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RAA News November ’14

Special Alert for January Member Show

This January our member show will be different than usual.  Because the Ray Swanson Exhibition will be occupying the west gallery, the member show will be restricted as follows for hanging in the east gallery.  Members are to submit only one piece and it should be representative of your best work.  Try to keep it on the small side as the space is limited and we would like as many pieces shown as possible.  Take in is set for Friday, January 2nd and hanging will be Saturday January 3rd.  A special reception for both shows will be on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 PM.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Advance Notice for Special Ray Swanson Exhibition

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former member Ray Swanson who was a city engineer from 1964-1974.  Ray became a famous painter of the southwest and especially Native Americans with an emphasis on the children.  His paintings featured the Navajo, Suni, and Hopi.  Examples are below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.

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There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.

This is a special show for us and hopefully we will have a large number of people visiting the gallery.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour December 6 & 7

Join us for a holiday studio tour on Saturday or Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. Seven local artists, including RAA members Muriel Dolemieux, Adele Johnson, Aïda Schneider, John Brownfield and Candy Glendening, will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. They will also have work available for purchase to get ready for holiday gift giving!

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For more information see postcards in the gallery or this website.

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider

Annual Tea Party Postponed Until Sunday 25th January 2015

Suddenly the holiday season is just round the corner and lots of artists are involved in shows in the lead up to Christmas. So we are postponing the Annual Tea Party until Sunday 25th January 2015 from 3-5pm. For those of Scottish descent it “Burns Night” when the haggis is traditionally piped to the table and there is rutabaga and boiled tatties (potatoes). There won’t be these delights but there will be tea, cakes, sandwiches and other delectible nibbles.

It will also be the last week of the Ray Swanson exhibit in the main gallery so it will be an opportunity for those people who haven’t seen the show to see the work of a past RAA member.

So please mark your calenders and we’ll celebrate the New Year, Ray Swanson and Burns Night all together. It should be an amazing celebration.

If you had a ride last year you will be contacted early January.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

Liz Coviello (Historian in the Cupboard)

Special Christmas Tree Ornament Take In – November 21.

This year’s take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS, will be on Friday, November 21.  Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no member fee). Please make sure items are clearly marked with PRICE and ARTIST NAME.

Studio Tour 6 to be held Dec 6th & 7th

We’re excited to share that Studio Tour 6 will be taking place on December 6th and 7th from 10 to 4 pm. This year’s tour features the work of six women artists at three studio stops in Loma Linda and Redlands. Featured artists include:

  • Terry d Chacon’s oil paintings and lost wax bronze sculptures.
  • RAA member Antonette Hanson will be showcasing her silk paintings both framed and as wearable art.
  • Patricia Rose Ford a popular RAA instructor and recognized plein air soft pastel artist.
  • RAA member and youth art instructor Jillian O’Dwyer will be sharing her handbuilt, functional pottery.
  • Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, also an RAA member, will feature her enamel and metal smith jewelry.
  • Veronica Lucas joins the tour with her monotype prints.

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Highlights of the tour include Terry’s largest lost wax bronze sculpture to date in progress at her studio as well as the raffling off of artwork donated by the featured artists. Visitors stopping at all three of the studios on the tour will be eligible for the raffle. We hope to see you there!

Jillian O’Dwyer

FOR RAA Newsletter, Regarding Fees

RAA has been a part of this community for the last 50 years. During this time RAA has run a public gallery where members display their art, hosted featured artists from the community and ran juried Art shows. RAA also provides excellent education for youth and adults via classes, workshops and summer camps at an extremely fair price. We also offer financial assistance to needy people to take classes and learn art. Our member fees and fees for classes have not changed over the past several years even when the cost of living has increased.

In its continuing effort to improve and enhance the quality and quantity of services the Association provides, the board has approved a change in the fee schedule.  The main impact of this change will be to reward the supporting members with significant discounts compared to non-members, while maintaining financially viable programs and standardizing and clarifying costs for membership, adult classes and workshops.  The changes are listed below; all other fees remain the same as 2014.

2015 Fees Member Non-Member
Individual Membership $50/yr N/A
Additional Family Members $10 each N/A
Membership, Sponsor No change N/A
Membership, Lifetime No change N/A
Adult class No Change $110
Workshop $15/hr. $25/hr
Program night Free Free
Per Show fees       *Regular Gallery shows are Members only   
     Hanging $5 N/A
     Wall – 3 pcs. max $15 no docent discount N/A
     Art in the Park $25 $75

As you can see, Annual Membership dues have increased; however, the differential between members versus non-members for classes and show fees is substantial. It is our hope that these changes will encourage a growth in membership and participation in RAA, while providing members with increased benefits. Maintaining financial stability and enhancing member benefits is an ongoing process and other changes may be forthcoming.

