MCAEEF

“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 2014-2015 MCAEEF Committee are:

  • Jerry Meeker, Chair
  • John Brownfield
  • Peggy Dornbach
  • Janet Edwards
  • Grace Fermier
  • Sue Kovacevich
  • Jeff Owens
  • Lori Powell
  • Tia Shira
  • Ed Sotello
  • Annette Weis
  • Gail Brownfield, ex officio

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Upcoming Events

Plein Air Painting Opportunity

HomeStead Plein Air Session
We're heading to the picturesque HomeStead property (http://homesteadoakglen.com/) in Oak Glen for an afternoon of painting in the open air, Saturday January 17, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  The property is beautiful and the owners have generously agreed to host us for the afternoon.  Meet at the gallery at 11:30 AM on the 17th and we'll caravan/carpool, or meet us up at the HomeStead later on.  Potluck at Larry and Evelyn Ifft's home to follow, at 5 PM.  Sign-up is available at the gallery, and there is no cost. Contact Christine White (christineeggwhite@gmail.com) with any questions.

Jan: 6th Community Photo Show

Give Us Your Best Shot!

Redlands Art Association announces its 6th Annual Community Photo Show-in-a Show, for viewing from Monday, January 12th through Sunday, the 18th.  Meet the Artist reception will be on Sunday, the 18th from 2 to 4 pm. The title of this show is, “Give Us Your Best Shot”... sure to provide an exceptional array of photographs.  The public is invited to enter.

For our photographers: Open to the public; no membership required.  Due to the increasingly great response in previous years, this year one entry per person will be allowed, so choose your very best photograph to be included in the show.  The title of this show is “Give Us Your Best Shot”, with open subject matter.

Take-in for the show will be on Saturday, January 10th, from 2 to 5 pm, at the RAA Gallery at 215 East State Street in Redlands.  On the final day, Sunday the 18th, a reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm, so invite your friends and family to enjoy refreshments and to admire your beautiful work. Concurrently, a special showing of paintings by internationally known painter, Ray Swanson, will be in the gallery.

The cost of entering your photography is $6 - entry forms at the Gallery.  The work must be prepared for hanging, framed (except for canvas or metallic prints), labeled, and with wire on the back. Maximum framed size is approximately 18 x 24 inches. Pick-up of the work will be on the 18th, from 4-5 pm, after the reception.  For questions, contact Judith Sparhawk, (909) 793-1876 or jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Ray Swanson Great Artist

 

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 at the RAA Gallery and Art Center from 2 to 4:30pm.  Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.  Call 909-792-8435 to RSVP.

Special Program at ESRI, Tue, January 13, 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  "Indian Performance of Spanish Music in California's Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable." by Dr. James Sandos. For info and reservations: www.esri.com/events/redlands-form

Special Program at RAA Gallery and Art Center on Tue, January 27, 2015, 7pm – 8pm by Dr. Nathan Gonzalez at the Gallery.Dr. Gonzales will speak on "History vs. Memory: Redlands and the Creation/Recreation/Fabrication of a Cultural Institution. Dr. Nathan Gonzalez is Head Archivist and Curator of the Special Collections for the Smiley Library, and the Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

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