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October 2016

October 2016

With so much happening within the RAA it’s good to get outside, take a walk and enjoy the Fall colours. Yes, Fall is finally in the air, the mornings are darker, the evenings are drawing in, while the temperature is dropping and Art for Heaven’s Sake is just around the corner! Many RAA artists are… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Georgia O’Keeffe Program

Georgia O'Keeffe's Early Years are the subject of Sept. 27 Program

The new Program Series at the Redlands Art Association Gallery starts with the lecture “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Early Works, 1901-1939”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Zoeckler, retired, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.


During Georgia O'Keeffe's long and productive life she created approximately 1000 oil paintings plus another thousand watercolors and drawings, and even a few sculptures and clay pots. Her formal art training began when she was 18, attending the fall semester of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with John Vanderpoel. She studied at the Art Student's League in New York City under William M. Chase, Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox.  Her painting of a dead rabbit with a copper pot shows Chase's influence.

She went on to study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a modernist who strongly influenced her approach to art and her teaching methods.  In 1915 she had an epiphany and declared "I can't live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to -- I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to - school and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."  In January 1916 her radical new daringly abstract charcoal drawings came to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, influential owner of 291 Gallery in New York and publisher of an avant-garde magazine on art and photography.  Stieglitz began to exhibit her work at 291 and other New York galleries.  When she moved to New York City, their ensuing relationship ignited her creativity and career.  This lecture will explore her working methods and sources of inspiration.  How did her unique vision produce these works?  Who were her friends and where did she travel?  When possible, using her own words, we will examine the sources for some of these timeless and mesmerizing creations.

“Hard to describe someone so sensational.”  says Linda Zoeckler.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.





Mark your calendar! For more details, see the flyer here.


  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm and Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 pm    LAST CAB TO DARWIN - Winner of  5 awards and 23 nominations in 2016 Austrailia Academy of Cinema & Television Awards.
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm and Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm   THE MEASURE OF A MAN - French with English subtitles. Winner 2016 Cesar Awards, Best Actor 2015 Cannes film Festival.
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm and Thursday, October 27 at 2:30 pm    THE INNOCENTS -  French with English subtitles.  Directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel).
  • Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm and Thursday, November 10 at 2:30 pm    OUR LITTLE SISTER - Japanese with English subtitles.  Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Tickets:  $ 15 / person.  Students with I/D $ 10.  All proceeds of this series benefit art education programs throughout the city of Redlands.

Krikroian Cinema, 340 N. Eureka St, Redlands




October Art-on-State Street

Put this on your calendar… RAA’s Art-on-State Street is teaming up again with Redlands’ Downtown ArtWalk on October 23, 2016.

50 RAA artists will line State Street between 5th & 6th (near Ed Hale’s Park) on for one day only, Sunday Oct. 23 from Noon to 6 pm, offering a wonderful variety of art to the wandering visitors.  Serious art – whimsical art – functional art.  RAA is lucky to have such talented artists. Other attractions are the food trucks,  food/beer garden, the music, and the other artists and booths around in downtown businesses.  The Gallery at 215 E. State Street will also be open.

Interested artists can contact the Gallery for more information.


Featured Artists

Aïda Marini Schneider 11/19 – 12/9

Opening Reception Sunday, November 20, from 2-4 pm

Aida Schneider

"I'm looking forward to exhibiting at the RAA gallery as the featured artist for November 19 - December 9. The paintings from this series "Innerscapes" represent my personal interpretation of the surrounding desert and mountains in mixed media on cradled hardboard panels.

I'm a longtime Redlands resident and member/volunteer of RAA. Until recently my husband and I traveled nationally, exhibiting and selling at top juried art festivals such as Old Town Chicago, St Louis Art Festival and Sausalito Arts Festival. I served on the jury of selection at the Cherry Creek Art Festival and my painting "Tapestry 52" was chosen for the Festival's annual fundraising poster that year. Last May I was pleased to act as co-juror for the Redlands Festival of Arts.

Aida Schneider Inner Landscape Eclipse

The Desert Art Collection gallery in Palm Desert represents my work and will feature my paintings in March 2017 during Artwalk.

Join me at the opening reception 2 - 4 Sunday, November 20 at the RAA gallery, 215 E State Street.

Aïda Marini Schneider

Aida Schneider Inner Landscape Canyons

Mary Grinyer 10/25 – 11/19

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 2-4 pm

Mary, a long time member of the Redlands Art Association, is excited to be the Featured Artist from October 29 through November 19. The theme of the show is “The Heart and More…” Her new three dimensional ceramic hearts will be shown for the first time. The heart has been a theme of Mary Grinyer’s art for many years. She began doing heart related art when her Father had a successful open heart surgery. The heart can represent many things: the physical heart which keeps us alive, the emotional seat of a person’s thoughts and emotion, or the central or innermost part, the essence of something. This show will explore heart related themes as well as presenting several sculptures and ceramic pieces. Ceramic heart pieces include “Mending Heart,” “Ruptured,” “Gift Wrapped,” and works that present the heart as a decorative item.


An interest in ceramics began for Mary at the Goeske Senior Center in Riverside after she retired. She enjoyed working there and within a few months started taking beginning ceramics at Riverside City College with John Hopkins. Since then she has attended a series of classes in ceramics and sculpture with Stephen Horn at the college. Stephen Horn inspires students to experiment and often asks us to try it and see what happens. They experiment with forms, oxides, slips, glazes, printing on clay and multiple firing methods.

Mary Grinyer is a member of the Redlands Art Assn., Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Community Art Assn. and a resident of Riverside, CA. She is a graduate of Ramona High School and has an AA in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College. She has continued to work at the Goeske Senior Center ceramic group and now volunteers to teach hand building ceramics to interested seniors. The Clay Yard in Ontario, CA is her newest venture. She had studio space there for several years at Ceramic Services until it closed at the end of May. Eleven studio members, including Mary, purchased the business. They feature studio memberships, classes, firing services (including Raku), clay pugging, and they sell clay. She still maintains a studio space there.

LeBlanc & Willason 10/8 – 28

Opening reception October 8th from 2 - 4 pm.

The English mother-daughter duo of Sheila LeBlanc and Linda Willason will be the featured artists on Saturday, October 8th and will having a reception from 2pm to 4pm. Both have been inspired by their love of England and equally, their love for Redlands. The show runs from Oct. 8th to Oct. 28th.


Sheila LeBlanc has been an artist for over 40 years. She paints in oils and watercolors and is mostly inspired to paint landscapes. She has had numerous “one-woman” shows among her accomplishments across many countries. Sheila has also been juried into many art shows including multiple entries into Redlands Art Association’s “Mini-Show”. She has won numerous awards over her long artistic career. While in Panama, she became well known for her sea-shell watercolors. These are currently owned by people all over the world.

Having studied with a variety of well known artists, Sheila is currently painting with Chick Curtis. Her favored painting partner is now her eldest daughter, Linda.

Linda, having grown up around her mother’s art, has developed a love for art in general. Much to her surprise and the delight of Sheila, she started to paint about 4 years ago. It happened quite by accident. Linda accepted a ticket from a friend to a painting event. She learned the basics of pastels and instantly fell in love with the medium. At that point, she was full speed ahead! Taking classes with Anneli Pendley and Patricia Rose Ford, Linda has progressed and really enjoys exploring different subject matters. She creates landscapes, flowers, animals and scenes of Redlands with her pastels.

Linda and Sheila’s vacations together now consist of finding new scenes to capture and places to paint. Finding beauty always inspires new artwork!

Linda Willason