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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

Danielle Wallis 10/27 Program

From Studio Art to Social Art, by Danielle Giudici Wallis

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

The Tuesday Program is Free and open to the public.

Danielle Giudici Wallis will be presenting an overview of her work beginning with her early sculptural metalwork, and discussing the transition to more temporal materials and methods. She has moved from a solitary studio practice as an object maker, towards more of a social practice model which includes large and small collaborative projects.

Danielle is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her MFA from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Grant, the James Borelli Fellowship in Art, the Anita Squires Memorial Fund in Photography and a fellowship from the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.   Her   work has been exhibited widely in the Bay area and beyond, including shows at Catharine Clark Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, A.I.R. in New York, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor which holds one of her artist’s books in their Achenbach collection. She was nominated twice for SFMOMA’s SECA Award and participated in the American debut of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. Most recently, she has been exploring social and collaborative practices.
Mobile Garden    33” x 35” x 91” 
Metal, reclaimed wood, plants,

synthetic grass, bicycle tires and hitch, 2013

Examples of this include her “Beating Invasives” project, which was part of the Riverside Art Museum’s “Art Make,” and a series of collaborative artists’ books with letterpress printer, Marie Dern. Her administrative work has become a complementary medium as she explores larger collaborative projects, bringing organizations and communities together through the arts.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County.

 

Beating Invasives

Bicycle  Powered

Papermaking

and Plant

Tagging

2015

Riverside Art Museum

 

 

                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

2008 

 

September Pastels Program

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts! with Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig will talk about the Soft Pastel medium on Tuesday, September 26th at 7.00 pm. Programs are free and open to the public. She intends present an A-Z regarding soft pastels, types of paper and techniques. Here’s what Angela has to say about pastels:

Pastels are little gems of pure color! As a medium, they are fun to use and can be incorporated into your artistic works in a variety of ways! Their explosive and vibrant color make your paintings sing, however, many artists often under estimate the fantastic nature of this medium. Artist Angela Koenig will join us on September 26th at 7:00 pm to kick off our new season, and will answer your questions and help you to understand   what makes pastels such a great medium for artists!

Choosing the right pastel is critical and depends upon your use and technique. Angela will explain how to get started with your own collection of colors and most importantly how to keep the colors clean and glowing in your work! Additionally, the presentation will include several substrate options and painting techniques for use of this flexible medium with a number of different mixed media options. We will learn about pastels and their unique qualities; you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of pastels, literally from soup to  nuts!

Over the years, Angela Koenig has developed her artistic skills using a variety of different media, including pastels, encaustics, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as Chinese brush and mixed media. Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinctive style as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects which range from impressionistic and representational work to abstraction.  In her  mission statement Angela describes her personal artistic orientation - “Most artists concentrate on the visible. I strive to capture what is underneath the superficial layer to convey the very essence of my subjects. I’m not just putting a brush to canvas. Every stroke is an untold story: every painting reflects a vision of vitality and spirit.”  Her work is prismatically vibrant and aesthetically  complex.

As an award winning artist, Angela participates in a number of invitational shows, including the San Dimas Festival of Arts, and was one of only three American artists featured by the Escondido Museum of Art in a recent showing of international Encaustic works. She has been asked to give presentations on a variety of mediums as well as conduct workshops and demonstrations for various regional art groups.  Her work has been featured in several magazines, and she is currently a working member of the Critical Eye Studio, and well as the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council.

 

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.

Featured Artists

McLaughlin & Rideout 10/28-11/18

Wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Diana McLaughlin and her son Casey Rideout are having a joint featured artist show because they have a shared interest in art; Diana’s medium is oils, Casey’s is photography.  They enjoy sharing ideas and talking about composition and color, thus thought it would be fun to do a joint show.  Our work will focus primarily on work from the California Central Coast where Casey lives and works and Diana lives part-time.

Diana H. McLaughlin Biography

I came to art late in life, after teaching elementary school, raising 3 children and working with community non-profits.  I enjoyed art classes while studying for a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and was always very aware of and creatively inspired by nature and my daily environment, but never actively participated in recreating it artistically.

