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RAA News May 2013

Spring/ Summer Adult Art Classes

Rekindle your creative spirit by taking a class or workshop.  RAA has a lineup of terrific teachers who are knowledgeable, creative and very people oriented.  They truly care about their students and give attention to individual needs.  I hear such good comments about our teachers.

Check out the schedule.  It was in last month’s newsletter, is on the RAA website and is in the RAA Gallery in flyer form.  Sign-up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery.  You’ll be glad you did!

Lori Powell, Adult Education

Join Us all at Art in the Park

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 & 26, 9am – 5pm

Browse through the park to see all the new art by RAA members and other local artists…70+ artists!    I’m sure some treasures will be found!!  Refreshments by Sigma Phi Sorority, as usual.

Art-in-the-Park at Smiley Park, just off the corner of Citrus and Orange Streets, downtown next to the Police Annex (Old City Hall- oh yeah, check out this building – handsome craftsmanship!)

Also in Smiley Park, behind the Smiley Library, will be the Redlands Festival of Arts, a celebration of the arts for the 125th Anniversary of the City of Redlands.  Indoor and outdoor music performances, excerpts of theatrical works, children’s art fun, food trucks, beer garden and more artists!

Make the weekend full of art!

Sandy Davies

Annual Potluck Dinner

The RAA annual pot luck dinner will be Wednesday, June 5, at 6:00 PM. Members bring the most amazing food; family members and friends are welcome. We will install our officers and committee heads for next year, meet members of our Board of Directors. Our Historian will display some of our collections of newspaper articles and photos.

Wednesday, June 5, at 6:00 PM

Redlands United Church of Christ
168 Bellevue (Bellevue at Olive)

Don’t forget to register for this event so we know how many people to expect. You can do this by calling the gallery. Your Operating Committee and your Board of Directors hope to see you there.

Artist Bios

Dear Fellow Artists,

We are well into the new year and our annual meeting and pot luck dinner are just around the corner and it would be good to have our bio book out on display for the event.

For new members and old members alike, the artist’s bio has a simple format –

  • Page 1: ONE SIDE ONLY: a small photograph, some details about yourself and your art, plus contact details. ie. email address, website ( if you have one).
  • Page 2:  ONE SIDE ONLY: 2 or 3 photographic examples of your work. Make sure your name is on the page and perhaps your email & website address.

Either :email them to me at or print them and put them in my box in the office.

Many thanks

Liz Coviello, Historian in the cupboard.

Executive Director Leaves RAA

Randy Hill, Executive Director since September 2011, has left our organization.

Randy’s responsibilities will be covered by the Chair, Board of Directors, President, and Vice President. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. If anyone has any questions about this, please call me 909-793-8889.

Gail Brownfield, RAA President

MCAEEF’S “Redlands Cinema Classic” Film Series: Special Screening of Disneynature’s Newest Film “Wings of Life”


On Sunday April 21st we presented a special screening of “Wings of Life” the newest film from Disneynature to a packed audience. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to present this beautiful film narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and directed by Louie Schwartzberg through the generosity of Disneynature and Mr. George Krikorian at his beautiful 14 plex theatre . An added bonus was the attendance of director Schwartzberg and Mr. Krikorian.


Director Schwartzberg described his inspiration for this film as “the joy of doing this film is to be able to explore worlds that humans can’t easily experience-bats sipping nectar in the middle of the desert at night, orchid bees expertly manipulated by a bucket orchid, exotic hummingbirds flying like airborne dancers and a clustering monarch colony with millions of butterflies. I hope to share the spectacle of nature and to spark in others the sense of wonder I have about the natural world.”

“Disneynature to celebrate the debut of this film has made a contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect pollinators worldwide. They have already supported 20 projects across North America focused on protecting pollinators and their habitats. Grants have helped conservationists save endangered butterflies, expand habitat for honeybees and educate children about the importance of pollinators and how they can help protect them.”


In a Q & A after the screening Mr. Schwartzberg emphasized the importance of our awareness of this and encouraged the audience to plant milkweeds to help save the Monarch butterflies. There were many children in the audience some of whom stayed for the Q & A and asked very intelligent questions. Mr. Schwartzberg also recommended to learn more go to

“Wings of Life” is available in DVD Blu-ray Combo pack at local stores as well as online. It is definitely a gift worth giving to anyone who loves nature including yourself.

Annette Weis, co-ordinator

Redlands Cinema Classic photographs by Kent Fogleman

Edwards Show at Redlands First United Methodist Church

Janet and Fred Edwards are currently showing a selection of art work at the Redlands First United Methodist Church at Olive and Cajon in Redlands.  The show will be on display during May and June and will be available for viewing after Sunday church services  and through contact in the church office during the week.  There will be a reception with the artists on  Sunday June 23rd from 2-4 p.m., the week before it closes.

