RAA gallery2Redlands 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

Textile Artist November Program

My Journey from Traditional to Art Quilter by Candy Glendening

Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm

Candy Glendening LaughRedlands textile artist Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”; bags to carry, silk scarves to wear are all opportunities to create an item that brings joy to the senses of sight and touch.

She has been using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes for close to 20 years now, using just a few primary colors plus black to create a myriad of different hues. Because she can dye any color she wants the options can be overwhelming; so most of her work is done in a series that starts with curating, creating and dyeing a color palette of single and multicolor fabrics and working with it for several months in order to really absorb and enjoy how those particular hues relate to one another.

In this program, Candy will discuss how her obsession with color and dyeing fabric led her from making traditional quilts with store bought fabric to becoming the fabric artist she is today. Her story should resonate with artists of any media and help inform beginning artists who are searching for their "muse".

An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines (29 at last count); twice her art was featured on the cover. She has also filmed 8 different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. Interweave has also produced Candy illustrating her artistic process in two workshop DVDs: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”.


By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night, weekend, and online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She shows and sells her work at local art fairs as well as the Redlands Art Association. She joined the Redlands Art Association in 2008, and has been its newsletter and website designer since 2009. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her at her home on the internet: CandiedFabrics.com


The program is free and open to the public; the gallery is located at 215 E. State St. in Redlands, CA 92373

Candy Glendening Laugh

Christmas Tree Take-In

Friday November 18th

Yes, it’s just 4 weeks away! This is an invitation for all Friends of RAA to decorate the tree with up to 10 handmade or decorated Holiday Ornaments and small gifts to be sold in the gallery. As with any sale we ring the artist if a piece sells and the artist is welcome to replace it with another ornament. The Christmas Tree will be up on the 18th November and Friends of RAA are welcome to come in on the Friday 18th November between 11.30am and 4pm. The fee will be $5. Last year we sold over 100 ornaments and small gifts from the tree. Again there will be a table set aside in the East Gallery for some “under the tree” gifts as well, such as scarves and bulkier items along with a basket for Christmas cards.

Liz Coviello, RAA President

Halloween Gathering

RAA Opening Reception, Halloween Gathering: “The Way We Were”

Friday October 28th, 7-9 PM

This month's RAA Opening Reception falls on the Friday of Halloween weekend, and the title for this event is most fitting! Yes foolish mortals, we will enjoy the gorgeous show pieces in the gallery, spooky snacks, beverages, and good conversation! But in the true spirit of Halloween we also encourage you to join in a festive interpretation and come dressed-up as your favorite deceased artist from the past (other costumes are welcome too). Ooooh, who knows who you might see!

We look forward to seeing you Mr. Salvador Dali, Ms. Frida Kahlo, Mr. Andy Warhol -- is that you? Dirt, dust, and decay is optional but a dreadfully delightful night at the RAA is a sure thing!


Many thanks!


Christine White, RAA Board Member