History

The Redlands Art Association has a long history and tradition of artists working together to bring visual arts to the community. In 1964, Ben Rabe and a group of like-minded artists thought it would be a good idea to form the RAA and find a place to sell their art throughout the year. They came up with the idea of holding shows for local artists and had a tiny space in the Fox Theater where they could only hang 12 paintings at a time.

Rabe, an architect, and painter, was the 1st President of Redlands Art Association. Courtesy of Smiley Library, Heritage Center, we are fortunate to have an Oral History recorded by fellow member, Anne Besseme, many years ago. In it, Rabe talks about his life and work in Redlands, including 17 minutes where he talks about the founding of the Redlands Art Association.

Redlands history buffs will be interested to know that Rabe designed the old Daily Facts building now on its way to becoming the new Redlands Museum.

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Thanks to Will Bundy for his help in recording the audio tape and his transcription of the interview.

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Upcoming Events

Kid’s Art Show July 22, 1-4 pm

There's nothing more joyful than children's art. RAA's mission is art education which is shared by the parents of our youthful students. Classes fill up as soon as the new schedules go out!

Suzanne Burke, youth art education coordinator, and the teachers will present  a collection of the art.  Look closely and you'll see color theory-perspective-composition-anatomy-horizon lines-contrast-shapes-texture... the kids are having fun not realizing the lessons learned.

Come see the art and take a trip down memory lane of when you were a kid!  The show runs July 22 -28 with a reception on Sarurday, the 22nd from 3 - 6 pm  .  

Suzanne Burke and Darlene Douthit

Alex Torrez & Jen Nguyen

Guest Artists August 12-19

Redlands Art Association is pleased to host Alex Torrez and Jennifer Nguyen as the Guest Artists in the East Gallery the week of August 12-19, 2017. Alex and Jen have been long time friends, helping each other promote their art.

Alex Torrez is an illustrator and designer from Claremont in southern California. Drawing and painting throughout his life, he discovered his passion for stippling and ink drawings, and has pursued this new monochromatic path with stark results. Torrez’s distinct, detailed technique and bold subject matter have seized a growing audience and clientele throughout the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, i.e., Rök House Brewing Co., Sanctum Brewing Co., Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, and much more.  His drawing below, "Acceptance Spirit".

His drawings and paintings reflect his youthful nostalgia, love of history, music, pop culture, and his hunger for life.

See Alex and Jen at their reception Sunday August 13 from 2 to 4 pm.

 

    

Jennifer Nguyen is the California-based freelance watercolorist and designer behind Le Petite Fox. Her work is compiled of small animals and big ideas that stem from architecture and everyday storytelling. Emphasis on simplicity and bold colors keep her work fresh and vibrant.

Originally from Tennessee, Nguyen attended University of Tennessee Knoxville and received her Bachelor’s degree in the School of Architecture in 2015. It was during her school travels abroad that she began to appreciate the true spontaneity, unpredictability, and swiftness of watercoloring as she was able to use it as a tool to record her fleeting thoughts on paper.

Nguyen has a passion for art and architecture and continues to explore ideas that shift across multiple styles and scales. She believes that developing an eye for detail is the key to conveying the deepest abstraction.

Gallery Closed August 5-11

Refreshing the Gallery:  Gallery closing Saturday, August 5th until Friday, August 11th.

August 4th is Take- Down only! The new show Celebrate has been postponed for one week to the 11th of August.

The gallery is closed from 5-10th August, inclusive.

Please, please, please, either collect your art on Friday 4th August between 9am and 7pm or make arrangements to collect it in the week prior to Take-Down.

What does refreshing entail? Replacing the carpet on the walls, painting, moving and rearranging furniture and more…. we don’t want to put art in the shed but if it’s left behind that’s where it will go - jewelry into plastic bags, table items wrapped as best as possible in newspaper and paintings between cardboard. I know some artists were upset for the MMMS because we were ringing them to collect their art and it wasn’t convenient… but what if that picture or table art had been damaged? Nobody wants that to happen.

If you would like to help in some way with Refreshing the Gallery, there is a sign-up sheet on the desk for names and telephone numbers.

Take-In for the “Celebrate” theme show moved to August 11th.

August 11th is Take-In for Celebrate between 9am and 7pm. The Opening Reception will be a joint reception with our Guest Artists Lex Torres is from Rancho Cucamonga and Jen Handi from Riverside on Sunday 13th August at 2pm. Come and see our refurbished gallery, meet the guest artists and see you own work on display.