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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

September 26 Program: Pastels with Angela Koenig

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts!

by 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.

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

Featured Artists

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

September 2017

I'm sure we will all be breathing a sigh of relief as we head into cooler days, and let's be thankful that no fires or floods are surrounding us and spare some thoughts for those affected.

August has been a very lively month in the gallery and, even though we were closed for a week for the refurbish, our sales have been strong. (Please read about our stalwart refurbish volunteers in Behind the Scenes this month)

We reopened the gallery August 11th for our take-in, while the carpet was still being hung on the walls!  However, it all came together on Sunday 13th when we had a joint reception for our gallery show and the talented young guest artists, Jen Nguyen and Alex Torres. We had a really nice crowd in the gallery with, of course, many comments about the new look.

During the following week we also featured Art from The Archives for sale in the main gallery, where we had a wide variety of art available. A wonderful opportunity to buy great art by some of our former members and other artists.

A week later our very own Sandy Davies showed her watercolors and Judith Sparhawk her photography, as our guest artists.  Sandy's husband Bill drew a crowd by parking their Austin Healey outside and telling tales of their adventures in it while he poured the wine.  We think it should be there for every show!  Another lively crowd filled the galleries and there may never have been such a big attendance before.

You can look forward to seeing the amazing water colors of Joanna Mersereau as out guest this month as well our gallery show Wild Wild West.  The reception for both will be Sept. 16th. at 4.30. There is a plan afoot to have music at receptions; I hope it works.

Finally, don't forget the film series begins on Sept.19.

I hope to see you at an event.

Maggie Macro

Maggie