From our Fearless Leaders

May 2015

May 2015

Sign up to attend the RAA Annual Member’s meeting / pot luck dinner!  It is a great way to meet other members, install our officers and committee heads for next year, and meet members of our Board of Directors. Everyone is invited to see a little bit of the “behind the scenes” work that goesContinue Reading

Upcoming Events

Combined: Flowers & Art

Hockridge Florist       IMG_20150419_101130~2

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.

IMG_20150419_101104~2    Joanne Ohemus

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.

Art-in-the-Park May 23 & 24


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.

Youth Art Camps- Summer 2015

Eliminate the summer doldrums!  There are some exciting Summer Art Camps designed for students 6 - 16 years old! Starting after school ends, these three, 2 week sessions will teach ... sketching, drawing, hand-building multi media, collage, painting, clay work.  Study the old Masters and the Contemporary artists.

$175 per 2 week session.  Each session will cover different arts-techniques-medium. Fee includes all supplies. Take one two week session or all three!

Ages 6-9   10am – 12 pm.   Monday thru Friday,

June 15 through June 26

June 29 through July 10

July 13 through July 24

Ages 9 & up   1 - 3 pm.   Monday thru Friday,

June 15 through June 26

June 29 through July 10

July 13 through July 24

Sign up at the Gallery or by phone with your credit card info. 909-792-8435.  All classes held at the Gallery, 215 E. State St, Downtown, Redlands.



Featured Artists

Mary Grinyer, 7/11 – 8/1

This show will include works from featured artist, Mary Grinyer’s past and current works. Grinyer began creating watercolors at Ramona High School in Riverside, CA and has continued to create and study art. Watercolors, photography, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, jewelry, and now lapidary arts and sculpture are among the media she has worked in. Ceramics has overlapped with printmaking with her prints on clay and lapidary arts with sculpture and jewelry. Grinyer loves to experiment in all medias.


Current works include functional pottery, sculptural clay works, jewelry and lapidary work. Grinyer started ceramics at Goeske Senior Center under Lee Johnson and continued her studies with John Hopkins and Stephen Horn at Riverside Community College. Grinyer has studio space at Ceramic Services in Ontario, CA. She studies jewelry making with the jewelry group at Goeske Senior Center. We learn from books, magazines, workshops and classes and then teach each other new methods. A trip to Quartzite for beads led to doing lapidary work with the Orange Belt Mineralogical Society in San Bernardino. Everyone there generously shares their knowledge of rocks and jewelry making with new members.

The clay, the inks, the rocks all speak to Grinyer as she works. Often, especially in clay, she starts with no idea of the finished project. The clay speaks to me as I work. Something happens and I go with it. I join textured scraps of clay to help me be more creative. In sculpture, she does some drawings and models. The heart is a recurring theme after her Father had heart bypass surgery. Nature also inspires me.

Grinyer was raised in a military family and lived in Colorado, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, Tripoli, Libya, Maryland and California as a child. She spent 20 years in Northern California before moving back to Southern California. Seeing the beauty of this country and living in Lake Tahoe, Big Bear and Forest Falls inspired much of her early art and a love of gardening. She has an Associate Degree in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College.


Pat Meeker, 5/30 – 6/20

Pat Meeker will be the featured artist at RAA beginning May 30 through June 20. Pat began her formal art training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and continued at California State University, San Bernardino after moving to Redlands. She has always been drawn to art. Her passion for art has been and continues to be a life long journey.

Pat has been a student of, and has been inspired by many well known artists including: Mary Gringer, Rosemary Hite, Doris Cook, Beryl Larkin, Tom Fong, Hal Lambert, Gerald Brommer, Dennis Hare, Ed Sotelio and Joan McKasson.

Pat originally became involved at RAA through taking a water color class in 1994. This began a long and enjoyable association with the gallery, displaying her art and volunteering.

Pat's work has been recognized and honored at NAU, California State University, San Bernardino, National Orange Show, RAA's Multi Media Mini Show, Loma Linda Fine Arts Festival, RAM, and the Redlands Conservancy Plein-Air Show.


Preston Todd, May 8 – 30

Preston Todd gained experience and fame as a fabricator, with over fifteen years in the custom hot-rod and motorcycle industry.  He finds sculpting metal without rules or limits a liberating experience, resulting in sculptures with an industrial organic vibe intertwined in abstract.  Todd enjoys sculpting May RAA show3  May RAA show9pieces that have purpose; more than just telling a story, but also a function.

Come view his creative work, May 8 to May 30.