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Show Your Heart for Art

Show Your Heart for Art

For more than 50 years, the Redlands Art Association has funded school art programs, taught art classes and supported the regional arts community. But we need your financial help to keep going. We recently launched a Show Your Heart for Art campaign via direct mail and facebook to raise funds for our art programs. If… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Indigo Scarf Dyeing Workshop

When: Saturday, March 18 from 9 - 1 (bring lunch), with a rain date of Sunday, March 19.

Where: 1309 W Olive Ave.Redlands, CA 1.5 miles from RAA, grey house with white trim on the corner of Olive and Lakeside

Indigo is an ancient form of dyeing that is so much fun! There’s an almost magical process where white cloth is immersed into a vat of yellow liquid – when removed, it quickly turns from yellow, to green, to blue. Of course, it’s not magic, just a bit of chemistry! In this class, we’ll explore different ways to add pattern to cloth using different “physical resist” techniques, called Shibori . After folding, clamping and tying some white fabric, you’ll immerse it in an indigo vat and see how those manipulations create fun patterns like these:


You’ll leave with 1 or 2 (for another fee) scarf in your choice of silk or cotton/silk blend patterned by your own hands, and instructions on how easy it is to make your own indigo vat with pre-reduced indigo.

Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”. By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California; by night/weekend/online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She has written 29 articles for various F & W Media/Interweave quilting magazines, appeared in 8 episodes of “Quilting Arts TV” and has two Quilting Arts Workshop videos: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”. For more information, visit her website

Fee: $65/$50 for RAA member + $12 materials fee/student due Instructor Register in the Gallery


48th Annual Multi Media Mini Show

Variety in Mini Art!

The 48th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association, will be opening on March 10 at their Gallery & Art Center, downtown Redlands. Artists will be bringing in art of all kinds as long as it fits within a 14.5” cube. The variety (Multi-Media) and the size (Mini) is what makes this show interesting. Jurist, Penny McElroy, will choose the best 150 pieces from those entered; pieces that make you say, “hmmm” and pieces that make you say, “Wow!”. The public is invited to the Grand Opening on March 10, 4-7PM. The exhibit runs through March 30.

The Jurist - Penny McElroy is an artist and teacher. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and working as a counselor for 5 years, Penny entered the graduate graphics program at the University of Wisconsin / Madison. Since earning her MFA, Penny has taught graphic design, printmaking and book arts at Bethany College in Kansas and at the University of Redlands in California.

Penny’s artwork incorporates a broad range of media, from drawing and painting to 3-D ceramic pieces. Recently she has been experimenting with layered mixed media works on paper that incorporate light. Penny’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including recently at the Cal Poly Pomona exhibit Ink & Clay, where her work, el matrimonio de Archimedes, won the University President’s Purchase award. Other recent exhibition venues also include ARC gallery in San Francisco, Skylight Gallery in New York, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, India, Cali, Medellin, and Manizales, Columbia, as well as Quilmes, Argentina.
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The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members. The prospectus/ entry form will be available soon at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., Redlands and on their website: All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 5 between 10am - 4pm. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 2000 in cash and product awards. Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public.

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 10 from 4pm to 7pm. “Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art. It is a collection of little "gems" ... you’ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time supporter.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website or call, 909-792-8435.

Sandy Davies, RAA Publicity


Enter our Community Photo Show

Redlands Art Association is seeking entries for its annual Community Photography Show, to be held February 20 – 26.

The show is open to the public - no membership necessary.  No theme - just bring us your best.

Take-in for the show is 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday February 18 at the gallery, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands.

Photographers may enter up to two pieces, ready to hang, with wire on the back. The entry fee is $5 for one piece or $8 for two.

Entries may be for sale or not for sale. The gallery will retain 20 percent commission from any sales during the show.

The show will be ready for visitors on February 20. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There will be a closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 26.

For information, email Judith Sparhawk at

Featured Artists

Rick Strobaugh 2/11 – 3/4

Opening Reception from 2 - 4pm on Sunday, February 26th

My first real training in photography was photographing crime scenes, traffic accidents, injuries, dead bodies and autopsies as a Police Officer and later as a Detective in charge of our Crime Scene Investigation Unit. I eventually used that training to shoot more pleasing subjects in the way of landscapes, wildlife and close-up photography. After retiring, I travel a lot through the western US exploring new areas and shooting photographs. I find many of my shooting locations while running marathons, backpacking, hiking or just driving up dirt roads into the mountains.

Rick Strobaugh

Julianna Poldi 1/21 – 2/11

“Emerging through Emergence,” by Julianna Poldi is a series of hearts on canvas that will be exhibited at  Redlands Art Association, January 21 – February 11, 2017. The opening reception will be held Friday January 27 from  6 – 8 pm.

Artist Statement:

“The heart serves symbolically as it communicates a universal language, the source of connection from within, a knowing of truth, of love. That which is at the core of our being. This series is a personal reflection of the heart and its multifaceted language and a reminder of a love that never dies.

In the process of making this body of work, I was struck deeply by the loss of innocent lives from the 2015 attack. I considered the many hearts of innocent victims lost, all their connections to others and all the hearts that were broken. I approached the canvas deeply inspired to keep alive the truth of those lives, that they matter. In this way the heart for me became a portrait.“

An award winning artist with over 25 years experience as a painter and workshop leader, she holds an MFA in Arts and Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA. Julianna offers private and group workshops as well as personal coaching from her studio in Palm Springs, CA.

Sheila Hansberger 12/11 – 30


The Redlands Art Association has chosen Sheila Hansberger, N.W.S., W.W. as their Featured Artist for an exhibit December 11-31, 2016. Hansberger, a former commercial artist who switched to creating fine art over thirty years ago, is best known for “negative painting.” The technique is often associated with the watercolor medium, and describes the weaving of dark passages into a painting which, in turn, allows the light areas to be featured.

Sheila’s abilities have earned her Signature memberships in the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Her works are collected by private individuals, as well as public entities such as Mt. San Jacinto College, the National Orange Show, and the San Bernardino County Museum. Approximately two dozen of her paintings hang in Redlands Community Hospital’s permanent collection, and another dozen belong to the Redlands History Museum.

Recognized for her scenes of familiar landmarks, Hansberger will be displaying several watercolors inspired by a trip to Redlands’ sister city, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Also in the exhibit will be her ever-popular high-key flower paintings.

The public is invited to view the work of Sheila Hansberger and other members of the Redlands Art Association who will also be showing at the gallery. A reception is planned for Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00, at RAA’s gallery, 215 East State Street, downtown,Redlands, CA. The show will continue through December 31st.