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November 2014

November 2014

Another successful experiment on the books! Teaming up RAA’s Art-on-State-Street with Downtown Redlands ArtWalk proved to be a good experiment for us… with a 20% increase in sales over last year (the best we’ve done for a one day event) and our visitors increased traffic for the food/beer garden and the other artists around downtown.Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Cinema: Words & Pictures

Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7pm and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 2:30pm.  $12/person.

The setting is a New England prep school where Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a curmudgeonly, middle-aged alcoholic fallen from grace poet who teaches at the school.  Dina Delsanto (Juilette Binoche) joins the faculty as the new art instructor, as she too had to step down from a brilliant painting career because of her rheumatoid arthritis.  They battle each other using words and pictures as their armament.  An added bonus is watching Binoche doing the actual paintings, as she is a very accomplished artist and all the paintings in the film were created by her.  Directed by Fred Schepisi, written by Gerald DiPego in English.  Starring Clive Owen, Juliet Binoche, Amy Brenneman and Bruce Davison.  See film poster on this website, Movies tab.

All proceeds of these films benefit art education programs throughout the City of Redlands... the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund has granted monies, over $50,000, to art programs!

Nov. Program is early – Nov. 18

Due to the upcoming holidays, our November Program is early this month, November 18 at 7pm.  "Painting Paradise in Plein Air" is the discussion brought to us by Linda Kay Zoeckler, art historian.

Zoeckler will augment her talk with a Power Point presentation of pictures of the art of the times.  This lecture will explore the unique history of California landscape painting, using numerous images. When possible, artists’ accounts and details of their work will illustrate painting techniques and methods. We will look at the history of development of art communities along the Pacific Coast, including the formation of various societies, clubs, and art schools.

The Program is free to RAA members, $ 3/guest.  Everyone is welcome.  Some of what she'll be covering:

California offered a special and seductive array of subject matter for painters – luring practicing artists from not only the East Coast and other American places, but even from Europe. The work of California painters at first chiefly reflected previous styles from elsewhere. Then, over time, artists developed distinctive local styles and flavors. Painters known for their landscapes also created still lives, portraits, and genre or scene paintings. Artists tended to congregate near the Pacific Ocean communities of San Francisco, the Monterey Peninsula (which included Monterey Carmel, and Pacific Grove), Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and San Diego. Artists formed not only informal friendships among themselves, but formed loose as well as official clubs or groups, all of which stimulated the exchange of opinions and ideas.
The early landscape painter Albert Bierstadt made numerous sketching trips on horseback to the high Sierras, but took those sketches back to his San Francisco area studio to formulate astounding finished paintings. Later artists would do the complete painting on the spot while studying their subject – using a true “plein air” working method. The plein air method still flourishes today in California painting. California landscape painting often draws attention to its light – especially California’s golden sunlight. Landscape subjects often reference California’s Spanish colonial past and occasionally the exoticism of China and Japan.


Now Hiring Gallery Coordinator

Gallery Coordinator Job Description

Reporting to the Gallery Supervisor, the Gallery Coordinators are responsible for customer sales and POS data entry, scheduling and training of docents, student registration for classes and workshops, and ensuring a professional face to the general public.

Major Responsibilities

  • Enters data into the Point of Sale (POS) for membership, customer lists, sales, and bookkeeping reports.
  • Schedules and trains docents. Recruits volunteers for special projects and committee work.
  • Receives and processes payment for classes, workshops and special events.
  • Answers questions from customers, members and the public.
  • Communicates RAA events and news to the public and to the members.
  • Maintains forms inventory and keeps RAA information rack supplied with current events.
  • Assists bookkeeper as needed.
  • Attends Operating Committee and other meetings when requested by Gallery Supervisor.
  • Other work and special projects assigned by the Gallery Supervisor.


  • Strong computer and writing skills.
  • Retail sales experience preferred.
  • Experience with social media desired.
  • Knowledge of or interest in art and art education.

Working Hours and Conditions

  • Regular schedule to be assigned by Gallery Supervisor but most weeks will average about 15 hours.
  • Must be available to work additional days and hours when needed for vacation coverage and special events.
  • Coordinator may need to lift up to 25 lbs. when taking inventory or rearranging storage areas.

Submit resume with names and contact information of three references to:

Personnel Committee

Attention Gail Brownfield

215 E State Street

Redlands CA 92373

 Application deadline: November 8, 2014

Featured Artists

Jeff Owens Dec. 6 – Jan 3

Featured Artist Owens' "Peeks at the Peaks" at RAA

Redlands artist, Jeff Owens, will be the featured artist at the Redlands Art Association Gallery for the month of December. Owens' exhibit will open December 7thand continue through the month.

