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December 2012 RAA News

Time To Renew!

It’s that time of year, it’s time to renew your RAA Membership! This year we’ve made it even easier to renew by adding a form to our website that allows you to type in your information and then pay for the membership with your credit card. We’re using PayPal as a way to safely and securely process credit card information, but you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service, you can also just enter your credit card information and be on your way. This online form is located here.

We also have a form on the website that you can type in and then print out and mail with a check to the gallery, this form is located here.

This month’s print newsletter will have a membership form, and of course there are always forms available at the gallery. However you do it, please remember to renew your membership with the RAA. As a group, this association can accomplish so much, and this all starts with your renewal dues!

Thanks – Candy Glendening, Newsletter Editor

RAA Finances for Fiscal Year 2011-2012

The end of year report on the RAA finances for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 has been published online. You can find this information on the website under the “About” tab – when you hover over the “Board of Directors” in the drop down navigation a link will appear. Or just click this link.

Larry Harvill

chair, Board of Directors

44th Annual Multi Media Mini Show

Art group encourages artists to enter show

The 44th Annual MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW at the RAA Gallery and Art Center is slated for March 1 – 21, 2013. Any artist residing in California or a member of the Redlands Art Association may submit up to three recent pieces of work, of their original design. Unique in Southern California, this show accepts work that includes fine arts of any kind: paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, digital art, photography, etc… hence the Multi Media part of the show. The size is what qualifies artworks for the Mini part… maximum size is 14 2″ including frame or base. Submitted art can be designated not for sale, if desired. New this year, RAA is waiving their commission on art sold from the show.

Entry is in person, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10am-4pm, at the Gallery. Entry forms can be picked up soon at the Gallery and Art Center at 215 E. State St, downtown Redlands or online at www.redlands-art.org, under forms.

The jurist, Robin St. Louis, noted watercolor artist, will select the art for the show. AIt=s a real thrill to have your art chosen for the exhibit, A says Sandy Davies, coordinator of the MMM show, Abut even if it isn=t chosen, just entering the show is a great teaching experience for future shows.@

The show’s Open House Reception will be Friday, March 1 at the Gallery, from 5 – 7PM. The Artist Reception and Awards will be Sunday, March 3, at the RAA Gallery.

Sandy Davies

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Drawing in Ink” 741.234, by Harry Borgman

Why would a watercolorist, or anyone who works in acrylic, pastel or oil want to read this book? Because—all of us need to make stronger statements, which involves VALUES.

Borgman shows the same subject with different placement of tones from light to dark. He recommends first drawing simple outlines, next placing the darkest (in ink it would be black). Then gradually doing the in-between gray values.

The artist who would profit most, in my opinion, is the plein-aire painter. With the necessity of working fast before the light changes, this painter must get down the crucial elements in the beginning, rather than trying to pull it together at the end.

Felt-tip pens are the current “pen and ink” elements, from superfine to bold Sharpies. They are permanent markers, and the fact that they cannot be modified makes the artist aware of innate principles—composition, center of interest, simplification of subject matter. When on location I find that making a sketch with a fine and superfine black marker along with two shades of gray, I could easily translate my sketch into color in the finished painting. Fast, easy, efficient!

The value sketch may be small, but the design will be strong. Minor details are not necessary in the sketch. Those will be in the painting.

Borgman’s book was published in 1977; his method still holds true today. As Milford Zornes, noted watercolorist, demonstrated in his life, “Sketch whenever and wherever you have a moment.”

I concur. Sketching has to promote those little brain cells what keep us alive and innovative.

by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

Program and Workshop with Marijke Terwissha in January 2013

PROGRAM: GLORIOUS GLAZES FOR RAKU FIRING

Ceramic artist, Marijke Terwissha will be speaking on “Glorious Glazes for Raku Firing,” at the Redlands Art Association Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Marijke is well known for her unique and beautifully glazed, with jewel like colors, raku fired tiles. She will be bringing examples of her fascinating tiles for us to see, as well as sharing glaze information and special techniques that she uses. What she accomplishes with her glazes is nothing less than amazing.

Come see and hear about the gorgeous glazes that are characteristic of her ceramic art.

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

WORKSHOP:  GLAZES ON TILE FOR RAKU FIRING

Learn about the magnificent glazes and the techniques of applying them, that are used by ceramic artist, Marijke Terwisscha. With Marijke’s guidance, you will experience using her glazes and techniques to create your own individually expressive tile. During this workshop, you will finish your tile by putting it in a raku firing. A great time awaits all who participate.

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Fee: $70 Members / $75 Nonmembers  with a $5 per tile materials fee paid at workshop.

A New Class Opportunity at the RAA

Life Drawing with John Brownfield

A basic essential for artists of all media, is Life Drawing.  However, the opportunity to draw the human figure is not always available. This winter/spring, the RAA is pleased to have master figure drawer, John Brownfield, fill this void. He will be teaching Life Drawing at the RAA Gallery! A University of Redlands emeritus professor of art, John has many years of experience as a figurative artist and teacher of life drawing.

Participants of this class will draw from nude and costumed models. Emphasis will be on focused observational based drawing, that develops one’s perceptual abilities and drawing skills. Important elements of this course will include instructor discussion and demonstrations of principles of proportion, anatomy, pictorial composition and various drawing techniques with a variety of mediums; as well as attention to individual student needs. Class critiques and discussions will also help build skills of drawing from life.

