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March 2015

March 2015

A big thank you goes to the RAA Program/Workshop Committee.  They have accomplished the work necessary for a year of programs and workshops presented by guest artists, that are exceptional in their areas of expertise.  They have strived to put together programs/workshops that are interesting, informative and inspirational, as well as ones that will helpContinue Reading

Upcoming Events

Program & Workshop w/Snezana S. Petrovic

March Program: When Life Turns Upside Down: Art Emerges

Snezana_Saraswati_2014TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST AT 7:00 PM

Snezana Saraswati Petrovic is an amazingly creative artist who has stretched art boundaries in many directions.  It is a privilege for RAA to have this nationally and internationally acclaimed artist as a program presenter.  This Redlands based artist, has lived here with her family for the past 24 years.  Her artistic journey started in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and has continued throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

She is an award winning 2D, 3D and 4D artist, an independent curator, gallery director, educator; as well as an award–winning set/costume designer.  She is a recipient of the UC Regents Grant and National Endowment for the Arts for the collaborative project, “Song and Dances of Imaginary Lands.”  She involves local community on project developments.  For instance she repurposed and recycled designs for 240 costumes and 27 installations for the avant-garde opera by O-Lan Jones, produced by Overtone Industries.  She is the recipient of the “Ovation Award 2010” for this design in Large Theater category.

Collaborative environments are what Snezana is most passionate about.  She just returned from a residency in Tokyo, Japan.  There she worked as a founding member of the “Butterfly Effect Project” that consisted of installations and performance art collaboration between Japanese and US artists.  Her most recent work is a performance piece, “Improvisatore,” performed at UC Irvine and the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Highways Performance Space in LA.

April Workshop: The Creative Spark w/Unorthodox Materials

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, FROM 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (W/A LUNCH BREAK)

Installation artist Snezana Saraswati Petrovic, will demonstrate a wide variety of ways to use unorthodox sculpture materials.  Newspapers and old books are starting points for a creation of newspaper yarn to 3D designs, small scale sculpture, assemblages and installations.  Come learn, create and be inspired by this amazing lady!

NOTE:  ArtweekLA, reviewer Betty Ann Brown, claimed Petrovic’s newspaper yarn sculpture to be the most interesting in an immense group show at Pico House in LA, during March of 2014.  She said her sculptures, lit from the front, casting complex shadows on the wall, were elegant and wonderfully straddled sculpture, textile and poetry.

Workshop Fee:  $70 members / $75 non-members   -  Supply list available at sign up.

Sign up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

Submitted by Lori Powell

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Much to do about Mini Art

The  Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, is on display at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands, through March 26.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, it’s a juried show – an artist’s competition with 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5" including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted.  For example, where else can an artist compete with a piece of art made from compressed dirt?  The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists, which brings in art from Arcadia to Palm Springs.   86 artists submitted 339 pieces ~ but only 200 pieces were chosen to show.  Our jurist was Leslie A. Brown.

Leslie A. Brown is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of New Mexico in painting and printmaking.  During her masters work she received a fellowship to study printmaking at the Tamarind Institute of Printinmaking in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her career has spanned 40 years as an artist and educator and her exhibition record is extensive.  Her works are featured in prominent private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Ms. Brown is a faculty member at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA, and the Gallery Director of the Quad Gallery.  Ms Brown has curated broadly in the Southern California region and resides in beautiful Temecula, CA with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Winners of the competition participated in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.

First Place, $400, was presented to Redlands artist, Jeff Owens for his acrylic painting, Madonna of the Mandarins.  Second Place, $300, to Scott Krohne from Loma Linda and Third Place, $200, to John Brownfield from Redlands.  Juror=s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Jan Harvey from Yucaipa and Angela Koenig, Rancho Cucamonga;  Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, to Dan Soury and Christine Egg White, both of Redlands. Past President=s Award, $100, given to Martha Cowan; Joan Wiley Memorial Award was presented to Jack Rowe. Watercolor West gave a $50 award to r.mike nichols..  Community Sponsors donated to fund awards.  Our community sponsors were: Ozel Jewelers of Redlands, donating $500, Security Bank, donated $50, and Pacific Western Bank donated $100. Winners of the community sponsored awards are: Trica Beuler, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja (2 awards) and Tia Shira (2 awards), Mary Gehley, and Rilla Jaggia.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged in advance to purchase art from the show.  Patrons had a private show to select their art. Purchase Patrons were: David & Marjorie Olson who bought a collage by Peggy Dornbach and an etching by Janet Edwards.  The Redlands Community Hospital Foundation bought an oil painting by David Saline.  Carolyn McHugh bought an oil from Vici Haag and Sandy Davies bought a small mixed media painting by Aubrey Sanchez.  Shirley Harry purchased pieces from Tony Radcliffe, Aida Schneider, Christine Egg White, and Caroline McAllister.

