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Much to do about Mini Art

The  Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, is on display at the Gallery and Art Center, 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands, through March 26.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, it’s a juried show – an artist’s competition with 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5″ including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted.  For example, where else can an artist compete with a piece of art made from compressed dirt?  The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists, which brings in art from Arcadia to Palm Springs.   86 artists submitted 339 pieces ~ but only 200 pieces were chosen to show.  Our jurist was Leslie A. Brown.

Leslie A. Brown is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of New Mexico in painting and printmaking.  During her masters work she received a fellowship to study printmaking at the Tamarind Institute of Printinmaking in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her career has spanned 40 years as an artist and educator and her exhibition record is extensive.  Her works are featured in prominent private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Ms. Brown is a faculty member at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA, and the Gallery Director of the Quad Gallery.  Ms Brown has curated broadly in the Southern California region and resides in beautiful Temecula, CA with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Winners of the competition participated in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.

First Place, $400, was presented to Redlands artist, Jeff Owens for his acrylic painting, Madonna of the Mandarins.  Second Place, $300, to Scott Krohne from Loma Linda and Third Place, $200, to John Brownfield from Redlands.  Juror=s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Jan Harvey from Yucaipa and Angela Koenig, Rancho Cucamonga;  Excellence Awards, $ 50 each, to Dan Soury and Christine Egg White, both of Redlands. Past President=s Award, $100, given to Martha Cowan; Joan Wiley Memorial Award was presented to Jack Rowe. Watercolor West gave a $50 award to r.mike nichols..  Community Sponsors donated to fund awards.  Our community sponsors were: Ozel Jewelers of Redlands, donating $500, Security Bank, donated $50, and Pacific Western Bank donated $100. Winners of the community sponsored awards are: Trica Beuler, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja (2 awards) and Tia Shira (2 awards), Mary Gehley, and Rilla Jaggia.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged in advance to purchase art from the show.  Patrons had a private show to select their art. Purchase Patrons were: David & Marjorie Olson who bought a collage by Peggy Dornbach and an etching by Janet Edwards.  The Redlands Community Hospital Foundation bought an oil painting by David Saline.  Carolyn McHugh bought an oil from Vici Haag and Sandy Davies bought a small mixed media painting by Aubrey Sanchez.  Shirley Harry purchased pieces from Tony Radcliffe, Aida Schneider, Christine Egg White, and Caroline McAllister.

Art supplies or services donated prizes, as well.  Faber-Castell donated sets of color & watercolor pencils to Nancy O’Connor and Annette Miller.  Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery gave gift certificates towards art supplies, $100 to Chick Curtis, $125 to Fariad, $150 to David Saline.  Wilson’s Frame Up donated a framed $75 gift certificate to Stan Ford; Bud Rickert’s Art Supplies & Restoration donated $40 to Kade Berg-Cacao;  Ampersand donated a set of painting panels worth $85 to Aida Schneider; Penny Schwartz and Peggy Dornbach received $25 gift certificates from Guzapa Frame & Art Printing; RAA member Lynn Douglass donated $75 for Creative Jewelry to Tia Shira.

81 Redlands Art Association member artists juried into the show are: Helen Bell, Kade Berg-Cacao, Tricia Beuler, Debbi Bishop, William Breer, Beverly Brett, Elva Brooks, John Brownfield, Cindy Canarozzi, Elizabeth Carr, Helen Carson, Liz Coviello, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Yan Guang Deng, Peggy Dornbach, Janet Edwards, Julie Evans, Fariad, John Fisher, Patricia Franks, Mary Gehley, Deborah George, Mary Grinyer, Vici Haag, Antionette Hanson, Jan Harvey, Joyce Hatzidakis, Kelley Havens, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Rilla Jaggia, Tanya Kirkendall, Angela Koenig, Michael LeBlanc, Carol Lima, Michael Mazgai, Caroline McAllister, Diane McLaughlin, Pat Meeker, Joanna Mersereau, Annette Miller, Tom Mogensen, r. mike nichols, Nancy O’Connor, Jon Olson, Marjorie Olson, Alicia O’Neal, Susie O’Neal, Jeff Owens, Ginger Pena, Lori Powell, Tony Radcliffe, Robert Reid, Linda Richards, Jack Rowe, Dave Saline, Aubrey Sanchez, Aida Schneider, Penny Schwartz, Kandra Scullin, Joe Severino, Wayne Sheets, Tia Shira, Joan Marie Smith, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, Ron Stephany, Margaret Thielemann, Vlad Voytilla, MaryLou Wallace, Jean Waller, Kay West, Angela Westengard, Alycia Wheeler, Christine Egg White, Brad Willason, Sally Wirth, and Ruth Wood.

25 other exhibiting artists are: Marge Beasley, Ann Bingham-Freeman, Karen Clark, Joan Coffey, Gary Dehrer, Tona Epperson, Annabeth Fenandez, Gloria Fogler-Mancini, Stan Ford, Faith Forsey, Diane Franklin, Mary Grossman, Karl Hager, Rachel Haigh, Constance Jury, Scott Krohne, Virginia Melton, ada m. passaro, Betty Pilley, Kindra Pizarro, Laura Ryan, Michael Saenz, Jessica Newman Skrentny, Dean Spencer, and Steve Walag.

