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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“Oil Painting the Lively Still Life” with Karen Werner

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Program:  Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

 An accomplished, award-winning artist, Karen Werner, has been painting full time since leaving the teaching profession in 2005.  She is a versatile painter, working in both oils and watercolor, painting a wide variety of subject matter:  still life, landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and figures.  She paints realistically, but in a loose poetic style.

During her program she will discuss her life’s journey as an artist, including her philosophy and techniques, as she works on a demonstration painting.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear this much sought after artist.

Program is FREE to all.

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Workshop:  Saturday, February 27 from 9 AM – 4 PM

 Learn how to paint or improve existing skills, by painting still life from life.  Karen will demonstrate the benefits of painting small and often.  She will share four basic concepts that you’ll be able to apply to painting any subject.  Still life doesn’t have to be stuffy!  Come and see how design, color and loose brushwork can bring energy and vitality to your painting.

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Workshop Fee:  $130. / RAA Friends:  $100.  A supply list will be available at sign up.

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Multi Media Mini Show – March

Open to all artists….enter the Multi Media Mini Show!

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA Friends.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything... photography, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, etc!  But Mini means strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5” cube, including frame and/or base.   Fee is $45/1-2 pieces, $60 for 3 pieces, for Friends of RAA fee is $30/1-2 pieces, $45 for 3 pieces.  Our judge, Daniel Foster, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as choose the awards.  The prospectus/ entry form is available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website: www.redlands-art.org.  (Use the Friends tab, then Forms, 2016 MMM Show.)  Type in your information and then print it out.  Art can be for sale or not for sale. The Gallery gets 20% of sales.

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 6, between 10am - 4pm. Out of town artists can mail their art in before March 3. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.   Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public. 

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 11 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 13.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website www.redlands-art.org or call, 909-792-8435.

About the jurist:  Foster Photo

Daniel Foster has a distinguished 25-year career in arts and community leadership, programming, and cultural visioning/planning --- in addition to being a proven nonprofit and philanthropic foundation leader and fundraiser – having raised nearly $30 million over the past twelve years.

Foster is currently the Founding Director of the North County Arts Network in San Diego.  Until June 2015, Foster was the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) that achieved dynamic and tremendous financial, programmatic, and institutional growth for the museum during his three year tenure.

Previous to OMA, Foster was the President/CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties – a major $60 million philanthropic foundation and regional leader for quality of life issues in the Inland Empire.  During his tenure, Foster led a major initiative to initiate and establish Arts Connection, the Arts Council for San Bernardino County.  From 2003-08, Foster was the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and widely regarded as a key visionary community leader in developing the city of Riverside’s now successful arts downtown revitalization strategy and formal cultural plan.

Foster has extensive arts community and cultural planning experience.  Foster has provided significant leadership and advisement to formal arts/cultural planning efforts in the cities of Riverside, Redlands, Oceanside and the Counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside over the past ten years.

Foster has received many honors and awards throughout his arts and nonprofit professional career, such as Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year-2008, County of Riverside; and Finalist Award ($25,000) for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award-2008.