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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Kid’s Art Show July 22-27

There's nothing more joyful than children's art. RAA's mission is art education which is shared by the parents of our youthful students. Classes fill up as soon as the new schedules go out!

Suzanne Burke, youth art education coordinator, and the teachers will present  a collection of the art.  Look closely and you'll see color theory-perspective-composition-anatomy-horizon lines-contrast-shapes-texture... the kids are having fun not realizing the lessons learned.

Come see the art and take a trip down memory lane of when you were a kid!  The show runs July 22 -27 with a reception on Saturday, the 22nd from 3 - 6 pm  .  

Suzanne Burke and Darlene Douthit

Alex Torrez & Jen Nguyen

Guest Artists August 12-19

Redlands Art Association is pleased to host Alex Torrez and Jennifer Nguyen as the Guest Artists in the East Gallery the week of August 12-19, 2017. Alex and Jen have been long time friends, helping each other promote their art.

Alex Torrez, 29, is an illustrator and designer from Claremont in southern California. Drawing and painting throughout his life, he discovered his passion for stippling and ink drawings, and has pursued this new monochromatic path with stark results. Torrez’s distinct, detailed technique and bold subject matter have seized a growing audience and clientele throughout the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, i.e., Rök House Brewing Co., Sanctum Brewing Co., Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, and much more.  His drawing below, "Acceptance Spirit".

His drawings and paintings reflect his youthful nostalgia, love of history, music, pop culture, and his hunger for life.

See Alex and Jen at their reception Sunday August 13 from 2 to 4 pm.

 

    

Jennifer Nguyen, 24, is the California-based freelance watercolorist and designer behind Le Petite Fox. Her work is compiled of small animals and big ideas that stem from architecture and everyday storytelling. Emphasis on simplicity and bold colors keep her work fresh and vibrant.

Originally from Tennessee, Nguyen attended University of Tennessee Knoxville and received her Bachelor’s degree in the School of Architecture in 2015. It was during her school travels abroad that she began to appreciate the true spontaneity, unpredictability, and swiftness of watercoloring as she was able to use it as a tool to record her fleeting thoughts on paper.

Nguyen has a passion for art and architecture and continues to explore ideas that shift across multiple styles and scales. She believes that developing an eye for detail is the key to conveying the deepest abstraction.

Gallery Closed August 5-11

Refreshing the Gallery:  Gallery closing Saturday, August 5th until Friday, August 11th.

August 4th is Take- Down only! The new show Celebrate has been postponed for one week to the 11th of August.

The gallery is closed from 5-10th August, inclusive.

Please, please, please, either collect your art on Friday 4th August between 9am and 7pm or make arrangements to collect it in the week prior to Take-Down.

What does refreshing entail? Replacing the carpet on the walls, painting, moving and rearranging furniture and more…. we don’t want to put art in the shed but if it’s left behind that’s where it will go - jewelry into plastic bags, table items wrapped as best as possible in newspaper and paintings between cardboard. I know some artists were upset for the MMMS because we were ringing them to collect their art and it wasn’t convenient… but what if that picture or table art had been damaged? Nobody wants that to happen.

If you would like to help in some way with Refreshing the Gallery, there is a sign-up sheet on the desk for names and telephone numbers.

Take-In for the “Celebrate” theme show moved to August 11th.

August 11th is Take-In for Celebrate between 9am and 7pm. The Opening Reception will be a joint reception with our Guest Artists Lex Torres is from Rancho Cucamonga and Jen Handi from Riverside on Sunday 13th August at 2pm. Come and see our refurbished gallery, meet the guest artists and see you own work on display.