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2nd Annual RAA Tea

RAA members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Tea ~ an afternoon of enjoying each other’s company.  Light refreshments and tea, of course, will be served.  Sunday, January 25 from 3 to 5pm at the Gallery.  Please RSVP for you and your guests by stopping by or calling 909-792-8435.

RAA News January 2015

RAA Welcomes Two new Gallery Coordinators

Two new Gallery Coordinators have recently been hired by the personnel committee of the Board of Directors. Liz Coviello, a long time RAA member and our Historian, will cover vacation days and continue to help on take-in days. Bronwyn Weis comes to us with extensive computer experience and will work mostly Fridays and Saturdays. Both report to Judith Sparhawk, Gallery Supervisor. The personnel committee is very pleased to have had the opportunity to choose these two very special women.

Special gifts received

I am delighted to inform you of three special gifts we have received as a result of proposals submitted.

  • $250 from the Redlands Community Foundation to help underwrite the reception for the Ray Swanson show on Jan. 4th.  Do not forget to call in your RSVP.
  • $1,000 from the Radcliffe Foundation to support our general operations as determined by the Board of Directors.
  • $5,000 from the Lossett Foundation to help support our youth art education program.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Attention all Members who Shop on Amazon

Notice to all members who buy things through Amazon.com about a new charitable giving program they have.  When you want to shop on Amazon please sign on to Smile.Amazon.com. Select the Redlands Art Association in the drop down window and the RAA will receive 0.5% of your purchase refunded to our bank account.  This site provides access to the full line of products Amazon offers and in fact is a window to the official Amazon site.  Once you have selected the RAA you so not have to repeat that selection provided you always sign on to Smile.Amazon.com.  You can also switch to any other nonprofit charities Amazon lists.  Amazon has not increased prices to compensate as you are accessing the actual site anyone in the general public does.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Open to all artists….enter the Multi Media Mini Show!

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything!  Strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5-cube, including frame and/or base.  Our judge, Leslie A. Brown, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as give out the awards.  Since the prospectus/entry form will no longer be mailed out, it will be available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website here: 2015 MMM Prospectus-Insurance E-FORM

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 1, between 10am – 4pm. Winners of the competition will participate in over  $ 3000 in cash and product awards.   Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public.

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 6 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 8.

“Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art.  It is a collection of little “gems” … you’ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time RAA supporter.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website www.redlands-art.org or call, 909-792-8435.

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What Is a Juried Show?

Art shows are usually focused on one type of art – like photography or wall art: oils, watercolors, acrylics.

Someone is chosen to judge the art that was submitted for the show.  The judge would be known for his/her experience in the arts.  He does not need to be an artist but someone in the art realm.

For most shows today, the art image is sent by email and scanned onto a DVD so the judge can view it on a computer or projector screen.  The judge is told how many pieces the organizers want in the exhibit.  Then he choses which pieces will be shown in the exhibit.  Sometimes the judge chooses which pieces get prizes from their image on the DVD or he waits to see the exhibit up on the wall, when he can see the actual piece.

For the Multi Media Mini Show, the art is brought into the Gallery for viewing by the juror.  He is told he will have to consider not just the traditional art techniques but what the artist did to create his piece.  I mean, there is nothing traditional about putting a bunch of nuts, bolts, paperclips and do-dads together to create wall art and yet, the effort has to be appreciated.

The judge also chooses which pieces win an award.  He considers the prize – First place, Second place, or if it is a specific award – like “Best Watercolor”.  He reviews the pieces he has chosen for the show and selects which ones he likes the best or is the best fit for the prize.

When an artist’s work is chosen in a juried show, he gets bragging rights!

It is a star on his resume and the art piece can be featured in his portfolio.  Kinda like getting nominated for the Academy Awards.  Now if he wins an award in the show, he can feel like he’s got the Oscar in his hands.

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Of course, each juror is different and one piece of art not-accepted for this show may be accepted in another show by a different juror.

The rule of thumb is to keep making art and showing it off.  Sharing your art is most rewarding!  Enter as many exhibits you qualify for.