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a new Artist’s Way Workshop.  This popular class is based on the bestselling book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  It is designed to unblock your creativity and to help in setting and reaching creative goals.  It is a fun and exciting class with a great group dynamic, and is led by successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to learn more about this program, ask questions, and find out if it is for you.  The workshop will then begin the following week on Wednesday, January 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.  For more information, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or email jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Judith Sparhawk

November 2014

Another successful experiment on the books! Teaming up RAA’s Art-on-State-Street with Downtown Redlands ArtWalk proved to be a good experiment for us… with a 20% increase in sales over last year (the best we’ve done for a one day event) and our visitors increased traffic for the food/beer garden and the other artists around downtown.

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50 RAA member artists lined the street in front of the Gallery, offering a wonderful variety of art to the wandering visitors. Sally LeBonte’s knit pumpkins, Andrea Beechco’s tree pendants with semi-precious gem stones, Mary Grinyer’s ceramic stacked ribbon perfume bottles, Joanne Ohnemus’ wooden bird houses & garden ornaments, Andrew Woodyard’s pen & ink drawings, David Taylor’s glass undersea creations, Ezra Hunt’s wine glasses, Patty Mariano-Denning’s jewelry designs, Ruth Wood’s fused glass ornaments… just to name a few! Serious art – whimsical art – functional art. RAA is lucky to have such talented artists.

The Gallery hosted children’s art projects for entertaining our little guests – teachers Suzanne Burke and Michele Laughlin had papers, feathers, scissors, and glue at the ready to make cute owls on a toilet paper tube. Talk about re-purposing materials.

Easy listening music was provided by Wendy Hunt and Clayton Crawford on guitar. Wendy sings many of her own songs.

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Thank yous must be given to our helpers: Francis Wiley with the street closure barricades; Cashiers – Joe Mann, Sue Kovacevich, Judith Sparhawk, Kris Bussard, Joyce Phillips, Kathleen Gura, Rebekah Garza, Laurie Martin, Clayre Heaslip, Michael Chouinard, Denise Hawkins, Linda Lawhon, and Elena Pattison.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

Cinema: Words & Pictures

Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7pm and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 2:30pm.  $12/person. The setting is a New England prep school where Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a curmudgeonly, middle-aged alcoholic fallen from grace poet who teaches at the school.  Dina Delsanto (Juilette Binoche) joins the faculty as the new art instructor, as she too hadContinue Reading

Nov. Program is early – Nov. 18

Due to the upcoming holidays, our November Program is early this month, November 18 at 7pm.  “Painting Paradise in Plein Air” is the discussion brought to us by Linda Kay Zoeckler, art historian. Zoeckler will augment her talk with a Power Point presentation of pictures of the art of the times.  This lecture will exploreContinue Reading

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Programs & Workshops

November Program: Painting Paradise in Plein Air

A History of Late 19th Century Painting in California, By Linda Kay Zoeckler

Tuesday, November 18, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Redlands Art Association is honored to have Linda Kay Zoeckler, a distinguished art historian, as a guest speaker on Tuesday evening, November 18th, at 7:00 PM.  She holds a special interest in the unique history of California landscape painting and has spent much time studying and exploring its early development.  Ms. Zoeckler will share her expertise on the movement that entailed painting on location, as the French Impressionists did.

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California offered a special and seductive array of subject matter for painters that lured artists from distant places, including the East Coast, as well as Europe.  Artists particularly liked the beautiful, Pacific Ocean communities of San Francisco, The Monterey Peninsula, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach and San Diego.  The early painters reflected previous styles from elsewhere, and then over time developed distinctive, local styles and flavors.  Later artists completed paintings on site – using a true “plein air” method that flourishes today.  California’s Golden sunlight was and is still is an inspiration.

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With an emphasis on Southern California, Ms. Zoeckler, using many visual images, will discuss “Painting Paradise in Plein Air,” the artists, their work, techniques and methods.  The history of art communities that developed along the Pacific Coast, including the formation of various societies, clubs and art schools, will also be addressed.

This program will be historically informative, as well as relevant to much of the art of our time.  You won’t want to miss hearing Linda Kay Zoeckler.

