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July 2015

July 2015

Welcome everyone to our new year at the Redlands Art Association. It’s the time of year when positions on the Operating Committee are filled by some new members, and others are pleased to continue. I would like to thank Gail Brownfield and Tony Radcliffe for their leadership of the Operating Committee, and everyone who worked… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Summer Sale: RAA Mugs & Tees

Summer Savings are here!

  • RAA 50th Anniversary mugs are now $8.99 each + tax or $34 + tax for a set of 4 mugs
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirts sizes L & XL are now $10 + tax
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirt size 2XL is $12
While stocks last.

Come Paint w/Fariad in Oak Glen

Wildland Images Gallery presents a Highly Anticipated One day Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop by Multi-Award Winning Professional Artist, Fariad

Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10am-5pm, On the Historic Parrish Pioneer Ranch

  • Sign up Now, Space is Limited
  • No Experience Necessary
  • All Experience Levels Welcomed
  • Learn in a Fun & Relaxed Environment
  • Full Payment due by July 6

Whether you’ve never picked up a paint brush, are trying to learn certain techniques with brush or palette knife, are trying to find your style, or would just like to learn how to critique your own work... This Workshop is For You!

Learn the secrets of this pro who makes a living as an artist for only $100. Call Wildland Images Gallery and reserve your spot today,
(909)790 5632.

A basic suggested materials list will be provided. Materials need not be exact in most cases.

Bring a sack lunch or buy lunch at the Parrish Barn or Angus McCurdys.

Fine Art Gallery
On the Historic Parrish Pioneer Ranch
38561 Oak Glen Rd.
Oak Glen, CA 92399





New Officers announced

The Board of Directors of the Redlands Art Association announced the new officers for 2015-2016.  Larry Harvill, chairman of the board, introduced Liz Coviello and Maggie Macro as the new president and vice president respectfully, and Kris Bussard our new treasurer.  Liz, a longtime RAA member, has been on the operating committee for years, in various offices and takes over the gavel from Gail Brownfield, who had held the position for 5 years.  Maggie is fairly new to the association but is looking forward to helping however she can.  Kris, CFO of the Alta Vista Credit Union is well qualified to act as treasurer.  Both Liz and Maggie are from Great Britian so we've been saying, "The British are coming!"

Other operating committee members are: Cheryl O'Connor, Ann Brandt, Suzanne Burke, Tomi Olson, Sandy Davies, Pat Meeker, Margaret Gooding, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Judith Sparhawk, Bronwyn Weis, Jerry Meeker, Francis Wiley, Beajay Hurd, Lori Powell, Judy Blair, Candy Glendening, and Grace Fermier.

Featured Artists

Edward Sotello, 8/1 – 23

ed portraitArtist for the month of August at Redlands Art Association is Edward Sotello. The dates for the show are August l through August 23, 2015.

Reception will be 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, August 2, 2015.

On display will be watercolors, oils, acrylics and ceramics. Mr Sotello is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University where he earned an MA with an emphasis on drawing and painting the human figure. He received his BFA from the University of Denver. There he studied ceramics and completed academic courses. At the University of Redlands he completed his secondary credential. As an undergraduate at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles he took courses in life drawing, watercolors and oils.  He studied ceramics under Jim Stewart at Valley College, San Bernardino.

He taught high school students art at Yucaipa High School for 33 years, has taught drawing at Valley College, San Bernardino, painting at Crafton Hills, Yucaipa, and watercolor at UCR Extension. At Patton State Hospital patients learned art and crafts under his supervision. Among his awards are a first in both watercolor painting and oils at the Bakersfield Art Festival, third place for painting at Riverside Art Museum, first at the MMM Show for acrylics. Also an Excellent Award for oils at the MMM Show at RAA.

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Currently he teaches watercolor painting at RAA and has a good following of students. The subjects vary from flower painting, landscapes, abstract design and portraits. The students are preparing for a student show at the First Methodist Church Gathering Hall October 28 through December 3, 2015. Reception for student show will be announced.

Note from the artist: Find what you love. If education helps, go to school. Art requires much study: workshops, art history, studio painting and draw, draw, draw. Above all, find out what your abilities are. Work will reveal this to you. Then give back by exhibiting, teaching, sharing what you know.

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Mary Grinyer, 7/11 – 8/1

This show will include works from featured artist, Mary Grinyer’s past and current works. Grinyer began creating watercolors at Ramona High School in Riverside, CA and has continued to create and study art. Watercolors, photography, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, jewelry, and now lapidary arts and sculpture are among the media she has worked in. Ceramics has overlapped with printmaking with her prints on clay and lapidary arts with sculpture and jewelry. Grinyer loves to experiment in all medias.


Current works include functional pottery, sculptural clay works, jewelry and lapidary work. Grinyer started ceramics at Goeske Senior Center under Lee Johnson and continued her studies with John Hopkins and Stephen Horn at Riverside Community College. Grinyer has studio space at Ceramic Services in Ontario, CA. She studies jewelry making with the jewelry group at Goeske Senior Center. We learn from books, magazines, workshops and classes and then teach each other new methods. A trip to Quartzite for beads led to doing lapidary work with the Orange Belt Mineralogical Society in San Bernardino. Everyone there generously shares their knowledge of rocks and jewelry making with new members.

The clay, the inks, the rocks all speak to Grinyer as she works. Often, especially in clay, she starts with no idea of the finished project. The clay speaks to me as I work. Something happens and I go with it. I join textured scraps of clay to help me be more creative. In sculpture, she does some drawings and models. The heart is a recurring theme after her Father had heart bypass surgery. Nature also inspires me.

Grinyer was raised in a military family and lived in Colorado, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, Tripoli, Libya, Maryland and California as a child. She spent 20 years in Northern California before moving back to Southern California. Seeing the beauty of this country and living in Lake Tahoe, Big Bear and Forest Falls inspired much of her early art and a love of gardening. She has an Associate Degree in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College.


Wild Warped Weavers 6/20 – 7/11

Dates of show:  June 20 to July 11, 2015

The Wild Warped Weavers will be in the featured artist corner at Redlands Art Association from June 20 until July 11.  The opening reception is on Saturday, June 20, 3 to 5 PM, with refreshments.  The public is welcome to attend at 215 E. State Street in Redlands (909-792-8435).

Cheryl Frandsen, Tia Shira, Beverly Fly, Lynn Mudd and Evelyn Ifft will be the participating artists.  The exhibit will show hand woven wall hangings, scarves, pine needle baskets as well as other original fiber works by the artists.

The weavers group has been meeting every first and third Tuesdays at Hands On Knitting, 922 New York Street in Redlands for several years, 11:30 AM to 2 PM.  It is open to all interested in exploring new fiber techniques, learning different methods or solving problems.  The weavers bring their table looms or another current project that they are working on.

One member commented:  “Weaving allows me to paint with fiber and to color-outside-the-lines; I can make it up as I go along, it brings out the artist in me.”  Another enjoys the physical mechanics of weaving; setting up the loom and then weaving the cloth, which could vary from a simple weave to a complex art form.  Our work is also available at RAA’s regular sales exhibits throughout the year.