This is an intermediate to advanced level course, for those with fundamental drawing skills. Participants must be 18 years or older, because nude models will be used.  A supply list will be available at time of sign-­‐up.  Register soon for this class by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435.

This class is offered twice this season:

Class A:  THURSDAYS;  JAN. 17, 24, 31, FEB. 14 & 21;  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

(No class on Feb. 7)

Class B:  WEDNESDAYS;  APRIL 24, MAY 1, 8, 15 & 22;  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Class fee:  $80 to members, $85. for nonmembers: includes model fee

Upcoming Adult Classes at the RAA

Winter/Spring 2013

 Oil Painting with Chick Curtis

Informative instruction that is individualized and inspirational.

  • Class A:  Sundays:  Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Feb. 3;  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Class B:  Sundays:  Mar. 10, 17, 24, Apr. 7 & 14;  10:00 am -­‐ 1:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  $65 members / $70 nonmembers

 Weaving with Evelyn Ifft

Learn the basics of weaving and beyond; plus create fabulous fiber compositions.

  • Wednesdays: Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 13 & 20 (no class on Feb. 6);  10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Class Fee:  $65 members / $70 nonmembers

Life Drawing with John Brownfield

Drawing from nude and costumed models, with emphasis on focused observational based drawing and individualized instruction. Outstanding drawing instruction from an extraordinary artist and teacher.

  • Class A: Thursdays: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 14 & 21 (No class on Feb. 7); 7 – 9:30 pm
  • Class B:  Wednesdays:  Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15 & 22;  7 – 9:30 pm
  • Class Fee:  $80 members / $85 nonmembers; includes model fee

 Watercolor with Ed Sotello

Integrates creativity with instruction of basic skills, design and composition.  Beginning through advanced students will grow in this class.

  • Thursdays:  March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4;  7 – 9:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  $65 members  / $70 nonmembers

Sign up for a class by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

Upcoming Classes with Richard Freund

You will learn how to join all sorts of objects together, then learn unusual acrylic painting techniques to give your

Assemblage creation a whole new look and feel, transforming the  Found Objects into a new and mysterious Work of Art.

Busted Books

Sun. April 28, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

Bookworms Beware, as these Busted Books will be Barely recognizable, and not at all readable, after this one day workshop where you will alter them and convert them into Barely Believable, works of art.

Take home your own artistic creation based on “literature”.

Fancy-n-Fabulous, Fun-n-Freaky, Flatware

Sun. May 26,  Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

The title says it all.

In this one day workshop, you will learn what all can be done when you combine Found Objects with simple pieces of Flatware. There are many possibilities for art involving Spoons, Forks and Knifes.

Will you go home with several separate art pieces, or a creation that combines them all into one grand display?

Bizarre Bottles

Sun. July 28, Redlands, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

In this full day workshop you will learn to sculpt a Bottle with Found Objects, turning your bottle into Art.

Will your bottle still look like a bottle?, like a statue?, like a shrine? Will your bottle be Bizarre?

Unordinary Ornaments

Sun. Oct. 13, Redlands, 9:30 – 5:30, $90 / $80 RAA members

In this one day workshop you will take unlikely objects and transform them into a Strangely Attractive or perhaps Odd Ornament. Either way, Your creation will most likely be a most Unordinary Ornament.

Will your Ornament adorn a Christmas Tree ??

WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle

December 23, 2012 –- February 21, 2013

Reception and Live Art Demo during January 3rd Arts Walk from 6:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) announces the opening of WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle. This exhibition, which features artwork from five artists with physical disabilities, will run from December 23, 2012 through February 21, 2013. There will be a live art demo by select featured artists during the January 3rd Riverside Arts Walk from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), WHEELS UP is coordinated in conjunction with the Academy of Special Dreams, an organization championing awareness for the special-needs community.

“We believe that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the arts,” says Michael Dergar, President/CEO of the Pasadena, California-based Academy of Special Dreams foundation. “This art exhibition furthers our mission to increase public awareness, recognition, and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities.”

WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle features work of various media by five artists – Jhovana Cecena, Tom Doyle, Todd Tostado, Martin Vogel, and Nikita Wang – who are each highlighted for their artistic merit and creation of innovative tools for expression. Eminent artists such as Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec triumphed over their physical impairments with unrivaled feats of creativity and dedication. The WHEELS UP artists show similar fortitude and ingenuity. Both Vogel and Doyle utilize the front and/or rear wheels of their wheelchairs in the actual process of applying paint onto a surface, whereas Tostado’s wheelchair serves as the physical link to a computer that ultimately captures the depictions of his imagination.

“The artists affiliated with the Academy of Special Dreams demonstrate the creativity and resourcefulness of artists who use the materials around them to communicate their lived experience and build communities of dialogue and understanding,” says RAM Executive Director Drew Oberjuerge.

One of the artists, Jhovana Cecena, currently lives in Riverside and has a lifelong interest in the arts.

“Ever since I can remember I’ve enjoyed drawing in pencil to create characters and stories, but lately I have concentrated more on painting with acrylic on canvas to express my feelings for helping poor people,” says Jhovana. “I am happy for this opportunity to have my art appreciated in my hometown.”

RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 50-plus-year-old, private, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RiversideArtMuseum.org.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and is coordinated in conjunction with the Academy of Special Dreams, a locally-based organization championing awareness for the special-needs community.

 Ai M. Kelley

951.684.7111×303 | akelley@riversideartmuseum.org

 

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: gallery@redlandsartassociaton.org 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: gallery@redlandsartassociation.org

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

Liz-Coviello