Proposed Gallery Renovation

September 2011 Report from the Remodeling Task Force

As our membership has expanded, we have outgrown our existing space. Our classroom is over utilized and the gallery bursts with great art packed into too small of a space.

To address our space limitations, a Remodeling Task Force was formed: 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. 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 Avani Pavasia’s statement of purpose, the new floor plan and the visualized RAA façade. Further information, pictures, and material samples are in the gallery for you to see.

Now we need your help to meet the visual arts needs of the community. Your donation, no matter how large or small, will help us continue to provide art classes and opportunities to artists of every age.

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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Upcoming Events

AOSS / Downtown ArtWalk 3/26

Put this on your calendar… RAA’s Art-on-State Street is teaming up again with Redlands’ Downtown ArtWalk on March 26, 2017.

50 RAA artists will line State Street in front of the Gallery on for one day only, Sunday March 26 from 12 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.

Over 150 artists total will flood State Street – 5th Street – 6th Street – Citrus Ave inside downtown businesses, as well as on the streets. Ed Hales Park will have a beer/wine garden with 3 local breweries and a winery… music and food trucks will be throughout the area.

Get your walking shoes on ... and visit downtown Redlands!

Mini Art makes Major Show

 

The 48th Annual 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, March 9 through the 30th.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5" including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted. The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California. An art judge views the entries and selects the ones for the show. Penny McElroy, Professor of Art at the University of Redlands judged the show and awarded the prizes.

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

First Place, $400, was presented to Christine White from Redlands for her oil, “Quiet”.  Second Place, $300, to Ann BinghamFreeman from Yucaipa and Third Place, $200, to Tony Radcliffe from Redlands. Juror’s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Natalie Richards from San Bernardino  and Lori Worby Krebs from Banning; Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, to Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja from Loma Linda and Julie Evans from Highland. Past President’s Award, $100, given to Caroline McAllister; Joan Wiley Memorial Award was presented to Karen Clark. Watercolor West gave a $50 award to Betty Pilley in Hemet for excellence in watercolor. Honorable Mention awards are: Chick Curtis, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, and Alycia Wheeler.

First, Second, and third Places.....

               

Art supply companies also donated goods for prizes.  Those companies are: Salis International  (Doc Martins), Jack Richeson & Co., Wilson’s Frame Up, Createx Art Products, Guerrila Painters, Ampersand products, and Bud Rickert’s.  The winners of the goods were: Aida Schneider, Helga Batman-Koplin, Linda Willason, Teri Adams, AnnaBeth Fernandez, r. mike nichols, Martha Cowan, Jeff Owens, Pat Meeker, and Holly Warner.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged to buy art even before the show opened. They were: Shirley Harry, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation, Susan Sequeira, Sandy Davies, Judith Sparhawk, Kris Bussard, and David & Marjorie Olson.  The morning before the shop opened, they chose to buy art from: Tony Radcliffe, Judith Sparhawk, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Carol Stouthamer, Betty Pilley,Edward Sotello, and r. mike nichols.

58 Redlands Art Association member artists were juried into the show: Teri Adams, BeaJay Hurd Baldwin, Leah Balestieri, Helga Batman-Koplin, Beverly Brett, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Sandy Davies, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Janet Edwards, Julie R. Evans, Susan Evans, Annabeth Fernandez, Betty Francis, Tom Gillett, Candy Glendening, Ernesto Gomez, Tracy Graber, Mary Grinyer, Jan Harvey, Bruce Herwig, Ezra Hunt, Evelyn Ifft, Amanda Jonson, Sheila LeBlanc, Michael Mazagi, Pat Meeker, Rick Meidell, Joanna Mersereau, r. mike nichols, Nancy O’Connor, Marjorie Olson, Jeff Owen, Ginger Pena, Tony Radcliffe, Linda Richards, Natalie Richards, Nancy Roeder, Lenore Roth, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Joan Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ron Stephany, Kitty Stephens, Carol Stouthamer, Jo Sutt, Vlad Voytilla, Jean Waller, Holly Warner, Alycia Wheeler, Christine E. White, Linda Willason, Trudy Wood, and Lori Worby-Krebs.

11 other exhibiting artists are: Ann BinghamFreeman, Karen Clark, Rudy Estanque, David Fairrington, Rachel Haigh, Caroline McAllister, Virginia Melton, Vicki Moran, Jessica Newman-Skrentny, Betty Pilley, and Dave Saline.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.  The show is open to the public at no charge.  For more information, call 909-792-8435