Proposed Gallery Renovation

September 2011 Report from the Remodeling Task Force

Over a year ago the decision was made to pursue the possibility of remodeling and adding to our present facility. A Remodeling Task Force was formed to work with the architect: John Fisher, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft (chair), Jerry Meeker and Annette Weis. Armantrout Architects were retained for the preliminary and feasibility plans only. The architect’s cost of $3500 was donated by Larry Harvill and Evelyn Ifft.

The task force met many times with Leon Armantrout and his assistant, Avani Pavasia, from Janurary to May 2011. We informed them of our needs, hopes and restrictions as pertained to the project. Avani spent much time researching ideas, materials, furniture, etc. and then planning the space.

Below is her statement of purpose, the new floor plan and the visualized RAA façade. Further information, pictures, and material samples are in the gallery near the library for you to see, scroll down to the bottom of the page for these as well.

Thank you, Evelyn Ifft, chair

Philosophy and Approach to the RAA Design

The inspiration and motivation to update and expand the present gallery space came from the collective enthusiasm of numerous hearts and souls directly and indirectly involved in the project.

The existing RAA State Street Gallery is the result of the history of a place originally built by the Gas Company in the mid-sixties and subsequently purchased in 1973 by Carl Doss for one of the first Century 21 Real Estate offices. Today its’ location at 215 East State Street in Redlands is enhanced by one of the Indian Laurel trees lining the street. These large trees define a beautiful setting in downtown Redlands for an art gallery/association.

There is also the remarkable motivation and inspiration among the members involved in this design project. The goals and visions of these folk are all based on various degrees of involvement. Together, all of us believe in creating a gallery design which can support our environment and health. A well-organized collection of design elements, both interior and exterior, can lead to higher productivity, happiness, and prosperity. The RAA Art Gallery is a perfect example of that happening in Redlands today.

Not so long ago I started working with Armantrout Architects who assigned me the task of creating a new and distinctive place for art education and exhibition purposes. RAA’s goal was to do a major renovation to gain space for their expanding classroom needs and a larger exhibit area. Thanks to Leon Armantrout and the RAA Remodeling Committee, my imagination took flight. Their strict guidelines and requirements became a challenge, but my mission was to translate their necessity into a creative preliminary design…and that is how it all began.

Due to the emerging green movement, artists have begun to incorporate nature into every field of art. My goal was to take advantage of that to create a gallery space that is unique, yet close to the roots of RAA and culture of Redlands. The idea of a floated organic shaped drywall ceiling with a partially exposed roof structure and a skylight will add high volume and light to the space. I have always enjoyed using a combination of different surface materials in interior space. The use of industrial materials, such as glass and bare metal, combined with sustainable materials like bamboo flooring and with natural organic shapes can create a very effective and inviting interior space. A freeform-shaped lacquer finished front desk, abstract metal tree branches for the jewelry display wall and exaggerated stacked metal strips behind the desk balance a perfect tranquility with sophistication. The green movement has already been effectively implemented by the solar panels above the north wall. We will retain and add to them with the new addition. Our goal is to make the building as green as possible in order to earn maximum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification so that Redlands will have another example of a high quality, sustainable building at RAA.

Each project has a story and inspiration. This project’s inspiration came from the Indian Laurel tree that stands just outside of the existing entrance. Time and trends are constantly altering that which shapes our society and living. As I always say, “Design makes a difference”. Materials gathered together harmoniously create a place for meetings and educational purposes, for exhibition of art as well as a contribution to the environment.

The interior design is edgy, yet it has a classic twist. When I envision the art gallery space, I think of simplicity, elegance, art, comfort and belongingness. With high regards for RAA’s specific guidelines and Leon Armantrout’s architectural expertise, this vision came alive. It can be seen when you look at the preliminary plans and sketches which are displayed in the gallery. The RAA art gallery should be a place where people can meet to appreciate, enjoy and create art.