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Ms. Zoeckler has taught art history and art appreciation, for about 20 years, at Golden West College, in Huntington Beach, California.  Concurrently, she was for many years, Head of the Art Reference Library at Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she oversaw a wide range of library endeavors and made many, valuable contributions to the library.  Included among other positions she has held, are:  Head Librarian at Otis Art Institute, LA; Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa and CSUSB, as well as a year as Curator of Collections at the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley.  Also, along with being widely published, she frequently lectures for organizations on a wide range of topics relating to art and architecture.

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

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November Program: Painting Paradise In Plein Air

A History of Late 19th and Early 20th Century Painting in California by Linda Kay Zoeckler

November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

California offered a special and seductive array of subject matter for painters – luring practicing artists from not only the East Coast and other American places, but even from Europe. The work of California painters at first chiefly reflected previous styles from elsewhere. Then, over time, artists developed distinctive local styles and flavors. Painters known for their landscapes also created still lives, portraits, and genre or scene paintings. Artists tended to congregate near the Pacific Ocean communities of San Francisco, the Monterey Peninsula (which included Monterey Carmel, and Pacific Grove), Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and San Diego. Artists formed not only informal friendships among themselves, but formed loose as well as official clubs or groups, all of which stimulated the exchange of opinions and ideas.

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The early landscape painter Albert Bierstadt made numerous sketching trips on horseback to the high Sierras, but took those sketches back to his San Francisco area studio to formulate astounding finished paintings. Later artists would do the complete painting on the spot while studying their subject – using a true “plein air” working method. The plein air method still flourishes today in California painting. California landscape painting often draws attention to its light – especially California’s golden sunlight. Landscape subjects often reference California’s Spanish colonial past and occasionally the exoticism of China and Japan.

This lecture will explore the unique history of California landscape painting, using numerous images. When possible, artists’ accounts and details of their work will illustrate painting techniques and methods. We will look at the history of development of art communities along the Pacific Coast, including the formation of various societies, clubs, and art schools.

October Workshop:  Create Plein Air Oil Paintings w/Glowing Color & Light

...Using a Palette Knife by Terry d. Chacon

Saturday, November 1st; 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Terry will share with you her techniques of capturing luminous color in an impressionistic style, using a palette knife.  She will demonstrate, teach, critique your work, and give you the help you need.  This workshop will meet at the splendiferous Sylvan Park.

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Note:  A supply list will be available at sign up.

Workshop Fee:  RAA Members $70 / Non-members $75

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Featured Artists

Jeff Owens Dec. 6 – Jan 3

Featured Artist Owens' "Peeks at the Peaks" at RAA

Redlands artist, Jeff Owens, will be the featured artist at the Redlands Art Association Gallery for the month of December. Owens' exhibit will open December 7thand continue through the month.

The exhibit, titled "Peeks at the Peaks" will feature a suite of small acrylic paintings each incorporating a landscape composition built around the many mountain peaks that surround the Redlands area. Each piece will incorporate three basic elements: the contour of a mountain peak or peaks, the sky above, and trees of the urban forest of Redlands below. All the peaks selected are from what the artist can see from in and around the neighborhood where he lives.

Owens, who grew up in Redlands, has been a member of the Art Association since it first began. From cartooning to fine art pieces, Owens has won enumerable awards and honors. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. His work is in many public and private collections. Now retired from teaching he spends his time involved with several art and design projects.

"Peeks at the Peeks" was created specifically for this exhibit.

Willason : Oct. 25 – Nov. 15

Brad creates his art with a plasma cutter!  He draws his image on a piece of metal, cuts it out with the plasma cutter, "antiques" it with a rusty patina and then makes the frame with repurposed wood.DSCN3448DSCN3447

Fariad and Jennifer Ali – Oct 4-25

Recption on Oct. 4th from 5-7 Pm at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State Street, Redlands, Ca

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Fariad's passion for painting began when he was a young boy. He hosted his first exhibition with 36 paintings when he was just 12 years old, and he hasn't put the brush down since. He grew up painting the beaches, people and rainforests of his home, the Caribbean island of Trinidad. This established the foundation for Fariad to develop his skills as an artist. Fariad left Trinidad when he was awarded an art scholarship to Syracuse University in New York. After two years, he dropped out and bounced around to different schools while constantly honing his craft. His greatest education came from painting on the streets of Los Angeles. Fariad sold his "Wildland Images" to everybody he met—the rich, the poor and the indifferent. He feels privileged to have made a living as an artist and has won numerous accolades for his work. Fariad now spends most of his time at the Parrish Pioneer Ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, where his gallery is located. He paints the people, the places and the things he sees in Oak Glen, and the surrounding areas. Fariad considers his style of painting as Interpretive Impressionism…Abstract brushstrokes in a Representational Painting…He primarily works in Oils & Charcoal..sketching in Watercolors…Come meet with this Adventurous Painter….

