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January 2016

January 2016

Thank you all for making the RAA Gallery a fabulous place to shop for presents this holiday season. The gallery was full to bursting with our two Featured Artist Shows and everyone’s work. It took some juggling but the Hanging Crew did an amazing job displaying everything. We received compliments galore on the show and… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

RAA Home Schooled Art Classes

Homeschool Schedule – All Academy Classes.

Academy Classes are taught using the Redlands Art Association Curriculum Matrix.

Mondays (ages 6-up) Module 4  “Texture Exploration” with Suzanne Burke

10 am-11:30 am    Jan 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22.  Five 1.5  hour classes - $70

Develop skills in creating art forms with a variety of texture.


Mondays (ages 6-up) Module 5  “Explore the Element of Space” with Suzanne Burke

10 am-11:30 am    March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25.    Five 1.5  hour classes - $70

Learn about symmetry and balance in art works.  Create fun and interesting projects while studying about spatial design.


Mondays (ages 6-up) Module 6  “Further Exploration of Space” with Suzanne Burke

10 am-11:30 am    May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.   Five 1.5  hour classes - $70

Learn methods for creating depth in a picture.  Create landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes.

Feb 23 Program – Karen Werner


“Oil Painting the Lively Still Life” with Karen Werner

 Werner stilllife with blue vase

Program:  Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

 An accomplished, award-winning artist, Karen Werner, has been painting full time since leaving the teaching profession in 2005.  She is a versatile painter, working in both oils and watercolor, painting a wide variety of subject matter:  still life, landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and figures.  She paints realistically, but in a loose poetic style.

During her program she will discuss her life’s journey as an artist, including her philosophy and techniques, as she works on a demonstration painting.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear this much sought after artist.

Program is FREE to all.


Workshop:  Saturday, February 27 from 9 AM – 4 PM

 Learn how to paint or improve existing skills, by painting still life from life.  Karen will demonstrate the benefits of painting small and often.  She will share four basic concepts that you’ll be able to apply to painting any subject.  Still life doesn’t have to be stuffy!  Come and see how design, color and loose brushwork can bring energy and vitality to your painting.

Werner fruits stilllife Karen Werner_2'16

Workshop Fee:  $130. / RAA Friends:  $100.  A supply list will be available at sign up.

Multi Media Mini Show – March

Open to all artists….enter the Multi Media Mini Show!

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA Friends.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything... photography, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, etc!  But Mini means strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5” cube, including frame and/or base.   Fee is $45/1-2 pieces, $60 for 3 pieces, for Friends of RAA fee is $30/1-2 pieces, $45 for 3 pieces.  Our judge, Daniel Foster, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as choose the awards.  The prospectus/ entry form is available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website:  (Use the Friends tab, then Forms, 2016 MMM Show.)  Type in your information and then print it out.  Art can be for sale or not for sale. The Gallery gets 20% of sales.

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 6, between 10am - 4pm. Out of town artists can mail their art in before March 3. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.   Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public. 

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 11 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 13.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website or call, 909-792-8435.

About the jurist:  Foster Photo

Daniel Foster has a distinguished 25-year career in arts and community leadership, programming, and cultural visioning/planning --- in addition to being a proven nonprofit and philanthropic foundation leader and fundraiser – having raised nearly $30 million over the past twelve years.

Foster is currently the Founding Director of the North County Arts Network in San Diego.  Until June 2015, Foster was the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) that achieved dynamic and tremendous financial, programmatic, and institutional growth for the museum during his three year tenure.

Previous to OMA, Foster was the President/CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties – a major $60 million philanthropic foundation and regional leader for quality of life issues in the Inland Empire.  During his tenure, Foster led a major initiative to initiate and establish Arts Connection, the Arts Council for San Bernardino County.  From 2003-08, Foster was the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and widely regarded as a key visionary community leader in developing the city of Riverside’s now successful arts downtown revitalization strategy and formal cultural plan.

Foster has extensive arts community and cultural planning experience.  Foster has provided significant leadership and advisement to formal arts/cultural planning efforts in the cities of Riverside, Redlands, Oceanside and the Counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside over the past ten years.

Foster has received many honors and awards throughout his arts and nonprofit professional career, such as Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year-2008, County of Riverside; and Finalist Award ($25,000) for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award-2008.


Featured Artists

Jillian O’Dwyer 1/23-2/13

Reception: Friday, February 12, 5pm – 7pm

Jillian O’Dwyer will be hanging an installation of ceramic plates, “Tapestry,” for her featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association January 23rd through February 13th.

During this past October’s Downtown Redlands Art Walk, Jillian collected over 50 shoe, foot and (one) hand prints from art walk goers onto a square slab of clay. Uncontrolled by the artist, slabs of clay were distorted, completely or partially covered with prints, barely dented, ripped apart and more by the participants. After collection, Jillian determined how to best influence the final result by adding patterns, trimming parts of some squares and selecting glaze combinations. The end collaboration is, at times, unrecognizable as a shoe print.

“Tapestry” speaks to many things from popular shoe styles in Redlands to the individuals who participated. The quality and substance of the pattern on each plate shows the confidence in their step, their mood for the day and maybe even their affinity for getting dirty. These insights are reflected in each plate’s title as well as short stories that accompany many of the plates.


A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Redlands Art Association. Jillian will have clay available for those who wish to try their hand at creating their own texture patterns. Free and open to all ages!

Thank you to the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Parliament Chocolate for hosting Jillian in October and to all of those who donated prints. This project would not have been possible without your support!

Jillian O’Dwyer is a ceramic artist who focuses mainly on highly textured, hand built, functional pieces. When she is not creating her own work she teaches hand building classes to both children and adults. Jillian is currently an instructor at AMOCA Ceramics Studio and the Redlands Art Association. Her work is exhibited at The Studio Artists’ Gallery at AMOCA, Redlands Art Association, Riverside Art Museum’s Blue Door Museum Store, Artisans Etc. and she shows at various art fairs.



Janis Commentz 2/13-3/4

Reception Sunday February 14th from 3-5pm

Janis Commentz is a southern California native who grew up near the coast and began to draw and paint early in life. As an artist’s daughter, she was surrounded by art materials and enjoyed trips to galleries and museums, as well as seasonal trips to Laguna Beach and Carmel.

Influenced early on by the Impressionists, today Janis is especially drawn to contemporary figurative painters such as Richard Diebenkorn, Lucian Freud and California’s Linda Christensen.

At the University of Redlands, Janis earned a B.A. in art and English and studied with John Nava, well-known for his tapestries at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. In 1977, she moved to the Mojave Desert to teach high school art and English. She holds an M.A. in Education from California State University at San Bernardino.

Retired from public school teaching in 2012, Janis pursues art full-time. Janis facilitates weekly life drawing sessions in Joshua Tree and teaches youth classes several times a year.  She exhibits at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree, the Purple Agave in Morongo Valley, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, T.E. Studios in Riverside, and the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. She was a co-exhibitor/creator of “6 Chicks: A Pop Up Art Gallery” in December 2013; this space is now Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.

Kelley Havens 1/4-23

Kelley Havens Featured Artist

Show dates: January 4-23


Kelley Havens is the featured artist this month.  She is self-taught,pushing outside the box of traditional methods.  She will often incorporate found objects into her work, gathered on hikes and nature trips.  Her fondness for nature and its varied patterns and secret geometric designs have always been an intrigue.  This influences and inspires her organic style.


She also offers Interior design consulting, hand-painted decorative walls, textured and faux stone finishes, as well as specialized custom art pieces to complete a look.


Her work can currently be viewed at: