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RAA News April 2015

Volunteer Needed!

The Board of Directors needs a volunteer to be the RAA Treasurer.  This person is a voting member of the Board and meets occasionally with the Operating Committee.

The duties are to coordinate with the Bookkeeper (Elena Pattison) and CPA (Jessie Powell) so as to be familiar with the accounting system and financial reporting.  The Board requires a financial report at meetings that occur typically every three months.  These reports are prepared by the Bookkeeper so the Treasurer only needs to be familiar with them so as to answer questions from the Board.

The Treasurer is also a co-signer for the RAA checking account at the local bank and investment accounts at Stiefel Investments.  The Treasurer chairs the Boards Finance and Investment Committee that meets once a year to review our investments with our official investment manager, Robert Heinze of Stiefel.  Those interested please contact Larry Harvill, Board Chair.

Kinetic Spring Thing Art & Music Festival

A few spots for artists are still available

The Kinetic Mind Body Wellness Center is hosting an Art & Music Festival, with Life Stream Blood Drive on Sunday, April 19th, 12:30-4:30 p.m. The Wellness Center is at 707 E. State Street, Redlands, a block up from Redlands High School.

Come see us and enjoy live music and local artists showcasing their art, see health and fitness demos, have some snacks and laughs. Those who donate will receive a 20-minute free massage.  Flyers are at the RAA gallery.

We have room for a few more artists to participate – call Cameron at 798-5536 for more information if you are interested.


Summer Art Courses at the University of Redlands, School of Continuing Studies

University of Redlands, School of Continuing Studies offers a number of art courses this summer (Summer School Art Flyer).  All courses are open enrollment – no formal application or registration process required.  Courses carry undergraduate credit, so students may apply them to a degree.  Courses are offered in Redlands or online.  To register, go to and click on Enroll Now.

For questions or more information, email or (909) 748-8868.

Eric Blum,

Associate Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Art from California’s INLAND EMPIRE & BEYOND

The Inland Empire Museum of Art invites you to the first exhibition of its entire collection featuring over 125 artists and more than 200 works of art.

Many prominent artists represented are from the Inland Empire: Dennis Hare, Karen Kauffman, Joanna Mersereau, Don O’Neill, Duree Waseem, R. Mike Nichols and others.

  • Opening Reception: Sun., April 12 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Exhibit from April 11 to May 3rd
  • Gallery Open Wed thru Sun 11 to 4 p.m.
  • Free parking at Gate 1 (in front of art building)


The Millard Sheets Art Center is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768  For more information visit their website or call 909-865-4161

For further information about IEMA, visit their website.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau



Program and Workshop Coming in May: Oil Painter, Martha Cowan

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Martha Cowan, a nationally recognized artist, whose beautifully designed paintings with heightened color, are in many private collections.  She will be the guest artist at the May, Tuesday evening program, titled,  Paint What You See, and Less.   During the program, she will demonstrate painting a small still life from life, as she talks about how to design a painting, the use of brushes, colors, and so much more.


Her program will be followed by a workshop:

Paint What You See, and Less

Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 – 3:30

During the workshop, she will emphasize how to design a painting and how to know when to wipe off a bad drawing.  Each participant should go home with at least one painting.

Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events!


Hangar 24 AirFest is an RAA Fundraiser too!

Hangar 24 Brewery will donate $2 to RAA for every ticket sold to Hangar 24 AirFest ticket through this weblink. Or, if you go to the Hangar Air Fest link and type in promo code RAA we will also receive the $2 / general admission ticket. If you spring for the VIP ticket, we receive $25 to the gallery per ticket! Through April 24. So, celebrate May and…think of Us! May 16th 12 PM to 10 PM. Calll Dylan at Hangar 24 Chairities for more info (760) 780-2462.

Yucaipa Gallery Show April 21-25

Ravens Nest Gallery in Yucaipa is inviting artists to enter their juried multi media art show for the month of May 2015.  Drop off art at their gallery between April 21st and 25th, 10am-6pm.  22”x26” max size including frame or base. Fees: $20 1pc, $35 2pcs, $45 3pcs.  30% commission on sales.  Ravens Nest Gallery, 35153 Yucaipa Blvd, Yucaipa.  Contact Alycia Wheeler, 909-747-7765.


San Bernardino Art & Music Festival April 13 deadline

May 13 is the Arts & Music Festival at Cal State San Bernardino!
Part of the festival is a juried art fair for visual artists.  You are all invited to submit your artwork for consideration.  The submission process is online; the deadline is April 13; it is free to submit, $40 participation fee, if accepted.
The focus of the art fair is to provide a venue for established, as well as, emerging artists where their artwork will get a lot of exposure.   If you still have questions, call Paige Taylor, 909-537-7783.

