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March Program: Linda Kay Zoeckler

Northern California: Painting Paradise In Plein Air During the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00 PM

By Professor Linda Kay Zoeckler

In 2014, Linda Kay Zoeckler, an outstanding art historian, presented a fascinating program on early Southern California plein air paintings and painters.  The painters were unbelievably dedicated and adventuresome, and created incredible artwork.  She told so many astonishing stories about those artists.

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Zoeckler is coming back to tell us about the Northern California plein air artists who also created wonderful paintings that come with captivating stories, but are very different from those of Southern California.  The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, the Gold Rush, the Indians, as well as different weather/light conditions are some contributing factors to artwork that is so unlike that of Southern California.  Zoeckler will be showing about 200 visual images of the plein air landscape paintings, while discussing the artworks and the amazing stories of those courageous and productive artists.  If you have a passion for art, you will not want to miss this program!

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Lori Powell, RAA Program Chair

Karen Werner Program: Oil Painting the Lively Still Life


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  Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

The Redlands Art Association is pleased to have Karen Werner as our guest artist for February 2016.

Art has always been a part of Karen’s life, having grown up around paint.  Her parents owned a sign company in Orange County where as a young child she tagged along, watching her father design and hand letter billboards, showcards and vehicles.  The smell of paint and sawn wood was in the air, and a deep wooden drawer full of Prismacolor pencils would keep her drawing for hours on the floor of his office.

With the goal of teaching High School art, she completed her studio work as an art major with a drawing and painting emphasis at California State University, Fullerton.  At the same time she began raising her own small children.  As a result, the idea of teaching much younger children appealed to her. She changed direction, earned her Bachelors in Liberal Studies, her Masters in Education, and taught elementary school for sixteen years.   During this time all of her creative energies went into teaching and raising her family.  After some soul searching, Karen retired early from elementary education and happily returned to painting.  She soon dedicated herself to painting daily, convinced that practice is the key to steady growth as an artist.  Karen launched her blog in 2010 as a way to make her work visible to the public, joining a vibrant and growing online arts community.

Karen works in oil and watercolor, painting a wide range of subject matter. She enjoys variety and challenge, striving to paint with versatility whatever inspires her, from the simple to complex.  Her goal is to paint realistically, but in a loose, poetic way.  Karen works from her home studio, painting from life and occasionally her photo references.  Her plein air work has taken her to various locations in Southern California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.

In addition to painting, Karen teaches watercolor classes in her home studio, demonstrates in oil for local art associations, and teaches still life workshops in oil.

Karen has received instruction from accomplished artists such as:  Milford Zornes, Chris Van Winkle, Ratindra Das, Greg La Rock, Carol Marine, Joseph Todorovitch, Jennifer McChristian, Qiang Huang and Kim English.

Her oils and watercolors have won numerous awards in juried shows and are held in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Karen lives in Chino with her husband and fluffy little studio dog.  She has three grown children and seven grandchildren.

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werner-2An accomplished, award-winning artist, Karen Werner, has been painting full time since leaving the teaching profession in 2005.  She is a versatile painter, working in both oils and watercolor, painting a wide variety of subject matter:  still life, landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and figures.  She paints realistically, but in a loose poetic style.

During her program she will discuss her life’s journey as an artist, including her philosophy and techniques, as she works on a demonstration painting.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see and hear this much sought after artist.

Program is FREE to all.

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Oil Painting the Lively Still Life: Karen Werner Workshop

Oil Painting Workshop:  Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 AM – 4 PM

Werner-4The Redlands Art Association is pleased to have Karen Werner as our guest artist for February 2016.

Art has always been a part of Karen’s life, having grown up around paint.  Her parents owned a sign company in Orange County where as a young child she tagged along, watching her father design and hand letter billboards, showcards and vehicles.  The smell of paint and sawn wood was in the air, and a deep wooden drawer full of Prismacolor pencils would keep her drawing for hours on the floor of his office.

With the goal of teaching High School art, she completed her studio work as an art major with a drawing and painting emphasis at California State University, Fullerton.  At the same time she began raising her own small children.  As a result, the idea of teaching much younger children appealed to her. She changed direction, earned her Bachelors in Liberal Studies, her Masters in Education, and taught elementary school for sixteen years.   During this time all of her creative energies went into teaching and raising her family.  After some soul searching, Karen retired early from elementary education and happily returned to painting.  She soon dedicated herself to painting daily, convinced that practice is the key to steady growth as an artist.  Karen launched her blog in 2010 as a way to make her work visible to the public, joining a vibrant and growing online arts community.

Karen works in oil and watercolor, painting a wide range of subject matter. She enjoys variety and challenge, striving to paint with versatility whatever inspires her, from the simple to complex.  Her goal is to paint realistically, but in a loose, poetic way.  Karen works from her home studio, painting from life and occasionally her photo references.  Her plein air work has taken her to various locations in Southern California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.

In addition to painting, Karen teaches watercolor classes in her home studio, demonstrates in oil for local art associations, and teaches still life workshops in oil.