 

Committee: Sandy Davies, Tony Radcliffe, Angela Koenig, Martha Cowan, Judith Sparhawk, Grace Fermier, and Cheryl O’Connor.

The Gallery is open to the public, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

 

Programs & Workshops

Universal Painting Techniques

presented by Joe A Oakes

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Joe A. Oakes was born in Chicago and moved to Southern California in 1992. He received his BFA from California State University Fullerton in 1997. He worked for several years as a graphic designer before launching his career as a full time artist. Shortly thereafter he began teaching classes.

He now teaches classes and workshops throughout Southern California where he also exhibits his work! He continues to receive awards and recognition for his work and hopes that his artwork and teaching will inspire others to create. Joe says:

“Each painting is an emotional response to color... real or imagined but always felt.”

“All of us, in varying degrees, have become blind to the colors of our world. The mind dictates the color of things without true observation. Giving those colors back to each of us through painting is my goal.

Taking the time to see the least obvious colors in everything is the start. Then I make those colors bigger, bolder and brighter so they become the star. That is the spark needed to awaken our desire to know color better and enjoy it in our everyday lives.”

The demonstration will detail the artists approach to a landscape painting by discussing composition, perspective, color and value. Joe will also talk about the techniques he uses to create a feeling of blended colors and depth.

Tuesday Evening Programs are Free and open to all.

 

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.

 

Featured Artists

Palmer & Roeder 11/18-12/8

On November 18th through December 8th, The Redland's Art Gallery will feature two prominent and highly esteemed ceramic artists, Penny Palmer and Nancy Ann Roeder.

Penny has been "playing with clay", as she puts it, for the past 4 decades. Penny has always loved art.  She is passionate and inquisitive about all of its aspects.  Penny is an accomplished carver of stone in alabaster, howlite, septarian nodules and precious soapstones of choice colors with their attractive jade-like appearance.  Additionally, she has learned side-by-side with 4th generation horse painter, Ning Yeh, and Penny skillfully captures the presence and spirit of the Chinese Brush Painting watercolor and ink flow.  She excels in the tradition and creates her own masterpieces. Her experience and diversity in various mediums allows Penny the freedom to create pieces that are unique and held to the high standards of balance, form, beauty and function. "There's a lot of knowledge and skill I have to pass along to my students".  She teaches ceramics at the Redlands Art Gallery to children and adults on Monday afternoons and evenings.

 

Nancy Ann Roeder has been working in several mediums throughout her artistic career.  In her youth she won an award which placed her artwork in the Manhattan Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Nancy comes from a very artistic family, and like her Mother, she enjoys teaching. Sharing her art with others, Nancy is always looking to embolden the next generation of future artists. Nancy currently teaches hand building ceramic classes on Monday afternoons & evenings at RAA. Come out and see Nancy's unique style and absolutely beautiful pieces from the functional pottery works to the purely esthetic, there is something here for everyone.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

November 2017

Finally the weather and the clocks have changed to herald our southern California winter, which would probably be like summer for some parts of the world.
This last month has seen a flurry of activity in our local art world.  It began with a lively reception for Bruce Herwig's photography, at the gallery, followed the next week end by the amazing show Art For Heaven's Sake at The United Church of Christ in Redlands, which featured many of our artists, some long standing, some for the first time.  The weather was good and, I'm told, so were sales.
Mid month was take in for our current show Autumn Gold and the gallery is once again brimming with wonderful and varied art to suit all tastes and pockets. It is a challenge to find suitable places for all of it sometimes but our valiant hanging team manages it every time. Art on State Street happened this month too and was a great success.
Halloween was celebrated again by our "Come as your favorite dead artist" party and as I was unable to attend I await a report.
Then on Sunday our new featured artists, Diana McLaughlin and Casey Rideout held a busy, well attended reception for their oils and photography, many of my former home, The Central Coast. From what I saw sales were brisk and Judith had not a moment to herself. At the same time our guest artist, Karen Clark was present to talk about her water colors in photo realism style.  You have until Nov. 11 to see this wonderful work.
Of course, there have also been two stunning films in our MCAEEF series at the former Krikorian.  I am told that the new owners of the cinemas complex will still welcome us there, altho there will be fewer seats in each auditorium.  We have yet to see how we will be affected by this.
We also had a fascinating program by Danielle Wallis entitled Studio Art to Social Art which was enjoyed by too few of us.  It was in competition with several other big events.  Our new Program chair, Helen Leason is working hard to secure interesting speakers so please come out on the fourth Tuesday of the month to join us at these fascinating talks.
The month has not been without its adventures which will be covered in Behind The Scenes. So meanwhile, enjoy preparing for our last show of the year, All That Glitters, take in on December 2nd., and any other show in which you will be participating this busy holiday season.
I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Maggie Macro, RAA President
Maggie Macro with glasses