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Programs & Workshops

March Program – Linda Zoeckler, Art Historian

Painting Paradise in Plein Air:  A History of Late 19th Century Painting

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This is the third program Ms.Zoeckler had given to RAA.  Ex-professor of art, and noted art historian, she has a rich power point presentation to share, as well as, insights and anecdotes to offer.  She will allow time for questions and discussions.


The public is welcome to attend.     Redlands Art Association Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State Street, Redlands.  For more information, call 909-792-8435.

Feb 23 Program – Karen Werner


“Oil Painting the Lively Still Life” with Karen Werner

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Program:  Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

 An 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.


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

 Learn how to paint or improve existing skills, by painting still life from life.  Karen will demonstrate the benefits of painting small and often.  She will share four basic concepts that you’ll be able to apply 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.

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

Nov 17 PROGRAM – Jeff Owens

November 17 Program – Jeff Owens

On the Outside Looking In – Detachment & Creativity with Jeff Owens

Well known, award winning artist, Jeff Owens will talk about how he has always felt about his personal relationship to “the world of the visual arts,” and how that has taken him to the type of artwork he’s been creating lately. The program will be a kind of half and half talk.  Part one will be an overview of the many phases (era’s?) his art has gone through.  Part two will be about what he is doing now and how it relates to what he did back then.  Jeff will bring, to the program, several of his artworks along with some photos.  He will discuss how he goes from the birth of an idea to a “finished” artwork.  Also, he’ll share what he has learned about using acrylics and why he has elected to use that medium, so much, in the past few years.  It should be a fun, fascinating and upbeat presentation.  NOT TO BE MISSED!

Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM

Program is FREE to all.

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.


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.



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


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.


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.


Her work can currently be viewed at:



From Our Fearless Leaders

January 2016

Thank you all for making the RAA Gallery a fabulous place to shop for presents this holiday season. The gallery was full to bursting with our two Featured Artist Shows and everyone’s work. It took some juggling but the Hanging Crew did an amazing job displaying everything. We received compliments galore on the show and I hope you all managed to get in and see it. People returned several times to look and make special purchases. Many thanks to Sandy Davies for suggesting we offer a gift wrapping service this year, it was so appreciated.

I also wanted to thank everyone who filled the Christmas Tree with unique ornaments and gifts. You were all complimented on the art for sale on the tree. The Christmas Tree decoration swap was small but fun. And our Christmas Decoration Show within a Show was a wonderful extension to the Christmas Tree. Thank you all.

Many thanks to everyone who brought in toys and food for Family Services, it was so generous at a busy and expensive time of year. I think we will be running this again next year.

We are well into the New Year, with new Featured Artists; the Photography Show within a Show; the “Asian Spice” theme for the first show of the year in the gallery; the Multi Media Mini Show in March and The Garden Tour in April.

With all the excitement of Christmas it was sad to learn of the passing of Margaret Thielemann and Marshall Taylor, son of Anne Taylor who some of you will remember. Our thoughts are with the families at this time.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2106, may it be full of art and inspiration.

Liz Coviello, RAA President

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