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RAA September 2015 News

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Programs & Workshops

September Workshop: Art & Abstraction – Simply a “Blurred” Reality

with Angela Koenig

Saturday, September 26 from 9 AM – 4 pm

Angela will briefly explore the history of the abstract movement and then use the day to retrain minds, eyes and artistic memory.  This workshop will provide an opportunity to find inspiration utilizing any water based medium of choice or combinations of.  Collage may be incorporated.  Several methodologies and sources of inspiration will be considered.  A great time to explore artistic abstraction!


Workshop Fee:  $130/$100 Friends of RAA -  A supply list will be available at sign up.

To sign up, call or visit the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands, (909) 792-8435

September Program: Art & Abstraction – Simply a “Blurred” Reality

with Angela Koenig

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM

Abstract artist and watercolorist, as well as an artist known for her various styles and media; Angela Koenig, will be the guest speaker at the Redlands Art Association on the evening of September 22 @ 7 PM.  She will discuss her art and her desire to express, that which is beyond the visible.  She says, “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.” 

Angela will briefly examine the history of the abstract movement in art and show its relevance to her current work.  Also, a brief demonstration of techniques she uses to create her expressive, water media paintings will be presented.


Over the years, Angela has developed her artistic skills using a variety of media. They include; watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, mixed media, pastel, printmaking, oil and Chinese Brush.  Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinct style, as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects and the landscape in which they live.

Growing up in a Navy family, she became a student of the world.  This offered opportunities for extensive travel and study with globally renowned artist in Germany, China, the Philippines and beyond.  She completed her college education with an emphasis in the arts.  She then entered the corporate world of business; where, as a woman executive, she combined her artistic sense of design, color and style.  Here she was able to understand the intrinsic nature of people and hone her interpretive skills, which have proven invaluable in the artistic search for the essential psyche of her subjects.

An award winning artist, Angela is represented by Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook, CA., and has been featured in several Southern California magazines, including KOI USA and News Net’s Southern California Lifestyle. She has participated in many invitational shows and is a working member of the Critical Eye Studio.

The Tuesday Evening Program is FREE to all. 

August Class | Marketing Your Art

with Candy Glendening, Textile Artist

MONDAY:   August 31, 6:30 - 9 p.m.    

Being a successful artist is so much more than perfecting your technique and focussing in on subject material that speaks to you; today's artist has to be their own advocate and marketer as well. Opportunities abound with the tools that the internet brings to your marketing toolkit, but it can also be overwhelming: Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Instagram, where does it end?

In this one evening class Candy will explain many of the marketing tools available to artists, pointing out the pros and cons of each one. She will cover items like:

  • Social Media Strategy
  • Websites and Blogging
  • Photographing your art
  • Business card design
  • Choosing and getting accepted by an art show
  • Booth design and presentation
  • Interacting with potential clients, both short and long term
  • Getting published

And much more! Bring items you are using for marketing (like business cards, photos of your booth, a laptop computer so we can look at your website, etc...) and Candy will point out what's working, what's missing, and help you design a strategy for YOU to be more comfortable marketing YOUR art!

Fee:  $55  Discounted Member/"Friend" fee  $25

About Candy:

Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”. An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines; 28 at last count. These publishing opportunities led to her filming 8 different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. The folks at Interweave also produced Candy illustrating her artistic process in two workshop DVDs: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”.

By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night and weekend she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She shows and sells her work at local art fairs as well as the Redlands Art Association, for whom she designs and maintains the website. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her website:

Featured Artists

Penny Schwartz 10/24 – 11/13

As an incorrigible world traveler, I am drawn to vibrant vistas and colorful cultures. Photographing these scenes and people has become a natural extension of my fascination with worlds different from my own.

My work as a freelance writer involves describing what I experience in words, while photography tells the same story wordlessly and in a different way.

I have photographed in such remote places as Central Asia and Tibet as well as closer locales such as Big Sur, Bryce Canyon and Sedona, Arizona. My penchant is for people, the more colorfully and unusually adorned the better. However, photo safaris to East and South Africa introduced me to quite a few animals whose likenesses now number among my favorite images.

For many years, I combined my writing and photography interests in my “Yellow Brick Road” travel column for the Redlands Daily Facts. For that newspaper, I also photographed food to accompany my restaurant reviews. I continue to illustrate my feature articles and artist profiles for the Press-Enterprise newspaper with my own photographs.

I have exhibited travel photos in San Bernardino’s Feldheym Central Library and have showed jointly with Redlands photographer Caroline McAllister in exhibits at the University of Redlands Alumni Gallery and San Bernardino Valley College's art gallery. My photos have also been juried into the National Orange Show Art Show and the RAA Mini Show.

Improving my photographic skills is a continuing goal as I travel the world seeking new sights and scenes. Most recently I have been to Cuba, where the photo "opps" were potent and plentiful. I hope you enjoy the images I have captured there and everywhere.


Janet Edwards 8/25 – 9/9

Printmaker, Watercolorist, California Artist, and Redlands Treasured Artist

Janet Edwards is a California artist whose work reflects her love of the natural beauty of California, though beautiful scenes from traveling to other places are also depicted in her art.   Many of her etchings include embossing as part of the design. She has also worked in other print media, especially serigraphy. While working primarily in the etching medium, she is also an accomplished watercolorist, and a watercolor-like style is often reflected in her work.

Etchings are printed from metal plates upon which an image has been etched with acid to produce a texture that will hold ink. Each print is the result of hand inking on the plate and printing by pressure under the roller of an etching press. Though the prints of the same design are as ;much alike as a hand process will alow, minor differences from print to print may sometimes be detected. Inasmuch as each pritn is the direct end product of the artist’s work, and printed by her from the plates she has created, it is one of a series of multiple original pieces of art and not a copy or reproduction.

