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RAA News May 2015

Art Alive Flowers!

Many thanks go out to our florists who chose a piece of art, or two, to create their own original designs in live flowers. Hockridge Florist, City Florist, and Joanne Ohnemus (Bird Abode) set up their arrangements in the gallery for the enjoyment of the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society’s Garden Tour visitors. Hockridge Florist chose a photographic close-up of a sunflower by Bruce Herzig and then had a big white vase full of sunflowers and draping greenery (no, I’m not a gardener!). They also chose an oil painting by Tomi Olson and matched the painting with a square glass vase with salmon/pink tulips. City Florist also chose a sunflower- a giclee print of a watercolor by Maggie Macro. Joanne Ohnemus selected her own multi-media piece, a wooden rainforest scene with colorful birds. Her matching flower art featured succulents and a wooden bird.

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Sandy Davies, Publicity

Jewelry Kiln Firing Available

Tia Shira has offered to keep a firing schedule of the small jewelry kiln for any artist @ $10 per firing. The kiln is good for precious metal clays and enamling, etc. Contact Tia to get on her schedule by emailing: tiashira@yahoo.com.

Art-in-the-Park May 23 & 24

Smiley Park will become a gallery for RAA’s Artists at Art-in-the-Park

Redlands Art Association’s artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work at this annual outdoor event. A variety of art will be featured – oils, acrylics, sculptures, watercolors, photography, weavings, hand dyed silks, etchings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, ETC.

Open Memorial Day weekend, May 23 & 24 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Smiley Park, adjacent to the Police Annex (old City Hall), on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands.

Check out the line-up of musicians who will be entertaining us at Art-in-the-Park and/or Redlands Festival of Arts: Matt Coleman, Circle Band, Rullian, Darcie Rickert, Jennifer Sparks, Wendy Hunt, Dan Klooster, Third Stream Crossing, Ana Gonzalez, Strange Indeed, Prairie Sunset, Chad Nelson, Stephanie Diane Moore, Shepdogs, and the Claytones.

Also in progress will be Redlands Festival of Arts behind Smiley Library, across the street from Art-in-the-Park. … Fine arts, music, theatrical events, Kid’s Zone, food trucks… A wonderful day of Art!

The Redlands Art Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Sales Gallery and Art Center at 215 E State St, downtown, Redlands displays member’s artwork year round, as well as offering youth & adult art classes. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. However, the Gallery will be closed the weekend of Art-in-the-Park.

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Sandy Davies, Publicity

 

Artist Bios

Many thanks for the new Art Bios which regularly appear in my box – please keep them coming in.

If you are planning to be a Featured Artist, remember to make an Artist Bio for yourself to go up with you show, everyone wants to know a little about the Featured Artist. Please submit a copy to the Featured Artist Coordinator who can forward it to the Newsletter and leave me with a copy as well which I can add to the Bio book.

Thanks,

Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

Won Koh is First Place winner, citrus category, at the National Orange Show

Won Koh, RAA member, wins First Place for her oil painting of bright red peppers in the National Orange Show annual art exhibit. The art entries are submitted for the Citrus Category or Open Category. Koh’s painting won for the Citrus Category. If tradition holds, her painting will be purchased by the National Orange Show Association for their permanent collection that dates back to the 1970s.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

Kay West, Featured Artist In Spokane, WA

RAA member Kay West will have a select ten iPhone photographs on stretched canvas featured in the Wild, Wild West Show at Manic Moon & More Gallery, Spokane, WA. West’s photos are often highlighted on a number of Instagram hubs. See why! Show will run from May 15 – June 15. If any of you folks are in Spokane area, please drop by. “I’d love seeing my Redlands friends!” Check out her Instagram gallery @kweststudio8.
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Success!

Our appeal for a Treasurer has met with outstanding success. I am delighted to announce that Kris Bussard has agreed to become the RAA Treasurer. Kris is a practicing artist and CFO of the Alta Vista Credit Union here in town. Please congratulate and thank her when you happen to cross her busy path.

Larry Harvill, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Outside Workshop

Charlie Ciali will teach another workshop in Encaustics at his studio in the desert.

