About

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

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.

Ray Swanson Great Artist

 

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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