Artist Statement: "I have been documenting this poetry in life for some 40 years now. I currently live in the United States, and paint as an Interpretive Impressionist. I try to expose the image with deliberate and rhythmic brushwork and a mesh of thick and thin paint to try and capture the life and feeling of what I am looking at.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Judged Artist Member Show - Oil Division
  • 2013-2014 Art Alliance of Idyllwild Artist of the Year
  • 2013 Plein Air Painting Competion, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, Judges Choice
  • 2013 A. K. Smiley Library acquired "Smiley Library" painting for their permanent collection
  • 2013 Art Alliance of Idyllwild's Judged Members Show, 1st Place – Judges Choice Award
  • 2013 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show & Fundraiser: Theme "Sensuality", 1st Place

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JENNIFER ALI

Jennifer's profession as a fine artist spans over 37 years. She began her career painting a mural of movie star portraits during her high school years in Michigan. That's where she caught the excitement and satisfaction of being a artist that would carry her through to today. Out of college she landed a position as Art Director and private label fabric designer for Diane Von Furstenburg. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and publications.

Over the years, Jennifer has created a name for herself in the portraiture, equine and floral genres. She has been an integral part in developing Wildland Images Gallery and Publishing. A company, created by her husband, publishing, showcasing and distributing their art throughout the United States & the world. They're celebrating their Gallery's 21st Anniversary on the Historic Parrish Pioneer Ranch in Oak Glen.

Artist Statement:"I paint subjects that are important to me. I love to paint dream like watercolors on paper or oil on canvas choosing to start sometimes with a with a light compositional sketch which takes into account the negative as well as the positive space of the subject. My paintings are a combination of planned wet on wet glazes transitioning to raw " one shot" dry brush leaving the viewer with a painting which has enough depth and movement to provide sustenance and entertain the eye.”

Recent Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • 2014 AAI 1st Place Judged Artist Member Show - Watercolor Division
  • 2014 AAI 2nd Place Representational Division, Eye of the Artist Show
  • 2014 Redlands Art Association Member, showed in 2 member Shows
  • 2012 AAI Spring Show, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, 2nd Place - Judge's Choice Award
  • 2010 Second Place, Lake Arrowhead Art and Wine Festival 2010Ali-Wildland-web

From Our Fearless Leaders

November 2014

Another successful experiment on the books! Teaming up RAA’s Art-on-State-Street with Downtown Redlands ArtWalk proved to be a good experiment for us… with a 20% increase in sales over last year (the best we’ve done for a one day event) and our visitors increased traffic for the food/beer garden and the other artists around downtown.

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50 RAA member artists lined the street in front of the Gallery, offering a wonderful variety of art to the wandering visitors. Sally LeBonte’s knit pumpkins, Andrea Beechco’s tree pendants with semi-precious gem stones, Mary Grinyer’s ceramic stacked ribbon perfume bottles, Joanne Ohnemus’ wooden bird houses & garden ornaments, Andrew Woodyard’s pen & ink drawings, David Taylor’s glass undersea creations, Ezra Hunt’s wine glasses, Patty Mariano-Denning’s jewelry designs, Ruth Wood’s fused glass ornaments… just to name a few! Serious art – whimsical art – functional art. RAA is lucky to have such talented artists.

The Gallery hosted children’s art projects for entertaining our little guests – teachers Suzanne Burke and Michele Laughlin had papers, feathers, scissors, and glue at the ready to make cute owls on a toilet paper tube. Talk about re-purposing materials.

Easy listening music was provided by Wendy Hunt and Clayton Crawford on guitar. Wendy sings many of her own songs.

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Thank yous must be given to our helpers: Francis Wiley with the street closure barricades; Cashiers – Joe Mann, Sue Kovacevich, Judith Sparhawk, Kris Bussard, Joyce Phillips, Kathleen Gura, Rebekah Garza, Laurie Martin, Clayre Heaslip, Michael Chouinard, Denise Hawkins, Linda Lawhon, and Elena Pattison.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

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