“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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New Officers announced

The Board of Directors of the Redlands Art Association announced the new officers for 2015-2016.  Larry Harvill, chairman of the board, introduced Liz Coviello and Maggie Macro as the new president and vice president respectfully, and Kris Bussard our new treasurer.  Liz, a longtime RAA member, has been on the operating committee for years, in various offices and takes over the gavel from Gail Brownfield, who had held the position for 5 years.  Maggie is fairly new to the association but is looking forward to helping however she can.  Kris, CFO of the Alta Vista Credit Union is well qualified to act as treasurer.  Both Liz and Maggie are from Great Britian so we've been saying, "The British are coming!"

Other operating committee members are: Cheryl O'Connor, Ann Brandt, Suzanne Burke, Tomi Olson, Sandy Davies, Pat Meeker, Margaret Gooding, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Judith Sparhawk, Bronwyn Weis, Jerry Meeker, Francis Wiley, Beajay Hurd, Lori Powell, Judy Blair, Candy Glendening, and Grace Fermier.

’14-’15 MCAEEF funding

At the annual meeting of the Redlands Art Association on June 3, Jerry Meeker, chairman of the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund, announced RAA has given $22,795 in grants, scholarships, and awards for the 2014 fiscal year.  The funds used are generated by the Cinema Classic film series.

Recipients of the grants are: Smiley Elementary, Kimberly Elementary, AAA Academy- Minimum Day Art and Art Clubs at Kingsbury and McKinley Elementary schools, Judson/Brown Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Grove High School, Redlands eAcademy, Orangewood High School, Sacred Heart Academy, and Micah House - Oxford and Chapel.  Scholarship awards were given to deserving students of Redlands HS, Redlands East Valley HS, Citrus Valley HS, Orangewood HS and Grove HS.

Annette Weis and the rest of the MCAEEF committee were applauded for the work they do to raise these funds. The Redlands Cinema Classics are put on twice a year at the Krikorian Theater.


Fairrington: The Art of Critiquing

The Art of Critiquing, with David Fairrington, acclaimed artist

Refine your skills, solve framing questions, learn how to talk about art, increase your sales, and make a friend! This all happens through friendly feedback and critique hosted by the RAA.

Here, David Fairrington guides group discussion and feedback on artwork. All artists & art-enjoyers are welcome. Please bring a piece you'd like to discuss – can be yours, or one you own.

  • When: Saturday June 6th, 1:00-3:30 PM at the RAA
  • Cost: $10.00

Questions? Contact Christine White at