New Etching to Benefit Smiley Library

Janet has created a new etching design in honor of the 125th celebration of the city of Redlands.  The title is “The Lincoln Shrine, A Jewel In Redlands’ Crown”  The edition number is to be 125 and 12 artist proofs.  Number 1/125 has been presented to the Library for their permanent collection as well as reserving a/p #1 and #2 to be auctioned off for the library’s profit during their special celebration in the spring of 2014.  In addition, $25 will be donated to a project of their choosing for each print in the edition that is sold.  The AK Smiley Public Library is indeed worth supporting and preserving and it brings great pleasure to do it in this way.

Janet and Fred Edwards

Losses in the Art Community

The art community has recently lost two men, both who supported/encouraged visual arts and one, who practiced art and mentored it in his students as well.

Dr. Ken Ghormley, was sharp as ever when he was in the gallery just a few weeks before his death. He was instrumental in starting the Redlands Community Hospital art program along with Marianne Finley in the 70’s, while Chief of Staff there. The hospital now has more than 700 pieces in its collection, that bring comfort and soothe patients and families. Dr. Ghormley received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, performing his residency in Urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He practiced medicine at the Beaver Medical Clinic for 33 years. He was actively involved in supporting the A.K. Smiley Library and the Fortnightly Club. He loved the arts and was a kind and gentle man.

Leon Moburg, a world-renowned artist, had a stint in the U.S. Navy, then attended Monmouth College and graduated Cum Laude from Wesleyan College of Fine Arts, Macon, GA. He then achieved a MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a doctorate at Ohio State University. While teaching ceramics at UR, he was known as a master teacher, who is remembered by teacher/artist, John Fisher as a “master ceramist, who was responsible for many other ceramists being known today for their own work.

John Brownfield, artist and Emeritus Professor of Art from the University of Redlands was there at the same time as Moburg. He remembers Moburg’s “infectious cackle.” “Leon knew how to enjoy life and was a great cook.”

After UR, Moburg began teaching at Redlands High School and taught more students who became as “cherished” as each person he mentored. He was noted for his unusual techniques in glaze and form.

Tomi Olson

Highlights from the MCAEEF Committee Meeting

The MCAEEF meeting was called to order by Jerry Meeker on Tuesday, April 9, at 3:00 PM.  The trailer for Walt Disney’s “Wings of Life” was shown Wednesday at the Krikorian Theatre  The entire film was shown at 5PM, Sunday April 21.  Annette Weis negotiated with Disneynature to bring the film to Redlands.

RAA needs an electric kiln for firing student’s clay projects.  A grant will be written for financial aid.  Two kilns were donated. Unfortunately,they are not useful for this purpose.

Money is available for grants to elementary schools in Redlands. Applications are at RAA MCAEEF  The possibility of including Junior high level was discussed and is being considered.

Smiley Elementary and Kimberly Elementary have been awarded grants by MCAEEF for after school art classes.

Ed Sotello

Programs & Workshops

Program committee looking for members

The Program committee will be convening in July-August to develop the next Program series.

Committee members help select the artists - demonstrators - lecturers for the Programs. Each member choses or is assigned one of the program artists, handles the contact information for the artist and makes sure he/she has everything for their program.  Once the committee secures the program artists, they don't meet as a committee until the next summer.

Fun and exciting to meet other artists - usually from out of the area.  Contact the gallery coordinators to sign up.  Email: or talk to Liz, Linda, Judith or Sandy at the gallery.

Program Committee looking for program artists

Please contact the Gallery if you have a suggestion for a program artist. We're looking for people to promote the visual arts ... and even teach us a thing or two. For example, we've had painters, sculptors, photographers... they tell us how they got into the arts, how they do their art, how they promote their art and tthen, an art historian who shows us what made them famous.

The new program series start in September.

Give us your suggestions!   Email:

New Program Series – start in September

The Program Committee will be scheduling new lectures and demonstrations for Sept 2017 through May 2018.

Featured Artists

Teri Adams  7/15-8/4

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 pm

Redlands artist and graphic designer Teri Adams will be one of this summer’s featured artists at Redlands Art Association. The exhibit will be on view from July 15 through August 4. The artist reception will be on Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 PM.

Adams’ watermedia paintings are abstract, and not so abstract. Her current works grow from landscape and architectural themes, reacting to what she sees and translating it into form, color, texture and shape.

“I like the idea of using old architectural elements to make a contemporary painting.”

She goes beyond reporting what’s been observed. Blurred lines between objective and subjective imagery coexist within her work, with shapes that suggest, rather than dictate. Continually adjusting color, form, shape and texture during the painting process keeps her looking forward to each new exploration.

Davies & Sparhawk 8/19 – 9/15

Sandy Davies

Sandy Davies will be one of the Featured Artists at the Redlands Art Association Gallery downtown Redlands, from August 19 to September 15, 2017. Davies’ watercolors exhibit is concurrent with Judith Sparhawk’s photography exhibit. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be Saturday, August 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

For this exhibit, Davies will be focusing on her love of the small British sports car, the Austin-Healey. Ron Davies, Sandy’s better half, has collected and maintained several beautiful Healeys. Davies’ watercolors will depict the back roads of Southern California, as traveling with her car club bypasses the boring freeways and looks for interesting places off the beaten path. Hopefully, you’ll get a sense of the top down convertible - wind in your hair - as you view her work. However, her travels seldom put the Healey in jeopardy … no gravel or off-roading for the Healey! While watercolors is her love, she has also worked in other media: monoprint, paper collage, acrylics.

