Redlands Art Association

The Redlands Art Association (RAA) is a 501c3 organization that was founded in 1964 to encourage and support the visual arts in the City of Redlands and neighboring communities. It is an all-volunteer organization encouraging membership not only of artists, but people who appreciate and support the arts. We offer Classes and Programs to the public and encourage and support one of the largest Fine Arts Galleries in the Inland Empire open to the public free of charge.

RAA maintains an Art Center and sales Gallery at its downtown Redlands location. Art classes, programs, workshops, and demonstrations are conducted at the Art Center, and RAA established the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF) to ensure ongoing financial support for art education programs.

RAA displays art in public buildings, and sponsors several popular exhibits including the annual juried Multi-Media Mini Show at the San Bernardino County Museum and two outdoor sales, Art-in-the-Park held in the Spring and Art-at-the-Depot in the Fall.

RAA has no paid staff. Generous volunteers perform all the duties required to run the organization and manage the Art Center and Gallery. If you see “Position Open” listed here, you can call the Gallery and volunteer for it.

Sales Gallery

RAA Gallery promotes, exhibits, and sells the artwork of Inland Empire artists. It features a delightful selection of original paintings, photography, prints, pottery, glassware, jewelry, and art cards. Gallery exhibits are changed every six weeks.

Art Center

RAA offers art classes and educational programs at its Art Center and sponsors scholarships for children. Lectures and demonstrations by well-known artists are offered on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September through May.

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Upcoming Events

Encaustics with Charlie Ciali

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Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Think “hot wax” when you think of encaustics. Encaustic painting is a 4,000 year old painting technique using wax mixed with damar resin to create transparent layers that are then painted on a surface. You will explore how wax is heated and how to add colors while it’s hot. Then colors are spread on a board, canvass, etc. to create a painting. Paintings can evolve from the running together of different colors and re-created using heat. Charlie holds a BFA in ceramics from Daemen College in NY. Following his graduate studies in Edinboro, PA. he opened and curated his own gallery. In Palm Springs, he mentors high school students pursuing art as a career, teaches students through the Arts Institute of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs USD, where he instructs printmaking for grades three to 12. You may view his work at the Redlands Community Hospital Foundations Evening with the artists on April 24th at 5:30 - 7 p.m. Or visit his website at www.Charlieciali.com Fee: $190 for both days; discounted Member fee: $150

Drawing Class w/John Brownfield

Five WEDNESDAYS, April 22 - May 20 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This class presents work for those at beginning and intermediate skill level drawing will be taught by John Brownfield, MFA, noted artist, and Professor Emeritus UR. Classes will help you learn skills and techniques used in creating observation-based realistic drawings. Basic perspective, use of light and dark to depict three dimensional illusions, and fundamentals of composition, etc. are covered in this class. Supply list available at the gallery. Brownfield grew up in Chicago and received his BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He taught at the University of Redlands from 1965 to 2003. Brownfield strongly identifies with figurative traditions of the Renaissance artists and confesses that he loves great drawing. His works emphasize his skillful drawing sometimes with great wit. Fee: $110, Member discount: $80 You may view more of his work at www.johnbrownfield-artist.com.

Flowers explode at RAA Gallery

Oohh.. Aahh!  Like fireworks, the beauty of the flower gets rave reviews from onlookers.  Redlands Art Association’s Gallery and Art Center will burst with floral art in their ART ALIVE in Redlands! exhibit during the month of April.

Florists will be invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 18 & 19   “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinator.

ART ALIVE in Redlands! is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour the weekend of April 18 & 19.  The Gallery will have special hours as a stop on the tour: Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.

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