“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

“SHOOTING REDLANDS” Program 5-23-17 by Bruce Herwig

Program night... Tuesday, May 23 at 7 pm.

Bruce Herwig, Redlands photo enthusiast, will be sharing his passion for photography, how he developed his "Color Me Redlands" Coloring book, and his tips and techniques on how to market your art.

Free and open to the public.  Attendees will be entered to win a copy of his "Color Me Redlands" coloring book.

Linda Richards – Featured Artist May 13-June 3

Redlands artist discovers late father's negatives, creates unique exhibit

PictureRedlands artist Linda Richards shows a photo developed from a roll of film discovered more than 50 years after her late father had shot it, and her oil rendering of it. Both her father's art and her art inspired by it will be on special exhibit at the Redlands Art Association May 13 through June 3.

After her father's death, Redlands artist Linda Richards discovered a box of photo negatives he had left behind.

They had been shot in the 1930s and '40s, on black-and-white film, when he was young and unmarried. He had traveled to big cities, and the shots were from stage shows and road trips.

"Dad died in the early '90s," Richards said by phone. "He was always a good photographer, and we found all these negatives after he died."

Her father never saw the images he captured, but Richards had the photos developed and knew she had to do something with them.

"They were amazing," she said. "They were from his travels in 1939 and the early '40s. He was in his 20s."

Richards herself traveled to the places depicted in the photos -- standing, when she could, where her father had stood to take them. She figured out many had been taken from the back seats of taxi cabs or from her father's car.

In 2010 she took a painting class at the Redlands Art Association. Then she took another. Before she could say "I love retirement" she had developed skills in multiple art media, and had the means to put inspiration to canvas.

"Then I thought, oh my gosh, I found something I can do with Dad's photos," she said.

Richards made oil depictions of her father's photography. Some paintings are in color, and some are in sepia tone.

She painted 20 renderings of her father's art, and submitted 18 to the RAA, which scheduled a Featured Artist Show.

Richards' father's original photography will be on exhibit as part of the show.

"I was reminded of my own father, after reading Linda's description of her upcoming exhibition," said Sandy Davies of the RAA, by email. "She's sure to stir a lot of memories with her art."

One of Richards' paintings -- of Times Square in New York -- shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards said.

The Featured Artist Show featuring Linda Richards' artwork runs May 13 to June 3 at the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St. in Redlands. The show is free and open to the public. A public reception will be May 20 from 4 to 6 at the same location.

Scenes From my Father's Past

What: Featured Artist Show for Linda Richards
When: May 13-June 3
Where: Redlands Art Association
215 E. State St., Redlands, CA
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Admission is free

Reception Party: May 20, 4-6 p.m. at the Redlands Art Association

Written by Toni Momberger

May 27 & 28: Art-in-the-Park

 & Redlands Festival of Arts

SMILEY PARK WILL BECOME A GALLERY FOR REDLANDS ART ASSOCIATION’S ART IN THE PARK!  Artists will be showing off their wares:  Glassware, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, as well as paintings of all styles will be set out for sale on this coming Memorial Day weekend.  Art-in-the-Park further demonstrates the blend of arts: from crafts to fine art.  Sandy Davies, from RAA says, “This is the best place to find original art from artists you can get to know.  Over the years, you can create a small collection from the artists whose art you appreciate”.

Open both May 27 & 28, the weekend before Memorial Day from 10 am to 5 pm, this is Redlands Art Association’s semi-annual outdoor sale.   About 70 Southland artists  will exhibit and sell their work at downtown’s Smiley Park,  situated beside the Police Annex (Old City Hall) on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, Redlands.

The Redlands Festival of Arts, behind Smiley Library – across the street from Art-in-the-Park, will encompass ALL the arts … music, theater and the visual arts.  Artists will also have booths- their art  juried by Penny McElroy for prizes.  RAA is helping with the hands-on Kids Zone supplying the craft materials.  The Lincoln Shrine will be open, as well ..  Food trucks, beer and wine will feed the crowd. For more information, visit their website.

It’s sure to be a weekend to celebrate the arts in Redlands!