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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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.

 

 

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CINEMA CLASSICS Fall Series

Mark your calendar!     See the flyer details on the home page, under the Movies tab.

Briefly:

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.