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December 2014

December 2014

46th Annual MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW Make us some art ~ Make a pledge to buy art ~ Make a trip to see our art Make us some art! Get your creative juices flowing and make us a small treasure! The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands. What makes it different is,Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Plein Air Painting Opportunity

HomeStead Plein Air Session
We're heading to the picturesque HomeStead property (http://homesteadoakglen.com/) in Oak Glen for an afternoon of painting in the open air, Saturday January 17, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  The property is beautiful and the owners have generously agreed to host us for the afternoon.  Meet at the gallery at 11:30 AM on the 17th and we'll caravan/carpool, or meet us up at the HomeStead later on.  Potluck at Larry and Evelyn Ifft's home to follow, at 5 PM.  Sign-up is available at the gallery, and there is no cost. Contact Christine White (christineeggwhite@gmail.com) with any questions.

Jan: 6th Community Photo Show

Give Us Your Best Shot!

Redlands Art Association announces its 6th Annual Community Photo Show-in-a Show, for viewing from Monday, January 12th through Sunday, the 18th.  Meet the Artist reception will be on Sunday, the 18th from 2 to 4 pm. The title of this show is, “Give Us Your Best Shot”... sure to provide an exceptional array of photographs.  The public is invited to enter.

For our photographers: Open to the public; no membership required.  Due to the increasingly great response in previous years, this year one entry per person will be allowed, so choose your very best photograph to be included in the show.  The title of this show is “Give Us Your Best Shot”, with open subject matter.

Take-in for the show will be on Saturday, January 10th, from 2 to 5 pm, at the RAA Gallery at 215 East State Street in Redlands.  On the final day, Sunday the 18th, a reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm, so invite your friends and family to enjoy refreshments and to admire your beautiful work. Concurrently, a special showing of paintings by internationally known painter, Ray Swanson, will be in the gallery.

The cost of entering your photography is $6 - entry forms at the Gallery.  The work must be prepared for hanging, framed (except for canvas or metallic prints), labeled, and with wire on the back. Maximum framed size is approximately 18 x 24 inches. Pick-up of the work will be on the 18th, from 4-5 pm, after the reception.  For questions, contact Judith Sparhawk, (909) 793-1876 or jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

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Advance notice for special Ray Swanson Exhibition

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former RAA member Ray Swanson who was a city engineer from 1964-1974.  Ray became a famous painter of the southwest and especially Native Americans with an emphasis on the children.

His paintings featured the Navajo, Suni, and Hopi.  See example below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.

There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th at the RAA Gallery and Art Center from 2 to 4:30pm.  Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.  Call 909-792-8435 to RSVP.

Special Program at ESRI, Tue, January 13, 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  "Indian Performance of Spanish Music in California's Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable." by Dr. James Sandos. For info and reservations: www.esri.com/events/redlands-form

Special Program at RAA Gallery and Art Center on Tue, January 27, 2015, 7pm – 8pm by Dr. Nathan Gonzalez at the Gallery.Dr. Gonzales will speak on "History vs. Memory: Redlands and the Creation/Recreation/Fabrication of a Cultural Institution. Dr. Nathan Gonzalez is Head Archivist and Curator of the Special Collections for the Smiley Library, and the Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

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Featured Artists

Jeff Owens Dec. 6 – Jan 3

Featured Artist Owens' "Peeks at the Peaks" at RAA

Redlands artist, Jeff Owens, will be the featured artist at the Redlands Art Association Gallery for the month of December. Owens' exhibit will open December 7thand continue through the month.

The exhibit, titled "Peeks at the Peaks" will feature a suite of small acrylic paintings each incorporating a landscape composition built around the many mountain peaks that surround the Redlands area. Each piece will incorporate three basic elements: the contour of a mountain peak or peaks, the sky above, and trees of the urban forest of Redlands below. All the peaks selected are from what the artist can see from in and around the neighborhood where he lives.