Art supplies or services donated prizes, as well.  Faber-Castell donated sets of color & watercolor pencils to Nancy O’Connor and Annette Miller.  Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery gave gift certificates towards art supplies, $100 to Chick Curtis, $125 to Fariad, $150 to David Saline.  Wilson’s Frame Up donated a framed $75 gift certificate to Stan Ford; Bud Rickert’s Art Supplies & Restoration donated $40 to Kade Berg-Cacao;  Ampersand donated a set of painting panels worth $85 to Aida Schneider; Penny Schwartz and Peggy Dornbach received $25 gift certificates from Guzapa Frame & Art Printing; RAA member Lynn Douglass donated $75 for Creative Jewelry to Tia Shira.

81 Redlands Art Association member artists juried into the show are: Helen Bell, Kade Berg-Cacao, Tricia Beuler, Debbi Bishop, William Breer, Beverly Brett, Elva Brooks, John Brownfield, Cindy Canarozzi, Elizabeth Carr, Helen Carson, Liz Coviello, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Yan Guang Deng, Peggy Dornbach, Janet Edwards, Julie Evans, Fariad, John Fisher, Patricia Franks, Mary Gehley, Deborah George, Mary Grinyer, Vici Haag, Antionette Hanson, Jan Harvey, Joyce Hatzidakis, Kelley Havens, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Rilla Jaggia, Tanya Kirkendall, Angela Koenig, Michael LeBlanc, Carol Lima, Michael Mazgai, Caroline McAllister, Diane McLaughlin, Pat Meeker, Joanna Mersereau, Annette Miller, Tom Mogensen, r. mike nichols, Nancy O’Connor, Jon Olson, Marjorie Olson, Alicia O’Neal, Susie O’Neal, Jeff Owens, Ginger Pena, Lori Powell, Tony Radcliffe, Robert Reid, Linda Richards, Jack Rowe, Dave Saline, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Kandra Scullin, Joe Severino, Wayne Sheets, Tia Shira, Joan Marie Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ron Stephany, Margaret Thielemann, Vlad Voytilla, MaryLou Wallace, Jean Waller, Kay West, Angela Westengard, Alycia Wheeler, Christine Egg White, Brad Willason, Sally Wirth, and Ruth Wood.

25 other exhibiting artists are: Marge Beasley, Ann Bingham-Freeman, Karen Clark, Joan Coffey, Gary Dehrer, Tona Epperson, Annabeth Fenandez, Gloria Fogler-Mancini, Stan Ford, Faith Forsey, Diane Franklin, Mary Grossman, Karl Hager, Rachel Haigh, Constance Jury, Scott Krohne, Virginia Melton, ada m. passaro, Betty Pilley, Kindra Pizarro, Laura Ryan, Michael Saenz, Jessica Newman Skrentny, Dean Spencer, and Steve Walag.

 

Committee: Sandy Davies, Tony Radcliffe, Angela Koenig, Martha Cowan, Judith Sparhawk, Grace Fermier, and Cheryl O’Connor.

The Gallery is open to the public, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

 

Art-On-State-Street & Redlands ArtWalk

RAA’s ART-ON-STATE STREET is again joining Downtown Redlands ArtWalk  on Sunday, March 29, downtown on State Street between Orange & 6th Streets.  The two blocks of State Street between Orange and 6th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and the artist’s wares will fill the street.   Like Market Night, the artists will have their canopies, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy pedestrian walking down the middle of the street.   Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street. The event is one day only, Sunday March 29 from Noon to 6 pm.  Come join in on the fun.  The event is also featuring @thestateonstate serving food at Ed Hales park.   As always the wonderful folks at the Citrograph Foundation will be serving up your favorite ‪#‎local‬ ‪#‎beer‬ ‪#‎hangar24‬ ‪#‎ritual‬ ‪#‎redlandsca‬.

