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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“SHOOTING REDLANDS” Program 5-23-17 by Bruce Herwig

Program night... Tuesday, May 23 at 7 pm.

Bruce Herwig, Redlands photo enthusiast, will be sharing his passion for photography, how he developed his "Color Me Redlands" Coloring book, and his tips and techniques on how to market your art.

Free and open to the public.  Attendees will be entered to win a copy of his "Color Me Redlands" coloring book.

Linda Richards – Featured Artist May 13-June 3

Redlands artist discovers late father's negatives, creates unique exhibit

PictureRedlands artist Linda Richards shows a photo developed from a roll of film discovered more than 50 years after her late father had shot it, and her oil rendering of it. Both her father's art and her art inspired by it will be on special exhibit at the Redlands Art Association May 13 through June 3.

After her father's death, Redlands artist Linda Richards discovered a box of photo negatives he had left behind.

They had been shot in the 1930s and '40s, on black-and-white film, when he was young and unmarried. He had traveled to big cities, and the shots were from stage shows and road trips.

"Dad died in the early '90s," Richards said by phone. "He was always a good photographer, and we found all these negatives after he died."

Her father never saw the images he captured, but Richards had the photos developed and knew she had to do something with them.

"They were amazing," she said. "They were from his travels in 1939 and the early '40s. He was in his 20s."

Richards herself traveled to the places depicted in the photos -- standing, when she could, where her father had stood to take them. She figured out many had been taken from the back seats of taxi cabs or from her father's car.

In 2010 she took a painting class at the Redlands Art Association. Then she took another. Before she could say "I love retirement" she had developed skills in multiple art media, and had the means to put inspiration to canvas.

"Then I thought, oh my gosh, I found something I can do with Dad's photos," she said.

Richards made oil depictions of her father's photography. Some paintings are in color, and some are in sepia tone.

She painted 20 renderings of her father's art, and submitted 18 to the RAA, which scheduled a Featured Artist Show.

Richards' father's original photography will be on exhibit as part of the show.

"I was reminded of my own father, after reading Linda's description of her upcoming exhibition," said Sandy Davies of the RAA, by email. "She's sure to stir a lot of memories with her art."

One of Richards' paintings -- of Times Square in New York -- shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards said.

The Featured Artist Show featuring Linda Richards' artwork runs May 13 to June 3 at the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St. in Redlands. The show is free and open to the public. A public reception will be May 20 from 4 to 6 at the same location.

Scenes From my Father's Past

What: Featured Artist Show for Linda Richards
When: May 13-June 3
Where: Redlands Art Association
215 E. State St., Redlands, CA
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Admission is free

Reception Party: May 20, 4-6 p.m. at the Redlands Art Association

Written by Toni Momberger

May 27 & 28: Art-in-the-Park

 & Redlands Festival of Arts

SMILEY PARK WILL BECOME A GALLERY FOR REDLANDS ART ASSOCIATION’S ART IN THE PARK!  Artists will be showing off their wares:  Glassware, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, as well as paintings of all styles will be set out for sale on this coming Memorial Day weekend.  Art-in-the-Park further demonstrates the blend of arts: from crafts to fine art.  Sandy Davies, from RAA says, “This is the best place to find original art from artists you can get to know.  Over the years, you can create a small collection from the artists whose art you appreciate”.

Open both May 27 & 28, the weekend before Memorial Day from 10 am to 5 pm, this is Redlands Art Association’s semi-annual outdoor sale.   About 70 Southland artists  will exhibit and sell their work at downtown’s Smiley Park,  situated beside the Police Annex (Old City Hall) on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, Redlands.

The Redlands Festival of Arts, behind Smiley Library – across the street from Art-in-the-Park, will encompass ALL the arts … music, theater and the visual arts.  Artists will also have booths- their art  juried by Penny McElroy for prizes.  RAA is helping with the hands-on Kids Zone supplying the craft materials.  The Lincoln Shrine will be open, as well ..  Food trucks, beer and wine will feed the crowd. For more information, visit their website.

It’s sure to be a weekend to celebrate the arts in Redlands!