Owens, who grew up in Redlands, has been a member of the Art Association since it first began. From cartooning to fine art pieces, Owens has won enumerable awards and honors. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. His work is in many public and private collections. Now retired from teaching he spends his time involved with several art and design projects.

"Peeks at the Peeks" was created specifically for this exhibit.

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Willason : Oct. 25 – Nov. 15

Brad creates his art with a plasma cutter!  He draws his image on a piece of metal, cuts it out with the plasma cutter, "antiques" it with a rusty patina and then makes the frame with repurposed wood.DSCN3448DSCN3447

Fariad and Jennifer Ali – Oct 4-25

Recption on Oct. 4th from 5-7 Pm at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State Street, Redlands, Ca

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Fariad's passion for painting began when he was a young boy. He hosted his first exhibition with 36 paintings when he was just 12 years old, and he hasn't put the brush down since. He grew up painting the beaches, people and rainforests of his home, the Caribbean island of Trinidad. This established the foundation for Fariad to develop his skills as an artist. Fariad left Trinidad when he was awarded an art scholarship to Syracuse University in New York. After two years, he dropped out and bounced around to different schools while constantly honing his craft. His greatest education came from painting on the streets of Los Angeles. Fariad sold his "Wildland Images" to everybody he met—the rich, the poor and the indifferent. He feels privileged to have made a living as an artist and has won numerous accolades for his work. Fariad now spends most of his time at the Parrish Pioneer Ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, where his gallery is located. He paints the people, the places and the things he sees in Oak Glen, and the surrounding areas. Fariad considers his style of painting as Interpretive Impressionism…Abstract brushstrokes in a Representational Painting…He primarily works in Oils & Charcoal..sketching in Watercolors…Come meet with this Adventurous Painter….

Artist Statement: "I have been documenting this poetry in life for some 40 years now. I currently live in the United States, and paint as an Interpretive Impressionist. I try to expose the image with deliberate and rhythmic brushwork and a mesh of thick and thin paint to try and capture the life and feeling of what I am looking at.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Judged Artist Member Show - Oil Division
  • 2013-2014 Art Alliance of Idyllwild Artist of the Year
  • 2013 Plein Air Painting Competion, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, Judges Choice
  • 2013 A. K. Smiley Library acquired "Smiley Library" painting for their permanent collection
  • 2013 Art Alliance of Idyllwild's Judged Members Show, 1st Place – Judges Choice Award
  • 2013 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show & Fundraiser: Theme "Sensuality", 1st Place

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JENNIFER ALI

Jennifer's profession as a fine artist spans over 37 years. She began her career painting a mural of movie star portraits during her high school years in Michigan. That's where she caught the excitement and satisfaction of being a artist that would carry her through to today. Out of college she landed a position as Art Director and private label fabric designer for Diane Von Furstenburg. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and publications.

Over the years, Jennifer has created a name for herself in the portraiture, equine and floral genres. She has been an integral part in developing Wildland Images Gallery and Publishing. A company, created by her husband, publishing, showcasing and distributing their art throughout the United States & the world. They're celebrating their Gallery's 21st Anniversary on the Historic Parrish Pioneer Ranch in Oak Glen.

Artist Statement:"I paint subjects that are important to me. I love to paint dream like watercolors on paper or oil on canvas choosing to start sometimes with a with a light compositional sketch which takes into account the negative as well as the positive space of the subject. My paintings are a combination of planned wet on wet glazes transitioning to raw " one shot" dry brush leaving the viewer with a painting which has enough depth and movement to provide sustenance and entertain the eye.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 1st Place Judged Artist Member Show - Watercolor Division
  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Representational Division, Eye of the Artist Show
  • 2014 Redlands Art Association Member, showed in 2 member Shows
  • 2012 AAI Spring Show, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, 2nd Place - Judge's Choice Award
  • 2010 Second Place, Lake Arrowhead Art and Wine Festival 2010Ali-Wildland-web