Avani R. Pavasia of Armantrout Architects

 

 

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Program & Workshop w/Snezana S. Petrovic

March Program: When Life Turns Upside Down: Art Emerges

Snezana_Saraswati_2014TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST AT 7:00 PM

Snezana Saraswati Petrovic is an amazingly creative artist who has stretched art boundaries in many directions.  It is a privilege for RAA to have this nationally and internationally acclaimed artist as a program presenter.  This Redlands based artist, has lived here with her family for the past 24 years.  Her artistic journey started in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and has continued throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

She is an award winning 2D, 3D and 4D artist, an independent curator, gallery director, educator; as well as an award–winning set/costume designer.  She is a recipient of the UC Regents Grant and National Endowment for the Arts for the collaborative project, “Song and Dances of Imaginary Lands.”  She involves local community on project developments.  For instance she repurposed and recycled designs for 240 costumes and 27 installations for the avant-garde opera by O-Lan Jones, produced by Overtone Industries.  She is the recipient of the “Ovation Award 2010” for this design in Large Theater category.

Collaborative environments are what Snezana is most passionate about.  She just returned from a residency in Tokyo, Japan.  There she worked as a founding member of the “Butterfly Effect Project” that consisted of installations and performance art collaboration between Japanese and US artists.  Her most recent work is a performance piece, “Improvisatore,” performed at UC Irvine and the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Highways Performance Space in LA.

April Workshop: The Creative Spark w/Unorthodox Materials

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, FROM 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (W/A LUNCH BREAK)

Installation artist Snezana Saraswati Petrovic, will demonstrate a wide variety of ways to use unorthodox sculpture materials.  Newspapers and old books are starting points for a creation of newspaper yarn to 3D designs, small scale sculpture, assemblages and installations.  Come learn, create and be inspired by this amazing lady!

NOTE:  ArtweekLA, reviewer Betty Ann Brown, claimed Petrovic’s newspaper yarn sculpture to be the most interesting in an immense group show at Pico House in LA, during March of 2014.  She said her sculptures, lit from the front, casting complex shadows on the wall, were elegant and wonderfully straddled sculpture, textile and poetry.

Workshop Fee:  $70 members / $75 non-members   -  Supply list available at sign up.

Sign up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

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Much to do about Mini Art

The  Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, is on display at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands, through March 26.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, it’s a juried show – an artist’s competition with 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5" including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted.  For example, where else can an artist compete with a piece of art made from compressed dirt?  The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists, which brings in art from Arcadia to Palm Springs.   86 artists submitted 339 pieces ~ but only 200 pieces were chosen to show.  Our jurist was Leslie A. Brown.

Leslie A. Brown is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of New Mexico in painting and printmaking.  During her masters work she received a fellowship to study printmaking at the Tamarind Institute of Printinmaking in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her career has spanned 40 years as an artist and educator and her exhibition record is extensive.  Her works are featured in prominent private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Ms. Brown is a faculty member at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA, and the Gallery Director of the Quad Gallery.  Ms Brown has curated broadly in the Southern California region and resides in beautiful Temecula, CA with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Winners of the competition participated in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.

First Place, $400, was presented to Redlands artist, Jeff Owens for his acrylic painting, Madonna of the Mandarins.  Second Place, $300, to Scott Krohne from Loma Linda and Third Place, $200, to John Brownfield from Redlands.  Juror=s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Jan Harvey from Yucaipa and Angela Koenig, Rancho Cucamonga;  Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, to Dan Soury and Christine Egg White, both of Redlands. Past President=s Award, $100, given to Martha Cowan; Joan Wiley Memorial Award was presented to Jack Rowe. Watercolor West gave a $50 award to r.mike nichols..  Community Sponsors donated to fund awards.  Our community sponsors were: Ozel Jewelers of Redlands, donating $500, Security Bank, donated $50, and Pacific Western Bank donated $100. Winners of the community sponsored awards are: Trica Beuler, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja (2 awards) and Tia Shira (2 awards), Mary Gehley, and Rilla Jaggia.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged in advance to purchase art from the show.  Patrons had a private show to select their art. Purchase Patrons were: David & Marjorie Olson who bought a collage by Peggy Dornbach and an etching by Janet Edwards.  The Redlands Community Hospital Foundation bought an oil painting by David Saline.  Carolyn McHugh bought an oil from Vici Haag and Sandy Davies bought a small mixed media painting by Aubrey Sanchez.  Shirley Harry purchased pieces from Tony Radcliffe, Aida Schneider, Christine Egg White, and Caroline McAllister.

