From our Fearless Leaders

August 2017

August 2017

Hello Everyone!  This is your new president, Maggie Macro. I have lived in Redlands just three years and joined RAA immediately.  I was asked to join the Operating Committee in my first year. Consequently, there are many people who do not know me, so if you see me please introduce yourself if I do not… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Kid’s Art Show July 22-27

There's nothing more joyful than children's art. RAA's mission is art education which is shared by the parents of our youthful students. Classes fill up as soon as the new schedules go out!

Suzanne Burke, youth art education coordinator, and the teachers will present  a collection of the art.  Look closely and you'll see color theory-perspective-composition-anatomy-horizon lines-contrast-shapes-texture... the kids are having fun not realizing the lessons learned.

Come see the art and take a trip down memory lane of when you were a kid!  The show runs July 22 -27 with a reception on Saturday, the 22nd from 3 - 6 pm  .  

Suzanne Burke and Darlene Douthit

Alex Torrez & Jen Nguyen

Guest Artists August 12-19

Redlands Art Association is pleased to host Alex Torrez and Jennifer Nguyen as the Guest Artists in the East Gallery the week of August 12-19, 2017. Alex and Jen have been long time friends, helping each other promote their art.

Alex Torrez, 29, is an illustrator and designer from Claremont in southern California. Drawing and painting throughout his life, he discovered his passion for stippling and ink drawings, and has pursued this new monochromatic path with stark results. Torrez’s distinct, detailed technique and bold subject matter have seized a growing audience and clientele throughout the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, i.e., Rök House Brewing Co., Sanctum Brewing Co., Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, and much more.  His drawing below, "Acceptance Spirit".

His drawings and paintings reflect his youthful nostalgia, love of history, music, pop culture, and his hunger for life.

See Alex and Jen at their reception Sunday August 13 from 2 to 4 pm.

 

    

Jennifer Nguyen, 24, is the California-based freelance watercolorist and designer behind Le Petite Fox. Her work is compiled of small animals and big ideas that stem from architecture and everyday storytelling. Emphasis on simplicity and bold colors keep her work fresh and vibrant.

Originally from Tennessee, Nguyen attended University of Tennessee Knoxville and received her Bachelor’s degree in the School of Architecture in 2015. It was during her school travels abroad that she began to appreciate the true spontaneity, unpredictability, and swiftness of watercoloring as she was able to use it as a tool to record her fleeting thoughts on paper.

Nguyen has a passion for art and architecture and continues to explore ideas that shift across multiple styles and scales. She believes that developing an eye for detail is the key to conveying the deepest abstraction.

Gallery Closed August 5-11

Refreshing the Gallery:  Gallery closing Saturday, August 5th until Friday, August 11th.

August 4th is Take- Down only! The new show Celebrate has been postponed for one week to the 11th of August.

The gallery is closed from 5-10th August, inclusive.

Please, please, please, either collect your art on Friday 4th August between 9am and 7pm or make arrangements to collect it in the week prior to Take-Down.

What does refreshing entail? Replacing the carpet on the walls, painting, moving and rearranging furniture and more…. we don’t want to put art in the shed but if it’s left behind that’s where it will go - jewelry into plastic bags, table items wrapped as best as possible in newspaper and paintings between cardboard. I know some artists were upset for the MMMS because we were ringing them to collect their art and it wasn’t convenient… but what if that picture or table art had been damaged? Nobody wants that to happen.

If you would like to help in some way with Refreshing the Gallery, there is a sign-up sheet on the desk for names and telephone numbers.

Take-In for the “Celebrate” theme show moved to August 11th.

August 11th is Take-In for Celebrate between 9am and 7pm. The Opening Reception will be a joint reception with our Guest Artists Lex Torres is from Rancho Cucamonga and Jen Handi from Riverside on Sunday 13th August at 2pm. Come and see our refurbished gallery, meet the guest artists and see you own work on display.

Featured Artists

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16th - October 7th

Reception: Sunday, Sept 23rd 3 - 5pm

I believe that everything is connected—the earth, the sea, all life forms and the universe. My way of showing this philosophy is in my technique of “see-through” arcs and lack of perspective.

Unlike usual perspective which places objects in the foreground as larger, in my paintings size does not matter. As in sumi scrolls, the higher in the painting, the farther is the object. In my paintings, an object can be the same size, whether in foreground or background.

My intention is for the viewer to be engrossed visually in the painting, with the eye continuing to follow new paths in lines, planes and values. The painting is successful if the viewer sees traditional objects which morph into semi-abstract design, then back into representation, a circular path.

Currently my paintings are vertical half sheets, with an underpainting of watercolor and vertical or horizontal dashes in gouache on top. The effect is one of a tapestry when viewed up close. When viewed farther away, the painting becomes one of a usual watercolor.”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

Davies & Sparhawk 8/19 – 9/15

Sandy Davies

Sandy Davies will be one of the Featured Artists at the Redlands Art Association Gallery downtown Redlands, from August 19 to September 15, 2017. Davies’ watercolors exhibit is concurrent with Judith Sparhawk’s photography exhibit. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be Saturday, August 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

For this exhibit, Davies will be focusing on her love of the small British sports car, the Austin-Healey. Ron Davies, Sandy’s better half, has collected and maintained several beautiful Healeys. Davies’ watercolors will depict the back roads of Southern California, as traveling with her car club bypasses the boring freeways and looks for interesting places off the beaten path. Hopefully, you’ll get a sense of the top down convertible - wind in your hair - as you view her work. However, her travels seldom put the Healey in jeopardy … no gravel or off-roading for the Healey! While watercolors is her love, she has also worked in other media: monoprint, paper collage, acrylics.

Currently, Davies is one of the Gallery Coordinators, staffing the RAA Gallery downtown, as well as publicity and events coordinator . She has been a past chairman of the board of directors, and president of the Redlands Art Association, serving now on the board as secretary. She is a displaying artist in the RAA Gallery and has been since the early 1980s.

A Featured Artist Show by Judith Sparhawk

Bending Reality is the theme of photographer Judith Sparhawk’s Featured Artist Show at Redlands Art Association from August 20th to September 15th.  This is part of a double show featuring the work of both Watercolorist Sandy Davies and Sparhawk.  A reception for both shows will be held on Saturday, August 26th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Sparhawk is well known in the local area for her unique photography, her intricate photo collages, and her beautiful images of Redlands.  She has had her work included in several calendars, national publications and collections.  She has published four books of her photographs and writing. She has won numerous awards in competitions and juried shows.

In recent years Sparhawk has found the most joy and creative inspiration in working with  digital photography, combining images, creating painterly effects, and at times even bordering on surrealism in her work—thus “Bending Reality”.  Her work has developed far from traditional photography, and is both beautiful and thought-provoking. This show will include examples of her photographic art, going well beyond the usual—don’t miss it!

Redlands Art Association’s Gallery is located downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands. (909) 792-8435.

The gallery is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.

Teri Adams  7/15-8/4

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 pm

Redlands artist and graphic designer Teri Adams will be one of this summer’s featured artists at Redlands Art Association. The exhibit will be on view from July 15 through August 4. The artist reception will be on Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 PM.

Adams’ watermedia paintings are abstract, and not so abstract. Her current works grow from landscape and architectural themes, reacting to what she sees and translating it into form, color, texture and shape.

“I like the idea of using old architectural elements to make a contemporary painting.”

She goes beyond reporting what’s been observed. Blurred lines between objective and subjective imagery coexist within her work, with shapes that suggest, rather than dictate. Continually adjusting color, form, shape and texture during the painting process keeps her looking forward to each new exploration.