April 2015

For more than 20 years the Redlands Art Association has offered a successful art program for the children of Redlands and the surrounding communities. Over the last 3 years, the program has evolved into a more refined and academic based curriculum while keeping each child’s individual creativity a priority.


In addition to our wonderful Youth Art teacher team, we have recently added two new and exceptional instructors, Tim and Crystal Colbert.

Classes are offered throughout the school year and art camps are available during the public school breaks. Check the Youth Education page for the Spring sessions and Summer art camp classes coming up.

Suzanne Burke

Youth Art Teacher/Assistant Youth Art Coordinator


Encaustics with Charlie Ciali

Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Think “hot wax” when you think of encaustics. Encaustic painting is a 4,000 year old painting technique using wax mixed with damar resin to create transparent layers that are then painted on a surface. You will explore how wax is heated and how to addContinue Reading

Drawing Class w/John Brownfield

Five WEDNESDAYS, April 22 – May 20 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This class presents work for those at beginning and intermediate skill level drawing will be taught by John Brownfield, MFA, noted artist, and Professor Emeritus UR. Classes will help you learn skills and techniques used in creating observation-based realistic drawings. Basic perspective, use of lightContinue Reading

Flowers explode at RAA Gallery

Oohh.. Aahh!  Like fireworks, the beauty of the flower gets rave reviews from onlookers.  Redlands Art Association’s Gallery and Art Center will burst with floral art in their ART ALIVE in Redlands! exhibit during the month of April. Florists will be invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their art toContinue Reading

Programs & Workshops

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.


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.

March Program: When Life Turns Upside Down: Art Emerges

with Snezana Saraswati Petrovic

Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM

Snezana Saraswati Petrovic is an amazingly creative artist who has stretched art boundaries in many directions.  It is a privilege for RAA to have this nationally and internationally acclaimed artist as a program presenter.  This Redlands based artist, has lived here with her family for the past 24 years.  Her artistic journey started in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and has continued throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

She is an award winning 2D, 3D and 4D artist, an independent curator, gallery director, educator; as well as an award–winning set/costume designer.  She is a recipient of the UC Regents Grant and National Endowment for the Arts for the collaborative project, “Song and Dances of Imaginary Lands.”  She involves local community on project developments.  For instance she repurposed and recycled designs for 240 costumes and 27 installations for the avant-garde opera by O-Lan Jones, produced by Overtone Industries.  She is the recipient of the “Ovation Award 2010” for this design in Large Theater category.

Collaborative environments are what Snezana is most passionate about.  She just returned from a residency in Tokyo, Japan.  There she worked as a founding member of the “Butterfly Effect Project” that consisted of installations and performance art collaboration between Japanese and US artists.  Her most recent work is a performance piece, “Improvisatore,” performed at UC Irvine and the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Highways Performance Space in LA.


For 17 years, Snezana was resident set and costume designer for Redlands Theater Festival.  Also, she has been set and costume designer for the “Feast of Lights,” at the University of Redlands, creating magnificent, ecumenical costumes with rich fabrics and symbolic colors of Roman and Byzantine art.  They are a feast for the eyes.

For 8 years , she studied art at Belgrade University, where she experienced learning from a disciplined, traditional, European system.  When she graduated, she was able to replicate any artist and masterpiece.  Her first job required her to do the paintings of Picasso and van Gogh, forging their work.  She says, “I was a specialist of van Gogh.”  Today she is constantly in conflict with her early training and trying to break through the experience.

Snezana holds a MFA from UC Irvine and a BFA from Belgrade University, Serbia.  Also, she is a resident artist at the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood, CA and is Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College

Snezana is delightful, uplifting and OH, SOooo-o-o, creative.  Don’t miss this program!

The Tuesday evening program is FREE to all.

Submitted by Lori Powell

April Workshop: The Creative Spark w/Unorthodox Materials

with Snezana Saraswati Petrovic

Saturday, April 4, from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (w/a lunch break)

Installation artist Snezana Saraswati Petrovic, will demonstrate a wide variety of ways to use unorthodox sculpture materials.  Newspapers and old books are starting points for a creation of newspaper yarn to 3D designs, small scale sculpture, assemblages and installations.  Come learn, create and be inspired by this amazing lady!

NOTE:  ArtweekLA, reviewer Betty Ann Brown, claimed Petrovic’s newspaper yarn sculpture to be the most interesting in an immense group show at Pico House in LA, during March of 2014.  She said her sculptures, lit from the front, casting complex shadows on the wall, were elegant and wonderfully straddled sculpture, textile and poetry.