Currently, Davies is one of the Gallery Coordinators, staffing the RAA Gallery downtown, as well as publicity and events coordinator . She has been a past chairman of the board of directors, and president of the Redlands Art Association, serving now on the board as secretary. She is a displaying artist in the RAA Gallery and has been since the early 1980s.

A Featured Artist Show by Judith Sparhawk

Bending Reality is the theme of photographer Judith Sparhawk’s Featured Artist Show at Redlands Art Association from August 20th to September 15th.  This is part of a double show featuring the work of both Watercolorist Sandy Davies and Sparhawk.  A reception for both shows will be held on Saturday, August 26th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Sparhawk is well known in the local area for her unique photography, her intricate photo collages, and her beautiful images of Redlands.  She has had her work included in several calendars, national publications and collections.  She has published four books of her photographs and writing. She has won numerous awards in competitions and juried shows.

In recent years Sparhawk has found the most joy and creative inspiration in working with  digital photography, combining images, creating painterly effects, and at times even bordering on surrealism in her work—thus “Bending Reality”.  Her work has developed far from traditional photography, and is both beautiful and thought-provoking. This show will include examples of her photographic art, going well beyond the usual—don’t miss it!

Redlands Art Association’s Gallery is located downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands. (909) 792-8435.

The gallery is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.

Lori Worby-Krebs 6/24-7/13

Opening Reception June 24 from 3-5 pm

Lori Worby-Krebs is a local artist who has lived most of her life in Southern California. She worked as a high school counselor and teacher in Redlands for 22 years before she decided to follow her heart and paint. She will be the featured artist June 24-July 18 and will be showing her "Dance of Life" series where she explores the idea of dance with abstract figures. She observed so much hatred and division during the last presidential election that dance became her metaphor for letting go; of political distractions that keep people from understanding what is really important in life.

The idea that we can choose how to dance our way through life and face it's challenges with hopeful outcomes became her theme in this progressing series. She calls her art "IF" art because she starts with an "Idea" and then watches her idea come to "Fruition" on the canvas. She says painting ideas helps her explore truths and lessons in life. Her abstract figurative works are colorful and can range from serious to whimsical but her hope is to prompt the viewer to think about everyday life. She uses a colorful acrylic palette to set up the mood and focuses on shapes and values to tell her story. She hopes everyone will enjoy the show and dance with open hearts. "Dance Your Hats Off" was one of the first paintings for the series.

From Our Fearless Leaders

July 2017

The last two years have been an incredible journey for me. From becoming President of the Operating Committee to President of the Board of Directors, time has flown by. The RAA weathered the recession, but we came out carrying an unsustainable large deficit. So we made cut backs, not always popular, to the coordinator hours, raised our Take-In fees, cut the printed newsletter and were frugal with what we spent. We experimented with opening on Market Nights and later closing for the run up to Christmas. We changed membership from calendar to year round and as a result more and more people are joining RAA either as members showing their art or taking art classes with the membership discount. Adult Education under Joyce Hatzidakis and then Linda Willason expanded and we are offering a broad selection of new classes to the community. Suzanne Burke as Youth Education Coordinator has not stopped, the Home School Program expanded to 2 mornings a week and we currently offer 5 children’s after school classes during the school year. We introduced Opening Receptions for new gallery shows, we’ve invited all our artists to come and sell some of their work or demonstrate their art on the patio on Market Night. We have a new Marketing team who are pushing ahead and trying to make us more visible in the community – have you seen our postcard mailings? MCAEEF continues working diligently with local schools creating the opportunity for art teachers to go into schools, all funded by the Redlands Cinema Classics at the Krikorian Theatre and best of all art sales in the gallery are improving all the time.

I know I’ve missed out lots I would like to thank Candy Glendening and Grace Fermier for their hard work each month ensuring there is an on line newsletter for all of us to read, my fellow board members for their patience with my long agendas and hard work! We have already said goodbye to Diane McLaughlin, Karen Coates and Tony Radcliffe from the board this year and we are now saying goodbye to Jan Harvey and Christine White – thank you all for your hard work. It’s been fun and an incredible opportunity over the last two years to meet and work alongside an amazing talented group of local artists.

Patty and Hayden and Evelyn Ifft are retiring as Featured Artist Coordinators. They do such great work behind the scenes and we thank you both for all your hard work.

My expiration date might be up but I’m not disappearing, I’ll still be working in the gallery. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Maggie Macro for the next year. I know it’s going to be an incredible journey for her and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have done.

Remember, Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” - wishing everyone success in their personal artistic endeavours.

Liz Coviello – outgoing RAA President