When you think of encaustics, think “hot wax”. Wax is heated and colors added while it’s hot. Then colors are spread on a board, canvas, etc. to create a painting.

  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY, June 19 & 20: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Fee: $190: includes both days; Discounted Member fee: $150

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Carpooling to event May 20

Who would like to join me to carpool to this event at Caltech, Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena at 8 pm Wednesday, May 20:  “Watching Paint Dry and Colors Fade: The Intersection of Art and Science”?  Materials scientist Katherine Faber was part of the research team that determined the blank sky in Homer’s 1887 watercolor “For to Be a Farmer’s Boy” was once a brilliant orange-red sunset.  Faber discusses the science in solving mysteries of our most treasured art objects.  Events.caltech.edu.

Submitted by Winnie Stephany

Email: wstephany@verizon.net, Telephone: 909-793-5100

Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF)

Annual Report for 2014-2015

It has been a pleasure for the MCAEEF committee to receive, review and allocate grant, scholarship and award funds again for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. As you are aware, funds used are generated by the Classic Film Series and we thank Annette Weis for her expertise and enthusiastic hard work.

The Committee takes its responsibilities very seriously. Providing and enhancing art education in Redlands and surrounding communities is our goal and to help achieve this goal the following projects were funded. The committee not only funds the projects but also monitors and evaluates their progress in order to insure that our resources are being used effectively and appropriately.

Here is a list of the grants, scholarships and awards funded this year:

 Grants to Schools:

Smiley School “Arts Attack” in the Classroom $1000
Kimberly School Artist in Residence $2000
AAA Academy Minimum Day Art $1500
Judson/Brown School GATE After School Art $1000
J. Franklin School Multicultural Art $2000
Grove High School Shakespeare Production (set design) $2000
Redlands e- Acad. Beauty Through The Eyes of Children $2000
Orangewood HS Palm Springs Art Museum Trip $545
AAA Academy Kingsbury and McKinley School Art Clubs $1000
Kimberly School Meet the Masters $3000

Other Grants:

Micah House, Oxford Art Enrichment Classes $1100
Micah House, Chapel Art Enrichment Classes $1100

Scholarships and Awards:

Redlands High School $1200
Redlands East Valley High School $1200
Citrus Valley High School $1200
Orangewood High School $600
Grove High School $350
  • Total amount given for grants: $ 18,245.00
  • Total for Scholarships/Awards $ 4,550.00
  • Total amount funded: $ 22,795.00

RAA is indeed reaching out to bring are education to our community!

Submitted by Jerry Meeker, MCAEEF Chair

May 2015

Sign up to attend the RAA Annual Member’s meeting / pot luck dinner!  It is a great way to meet other members, install our officers and committee heads for next year, and meet members of our Board of Directors.

Everyone is invited to see a little bit of the “behind the scenes” work that goes on to keep our association viable.  More than just offering a Gallery, RAA’s 21 committees do the work,“To promote the visual arts in Redlands”.  The dinner/meeting will be Wednesday, June 3, at 6:00 PM. Members bring a dish to serve 8.  You’ll sample the most amazing food (I love pot lucks!). Family and friends are welcome. Our Historian will display some of our collections of newspaper articles and photos.

Wednesday, June 3, 6 – 8 PM  

at the Redlands United Church of Christ

168 Bellevue (Bellevue at Olive)Redlands

Don’t forget to sign up for this event so we know how many people to expect. You can do this by calling the gallery, 909-792-8435. Your Operating Committee and your Board of Directors hope to see you there.

Combined: Flowers & Art

        Many Thanks go out to our florists who chose a piece of art, or two, to create their own original designs in live flowers.  Hockridge Florist, City Florist, and Joanne Ohnemus (Bird Abode) set up their arrangements in the gallery for the enjoyment of the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society’s Garden TourContinue Reading

Art-in-the-Park May 23 & 24

SMILEY PARK WILL BECOME A GALLERY FOR RAA’S  ARTISTS AT ART-IN-THE-PARK Redlands Art Association’s artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work at this annual outdoor event.  A variety of art will be featured – oils, acrylics, sculptures, watercolors, photography, weavings, hand dyed silks, etchings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, ETC. Open Memorial Day weekend,Continue Reading