Sandy Davies, MMM Show committee

2nd Annual Afternoon Tea Party. Sunday 25th January 3-5pm

We had so much fun at the 50th celebrations afternoon tea party in November 2013, we’ve decided to hold a 2nd afternoon tea party; meeting old and new friends, for a chat with tea, coffee and delicious nibbles.

There is a sign up sheet in the gallery for finger food – small sandwiches, cookies, naughty nibbles. Please bring food on 2 or 3 plates so we spread it out across the tables.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have a large teapot and would share it for the afternoon it would be appreciated.

It is also the last week of the Ray Swanson show and an opportunity to see his wonderful South West paintings.

Look forward to seeing you there

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Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

Business Card Folder

There is now a small white business card folder for all artists business cards. It will only take about 6 rectangular business cards in each sleeve but we’d love to have your cards in there.

Customers regularly ask for an artists business card and now they can be at hand. For jewelry artists I suggest you leave business cards in your jewelry display case so customers can be given one when they make a purchase.

Happy making everyone

Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

Celebrate the New Year with a new Artist Bio.

Whether you are a renewing member or a new member we’d love to have your artist bio in the bio book.

Just 2 separate pages –

  • Page 1: some biographical details about yourself, a small photo of yourself, contact details for your website, email etc.
  • Page 2: 3  photos of your work, contact details again.

Keep it simple.

If you’d like some ideas check out the bio book and see what others have written.

The black bio book is behind the desk in the west gallery.

Remember customers are interested in the artists and their work.

Wishing you all a creative 2015

Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard.

 

Calligraphy Class Coming Up

Kristi Darwick, has studied calligraphy and art throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Kirsti left the corporate world to immerse herself in creative pursuits and now As President of the Southern California Society for Calligraphy, shares this passion with private and public groups. She is a professional lettering artist who teaches workshops in California and beyond. Recently she led eighteen artists on a study tour in Amsterdam and Bruges, with another trip planned for 2016, by popular demand.

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Note that Script is all the rage these days, used by graphic artists and trendy calligraphers alike. This class will introduce calligraphy-rendered script starting first with a ball-point or fine-tipped marker. We’ll progress to the pointed pen with its expressive thicks and thins, which lend lush beauty to the writing. Depending on interest, more advanced classes may be scheduled in the future.

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Kristi will instruct a 3-hour class on Wednesday, February 24th, 6-9 p.m. for those who make reservations. Call the gallery to reserve your place soon.

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

Mark your calendars now, so not to miss these upcoming programs and workshops.

  • February 17 Program: My Way with Watercolor by Ed Sotello
  • February 21 Workshop: My Way with Watercolor with Ed Sotello
  • March 31 Program: My Multi-Media Art with Snezana Petrovick
  • April 4 Workshop: Multi-Media Art with Snezana Petrovick
  • April 28 Program: Absence/Presence by Sculpture Artist Renee Azenaro
  • May 26 Program: Oil Painting by Martha Cowan
  • May 30 Workshop: Oil Painting with Martha Cowan

Note:  All programs start at 7:00 PM

Lori Powell, Education Committee

January 2015

Ray Swanson Show and Reception a Success On Sunday January 4th, the Ray Swanson exhibition opened with a successful reception.  Approximately 100 people attended and many were first time visitors to the gallery.  Ray’s widow Beverly Swanson-Aylward spoke briefly and provided an overview of several of the paintings from the very first one he paintedContinue Reading

Jan 27 Program w/Dr. Nathan Gonzalez

Special Program at RAA Gallery and Art Center on Tue, January 27, 2015, 7pm – 8pm by Dr. Nathan Gonzalez at the Gallery.Dr. Gonzales will speak on “History vs. Memory: Redlands and the Creation/Recreation/Fabrication of a Cultural Institution. Dr. Nathan Gonzalez is Head Archivist and Curator of the Special Collections for the Smiley Library, and the CuratorContinue Reading

