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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Program: Color in Painting

Color in Painting: History, Classification Systems, Symolism, and Artists’ Thoughts

By Prof. Linda Kay Zoeckler, M.A., M.L.S.

February 22, at 7pm

What is the most exciting, creative, and fun element of painting? Many artists would answer color, though others would reply line, subject matter, etc. Please join us Tuesday, Feb 22 at 7 pm at the Gallery 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands to learn the answers to Zoeckler’s questions…

What are the definitions of terms used in discussing color? What is hue as opposed to value, intensity, tone, tint, and saturation? How is a color defined and just how many colors exist? What are colors made of, and are today’s colors different from earlier colors? When did synthetic pigments appear? What are fugitive colors? When were cakes of color devised? When were tubes of color devised? What is a binder and are there numerous types of binders? What is the difference between tempera and oil? When and where did oil painting arise and what were its new capabilities?

How old is the history of color? Why did the Greeks have no names for blue or green? Why do rainbows not look the same in paintings from different centuries? Why do earlier versions of the Bible mention or describe fewer colors and less often than later versions of the Bible? Why did some cultures forbid the use of certain colors? What have various colors symbolized throughout history? Culturally color has been defined differently and its symbols change from one culture to another. How does color relate to music, sound, or alchemy?

How does one study color? Scientists, painters, and poets, have all studied color and – using different methods -- arrived at different answers. What major color classification systems have been devised and when did they appear? When and why did the color wheel appear and what is it based upon? Just how many color wheels are there and are they the only way of representing color classification systems?

What pigments did certain artists use and how did they arrange them on their palettes? How did they carry them? What do artists paint boxes and portable easels look like? How do some artists select color combinations in a painting? What are the rules of using color and should there be any rules?

What do some well-known artists say about color? Eugene Delacroix famously asserted “Give me mud and I will make the skin of Venus out of it, if you allow me to surround it as I please.” Art is transformation – in the hands of talent it is mud to miracle.

See you at the Gallery, Tuesday, Feb 22. 7pm.

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Multi Media Mini Show Feb/Mar


49th  Annual MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW 2018

Mini Art Treasures!

The 49th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association, will be on exhibit February 22 through March 15 at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands. The Grand Opening will be Friday, Feb 23 from 5 to 7 pm.

Originality, Quality, Variety    The Mini Show has been unique to the Redlands Art Association.  What makes it different is the limitation of the art piece to 14.5" including base or frame and that all media is accepted.  For example, artists can submit photography, digital (computer) work, fiber art, drawings, glass, sculptures in wood- stone- and metal, as well as the traditional fine arts.  This jurist for the show is noted photographer, Sant Khalsa.   Naturally, its success has spawned similar shows, however, the MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members.  Ms. Khalsa will choose the winners of the competition and award over $ 2000 in cash and product awards.

Any artist residing in California or a member of the Redlands Art Association may submit up to three recent pieces of work, of their original design. Entry is in person, Sunday, Feb. 18, 10am-4pm, at the RAA Sales Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. Rules and Fee structure is in the prospectus/entry form found here. The online form is typeable… really great!

The jurist:  Sant Khalsa is an artist, educator and curator whose projects develop from her inquiry into the nature of place, and complex environmental and societal issues. Her photographs, mixed media sculptures and installation works have been shown internationally in more than 175 exhibitions and are acquired by museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and UCR/California Museum of Photography. Khalsa is a recipient of fellowships, awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities, Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, and others. In March 2012, she was honored as the first recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field of photography.


Her artworks are published in many books and exhibition catalogues including Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment (Skira/Rizzoli, 2011), Seismic Shift (The Getty and University of California Riverside/California Museum of Photography, 2011), Backyard Oasis (The Getty, Palm Springs Art Museum and DelMonico Books, 2012), and Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future (Natural World Museum and Earth Aware Editions, 2007). She is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has been on the faculty since 1988 and served as the Chair of the Department of Art (2003-2012). She resides in Joshua Tree and is represented by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.


For further information, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., Redlands or call, 909-792-8435.

Sant Khalsa Headshot

Program: Patricia Rose Ford

Tuesday, Jan 23. at 7 pm

Pat Rose Ford will be our January program speaker. She’ll talk about painting with pastels and her adventures in plein air pastel.

Artist Bio:

As a landscape painter, I love the great outdoors, particularly the scenes of the southwestern deserts and coastlines.  Mostly I paint, with pastels in air, as I enjoy being in nature, looking at a beautiful scene, and translating the emotions of what I see onto the paper.  My hope is that I am able to convey in my art, the feelings of joy and tranquility that I experience when painting.

Since childhood, drawing, coloring and painting have always been my passion.  While Social Work was my major in college, painting continued to be my first love and I completed a minor in Fine Art.  Although my career as a social worker was fulfilling, I always wanted to have more time to paint.  In 2003, I retired from social work and began to apply my love for art, now as a full-time artist.

My work has been exhibited in local and national juried shows throughout the United States.  I have also been honored with a number of awards and recognitions at these venues.  For me, an even greater reward has been enjoying the camaraderie of fellow artists, studying with plein air masters, and the experience of meeting and getting to know the individuals who appreciate and collect my art.

Membership affiliations: Women Artist of the West, Master Signature - Pastel Society of the West Coast, Signature Member- Member – Plein Air Painters of New Mexico - Pastel Society of New Mexico - California Art Club, Associate member.

Web site: www.patriciaroseford.com


E-mail:  patriciaroseford@gmail.com - Phone # (909) 553-3883

Recent Awards, and Juried Exhibitions:

2016 - October - Plein Air Moab - Honorable Mention

2016  -  September - Escalante Canyons Art Festival - Award of Merit

2016 - February - Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, Borrego Springs, CA

2015 - May -    Women Artists of the West, 45th Annual National Exhibition-Tucson Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ. - Best Pastel

2015 - June - Santa Fe, Plein Air Festival, Santa Fe, NM

2015 - July -  Pastels USA - 29th Annual International Open Exhibition - Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA  -  Pastel Porter Award

2015 - September - Escalante Plein Air Festival, Escalante, UT

2014- September -  Enchanted Lands:  Celebrating NM Public Lands- PAPNM Albuquerque, NM Best of Show

2014 – May -  Women Artists of the West, 44th National Exhibition, Women’s Museum of California Publisher’s Award, Fine Art Connoisseur    

2014 – May -  PAPNM Members Juried Exhibition, Gary Kim Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Award of Excellence - Pastel


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