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August 2015

Wow, what a summer we are having…torrential rain with thunder and lightning for the first time I can remember in July, street closures around Redlands continue to challenge all of us; with the closure of State Street for the first week of the 3rd Summer camp requiring quick thinking and cheerful attitudes from all involved! I hope some of you got in to see the amazing children’s art show. We had more than 100 visitors, of all ages, to the gallery on opening Saturday – so many thanks to those who came and supported the young people. And a huge thank you to Suzanne Burke, our Youth Education Coordinator, for organizing it, to the incredible teachers who should all be proud of themselves and their young students and the volunteers who helped with the set up and take down of the show.

In the middle of all this excitement I attended my first RAA Board of Directors meeting and found myself part of a challenging discussion on the continuing deficit in our budget, the need to cut it and to eventually become self-sufficient. As a business no matter how large or small carrying a long term deficit is not sustainable as I am sure you all know, from your own experience.

Three measures were decided upon which would halve the deficit this year:

  1. Cut the paper newsletter. Thus the August newsletter is the last paper copy to be mailed out to members. It is currently costing the RAA $6000 a year, despite the reduction in size of the newsletter several years ago and the cheaper bulk mailing. There has been much discussion at Operating Committee Meetings about this, but many non-profit organizations have led the way to online newsletters, locally for example, Redlands Camera Club and The Citrus Belt Quilters. The newsletter will remain on the website and become a pdf file for people to print off. A few paper copies will be printed for the gallery to give out to members without computer access, for interested people who come into the gallery and new members. This will cost approximately $500 a year and as you can see is a considerable savings to the RAA.
  2. Cut the operating hours of the gallery by 8 hours a week. After considerable discussion it was decided that the Gallery Coordinators should have some flexibility in determining how the 8 hours are cut. From 1st August 2015 the gallery opening hours will be 11am – 4.30pm. With only 16 weeks before Christmas, and the Holiday Season being the busiest time of year for sales in the gallery, the hours will be extended as needed. As we are all aware this has a huge impact on the running of the gallery and your docent hours become more important for keeping the gallery open for children’s classes.
  3. Raise the fees for Take-In. It will be $10 for categories – A, B, C, D, F, G. Category E for more than 20 cards, magnets etc., will be raised from $3 to $5. No one, and there are members who have been with the RAA for more than 25 years, can remember the last time it was increased. I appreciate this comes as a huge shock, but my son pointed out the value of $5 in 1991 is almost $10 today. This will become effective on 23rd October 2015 at the Take-In. There will be new Gallery Agreements to sign and new Take-In sheets available. The printable Take-In sheet and Gallery Agreement will be updated on the website.

I realize this will come as a shock to many of you, but the RAA is still here after 51 years, despite ups and downs. Reading through past newsletters, several Presidents expressed the wish to have paid Gallery Coordinators so necessary to achieve our goal of a professional gallery.

Now we need people with experience and enthusiasm to set up a couple of new committees, if you think you have the experience and can help please let us know. Larry Harvill is writing grants and seeking additional outside funding for the gallery. Do you have experience with this? Could you help him?

In addition, I think we should look at the fund raising we can do as an organization, for ourselves. If you would like to make up a small committee or just have suggestions, just email me at

Together we can cut the deficit and become a stronger and better organization, benefitting ourselves, local artists and the community at large. Remember our Mission Statement…..

Liz Coviello, President

Editor’s Note: For those of you who don’t remember our Mission Statement, it is “to support and encourage the visual arts through education and example.”

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

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16th - October 7th

Reception: Sunday, Sept 23rd 3 - 5pm

I believe that everything is connected—the earth, the sea, all life forms and the universe. My way of showing this philosophy is in my technique of “see-through” arcs and lack of perspective.

Unlike usual perspective which places objects in the foreground as larger, in my paintings size does not matter. As in sumi scrolls, the higher in the painting, the farther is the object. In my paintings, an object can be the same size, whether in foreground or background.

My intention is for the viewer to be engrossed visually in the painting, with the eye continuing to follow new paths in lines, planes and values. The painting is successful if the viewer sees traditional objects which morph into semi-abstract design, then back into representation, a circular path.

Currently my paintings are vertical half sheets, with an underpainting of watercolor and vertical or horizontal dashes in gouache on top. The effect is one of a tapestry when viewed up close. When viewed farther away, the painting becomes one of a usual watercolor.”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

August 2017

Hello Everyone!  This is your new president, Maggie Macro. I have lived in Redlands just three years and joined RAA immediately.  I was asked to join the Operating Committee in my first year. Consequently, there are many people who do not know me, so if you see me please introduce yourself if I do not get to you first.

I am taking over at a very exciting time.  As I'm sure you know, we are closing the gallery next week for a major overhaul.  Our new VP, Stephanie Heaston, is leading this endeavor along with her husband and many helpers.  When we reopen on August 11 you can expect to see new carpet on the walls to show off the wall work, newly painted pedestals for the three dimensional work and a new modern desk area. The gallery attendants will be happy to have a comfortable chair to work from which they are going to be choosing soon!

Of course, we are hoping that this new image will increase our sales and visibility in the community, as there are still so many people, even those who have lived here for years, who do not know of our existence.

We now send out the quarterly postcards with our upcoming events and those of us on the board take them to venues in the community.  It would help a great deal if you could come by the gallery and pick up a few to distribute to family, friends and venues and in doing so you will be able to see our improvements and appreciate anew what a wonderful asset this is to Redlands and surrounding areas.

The board consists of a mixture of old and new members and if you are a new member of RAA you will not know any of us.  In the coming months look for a profile of each of us in the newsletter.

Thank you for belonging to RAA.  I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability.  Here's to a great year!

Maggie Macro, RAA President