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September 2015

September 2015

Welcome Friends of RAA. It’s the beginning of September and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with the back door open! Fresh air is circulating round the house; what a welcome relief to the summer heat we’ve all been experiencing and gives me head space to think about Fall! It’s going to be a busy Holiday… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Oct. 27 Program: Flintknapping

BowdenThe Art of Flintknapping with James K. Bowden

Flintknapping is the act of chipping stone to create tools and other objects.  An arrowhead is a common example of a flintknapped item, but is it an artwork?  Join professional flintknapper, James Bowden, to explore the modern flintknapping revival, and its’ roots in ancient forms.  You will be amazed by the innovative and beautiful, sculptural work being produced by flintknappers today!

Tuesday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM

Program is FREE to all.  Redlands Art Association Gallery

Note:  A workshop will follow on Saturday, October 31st

from 10 AM – 3 PM

Flintknapping Workshop with James Bowden


Screening of “Imber’s Left Hand”

Attention all artists, art lovers & interested persons

Please join us On Monday November 9 at 7 PM & Thursday November 12 at 2.30 PMwe will be screening ‘IMBER’S LEFT HAND’ an extraordinary film of an extraordinary artist. After the screening on Monday evening we will have a Q & A session with director Richard Kane via SKYPE.

Here's a trailer for the movie:

Imber's Left Hand -- Trailer from Richard Kane on Vimeo.

See you at the Krikorian

Annette Weis – coordinator Redlands Cinema Classic film series

Angela Koenig Workshop

Art & Abstraction – Simply A “Blurred” Reality by Angela Koenig

Saturday, September 26th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  $130, Friend of RAA discount, $100.

This workshop will explore the use of various watermedia in a non representation manner. She will focus on her interest in creating paintings that are expressive abstractions, emphasizing her desire to express beyond what is visible.  The degree of abstraction in your work is entirely up to you!  It will be a fun day to mix things up, to rethink your painting methodology, to learn some new techniques, and to loosen up your grip on that brush!  Acrylic artists are invited, too.  Brown bag your lunch or buy nearby.  Sign up at the gallery or by phone with your credit card info.  909-792-8435.

Featured Artists

Penny Schwartz 10/24 – 11/13

As an incorrigible world traveler, I am drawn to vibrant vistas and colorful cultures. Photographing these scenes and people has become a natural extension of my fascination with worlds different from my own.

My work as a freelance writer involves describing what I experience in words, while photography tells the same story wordlessly and in a different way.

I have photographed in such remote places as Central Asia and Tibet as well as closer locales such as Big Sur, Bryce Canyon and Sedona, Arizona. My penchant is for people, the more colorfully and unusually adorned the better. However, photo safaris to East and South Africa introduced me to quite a few animals whose likenesses now number among my favorite images.

For many years, I combined my writing and photography interests in my “Yellow Brick Road” travel column for the Redlands Daily Facts. For that newspaper, I also photographed food to accompany my restaurant reviews. I continue to illustrate my feature articles and artist profiles for the Press-Enterprise newspaper with my own photographs.

I have exhibited travel photos in San Bernardino’s Feldheym Central Library and have showed jointly with Redlands photographer Caroline McAllister in exhibits at the University of Redlands Alumni Gallery and San Bernardino Valley College's art gallery. My photos have also been juried into the National Orange Show Art Show and the RAA Mini Show.

Improving my photographic skills is a continuing goal as I travel the world seeking new sights and scenes. Most recently I have been to Cuba, where the photo "opps" were potent and plentiful. I hope you enjoy the images I have captured there and everywhere.


Janet Edwards 8/25 – 9/9

Printmaker, Watercolorist, California Artist, and Redlands Treasured Artist

Janet Edwards is a California artist whose work reflects her love of the natural beauty of California, though beautiful scenes from traveling to other places are also depicted in her art.   Many of her etchings include embossing as part of the design. She has also worked in other print media, especially serigraphy. While working primarily in the etching medium, she is also an accomplished watercolorist, and a watercolor-like style is often reflected in her work.

Etchings are printed from metal plates upon which an image has been etched with acid to produce a texture that will hold ink. Each print is the result of hand inking on the plate and printing by pressure under the roller of an etching press. Though the prints of the same design are as ;much alike as a hand process will alow, minor differences from print to print may sometimes be detected. Inasmuch as each pritn is the direct end product of the artist’s work, and printed by her from the plates she has created, it is one of a series of multiple original pieces of art and not a copy or reproduction.

Janet’s work often depicts the rugged central and northern Caifornia coastline, as well as the flowers, trees, wildlife, and buildings characteristic of the state. Her series on whales illustrates what you might see, if you were lucky enough, during the yearly migration of these huge mammals. She is especially well known in the inland Southern California area for her depiction of the tall palm trees, mountains, and orange groves common to that region. Janet has also produced designs based upon travel to other states, and to England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada.


Janet Edwards’ art work is in homes, civic buildings, and offices throughout California, in all 50 states of the Union, and at least 40 other countries. Her work has been chosen by educational, cultural, and civic organizations to honor dignitaries, professors, musicians, ambassadors, politicians, and many other special people.

After earning  a B.A. degree in Art Education at the University of Redlands, she taught public school art before raising a family. She has been a past president of the Redlands Art Association, the program chair, and for 13 years- since its inception- she has been a member of the Margaret Clark art enrichment committee (MCAEEF). She has been an active participant in the RAA Gallery since the early 1980s.

Printmaking coursework was taken at Long Beach State University, Westchester Adult School, Santa Monica College, and San Bernardino Colelge, followed by many years of work in she & husband Fred Edwards’ home studio.

Janet Edwards’ work is currently available through Highligh Gallery, Mendocina, CA, The Chambers Gallery, Cambria, CA, Earthworks Gallery, Yachats, OR, Smith Jewelers, Redlands, and Redlands Art Association. Also available by contacting her home studio (909) 793-7169,  See more of her art at

Janet Edwards’ exhibit is featured through Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the RAA Gallery.  In addition to displaying her stunning prints, Edwards has placed a descriptive diagram near the framed work, explaining the etching to printing process.

Redlands Art Association is located downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands, Ca 92374 (909) 792-8435.  The gallery is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday. 


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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