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Ray Swanson art here in January!


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 from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors


Cinema: Words & Pictures

Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7pm and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 2:30pm.  $12/person.

The setting is a New England prep school where Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a curmudgeonly, middle-aged alcoholic fallen from grace poet who teaches at the school.  Dina Delsanto (Juilette Binoche) joins the faculty as the new art instructor, as she too had to step down from a brilliant painting career because of her rheumatoid arthritis.  They battle each other using words and pictures as their armament.  An added bonus is watching Binoche doing the actual paintings, as she is a very accomplished artist and all the paintings in the film were created by her.  Directed by Fred Schepisi, written by Gerald DiPego in English.  Starring Clive Owen, Juliet Binoche, Amy Brenneman and Bruce Davison.  See film poster on this website, Movies tab.

All proceeds of these films benefit art education programs throughout the City of Redlands... the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund has granted monies, over $50,000, to art programs!

Nov. Program is early – Nov. 18

Due to the upcoming holidays, our November Program is early this month, November 18 at 7pm.  "Painting Paradise in Plein Air" is the discussion brought to us by Linda Kay Zoeckler, art historian.

Zoeckler will augment her talk with a Power Point presentation of pictures of the art of the times.  This lecture will explore the unique history of California landscape painting, using numerous images. When possible, artists’ accounts and details of their work will illustrate painting techniques and methods. We will look at the history of development of art communities along the Pacific Coast, including the formation of various societies, clubs, and art schools.

The Program is free to RAA members, $ 3/guest.  Everyone is welcome.  Some of what she'll be covering:

California offered a special and seductive array of subject matter for painters – luring practicing artists from not only the East Coast and other American places, but even from Europe. The work of California painters at first chiefly reflected previous styles from elsewhere. Then, over time, artists developed distinctive local styles and flavors. Painters known for their landscapes also created still lives, portraits, and genre or scene paintings. Artists tended to congregate near the Pacific Ocean communities of San Francisco, the Monterey Peninsula (which included Monterey Carmel, and Pacific Grove), Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and San Diego. Artists formed not only informal friendships among themselves, but formed loose as well as official clubs or groups, all of which stimulated the exchange of opinions and ideas.
The early landscape painter Albert Bierstadt made numerous sketching trips on horseback to the high Sierras, but took those sketches back to his San Francisco area studio to formulate astounding finished paintings. Later artists would do the complete painting on the spot while studying their subject – using a true “plein air” working method. The plein air method still flourishes today in California painting. California landscape painting often draws attention to its light – especially California’s golden sunlight. Landscape subjects often reference California’s Spanish colonial past and occasionally the exoticism of China and Japan.