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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Textile Artist November Program

My Journey from Traditional to Art Quilter by Candy Glendening

Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm

Candy Glendening LaughRedlands textile artist Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”; bags to carry, silk scarves to wear are all opportunities to create an item that brings joy to the senses of sight and touch.

She has been using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes for close to 20 years now, using just a few primary colors plus black to create a myriad of different hues. Because she can dye any color she wants the options can be overwhelming; so most of her work is done in a series that starts with curating, creating and dyeing a color palette of single and multicolor fabrics and working with it for several months in order to really absorb and enjoy how those particular hues relate to one another.

In this program, Candy will discuss how her obsession with color and dyeing fabric led her from making traditional quilts with store bought fabric to becoming the fabric artist she is today. Her story should resonate with artists of any media and help inform beginning artists who are searching for their "muse".

An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines (29 at last count); twice her art was featured on the cover. She has also filmed 8 different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. Interweave has also produced Candy illustrating her artistic process in two workshop DVDs: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”.


By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night, weekend, and online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She shows and sells her work at local art fairs as well as the Redlands Art Association. She joined the Redlands Art Association in 2008, and has been its newsletter and website designer since 2009. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her at her home on the internet:


The program is free and open to the public; the gallery is located at 215 E. State St. in Redlands, CA 92373

Candy Glendening Laugh

Christmas Tree Take-In

Friday November 18th

Yes, it’s just 4 weeks away! This is an invitation for all Friends of RAA to decorate the tree with up to 10 handmade or decorated Holiday Ornaments and small gifts to be sold in the gallery. As with any sale we ring the artist if a piece sells and the artist is welcome to replace it with another ornament. The Christmas Tree will be up on the 18th November and Friends of RAA are welcome to come in on the Friday 18th November between 11.30am and 4pm. The fee will be $5. Last year we sold over 100 ornaments and small gifts from the tree. Again there will be a table set aside in the East Gallery for some “under the tree” gifts as well, such as scarves and bulkier items along with a basket for Christmas cards.

Liz Coviello, RAA President

Halloween Gathering

RAA Opening Reception, Halloween Gathering: “The Way We Were”

Friday October 28th, 7-9 PM

This month's RAA Opening Reception falls on the Friday of Halloween weekend, and the title for this event is most fitting! Yes foolish mortals, we will enjoy the gorgeous show pieces in the gallery, spooky snacks, beverages, and good conversation! But in the true spirit of Halloween we also encourage you to join in a festive interpretation and come dressed-up as your favorite deceased artist from the past (other costumes are welcome too). Ooooh, who knows who you might see!

We look forward to seeing you Mr. Salvador Dali, Ms. Frida Kahlo, Mr. Andy Warhol -- is that you? Dirt, dust, and decay is optional but a dreadfully delightful night at the RAA is a sure thing!


Many thanks!


Christine White, RAA Board Member