Janet’s work often depicts the rugged central and northern Caifornia coastline, as well as the flowers, trees, wildlife, and buildings characteristic of the state. Her series on whales illustrates what you might see, if you were lucky enough, during the yearly migration of these huge mammals. She is especially well known in the inland Southern California area for her depiction of the tall palm trees, mountains, and orange groves common to that region. Janet has also produced designs based upon travel to other states, and to England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada.


Janet Edwards’ art work is in homes, civic buildings, and offices throughout California, in all 50 states of the Union, and at least 40 other countries. Her work has been chosen by educational, cultural, and civic organizations to honor dignitaries, professors, musicians, ambassadors, politicians, and many other special people.

After earning  a B.A. degree in Art Education at the University of Redlands, she taught public school art before raising a family. She has been a past president of the Redlands Art Association, the program chair, and for 13 years- since its inception- she has been a member of the Margaret Clark art enrichment committee (MCAEEF). She has been an active participant in the RAA Gallery since the early 1980s.

Printmaking coursework was taken at Long Beach State University, Westchester Adult School, Santa Monica College, and San Bernardino Colelge, followed by many years of work in she & husband Fred Edwards’ home studio.

Janet Edwards’ work is currently available through Highligh Gallery, Mendocina, CA, The Chambers Gallery, Cambria, CA, Earthworks Gallery, Yachats, OR, Smith Jewelers, Redlands, and Redlands Art Association. Also available by contacting her home studio (909) 793-7169,  See more of her art at

Janet Edwards’ exhibit is featured through Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the RAA Gallery.  In addition to displaying her stunning prints, Edwards has placed a descriptive diagram near the framed work, explaining the etching to printing process.

Redlands Art Association is located downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands, Ca 92374 (909) 792-8435.  The gallery is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday. 


Edward Sotello, 8/1 – 23

ed portraitArtist for the month of August at Redlands Art Association is Edward Sotello. The dates for the show are August l through August 23, 2015.

Reception will be 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, August 2, 2015.

On display will be watercolors, oils, acrylics and ceramics. Mr Sotello is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University where he earned an MA with an emphasis on drawing and painting the human figure. He received his BFA from the University of Denver. There he studied ceramics and completed academic courses. At the University of Redlands he completed his secondary credential. As an undergraduate at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles he took courses in life drawing, watercolors and oils.  He studied ceramics under Jim Stewart at Valley College, San Bernardino.

He taught high school students art at Yucaipa High School for 33 years, has taught drawing at Valley College, San Bernardino, painting at Crafton Hills, Yucaipa, and watercolor at UCR Extension. At Patton State Hospital patients learned art and crafts under his supervision. Among his awards are a first in both watercolor painting and oils at the Bakersfield Art Festival, third place for painting at Riverside Art Museum, first at the MMM Show for acrylics. Also an Excellent Award for oils at the MMM Show at RAA.

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Currently he teaches watercolor painting at RAA and has a good following of students. The subjects vary from flower painting, landscapes, abstract design and portraits. The students are preparing for a student show at the First Methodist Church Gathering Hall October 28 through December 3, 2015. Reception for student show will be announced.

Note from the artist: Find what you love. If education helps, go to school. Art requires much study: workshops, art history, studio painting and draw, draw, draw. Above all, find out what your abilities are. Work will reveal this to you. Then give back by exhibiting, teaching, sharing what you know.

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From Our Fearless Leaders

September 2015

Welcome Friends of RAA. It’s the beginning of September and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with the back door open! Fresh air is circulating round the house; what a
welcome relief to the summer heat we’ve all been experiencing and gives me head space to think about Fall! It’s going to be a busy Holiday Season in the RAA Gallery.
Firstly and most importantly is the message from Larry Harvill, Chairman of the Board of Directors, about discontinuation of the use of the word “member”. We are now officially “Friends of RAA”.

In preparation for Fall, it’s nice to have a bit of a Spring Clean! Bruce Herwig is coordinating the First Ever RAA “Supply Swap” Saturday, October 3 in the East Gallery. (See page 5) Thanks Bruce.

Back in July I was saddened to see major retailers start the “Holiday Season” when it was over 100°F, firstly bringing in Halloween decorations and as I blinked Christmas decorations were for sale alongside them. We may think it’s way too early to think about the Holiday Season, but we cannot deny it’s the busiest shopping season of the year and one that brings in the most money to all retail businesses, including ourselves. So, we too at the RAA have to think about the Holiday Season and plan ahead, even if it’s only the beginning of September!

But, I am excited to tell you all, the Operating Committee has approved several new opportunities for artists to sell additional work in the gallery,
on Market Night and Sunday mornings (see articles in the newsletter); plus there is Art on State Street on October 25.
This year we are going to have a huge Christmas Tree Celebration, kicking off with our own Christmas Tree take-in, followed by a free Christmas Decoration swap, open to the Community and Friends of RAA, plus a Community and Friends of the RAA Christmas Decorations Show-Within- A-Show the week of Thanksgiving (See pages 5 & 6). All of these events need “YOU” the Friends of RAA to give additional volunteer hours to make this Holiday Season our most successful one ever!

I am looking for one or two people who would help coordinate theChristmas Tree and Christmas Decoration Events.

For the first time in a few years the RAA will be offering Christmas Gift wrapping through December for gifts bought in the Gallery.

The new Fall Cinema Classic Series starts on September 22. Thanks to Annette Weis for organizing it.

If you have any questions or can help in any way, please either contact me directly through or ring the Gallery and speak to a Gallery Coordinator.
Happy making everyone! We have just three Take-Ins left before the Holiday Season is really with us! That’s it — out of breath!

— Liz Coviello, President

Liz Coviello


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