From our Fearless Leaders

June/July 2014

We have two calls for help for you to consider.  The first is that this fall we want to get the marketing committee staffed and underway.  This is an important board committee and I would appreciate hearing from you if you would be interested or know of anyone who might be interested.  The tentative responsibilitiesContinue Reading

Upcoming Events

Expanded Email List Options

We're pleased to announce that we've expanded our email mailing list options beyond our monthly newsletter!  Stay up to date on the latest RAA youth and adult class information, upcoming events, calls for artists, film schedules and more!  You'll have control over what kinds of news you receive from us and the ability to update your preferences at any time.  Join or update your profile today by clicking here or filling out the form on our website's right sidebar.

Frugal Frigate – Kids Summer Club!

We're pleased to be partnering with The Frugal Frigate this summer for their Kid's Summer Club!  RAA Youth Art Instructors Suzanne Burke and Michelle Laughlin will be leading kids craft activities starting with the July 8th session!  Be sure to reserve your spot today by calling the bookstore directly at 909-793-0740 or emailing Teanna at


Fun with Copper – Adult jewelry series

Working with cooper is fun and sooo trendy.  Designed for both men and women, these classes will introduce you to the joy of working with copper. Sign up now!  You may take one or all of the classes.  Limit to 8 students per class.  Call the Gallery for more info.

Hammered Copper Jewelry - Saturday, July 26, 9:30-1pm.  Fee: $ 30 RAA members/ $ 35 non-members, plus $ 5 to the instructor for materials.

Charming Metal Clay in Copper - Saturday, August 9. 9am to 4:30pm.  Fee: $ 70 RAA members/$ 75 non-members, plus $20 for materials.

Enamel on Copper: colorful baubles - saturday, August 23, 10am to 4pm.  Fee: $50 RAA members/$55 non-members plus $ 10 for materials.

Featured Artists

Sheila LeBlanc & Linda Willason

From July 12th through August 1st, our featured artist corner is highlighting the work of another mother/daughter duo.  Sheila LeBlanc is sharing a selection of her work in oil as well as some of her watercolors.  Her daughter, Linda Willason, began showing her work earlier this year and prefers to work in pastels.  A reception will be held Saturday, July 19th at 6 pm.

Lillian Margo June 21st – July 11th

Lillian Margo studied fine art at University of California, Riverside.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows.  She interned as an assistant to the Exhibition Designer at the Californai Museum of Photography, the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, and The Sweeney Art Gallery.  Margo also participated in ArtsBridge and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts as an art teacher.  As owner of Paloma Heart Works, she now teaches oil painting and mixed media art classes.  She makes personal altars, assemblage jewelry, crowns, photographs, paintings, and super 8 films out of her reverance for nature, often employing allegorical narractive or magical realism.

Artist Statement:

"I make art through the sincerity of my soul

in order to open worlds and paths

of your own discovery and healing.

I make art for your moments of sacred silence,

to give you gentle wings,

to soothe you,

to reflect and frolic with you in the sublime."

Constance St. Jean from May 31st – Jun 20th

Constance St Jean will have a collection of her photography work in the Redlands Art Association gallery through June 20th.

Background of the Photographer:

Constance St. Jean started taking pictures in 1959 in Gopalpur, India as a cultural anthropology research assistant to Dr. Alan R. Beals.

In 1967, she photographyed every family in an Oaxacan village in Mexico and was paid in eggs and tortillas.  This was in connection with an anthropological field study teaching project headed by Dr. Beals.

After learnign calligraphy at Riverside City College in the 1980's, she took up photography again, specializing in long lens (400 mm) candid pictures of wildlife, rodeo riders, children, Native Americans, flowers, abstract landscapes and musicians (bluegrass, Dixieland, swing and modern jazz) all over southern California, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

She has received ribbons and awards from the Southern California Fair (1998 - 2007) and had two photgraphs accepted by the Los Angeles County Fair (2004 & 2005).  Her potographs have been displayed in coffee houses in Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco and Corona since the early 1990's.  Gallery showings were at Yesteryear in Pomona, Riverside City College, Riverside Community Art Association, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside County Library system and a solo exhibit in San Pedro in 2008.

Currently, she is concentrating on long lens candid portraits of adults and children at festivals, beaches, peace demonstrations, photo journalism and abstracts.  Her email address is