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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Upcoming Events

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.

 

San Manuel Education Grant

RAA's Youth Art Education program gets help from San Manuel

ThRAA youth art classe Redlands Art Association believes art education should be a lifelong endeavor and it starts with the young. They are pleased to announce that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has given a donation in the amount of $2,100 to support RAA's Youth Art Education Program. These funds will provide 14 scholarships and general supplies for those students with a financial need. The RAA Director of Youth Education, Suzanne Burke, will oversee the distribution of the funds.

Burke reports RAA has been conducting youth art classes for more than 40 years. There are classes available every afternoon during the RUSD school year and some Saturday seasonal classes. They also offer Homeschool classes two days a week in the morning.

RAA’s California accredited teachers design the classes based on the age of the student group, 6-9 years old, 9-12 and 12+. The "Academy" classes offered are based on the Elements of Art and follow a curriculum based on the National Visual Arts Standards. This includes the language of art (line, shape, color, value, form, texture), making art (lines and colors to express feelings, facial and figure proportions, texture in 2D and 3D artwork, symmetry and composition), art in the world (research art from different cultures in California, studying the Masters and contemporary artists), and valuing art (talk about how I made it, judging works of art using elements/principles).

"Creative Journey" classes are based on the creative process in an art studio/gallery setting usually dedicated to one subject, for example: Anime cartooning or clay building.

The art classes are conducted in the East wing of the RAA Gallery where the students are surrounded by art from local artists. The student’s work is displayed on the wall to give them a sense of accomplishment.

Visit RAA’s website at www.Redlands-art.org, visit the Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown Redlands or call 909-792-8435 to learn more.

 

Mood Indigo Reception

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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, a journal for doodles or scribbles, these 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.

Last summer she spent some time with a completely different type of dye, the natural vat Indigo. The process is complete different from dyeing with Procion MX dyes, but she really enjoyed this new media. She is working on a new body of work that features her Indigo dyed fabric for her upcoming featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association called “Mood Indigo”

  • Show Dates: July 16 - August 7
  • Opening Reception: Sunday, July 17 from 2 - 4 pm
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