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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Now Hiring Gallery Coordinator

Gallery Coordinator Job Description

Reporting to the Gallery Supervisor, the Gallery Coordinators are responsible for customer sales and POS data entry, scheduling and training of docents, student registration for classes and workshops, and ensuring a professional face to the general public.

Major Responsibilities

  • Enters data into the Point of Sale (POS) for membership, customer lists, sales, and bookkeeping reports.
  • Schedules and trains docents. Recruits volunteers for special projects and committee work.
  • Receives and processes payment for classes, workshops and special events.
  • Answers questions from customers, members and the public.
  • Communicates RAA events and news to the public and to the members.
  • Maintains forms inventory and keeps RAA information rack supplied with current events.
  • Assists bookkeeper as needed.
  • Attends Operating Committee and other meetings when requested by Gallery Supervisor.
  • Other work and special projects assigned by the Gallery Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Strong computer and writing skills.
  • Retail sales experience preferred.
  • Experience with social media desired.
  • Knowledge of or interest in art and art education.

Working Hours and Conditions

  • Regular schedule to be assigned by Gallery Supervisor but most weeks will average about 15 hours.
  • Must be available to work additional days and hours when needed for vacation coverage and special events.
  • Coordinator may need to lift up to 25 lbs. when taking inventory or rearranging storage areas.

Submit resume with names and contact information of three references to:

Personnel Committee

Attention Gail Brownfield

215 E State Street

Redlands CA 92373

 Application deadline: November 8, 2014

Cinema Classic: A Five Star Life

The third film of the series, A Five Star Life, will be playing Tuesday, Oct 28 at 7pm and Thursday, Oct 30 at 2:30pm

Tickets are available daily at the Krikorian Theater: $12 per person, student price with ID $ 8 per person.  An Italian and English film with English subtitles directed and co written by Maria Sole Tognazzi....and the cinematography in this film is a visual delight!  The film poses the question - what's wrong with being a single woman with total independence who can travel to exotic destinations at a moment's notice?

Oct Program Terry Chacon

Redlands Art Association is pleased to have, National award winning artist, Terry d. Chacon coming, as a guest artist, on Tuesday evening, October 28 at 7:00 PM.  Terry is a multi-talented artist, with a special enthusiasm for plein air painting and a passion for color and the luminous effects of light on her subjects.  Working from locations that surround her with spectacular landscapes, she expresses her impressions of her surroundings, using oil paints and a palette knife.  She is constantly on the go, painting weekly at fascinating locations throughout the United States.  She has lived in Redlands for about 25 years and has extensively painted the many extraordinary subjects in this town.  She also enjoys painting the beautiful California coast, as well as the many lakes, canyons and desert areas of the Inland Empire.  You can view a large number of her works on her website:  www.terrydchacon.com or visit her blog at: www.weeklypaintingsbyterrydchacon.blogspot.comtc-terryloverscoverforlori300.

 

With the sparkling and luscious colors in her paintings, it is easy to see why she has received numerous awards and why her work is in private collections in over 15 countries.  She has written 3 books on plein air, including her newest book, “Capturing Catalina Island in Plein Air.”  Terry is one of the founding members of the Plein Air Artists of Riverside, and a member of the American Impressionist Society, along with several other professional organizations.  She is represented at several galleries in California.

Her love of art started as a young girl working in ceramics with her creative mother.  Art has always been an integral part of her life.  Besides her plein air painting, Terry is well known for her expressive dog and dog show paintings.  For over 40 years, Terry has been a breeder of prize winning Afghan Hounds, which have inspired her to paint, sculpt and create jewelry items.

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At the Tuesday evening program, Terry will share with us some of her impressive paintings, her techniques and her passion for plein air, while doing a demonstration painting.  This should be an awe-inspiring program, not to be missed.

The Tuesday evening program is free to RAA members and $3 to non-members.