motivation for your growth and enjoyment.

Check out the Fall Adult Art Schedule.  It was published in last month’s RAA Newsletter, is on the RAA website and is in the RAA Gallery.  Stimulate, expand and nourish your creative spirit by taking a class!

Lori Powell,  Adult Education 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