Karen has received instruction from accomplished artists such as:  Milford Zornes, Chris Van Winkle, Ratindra Das, Greg La Rock, Carol Marine, Joseph Todorovitch, Jennifer McChristian, Qiang Huang and Kim English.

Her oils and watercolors have won numerous awards in juried shows and are held in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Karen lives in Chino with her husband and fluffy little studio dog.  She has three grown children and seven grandchildren.

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Oil Painting Workshop:  Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 AM – 4 PM

Learn how to paint or improve existing skills dramatically by painting still life from life.  Karen will demonstrate the benefits of painting small and often.  Practice four basic concepts while painting still life and you'll be able to apply these concepts to painting any subject.  Still life doesn't have to be stuffy!  Come and see how design, color and loose brushwork can bring energy and vitality to your painting.

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

Featured Artists

Jillian O’Dwyer 1/23-2/13

Reception: Friday, February 12, 5pm – 7pm

Jillian O’Dwyer will be hanging an installation of ceramic plates, “Tapestry,” for her featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association January 23rd through February 13th.

During this past October’s Downtown Redlands Art Walk, Jillian collected over 50 shoe, foot and (one) hand prints from art walk goers onto a square slab of clay. Uncontrolled by the artist, slabs of clay were distorted, completely or partially covered with prints, barely dented, ripped apart and more by the participants. After collection, Jillian determined how to best influence the final result by adding patterns, trimming parts of some squares and selecting glaze combinations. The end collaboration is, at times, unrecognizable as a shoe print.

“Tapestry” speaks to many things from popular shoe styles in Redlands to the individuals who participated. The quality and substance of the pattern on each plate shows the confidence in their step, their mood for the day and maybe even their affinity for getting dirty. These insights are reflected in each plate’s title as well as short stories that accompany many of the plates.

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A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Redlands Art Association. Jillian will have clay available for those who wish to try their hand at creating their own texture patterns. Free and open to all ages!

Thank you to the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Parliament Chocolate for hosting Jillian in October and to all of those who donated prints. This project would not have been possible without your support!

Jillian O’Dwyer is a ceramic artist who focuses mainly on highly textured, hand built, functional pieces. When she is not creating her own work she teaches hand building classes to both children and adults. Jillian is currently an instructor at AMOCA Ceramics Studio and the Redlands Art Association. Her work is exhibited at The Studio Artists’ Gallery at AMOCA, Redlands Art Association, Riverside Art Museum’s Blue Door Museum Store, Artisans Etc. and she shows at various art fairs.

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Janis Commentz 2/13-3/4

Reception Sunday February 14th from 3-5pm

Janis Commentz is a southern California native who grew up near the coast and began to draw and paint early in life. As an artist’s daughter, she was surrounded by art materials and enjoyed trips to galleries and museums, as well as seasonal trips to Laguna Beach and Carmel.

Influenced early on by the Impressionists, today Janis is especially drawn to contemporary figurative painters such as Richard Diebenkorn, Lucian Freud and California’s Linda Christensen.

At the University of Redlands, Janis earned a B.A. in art and English and studied with John Nava, well-known for his tapestries at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. In 1977, she moved to the Mojave Desert to teach high school art and English. She holds an M.A. in Education from California State University at San Bernardino.

Retired from public school teaching in 2012, Janis pursues art full-time. Janis facilitates weekly life drawing sessions in Joshua Tree and teaches youth classes several times a year.  She exhibits at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree, the Purple Agave in Morongo Valley, Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, T.E. Studios in Riverside, and the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. She was a co-exhibitor/creator of “6 Chicks: A Pop Up Art Gallery” in December 2013; this space is now Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.

Kelley Havens 1/4-23

Kelley Havens Featured Artist

Show dates: January 4-23

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Kelley Havens is the featured artist this month.  She is self-taught,pushing outside the box of traditional methods.  She will often incorporate found objects into her work, gathered on hikes and nature trips.  Her fondness for nature and its varied patterns and secret geometric designs have always been an intrigue.  This influences and inspires her organic style.

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She also offers Interior design consulting, hand-painted decorative walls, textured and faux stone finishes, as well as specialized custom art pieces to complete a look.

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Her work can currently be viewed at:

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From Our Fearless Leaders

February 2016

Wow, it’s February, we’ve had some much needed rain and the snowy mountains around us look amazing and inspirational. The new show looks fabulous hanging in the gallery. Have you seen the Featured Artists shows this year? We’ve already had two and there is only one more before the Multi Media Mini Show. I hope you all had a chance to see the Photography Show in Show which inspired a small group of young people to display their photographs.

The next few months are jam packed with classes and events so we’d better all start preparing ourselves. Check out the newsletter, calendar and Facebook for upcoming events and updates. Look out for Mail Chimp news blasts with the fine details.

I’ll be “popping” home across the pond for a few weeks for birthday celebrations, but I leave you all in the capable hands of our Vice President, Maggie Macro and the other Gallery Coordinators.

Happy making and creating and enjoy the wet days when they come…

Liz Coviello, RAA President

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