Jan 13 Special lecture at ESRI

Special Program at ESRI, Tue, January 13, 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  “Indian Performance of Spanish Music in California’s Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable.” by Dr. James Sandos. For info and reservations: www.esri.com/events/redlands-form  

Programs & Workshops

February Program:  My Way with Watercolor by Ed Sotello

Tuesday, February 17 @ 7:00 PM

Followed by a watercolor workshop on Saturday, February 21

Don’t miss hearing award winning artist and teacher, Ed Sotello, at the Tuesday evening program.  No matter what your favorite art medium is, you will be inspired by the wise wisdom, informative information and creative art spirit of Ed.  He will demonstrate in one of his favorite mediums, watercolor, with a message that should be motivational to all.

Note:  More information on his workshop is coming.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Springtime Copper Jewelry Workshops with Tia Shira

Working with Copper is fun, and sooo trendy  These classes will introduce you to the joy of working with copper in different ways, while learning basic jewelry making skills.

MARCH 21 -  HAMMERED COPPER JEWELRY – 9:30 AM - 1 PM.

Learn the joy of hammering! You will add texture to copper pieces (and antique or patina) to make a pair of earrings, bracelet, or pendant.  Tools and materials provided.    Members:  $30; non-members:  $75; $5 materials fee.

APRIL 24 – CHARMING METAL CLAY COPPER.  9 AM - 4:30 PM.

Learn how to work with precious metal clay in copper! You will make your own unique charms for a bracelet, earrings, or pendant. Students will learn to roll, shape and texture the clay. After firing, the creations become solid copper! Pieces will be fired and then polished and antiqued if desired.  Tools and materials provided.   Members $75; non-members: $115;  $20 materials fee.  Additional clay available for purchase.

MAY 15 – ENAMEL ON COPPER : COLORFUL BAUBLES - 9 AM -3 PM.

Learn to apply (glass) enamels to copper blanks as well as a variety of design techniques, to make colorful earrings, charms or pendants. This class is an introduction to the wonderful world of enameling.  Tools and materials provided.  Members: $60; non-members: $100.  $10 materials fee.

January Workshop: Gelli-Plates with Cindy Lantier

January 24, 2015:  10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn to print without a press using a homemade gelatin plate or a commercially available “gelli plate.” Make abstract papers suitable for using as backgrounds or as collage fodder. You will learn two different techniques for intentional, more purposeful printing. Gel plates will be available for each student to play with and a commercial gelli plate to try out. Cindy will provide a variety of paints (both quality and color,) stencils, texture tools, and a small variety of paper.

Workshop Fee: $75 members/$125 Non-members   Supply sheets available prior to class.

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Featured Artists

Ray Swanson Jan 3-30

 

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 RAA 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.  See example below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.

There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th at the RAA Gallery and Art Center from 2 to 4:30pm.  Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.  Call 909-792-8435 to RSVP.

Special Program at ESRI, Tue, January 13, 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  "Indian Performance of Spanish Music in California's Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable." by Dr. James Sandos. For info and reservations: www.esri.com/events/redlands-form

Special Program at RAA Gallery and Art Center on Tue, January 27, 2015, 7pm – 8pm by Dr. Nathan Gonzalez at the Gallery.Dr. Gonzales will speak on "History vs. Memory: Redlands and the Creation/Recreation/Fabrication of a Cultural Institution. Dr. Nathan Gonzalez is Head Archivist and Curator of the Special Collections for the Smiley Library, and the Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

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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.

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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

From Our Fearless Leaders

January 2015

Ray Swanson Show and Reception a Success

On Sunday January 4th, the Ray Swanson exhibition opened with a successful reception.  Approximately 100 people attended and many were first time visitors to the gallery.  Ray’s widow Beverly Swanson-Aylward spoke briefly and provided an overview of several of the paintings from the very first one he painted up though some of the last prior to his death in 2004.  As they lived in Redlands in the 60’s and early 70’s, several of their friends from town attended to renew old acquaintances.  The show remains up until January 29th take-down so be sure to take the time to see it.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

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