“Art is not just for artists,”  Margaret Clark once said.  “Success in art gives a child greater self-esteem.  Then he can learn better.”

Margaret Davis Clark came to Redlands in 1947 and for 50 years influenced the present and future of art and culture in the San Bernardino Valley.  A professor at the University of Redlands for 26 years, she taught elementary teacher candidates, infusing them with a passion for using art to teach and reach their students.  In 1964, she cofounded the Redlands Art Association, establishing yet another avenue to promote visual arts with art classes for children.

Named in her honor, the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF) carries on her legacy of devotion to bringing art to the Redlands community.  MCAEEF offers a wide range of arts programs to enrich the Redlands community.   Programs are financed by the Classic Movie Series and community contributions.

Your donation helps fund programs like these:

  • Scholarships to RAA art classes
  • Youth Art Education classes
  • Scholarships, awards, and grants for area high school art departments
  • Art in Public Schools project
  • Grants for RAA projects
  • Grants to individuals

For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit our Margaret Clark Art Grants page (insert link).

Members of the 2016 – 2017 MCAEEF Committee are:

  • John Brownfield (Committee Chair)
  • Suzanne Burke
  • Grace Fermier
  • Tom Gillett
  • Jeff Owens
  • Lori Powell
  • Maria Rossi
  • Edward Sotello
  • Annette Weis

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Upcoming Events

October Art-on-State Street

Put this on your calendar… RAA’s Art-on-State Street is teaming up again with Redlands’ Downtown ArtWalk on October 23, 2016.

50 RAA artists will line State Street between 5th & 6th (near Ed Hale’s Park) on for one day only, Sunday Oct. 23 from Noon 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. Other attractions are the food trucks,  food/beer garden, the music, and the other artists and booths around in downtown businesses.  The Gallery at 215 E. State Street will also be open.

Interested artists can contact the Gallery for more information.


San Manuel Education Grant

RAA's Youth Art Education program gets help from San Manuel

ThRAA youth art classe Redlands Art Association believes art education should be a lifelong endeavor and it starts with the young. They are pleased to announce that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has given a donation in the amount of $2,100 to support RAA's Youth Art Education Program. These funds will provide 14 scholarships and general supplies for those students with a financial need. The RAA Director of Youth Education, Suzanne Burke, will oversee the distribution of the funds.

Burke reports RAA has been conducting youth art classes for more than 40 years. There are classes available every afternoon during the RUSD school year and some Saturday seasonal classes. They also offer Homeschool classes two days a week in the morning.

RAA’s California accredited teachers design the classes based on the age of the student group, 6-9 years old, 9-12 and 12+. The "Academy" classes offered are based on the Elements of Art and follow a curriculum based on the National Visual Arts Standards. This includes the language of art (line, shape, color, value, form, texture), making art (lines and colors to express feelings, facial and figure proportions, texture in 2D and 3D artwork, symmetry and composition), art in the world (research art from different cultures in California, studying the Masters and contemporary artists), and valuing art (talk about how I made it, judging works of art using elements/principles).

"Creative Journey" classes are based on the creative process in an art studio/gallery setting usually dedicated to one subject, for example: Anime cartooning or clay building.

The art classes are conducted in the East wing of the RAA Gallery where the students are surrounded by art from local artists. The student’s work is displayed on the wall to give them a sense of accomplishment.

Visit RAA’s website at, visit the Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown Redlands or call 909-792-8435 to learn more.


Mood Indigo Reception


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, a journal for doodles or scribbles, these 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.

Last summer she spent some time with a completely different type of dye, the natural vat Indigo. The process is complete different from dyeing with Procion MX dyes, but she really enjoyed this new media. She is working on a new body of work that features her Indigo dyed fabric for her upcoming featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association called “Mood Indigo”

  • Show Dates: July 16 - August 7
  • Opening Reception: Sunday, July 17 from 2 - 4 pm