The exhibit, titled "Peeks at the Peaks" will feature a suite of small acrylic paintings each incorporating a landscape composition built around the many mountain peaks that surround the Redlands area. Each piece will incorporate three basic elements: the contour of a mountain peak or peaks, the sky above, and trees of the urban forest of Redlands below. All the peaks selected are from what the artist can see from in and around the neighborhood where he lives.

Owens, who grew up in Redlands, has been a member of the Art Association since it first began. From cartooning to fine art pieces, Owens has won enumerable awards and honors. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. His work is in many public and private collections. Now retired from teaching he spends his time involved with several art and design projects.

"Peeks at the Peeks" was created specifically for this exhibit.

Willason : Oct. 25 – Nov. 15

Brad creates his art with a plasma cutter!  He draws his image on a piece of metal, cuts it out with the plasma cutter, "antiques" it with a rusty patina and then makes the frame with repurposed wood.DSCN3448DSCN3447

Fariad and Jennifer Ali – Oct 4-25

Recption on Oct. 4th from 5-7 Pm at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State Street, Redlands, Ca


Fariad's passion for painting began when he was a young boy. He hosted his first exhibition with 36 paintings when he was just 12 years old, and he hasn't put the brush down since. He grew up painting the beaches, people and rainforests of his home, the Caribbean island of Trinidad. This established the foundation for Fariad to develop his skills as an artist. Fariad left Trinidad when he was awarded an art scholarship to Syracuse University in New York. After two years, he dropped out and bounced around to different schools while constantly honing his craft. His greatest education came from painting on the streets of Los Angeles. Fariad sold his "Wildland Images" to everybody he met—the rich, the poor and the indifferent. He feels privileged to have made a living as an artist and has won numerous accolades for his work. Fariad now spends most of his time at the Parrish Pioneer Ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, where his gallery is located. He paints the people, the places and the things he sees in Oak Glen, and the surrounding areas. Fariad considers his style of painting as Interpretive Impressionism…Abstract brushstrokes in a Representational Painting…He primarily works in Oils & Charcoal..sketching in Watercolors…Come meet with this Adventurous Painter….

Artist Statement: "I have been documenting this poetry in life for some 40 years now. I currently live in the United States, and paint as an Interpretive Impressionist. I try to expose the image with deliberate and rhythmic brushwork and a mesh of thick and thin paint to try and capture the life and feeling of what I am looking at.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Judged Artist Member Show - Oil Division
  • 2013-2014 Art Alliance of Idyllwild Artist of the Year
  • 2013 Plein Air Painting Competion, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, Judges Choice
  • 2013 A. K. Smiley Library acquired "Smiley Library" painting for their permanent collection
  • 2013 Art Alliance of Idyllwild's Judged Members Show, 1st Place – Judges Choice Award
  • 2013 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show & Fundraiser: Theme "Sensuality", 1st Place



Jennifer's profession as a fine artist spans over 37 years. She began her career painting a mural of movie star portraits during her high school years in Michigan. That's where she caught the excitement and satisfaction of being a artist that would carry her through to today. Out of college she landed a position as Art Director and private label fabric designer for Diane Von Furstenburg. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and publications.

Over the years, Jennifer has created a name for herself in the portraiture, equine and floral genres. She has been an integral part in developing Wildland Images Gallery and Publishing. A company, created by her husband, publishing, showcasing and distributing their art throughout the United States & the world. They're celebrating their Gallery's 21st Anniversary on the Historic Parrish Pioneer Ranch in Oak Glen.

Artist Statement:"I paint subjects that are important to me. I love to paint dream like watercolors on paper or oil on canvas choosing to start sometimes with a with a light compositional sketch which takes into account the negative as well as the positive space of the subject. My paintings are a combination of planned wet on wet glazes transitioning to raw " one shot" dry brush leaving the viewer with a painting which has enough depth and movement to provide sustenance and entertain the eye.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 1st Place Judged Artist Member Show - Watercolor Division
  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Representational Division, Eye of the Artist Show
  • 2014 Redlands Art Association Member, showed in 2 member Shows
  • 2012 AAI Spring Show, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, 2nd Place - Judge's Choice Award
  • 2010 Second Place, Lake Arrowhead Art and Wine Festival 2010Ali-Wildland-web