Youth Art Camps- Summer 2015

Eliminate the summer doldrums!  There are some exciting Summer Art Camps designed for students 6 – 16 years old! Starting after school ends, these three, 2 week sessions will teach … sketching, drawing, hand-building multi media, collage, painting, clay work.  Study the old Masters and the Contemporary artists. $175 per 2 week session.  Each session will coverContinue Reading

Programs & Workshops

Paint What You See, and Less with Martha Cowan

Workshop: Saturday, May 30th, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join Martha Cowan for a workshop painting still life in oils. Bring painting supplies, along with cherished objects and find out how to design and construct a still life from the ground.  Taking the mystery out of the process, Cowan will show how to approach all aspect of a still life painting, including how to know when to wipe off a bad drawing, as well as the delicate art of color mixing.   The day promises to be both fun and educational. Each participant should carry home at least one completed painting and possibly as many as two. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Workshop Fee:  $70 members / $75 non-members  -  Supply list available at sign up.

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Paint What You See, and Less by Martha Cowan

Program Tuesday, May 26th, @ 7:00 pm

The Redlands Art Association is pleased to announce that the talented and accomplished oil painter, Martha Cowan, will present a program demonstrating the creation and execution of a small, still life painting.  As she paints, she will talk about how to design, simplify and develop a painting.  She says, “Choosing what to put in and what to leave out is what makes a painting a painting and not a photograph.” After building a still life composition, she will show how she paints from large shapes with big brushes to small shapes with smaller brushes.

Cowan’s favorite medium is oil, though she also enjoys working in pastels and watercolor. Her work is often highly personal, drawing on the heart and memory of her childhood in Redlands. In her jewel-like, still life paintings she transforms seemingly insignificant everyday objects into objects with timeless importance and reverence.

Her work has been exhibited widely, throughout Southern California and as far away as New York. In Redlands, her work has been shown at the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation “Evening With the Artists” event, Redlands Art Association Multi Media Mini Show, and recently during the Art Walk at Stone Wheel Olive Oil Company.

Her love of art began at about age six, when her father taught her to draw. At thirteen she took her first art class. She has studied art at Chaffey College, Art Center College of Design for four years, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.

She has taught art extensively at various locations in Southern California, including Orange County High School of the Arts, San Bernardino Valley College, and Dona Merced Elementary School, and at present teaches at a private elementary school.

The Tuesday evening program is FREE to all.

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April Program:  Absence/Presence with Renee Azenaro

Tuesday Evening, April 28th at 7:00 PM

Multi-media artist Renée Azenaro will give a talk titled "Absence, Presence" at the Redlands Art Association Gallery at 7 p.m. April 28. Renée was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She received her bachelor's degree in fine art from the City University of New York and her MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont.

As an educator, Renée has developed art programs for underserved populations in order to make art available to those whose access and opportunity is limited. She has taught in the art departments of Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, The Sage Colleges in Albany, New York, and currently at the University of Redlands.

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Renée works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, works on paper, drawing, painting and mixed media.  Her curatorial gallery experiences have been natural extensions of her artwork and social concerns.  Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Romania, Puerto Rico and Serbia. Her work is in several private collections and has been exhibited most recently at the Brand Art Center in Glendale, CA., and at an invitational sculpture exhibition at the Parks Art Center in Idyllwild, CA.

In her art, Renée continues to explore the experience of absence/presence in life: the understanding of what is there as it is understood by what is not there.  The materials selected in the making of her work are easily found and are selected for their workability, re-purposing potential and beauty.

In her one-woman show titled "Occlusions" at the University of Redlands last year, Renee exhibited a collection of crocheted stainless steel pieces hanging together in groups.  "The shadows they created were transitory and changed with the lighting just as the ways in which we navigate daily life and how we think we understand it changes depending on our views," she said. "I deal with how we see things and how we think we understand things but we don't.  "In her work, she is searching for the essence of something, for a truth that makes us keep going as human beings. "My work is labor-intensive and not manufactured and that is important to me," she said.

She enjoys the temporary aspect of her work, much of which is destroyed after a while. "I like the ephemerality of it and have no need to keep it," she said. "After all, we are all temporary here.  ”Come hear Renee discuss her work and philosophy of art at her upcoming talk.