Art supplies or services donated prizes, as well.  Faber-Castell donated sets of color & watercolor pencils to Nancy O’Connor and Annette Miller.  Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery gave gift certificates towards art supplies, $100 to Chick Curtis, $125 to Fariad, $150 to David Saline.  Wilson’s Frame Up donated a framed $75 gift certificate to Stan Ford; Bud Rickert’s Art Supplies & Restoration donated $40 to Kade Berg-Cacao;  Ampersand donated a set of painting panels worth $85 to Aida Schneider; Penny Schwartz and Peggy Dornbach received $25 gift certificates from Guzapa Frame & Art Printing; RAA member Lynn Douglass donated $75 for Creative Jewelry to Tia Shira.

81 Redlands Art Association member artists juried into the show are: Helen Bell, Kade Berg-Cacao, Tricia Beuler, Debbi Bishop, William Breer, Beverly Brett, Elva Brooks, John Brownfield, Cindy Canarozzi, Elizabeth Carr, Helen Carson, Liz Coviello, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Yan Guang Deng, Peggy Dornbach, Janet Edwards, Julie Evans, Fariad, John Fisher, Patricia Franks, Mary Gehley, Deborah George, Mary Grinyer, Vici Haag, Antionette Hanson, Jan Harvey, Joyce Hatzidakis, Kelley Havens, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Rilla Jaggia, Tanya Kirkendall, Angela Koenig, Michael LeBlanc, Carol Lima, Michael Mazgai, Caroline McAllister, Diane McLaughlin, Pat Meeker, Joanna Mersereau, Annette Miller, Tom Mogensen, r. mike nichols, Nancy O’Connor, Jon Olson, Marjorie Olson, Alicia O’Neal, Susie O’Neal, Jeff Owens, Ginger Pena, Lori Powell, Tony Radcliffe, Robert Reid, Linda Richards, Jack Rowe, Dave Saline, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Kandra Scullin, Joe Severino, Wayne Sheets, Tia Shira, Joan Marie Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ron Stephany, Margaret Thielemann, Vlad Voytilla, MaryLou Wallace, Jean Waller, Kay West, Angela Westengard, Alycia Wheeler, Christine Egg White, Brad Willason, Sally Wirth, and Ruth Wood.

25 other exhibiting artists are: Marge Beasley, Ann Bingham-Freeman, Karen Clark, Joan Coffey, Gary Dehrer, Tona Epperson, Annabeth Fenandez, Gloria Fogler-Mancini, Stan Ford, Faith Forsey, Diane Franklin, Mary Grossman, Karl Hager, Rachel Haigh, Constance Jury, Scott Krohne, Virginia Melton, ada m. passaro, Betty Pilley, Kindra Pizarro, Laura Ryan, Michael Saenz, Jessica Newman Skrentny, Dean Spencer, and Steve Walag.

 

Committee: Sandy Davies, Tony Radcliffe, Angela Koenig, Martha Cowan, Judith Sparhawk, Grace Fermier, and Cheryl O’Connor.

The Gallery is open to the public, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

 

Art-On-State-Street & Redlands ArtWalk

RAA’s ART-ON-STATE STREET is again joining Downtown Redlands ArtWalk  on Sunday, March 29, downtown on State Street between Orange & 6th Streets.  The two blocks of State Street between Orange and 6th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and the artist’s wares will fill the street.   Like Market Night, the artists will have their canopies, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy pedestrian walking down the middle of the street.   Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street. The event is one day only, Sunday March 29 from Noon to 6 pm.  Come join in on the fun.  The event is also featuring @thestateonstate serving food at Ed Hales park.   As always the wonderful folks at the Citrograph Foundation will be serving up your favorite ‪#‎local‬ ‪#‎beer‬ ‪#‎hangar24‬ ‪#‎ritual‬ ‪#‎redlandsca‬.