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

Art-On-State-Street and Downtown Redlands ArtWalk

RAA’s ART-ON-STATE STREET is again joining Downtown Redlands ArtWalk  on Sunday, March 29, downtown on State Street between Orange & 6th Streets.  The two blocks of State Street between Orange and 6th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and the artist’s wares will fill the street.   Like Market Night, the artists will have their canopies, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy pedestrian walking down the middle of the street.   Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street. The event is one day only, Sunday March 29 from Noon to 6 pm.  Come join in on the fun.  The event is also featuring @thestateonstate serving food at Ed Hales park.   As always the wonderful folks at the Citrograph Foundation will be serving up your favorite ‪#‎local‬ ‪#‎beer‬ ‪#‎hangar24‬ ‪#‎ritual‬ ‪#‎redlandsca‬.

Program Feb 17: Ed Sotello

"My Way with Watercolor" with Ed Sotello

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, @ 7:00 P.M.

sotello-1Award winning artist and popular teacher, Ed Sotello, will be the guest speaker at the Redlands Art Association Gallery on Tuesday, February 17th @ 7:00 p.m.  Sotello is a man who loves life, art and making art.  Truly he is an art “man of all seasons.”  He is enthusiastic about creating in so many media, be it watercolor, oil, printmaking, clay or a tree log chiseled into a sculpture.  Playing the piano, singing and writing poetry are among other of his creative endeavors.

On Tuesday evening, Sotello will share information about himself, his feelings about art and his artwork, as well as demonstrate in one of his favorite mediums, watercolor.  He enjoys the spontaneity that watercolor offers and how he can achieve beautiful transparent areas that contrast with his opaque’s, while conveying what he feels.  His paintings are representational, but painted with a loose approach that is personally expressive.  He paints lovely portraits from live models and wonderful landscapes on location.  He rejects the use of photographs that limit his painterly approach. During the program Sotello will relate “his way with watercolor,” to a brief, art history presentation that will begin with the Altamira cave paintings.

Sotello has extensively studied art, starting in his hometown of Bakersfield, at CSUB;sotello-3followed by Otis Art Institute, L.A.; Oakland’s College of Arts and Crafts; University of Denver, CO (BFA); University of Redlands, CA (Teaching Credential); and Claremont Graduate University, CA (MA).  Also, hehas studied in Japan, Western Europe and Mexico.

Besides being a talented artist, Sotello has had a long career of teaching art. For 33 years, he taught at Yucaipa High School, has taught at UCR Extension, San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College and Patton State Hospital.  At the present he teaches adult watercolor classes for RAA, as well as occasional classes for youth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Ed Sotello.  He will                                                                                              be an inspiration to all who attend.

The Tuesday evening program is free to all.

SOTELLO WILL HOLD A WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP - PROBLEM SOLVING - ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, FROM 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.sotello-2

In this workshop, under the guidance and influence of Ed Sotello, you might push out of your safe zone and into a looser, painterly style.  Sotello will demonstrate various watercolor techniques and problem solving.  Students will also experiment with incorporating collage into watercolor paintings; as well as the opportunity to explore doing a tape painting.  Developing a good composition will also be emphasized and each participant will take home completed compositions.  Beginning and advanced students will be able to expand their painting horizons with new experiences.

  • Workshop Fee: $70 members / $75 non-members
  • Supply list will be available at sign up

 

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Enter the MMM Show!

The Multi Media Mini Show is open to all artists!

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 members.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything!  Strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5-cube, including frame and/or base.  Our judge, Leslie A. Brown, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as give out the awards.  Since the prospectus/entry form will no longer be mailed out, it will be available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website here: 2015 MMM Prospectus-Insurance E-FORM

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 1, between 10am - 4pm. 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 6 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 8.

“Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art.  It is a collection of little "gems" ... you’ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time RAA supporter.

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.

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WHAT IS A JURIED SHOW?

Art shows are usually focused on one type of art – like photography or wall art: oils, watercolors, acrylics.

Someone is chosen to judge the art that was submitted for the show.  The judge would be known for his/her experience in the arts.  He does not need to be an artist but someone in the art realm.

For most shows today, the art image is sent by email and scanned onto a DVD so the judge can view it on a computer or projector screen.  The judge is told how many pieces the organizers want in the exhibit.  Then he choses which pieces will be shown in the exhibit.  Sometimes the judge chooses which pieces get prizes from their image on the DVD or he waits to see the exhibit up on the wall, when he can see the actual piece.

For the Multi Media Mini Show, the art is brought into the Gallery for viewing by the juror.  He is told he will have to consider not just the traditional art techniques but what the artist did to create his piece.  I mean, there is nothing traditional about putting a bunch of nuts, bolts, paperclips and do-dads together to create wall art and yet, the effort has to be appreciated.

The judge also chooses which pieces win an award.  He considers the prize – First place, Second place, or if it is a specific award – like “Best Watercolor”.  He reviews the pieces he has chosen for the show and selects which ones he likes the best or is the best fit for the prize.

When an artist’s work is chosen in a juried show, he gets bragging rights!

It is a star on his resume and the art piece can be featured in his portfolio.  Kinda like getting nominated for the Academy Awards.  Now if he wins an award in the show, he can feel like he’s got the Oscar in his hands.

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Of course, each juror is different and one piece of art not-accepted for this show may be accepted in another show by a different juror.

The rule of thumb is to keep making art and showing it off.  Sharing your art is most rewarding!  Enter as many exhibits you qualify for.

Sandy Davies, MMM Show committee

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