Featured Artists

Mary Grinyer, 7/11 – 8/1

This show will include works from featured artist, Mary Grinyer’s past and current works. Grinyer began creating watercolors at Ramona High School in Riverside, CA and has continued to create and study art. Watercolors, photography, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, jewelry, and now lapidary arts and sculpture are among the media she has worked in. Ceramics has overlapped with printmaking with her prints on clay and lapidary arts with sculpture and jewelry. Grinyer loves to experiment in all medias.

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Current works include functional pottery, sculptural clay works, jewelry and lapidary work. Grinyer started ceramics at Goeske Senior Center under Lee Johnson and continued her studies with John Hopkins and Stephen Horn at Riverside Community College. Grinyer has studio space at Ceramic Services in Ontario, CA. She studies jewelry making with the jewelry group at Goeske Senior Center. We learn from books, magazines, workshops and classes and then teach each other new methods. A trip to Quartzite for beads led to doing lapidary work with the Orange Belt Mineralogical Society in San Bernardino. Everyone there generously shares their knowledge of rocks and jewelry making with new members.

The clay, the inks, the rocks all speak to Grinyer as she works. Often, especially in clay, she starts with no idea of the finished project. The clay speaks to me as I work. Something happens and I go with it. I join textured scraps of clay to help me be more creative. In sculpture, she does some drawings and models. The heart is a recurring theme after her Father had heart bypass surgery. Nature also inspires me.

Grinyer was raised in a military family and lived in Colorado, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, Tripoli, Libya, Maryland and California as a child. She spent 20 years in Northern California before moving back to Southern California. Seeing the beauty of this country and living in Lake Tahoe, Big Bear and Forest Falls inspired much of her early art and a love of gardening. She has an Associate Degree in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Pat Meeker, 5/30 – 6/20

Pat Meeker will be the featured artist at RAA beginning May 30 through June 20. Pat began her formal art training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and continued at California State University, San Bernardino after moving to Redlands. She has always been drawn to art. Her passion for art has been and continues to be a life long journey.

Pat has been a student of, and has been inspired by many well known artists including: Mary Gringer, Rosemary Hite, Doris Cook, Beryl Larkin, Tom Fong, Hal Lambert, Gerald Brommer, Dennis Hare, Ed Sotelio and Joan McKasson.

Pat originally became involved at RAA through taking a water color class in 1994. This began a long and enjoyable association with the gallery, displaying her art and volunteering.

Pat's work has been recognized and honored at NAU, California State University, San Bernardino, National Orange Show, RAA's Multi Media Mini Show, Loma Linda Fine Arts Festival, RAM, and the Redlands Conservancy Plein-Air Show.

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Preston Todd, May 8 – 30

Preston Todd gained experience and fame as a fabricator, with over fifteen years in the custom hot-rod and motorcycle industry.  He finds sculpting metal without rules or limits a liberating experience, resulting in sculptures with an industrial organic vibe intertwined in abstract.  Todd enjoys sculpting May RAA show3  May RAA show9pieces that have purpose; more than just telling a story, but also a function.

Come view his creative work, May 8 to May 30.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2015

Sign up to attend the RAA Annual Member’s meeting / pot luck dinner!  It is a great way to meet other members, install our officers and committee heads for next year, and meet members of our Board of Directors.

Everyone is invited to see a little bit of the “behind the scenes” work that goes on to keep our association viable.  More than just offering a Gallery, RAA’s 21 committees do the work,“To promote the visual arts in Redlands”.  The dinner/meeting will be Wednesday, June 3, at 6:00 PM. Members bring a dish to serve 8.  You’ll sample the most amazing food (I love pot lucks!). Family and friends are welcome. Our Historian will display some of our collections of newspaper articles and photos.

Wednesday, June 3, 6 - 8 PM  

at the Redlands United Church of Christ

168 Bellevue (Bellevue at Olive)Redlands

Don’t forget to sign up for this event so we know how many people to expect. You can do this by calling the gallery, 909-792-8435. Your Operating Committee and your Board of Directors hope to see you there.

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