“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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Georgia O’Keeffe Program

Georgia O'Keeffe's Early Years are the subject of Sept. 27 Program

The new Program Series at the Redlands Art Association Gallery starts with the lecture “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Early Works, 1901-1939”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Zoeckler, retired, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.


During Georgia O'Keeffe's long and productive life she created approximately 1000 oil paintings plus another thousand watercolors and drawings, and even a few sculptures and clay pots. Her formal art training began when she was 18, attending the fall semester of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with John Vanderpoel. She studied at the Art Student's League in New York City under William M. Chase, Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox.  Her painting of a dead rabbit with a copper pot shows Chase's influence.

She went on to study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a modernist who strongly influenced her approach to art and her teaching methods.  In 1915 she had an epiphany and declared "I can't live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to -- I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to - school and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."  In January 1916 her radical new daringly abstract charcoal drawings came to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, influential owner of 291 Gallery in New York and publisher of an avant-garde magazine on art and photography.  Stieglitz began to exhibit her work at 291 and other New York galleries.  When she moved to New York City, their ensuing relationship ignited her creativity and career.  This lecture will explore her working methods and sources of inspiration.  How did her unique vision produce these works?  Who were her friends and where did she travel?  When possible, using her own words, we will examine the sources for some of these timeless and mesmerizing creations.

“Hard to describe someone so sensational.”  says Linda Zoeckler.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.





Mark your calendar! For more details, see the flyer here.


  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm and Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 pm    LAST CAB TO DARWIN - Winner of  5 awards and 23 nominations in 2016 Austrailia Academy of Cinema & Television Awards.
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm and Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm   THE MEASURE OF A MAN - French with English subtitles. Winner 2016 Cesar Awards, Best Actor 2015 Cannes film Festival.
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm and Thursday, October 27 at 2:30 pm    THE INNOCENTS -  French with English subtitles.  Directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel).
  • Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm and Thursday, November 10 at 2:30 pm    OUR LITTLE SISTER - Japanese with English subtitles.  Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Tickets:  $ 15 / person.  Students with I/D $ 10.  All proceeds of this series benefit art education programs throughout the city of Redlands.

Krikroian Cinema, 340 N. Eureka St, Redlands




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.