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

AOSS / Downtown ArtWalk 3/26

Put this on your calendar… RAA’s Art-on-State Street is teaming up again with Redlands’ Downtown ArtWalk on March 26, 2017.

50 RAA artists will line State Street in front of the Gallery on for one day only, Sunday March 26 from 12 to 6 pm, offering a wonderful variety of art to the wandering visitors.  Serious art – whimsical art – functional art.  RAA is lucky to have such talented artists.

Over 150 artists total will flood State Street – 5th Street – 6th Street – Citrus Ave inside downtown businesses, as well as on the streets. Ed Hales Park will have a beer/wine garden with 3 local breweries and a winery… music and food trucks will be throughout the area.

Get your walking shoes on ... and visit downtown Redlands!

Mini Art makes Major Show

 

The 48th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, is on display at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands, March 9 through the 30th.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5" including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted. The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California. An art judge views the entries and selects the ones for the show. Penny McElroy, Professor of Art at the University of Redlands judged the show and awarded the prizes.

Winners of the competition participated in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.

First Place, $400, was presented to Christine White from Redlands for her oil, “Quiet”.  Second Place, $300, to Ann BinghamFreeman from Yucaipa and Third Place, $200, to Tony Radcliffe from Redlands. Juror’s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Natalie Richards from San Bernardino  and Lori Worby Krebs from Banning; Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, to Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja from Loma Linda and Julie Evans from Highland. Past President’s Award, $100, given to Caroline McAllister; Joan Wiley Memorial Award was presented to Karen Clark. Watercolor West gave a $50 award to Betty Pilley in Hemet for excellence in watercolor. Honorable Mention awards are: Chick Curtis, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, and Alycia Wheeler.

First, Second, and third Places.....

               

Art supply companies also donated goods for prizes.  Those companies are: Salis International  (Doc Martins), Jack Richeson & Co., Wilson’s Frame Up, Createx Art Products, Guerrila Painters, Ampersand products, and Bud Rickert’s.  The winners of the goods were: Aida Schneider, Helga Batman-Koplin, Linda Willason, Teri Adams, AnnaBeth Fernandez, r. mike nichols, Martha Cowan, Jeff Owens, Pat Meeker, and Holly Warner.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged to buy art even before the show opened. They were: Shirley Harry, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation, Susan Sequeira, Sandy Davies, Judith Sparhawk, Kris Bussard, and David & Marjorie Olson.  The morning before the shop opened, they chose to buy art from: Tony Radcliffe, Judith Sparhawk, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Carol Stouthamer, Betty Pilley,Edward Sotello, and r. mike nichols.

58 Redlands Art Association member artists were juried into the show: Teri Adams, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Leah Balestieri, Helga Batman-Koplin, Beverly Brett, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Sandy Davies, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Janet Edwards, Julie R. Evans, Susan Evans, Annabeth Fernandez, Betty Francis, Tom Gillett, Candy Glendening, Ernesto Gomez, Tracy Graber, Mary Grinyer, Jan Harvey, Bruce Herwig, Ezra Hunt, Evelyn Ifft, Amanda Jonson, Sheila LeBlanc, Michael Mazagi, Pat Meeker, Rick Meidell, Joanna Mersereau, r. mike nichols, Nancy O’Connor, Marjorie Olson, Jeff Owen, Ginger Pena, Tony Radcliffe, Linda Richards, Natalie Richards, Nancy Roeder, Lenore Roth, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Joan Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ron Stephany, Kitty Stephens, Carol Stouthamer, Jo Sutt, Vlad Voytilla, Jean Waller, Holly Warner, Alycia Wheeler, Christine E. White, Linda Willason, Trudy Wood, and Lori Worby-Krebs.

11 other exhibiting artists are: Ann BinghamFreeman, Karen Clark, Rudy Estanque, David Fairrington, Rachel Haigh, Caroline McAllister, Virginia Melton, Vicki Moran, Jessica Newman-Skrentny, Betty Pilley, and Dave Saline.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.  The show is open to the public at no charge.  For more information, call 909-792-8435