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Frugal Frigate – Kids Summer Club!

We’re pleased to be partnering with The Frugal Frigate this summer for their Kid’s Summer Club!  RAA Youth Art Instructors Suzanne Burke and Michelle Laughlin will be leading kids craft activities starting with the July 8th session!  Be sure to reserve your spot today by calling the bookstore directly at 909-793-0740 or emailing Teanna at


Fun with Copper – Adult jewelry series

Working with cooper is fun and sooo trendy.  Designed for both men and women, these classes will introduce you to the joy of working with copper. Sign up now!  You may take one or all of the classes.  Limit to 8 students per class.  Call the Gallery for more info.

Hammered Copper Jewelry – Saturday, July 26, 9:30-1pm.  Fee: $ 30 RAA members/ $ 35 non-members, plus $ 5 to the instructor for materials.

Charming Metal Clay in Copper – Saturday, August 9. 9am to 4:30pm.  Fee: $ 70 RAA members/$ 75 non-members, plus $20 for materials.

Enamel on Copper: colorful baubles – saturday, August 23, 10am to 4pm.  Fee: $50 RAA members/$55 non-members plus $ 10 for materials.

June/July 2014

We have two calls for help for you to consider.  The first is that this fall we want to get the marketing committee staffed and underway.  This is an important board committee and I would appreciate hearing from you if you would be interested or know of anyone who might be interested.  The tentative responsibilitiesContinue Reading

RAA News June/July 2014

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner The RAA’s 2014 Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner was held at the home of Larry Harvill and Evelyn Ifft on Tuesday, June 3rd. Good company, delicious food and delightful conversations were enjoyed by all. Judith Sparkhawk shared some pictures of the festivities with us: Larry Harvill was master ofContinue Reading

Downtown Redlands Artwalk June 15th

Join us on Sunday, June 15th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm when we participate in the Downtown Redlands Artwalk.  The Redlands Art Association is excited to be able to provide free children’s art activities to the community as part of the artwalk events!  Stop by the RAA gallery to make a clay animal sculpture, collage a small journal or watercolorContinue Reading

Programs & Workshops

May Workshop: “Create Monotype Prints” with Charlie Ciali

Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm

Open to all levels of printmakers from beginners to the more experienced.  This workshop will acquaint participants with the art of Monotype printmaking, using the Akua Pin Press, a light weight printing tool that eliminates the need of a large etching press.  It is a great tool for the small studio and to travel with. Water soluble Akua Inks, that are environmentally safe and easy to cleanup, will be used.  Participants will learn various techniques of monotype printing, including additive reduction, viscosity, chine colle, collage and more.  All materials will be supplied, including; press, inks, tools and paper.

Ciali-Skulls#2, Monotype on Arches 88, 12_x12_72 dpi

Workshop Fee: Members $70 / Non-members $75 with a $15 materials fee paid to instructor at workshop.

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

Ciali-Double Take,18_x23_ 72dpi

May Program: “MONOTYPE PRINTS” with Charlie Ciali

Tuesday Evening, May 27, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Redlands Art Association is pleased to have Charlie Ciali back, to present a program and workshop on monotype prints.  Last year he presented a superb program and workshop on encaustics, so we are definitely excited that he is coming again.

Ciali-Double Take,18_x23_ 72dpiCiali, an internationally known Palm Springs artist and teacher, will be sharing his monotype artworks, as well as the techniques he uses to create them.  Using an Akua Pin Press and Akua Inks, he will demonstrate how he creates his prints.  Our understanding of the possibilities, in the world of monotype prints, should be greatly expanded by this program.

He received his B.F.A. Degree in Ceramic Arts from Daemen College, Amherst, N.Y., in 1978; studied in Siena, Italy in 1977 and then pursued graduate studies at Edinboro, Pennsylvania, through 1980, where he studied under several renown ceramic artists.  He became an accomplished ceramicist, whose work was exhibited extensively, during those graduate years.

As a very capable art person, Charlie has successfully worn many hats.  In Minneapolis, where he lived for over two decades, he was the Assistant Director for 5 years, of MC Fine Art Gallery, a leading gallery in the Midwest.  He then opened his own gallery, Perspectives, which earned National recognition in several trade magazines and during its first year, was named “Best of Twin Cities” for art galleries.