I began taking oil painting and drawing instruction in earnest soon after my youngest child left for college. I’ve enjoyed classes at UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve also taken classes from skilled artists Lucille Van Wollfersdorf, Ken Auster, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Huse, Carol Marine, Dennis Hare and Martha Cowan.  I take weekly inspiration and advice from my artists’ group, Critical Eye Studio.

My inspiration comes from my travels as well as daily life. I paint landscapes, still life and animals.

Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and, to my great surprise, was awarded 1st place in the RAA Multimedia Mini Show.  My work has been juried into several local art competitions and is in private and public collections. My work may be seen at dianamclaughlinfineart.com.

Diana’s Artist Statement

To me, art represents more than an object, rather hundreds of hours of mistakes, experimentations and successes. You are looking at days of frustrations, then moments of pure joy when it all works. I love the process and, sometimes, the outcome.

Biography: Casey Rideout

I was born in Los Gatos, CA. After short stays in Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest my family moved to Redlands, CA, where I spent the remainder of my childhood. As a boy I would make forts in and among the orange groves and canyons that have all but disappeared from the area. The taste of stolen oranges and the smell of blossoms are fond memories of my childhood.

I first took notice of photography as an art during a summer stay with my grandparents. Their guest bedroom, where I was staying, doubled as a darkroom. Examples of their work hung on the walls along with certificates from photo competitions that they had earned. Looking back, I think I was just interested because the pictures were of people that weren’t a part of my family, they were different and interesting. In retrospect I realize that my grandparents were capturing singular moments in time. Fleeting experiences that were easy to miss but had been made eternal because my grandparents took notice and captured them on film. When I finally put my hands on a camera of my own I felt like I’d found the lens through which I could view life.

My camera is my license to wander, to walk slowly through the world, taking notice of the small moments of beauty that are so easily missed. I’ve found a wonderful subject in the Central Coast of California, where long, sandy beaches are interrupted by jagged, rocky coastlines and grassy hillsides are patched with green vineyards.

My recent work has focused on the stretch of coastline between Montaña de Oro State Park, just south of Los Osos, and Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. I lean toward using long exposures to smooth out the surging tides and isolate my subjects and the light that plays across them. I find myself shooting both B&W and color photos in equal numbers, choosing B&W to capture the contrast of light and shadow, and color when the vibrancy of the natural world cannot be denied.

 

Bruce Herwig 10/7-27

Reception: Saturday, October 7 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Redlands Photo Enthusiast Bruce Herwig will be displaying his photography, coloring books and love for all things Redlands.

Light refreshments served. Attendees will have their choice of free coloring pages. Free and open to the public.

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16 - October 7

Reception: Saturday, Sept 23 4:30-6:30

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2017

As the days grow shorter I'm sure you are all grateful for the cooler temperatures and I imagine the plein air painters and photographers will be enjoying more opportunities for practicing their art.

As usual we have a packed calendar for the next month.  Our featured artists will be Bruce Herwig, photographer, followed by Diana McLaughlin.

Soon it will be time to be preparing your work for the next take-in for Autumn Gold on Oct. 20th. (If you have wall art please ensure that you have a wire for hanging.  This will ensure you do not get a phone call from the hard-working hanging committee asking you to pick up your work and adjust it.)

We are approaching that busy time of year that gives all of us an opportunity to display and sell.  Art For Heavens Sake on Oct. 13, 14, 15 will feature several of our artists along with other fine work.  This is followed closely by Art On State Street on October 29th.  There are still places left so if you have thought about it don't wait to sign up for a table.  Such a bargain at $25.

The night before will be our second annual Halloween party combined with the reception for Autumn Gold, that is October 28th. from 6-8.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening.  The suggested costume theme is "your favorite dead artist". There will be great snacks and movies again.

We are continuing with details of our refurbishing (see "Behind The Scenes" for more) and the compliments continue to roll in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make the gallery sparkle.

So, even though events in the news can be depressing, we artists and our clients provide a balance by continuing to value and reflect the beauty of our world.

Thank you for doing that.  It is so important at this time.

Maggie Macro, RAA President

Maggie Macro with glasses