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

Sign up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

Submitted by Lori PowellSnezana_Saraswati_2014

Featured Artists

Won Madeline Koh 4/18 – 5/8

April 18 - May 8, 2015.

Won Madeline Koh, known for her heart-warming and expressive style, will be a featured artist at the Redlands Art Association from April 18 - May 8, 2015.


Her works have appeared on numerous book covers as well as on the Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibition at the San Bernardino County Museum, National Orange Show Exhibition, and many more.

Award-winning Won Madeline Koh has been the featured artist at the Redlands Art Association gallery, Loma Linda Civic Center, and Loma Linda University Drayson center.


David Ficke March 28 – April 17

Dave Ficke Photography Show at the Redlands Art Association

March 28th through April 17th

Dave’s thirty years as an environmental educator and life-long wildlife enthusiast has nurtured a love of nature and its beauty, which he has captured in his photographs.  Long an advocate of conservation and stewardship of our natural environment, he has passionately taught those principals as a high school science teacher in Upland, California.

Raised in Glendora, CA by parents who were avid campers, Dave, his sister and mom and dad would take off on weekends, hiking, boating, and skiing throughout the lakes, deserts, and mountains of Southern California. As a young man, he discovered Yosemite National Park in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, and it quickly became the home of his heart, the place to which he always returned for inspiration and renewal.  As an educator, Dave has been taking high school students to Yosemite every year for twenty-five years with the Yosemite Institute program. This nationally recognized, award-winning outdoor education program reinforces the standards of field biology and natural history he teaches in his classroom.

His photographs mirror his love of California wildlife.  From the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, through the stark and searing vistas of the deserts and oases, to the ever-changing Pacific Ocean, Dave has photographed vistas grand and sweeping, as well as those intimate and familiar.  He invites his fellow hikers, campers, wildflower seekers, environmental advocates, animal lovers and armchair travelers to relish the wonders of our fast-dwindling natural environment, cherishing what we have and fiercely striving to save it for coming generations.







Julie Evans 1/31-2/27

Julie R. Evans is Committed to Her Art

February’s featured artist is Julie R. Evans of Highland, California. Her work will be on display until February 27. As she is a member of the Redlands Art Association, many of you are already familiar with her realistic and representational work, having seen her paintings hang at the gallery, Art in the Park, or at local art events.


Evans is deeply committed to her art. She expressed, “I have been oil painting for over 35 years and I know that it has enriched my life. Even if no one had ever appreciated a single piece of my artwork, I am still ahead because I, myself, have benefitted. There is just something wonderful about being able to pursue one’s many interests; and art, for me, is more than a passing interest. I am filled with satisfaction when I learn something new while painting or when someone decides to take one of my paintings home. I feel my ability increase with every mile I put behind the brush. Time, patience, and diligent hours in the studio are paying off.”

She recalls, “I can sit at an art festival inside my E-Z Up just waiting. Then all of the sudden my booth is full. Several paintings are actually holding someone’s interest. Wow, I think. I well up with warmth and my smile broadens at some comment such as ‘Beautiful work’ or ‘I know that place’. Others ask questions, ‘Where is this place? It looks so familiar’ or ‘Where did you get the idea to paint that one?’. It is very satisfying to have people interact with my work. They say a sale/purchase is the ultimate compliment and I am lucky to have those too.”


“However”, Evans continued, “one of the joys in painting is that because anyone can do it, I have so many others with whom to share my experience. There are so many nice people out there painting and I have attended several group painting activities where I have learned so much (including non-art related) from so many others who also appreciate art in general and enjoy spending time painting or doing another art medium. We all seem to share a unified goal—to express something. It is encouraging to pursue with others what our hearts long to be doing. And while we are doing it we certainly can all feel honored to claim that wonderful title ‘Artist’.”

Come see this month's featured artist, Julie Evans at Redlands Art Association gallery. On display, for sale, through February 27th, Evans has oil paintings, acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor in this show.


From Our Fearless Leaders

April 2015

For more than 20 years the Redlands Art Association has offered a successful art program for the children of Redlands and the surrounding communities. Over the last 3 years, the program has evolved into a more refined and academic based curriculum while keeping each child's individual creativity a priority.


In addition to our wonderful Youth Art teacher team, we have recently added two new and exceptional instructors, Tim and Crystal Colbert.

Classes are offered throughout the school year and art camps are available during the public school breaks. Check the Youth Education page for the Spring sessions and Summer art camp classes coming up.

Suzanne Burke

Youth Art Teacher/Assistant Youth Art Coordinator




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