Ciali-Skulls#2, Monotype on Arches 88, 12_x12_72 dpi

In 2002, Charlie was beckoned to the sunny desert of Palm Springs, where he has made his mark making art and contributing much to the desert art community.  There he has a large studio where he creates encaustic paintings, monotype prints, paintings and sculptures, (mixing the media most of the time), teaches classes and holds open studio.  Charlie has served as a Palm Springs City Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Board and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, as well as the Board of Governors for the Artists Council at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.  He is a frequent invited instructor at the Museum.  Also, he has been a mentor with the Arts Institute of Palm Springs H.S., demonstrating and working directly with students of the school.

The artwork of Ciali has been in numerous exhibitions, is in many corporate collections in the U.S. and Canada, and has won many awards.  Come enjoy learning and interacting with this outstanding artist and gifted teacher.   Ciali is inspirational and informative!

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

May Workshop: Create Monotype Prints w/Charlie Ciali

Create your own monotype prints with instruction and guidance from Charlie.  He will bring materials and an Akua Pin Press to use.   A not to be missed workshop!

Workshop Fee:  Members $70 / Non-members $75with a $15 materials fee paid to the instructor.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Featured Artists

Sheila LeBlanc & Linda Willason

From July 12th through August 1st, our featured artist corner is highlighting the work of another mother/daughter duo.  Sheila LeBlanc is sharing a selection of her work in oil as well as some of her watercolors.  Her daughter, Linda Willason, began showing her work earlier this year and prefers to work in pastels.  A reception will be held Saturday, July 19th at 6 pm.

Lillian Margo June 21st – July 11th

Lillian Margo studied fine art at University of California, Riverside.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows.  She interned as an assistant to the Exhibition Designer at the Californai Museum of Photography, the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, and The Sweeney Art Gallery.  Margo also participated in ArtsBridge and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts as an art teacher.  As owner of Paloma Heart Works, she now teaches oil painting and mixed media art classes.  She makes personal altars, assemblage jewelry, crowns, photographs, paintings, and super 8 films out of her reverance for nature, often employing allegorical narractive or magical realism.

Artist Statement:

"I make art through the sincerity of my soul

in order to open worlds and paths

of your own discovery and healing.

I make art for your moments of sacred silence,

to give you gentle wings,

to soothe you,

to reflect and frolic with you in the sublime."

Constance St. Jean from May 31st – Jun 20th

Constance St Jean will have a collection of her photography work in the Redlands Art Association gallery through June 20th.

Background of the Photographer:

Constance St. Jean started taking pictures in 1959 in Gopalpur, India as a cultural anthropology research assistant to Dr. Alan R. Beals.

In 1967, she photographyed every family in an Oaxacan village in Mexico and was paid in eggs and tortillas.  This was in connection with an anthropological field study teaching project headed by Dr. Beals.

After learnign calligraphy at Riverside City College in the 1980's, she took up photography again, specializing in long lens (400 mm) candid pictures of wildlife, rodeo riders, children, Native Americans, flowers, abstract landscapes and musicians (bluegrass, Dixieland, swing and modern jazz) all over southern California, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

She has received ribbons and awards from the Southern California Fair (1998 - 2007) and had two photgraphs accepted by the Los Angeles County Fair (2004 & 2005).  Her potographs have been displayed in coffee houses in Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco and Corona since the early 1990's.  Gallery showings were at Yesteryear in Pomona, Riverside City College, Riverside Community Art Association, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside County Library system and a solo exhibit in San Pedro in 2008.

Currently, she is concentrating on long lens candid portraits of adults and children at festivals, beaches, peace demonstrations, photo journalism and abstracts.  Her email address is

From Our Fearless Leaders

June/July 2014

We have two calls for help for you to consider.  The first is that this fall we want to get the marketing committee staffed and underway.  This is an important board committee and I would appreciate hearing from you if you would be interested or know of anyone who might be interested.  The tentative responsibilities of this committee entail:

  1. Develop plan for implementing new identity package.  Working with the Chair, BOD, and the President, determine which components of the identity package should be implemented at which times.
  2. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan for youth and adult classes and workshops, Multi Media Mini Show, Art on State Street, Art in the Park and other special events.
  3. Develop ways to increase RAA visibility both within the Redlands community and within the Inland Empire.  Attend Chamber of Commerce meetings, Rotary club, etc. on a periodic basis.
  4. Working with the Chair, Board of Directors, and the President, create needed brochures and documents for marketing purposes.
  5. Identify and build relationships with other local arts groups and art shows e.g. Red Dirt, olive Market show, art walk, arts council etc.

The second request is that we need someone with a green thumb to develop and execute a plan for adding greenery to the patio area to help improve its attractiveness.

Please let me know of your interest in assisting in either of these two areas at your earliest convenience.

Larry Harvill, chair BOD


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