Featured Artists

David Ficke March 28 – April 17

Dave Ficke Photography Show at the Redlands Art Association

March 28th through April 17th

Dave’s thirty years as an environmental educator and life-long wildlife enthusiast has nurtured a love of nature and its beauty, which he has captured in his photographs.  Long an advocate of conservation and stewardship of our natural environment, he has passionately taught those principals as a high school science teacher in Upland, California.

Raised in Glendora, CA by parents who were avid campers, Dave, his sister and mom and dad would take off on weekends, hiking, boating, and skiing throughout the lakes, deserts, and mountains of Southern California. As a young man, he discovered Yosemite National Park in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, and it quickly became the home of his heart, the place to which he always returned for inspiration and renewal.  As an educator, Dave has been taking high school students to Yosemite every year for twenty-five years with the Yosemite Institute program. This nationally recognized, award-winning outdoor education program reinforces the standards of field biology and natural history he teaches in his classroom.

His photographs mirror his love of California wildlife.  From the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, through the stark and searing vistas of the deserts and oases, to the ever-changing Pacific Ocean, Dave has photographed vistas grand and sweeping, as well as those intimate and familiar.  He invites his fellow hikers, campers, wildflower seekers, environmental advocates, animal lovers and armchair travelers to relish the wonders of our fast-dwindling natural environment, cherishing what we have and fiercely striving to save it for coming generations.

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Julie Evans 1/31-2/27

Julie R. Evans is Committed to Her Art

February’s featured artist is Julie R. Evans of Highland, California. Her work will be on display until February 27. As she is a member of the Redlands Art Association, many of you are already familiar with her realistic and representational work, having seen her paintings hang at the gallery, Art in the Park, or at local art events.

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Evans is deeply committed to her art. She expressed, “I have been oil painting for over 35 years and I know that it has enriched my life. Even if no one had ever appreciated a single piece of my artwork, I am still ahead because I, myself, have benefitted. There is just something wonderful about being able to pursue one’s many interests; and art, for me, is more than a passing interest. I am filled with satisfaction when I learn something new while painting or when someone decides to take one of my paintings home. I feel my ability increase with every mile I put behind the brush. Time, patience, and diligent hours in the studio are paying off.”

She recalls, “I can sit at an art festival inside my E-Z Up just waiting. Then all of the sudden my booth is full. Several paintings are actually holding someone’s interest. Wow, I think. I well up with warmth and my smile broadens at some comment such as ‘Beautiful work’ or ‘I know that place’. Others ask questions, ‘Where is this place? It looks so familiar’ or ‘Where did you get the idea to paint that one?’. It is very satisfying to have people interact with my work. They say a sale/purchase is the ultimate compliment and I am lucky to have those too.”

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“However”, Evans continued, “one of the joys in painting is that because anyone can do it, I have so many others with whom to share my experience. There are so many nice people out there painting and I have attended several group painting activities where I have learned so much (including non-art related) from so many others who also appreciate art in general and enjoy spending time painting or doing another art medium. We all seem to share a unified goal—to express something. It is encouraging to pursue with others what our hearts long to be doing. And while we are doing it we certainly can all feel honored to claim that wonderful title ‘Artist’.”

Come see this month's featured artist, Julie Evans at Redlands Art Association gallery. On display, for sale, through February 27th, Evans has oil paintings, acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor in this show.

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Ray Swanson Jan 3-30

 

Advance notice for special Ray Swanson Exhibition

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former RAA member Ray Swanson who was a city engineer from 1964-1974.  Ray became a famous painter of the southwest and especially Native Americans with an emphasis on the children.

His paintings featured the Navajo, Suni, and Hopi.  See example below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.

There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th at the RAA Gallery and Art Center from 2 to 4:30pm.  Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.  Call 909-792-8435 to RSVP.

Special Program at ESRI, Tue, January 13, 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  "Indian Performance of Spanish Music in California's Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable." by Dr. James Sandos. For info and reservations: www.esri.com/events/redlands-form

Special Program at RAA Gallery and Art Center on Tue, January 27, 2015, 7pm – 8pm by Dr. Nathan Gonzalez at the Gallery.Dr. Gonzales will speak on "History vs. Memory: Redlands and the Creation/Recreation/Fabrication of a Cultural Institution. Dr. Nathan Gonzalez is Head Archivist and Curator of the Special Collections for the Smiley Library, and the Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

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