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Programs & Workshops

Textile Artist November Program

My Journey from Traditional to Art Quilter by Candy Glendening

Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm

Candy Glendening LaughRedlands textile artist 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”; bags to carry, silk scarves to wear are all opportunities to create an item that brings joy to the senses of sight and touch.

She has been using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes for close to 20 years now, using just a few primary colors plus black to create a myriad of different hues. Because she can dye any color she wants the options can be overwhelming; so most of her work is done in a series that starts with curating, creating and dyeing a color palette of single and multicolor fabrics and working with it for several months in order to really absorb and enjoy how those particular hues relate to one another.

In this program, Candy will discuss how her obsession with color and dyeing fabric led her from making traditional quilts with store bought fabric to becoming the fabric artist she is today. Her story should resonate with artists of any media and help inform beginning artists who are searching for their "muse".

An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines (29 at last count); twice her art was featured on the cover. She has also filmed 8 different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. Interweave has 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”.

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By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night, weekend, and online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She shows and sells her work at local art fairs as well as the Redlands Art Association. She joined the Redlands Art Association in 2008, and has been its newsletter and website designer since 2009. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her at her home on the internet: CandiedFabrics.com

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The program is free and open to the public; the gallery is located at 215 E. State St. in Redlands, CA 92373

Georgia O’Keeffe Program

Georgia O'Keeffe's Early Years are the subject of Sept. 27 Program

The new Program Series at the Redlands Art Association Gallery starts with the lecture “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Early Works, 1901-1939”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Zoeckler, retired, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

 

During Georgia O'Keeffe's long and productive life she created approximately 1000 oil paintings plus another thousand watercolors and drawings, and even a few sculptures and clay pots. Her formal art training began when she was 18, attending the fall semester of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with John Vanderpoel. She studied at the Art Student's League in New York City under William M. Chase, Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox.  Her painting of a dead rabbit with a copper pot shows Chase's influence.

She went on to study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a modernist who strongly influenced her approach to art and her teaching methods.  In 1915 she had an epiphany and declared "I can't live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to -- I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to - school and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."  In January 1916 her radical new daringly abstract charcoal drawings came to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, influential owner of 291 Gallery in New York and publisher of an avant-garde magazine on art and photography.  Stieglitz began to exhibit her work at 291 and other New York galleries.  When she moved to New York City, their ensuing relationship ignited her creativity and career.  This lecture will explore her working methods and sources of inspiration.  How did her unique vision produce these works?  Who were her friends and where did she travel?  When possible, using her own words, we will examine the sources for some of these timeless and mesmerizing creations.

“Hard to describe someone so sensational.”  says Linda Zoeckler.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

 

 

The Art of Stained Glass with Tom Medlicott

UPCOMING PROGRAM:  Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:00 PM

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Redlands own, admired and accomplished stained glass artist, Tom Medlicott, will be the guest speaker at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.  Medlicott has created and is continuing to create a legacy of beautiful stained glass windows in Redlands, as well as in many other California cities.  The A.K. Smiley Public Library is the home of ten of his windows.  They add a sparkle to the library, with their glistening colors, as light shines through the many shapes and sizes of colored glass.  His work can also be found, among other places in Redlands, at the University of Redlands Chapel, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Olive Market and in many Redlands homes.

Often Medlicott’s windows tell stories or record local history.  In the Young Readers Room of Smiley Library, storybooks such as Charlotte’s Web and Cinderella, are represented in glass.  Many record historical information, as in the most recently installed window at the library, honoring the 40- year career of Larry Burgess.  This stunning, 5 by 8 foot window, took over a year to complete and features important local landmarks that are meaningful to Burgess.  It is located at the end of a hall in the library’s administrative office and can be perfectly viewed from the circulation desk.

In June, a 2 by 5 foot stained glass window commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kimberly Juniors, an organization for young women, will be installed in the Heritage Room of the Library.  The window design incorporates the Kimberly Crest Mansion and gardens, along with young women in their traditional sailor outfits.  It promises to be rich in jewel like colors and marvelous detail.

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Being a fine artist and craftsman, Medlicott creates designs that are extraordinary drawings with incredible detail and then transposes them into colored glass.  Some of the intricacies are like facets on a gemstone.  A patient and meticulous master, Medlicott constructs tediously complicated works in glass, soldered together with lead.  Also, he enjoys working with copper and making mosaics.

While living in Colorado in the early 70”s, the artist learned the basic skills of his craft and picked up the rest along the way.  Doing his work extremely well, he was able to make a decent income. Eventually, he moved to Redlands in 1977 and established himself as an exceptional glass artist, while supporting his family of five.  Living in Redlands for almost 40 years, Medlicott says he’s created about 4,000 glass windows in a wide range of sizes.  That is an amazing 100 pieces a year, with some having 5,000 individual pieces of colored glass.

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Medlicott is a dedicated artist and a perfectionist, who has a relaxed, likeable manner.  He is energetic and enthusiastic about his art and life.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear this important Redlands artist, who has created public art that will be enjoyed for endless years.  He will share his art, stories of his artistic journey and his use of shimmering stained glass as his language for expressing so much.

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Submitted by Lori Powell

Featured Artists

Martha Cowan 12/31 – 1/20

 

Martha Cowan’s love of art began at about age 6, when her father spent time teaching her how to draw. She knew at this young age that she wanted to be an artist. After pursuing art through her school age years, she realized as a young adult that while she loved to paint, she wanted to have a career as a graphic designer.

Simultaneously, Martha pursued graphic design studies in college and oil painting with Cathy Shefer, a representational painter in Alta Loma. She graduated from Chaffey College, studied at Art Center College of Design for four years, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.

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Martha’s early career was in graphic design, but her primary interest has always been in painting with oils, and that is what she devotes her time to now. She has shown her paintings in many local shows, including the Artists Council Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2016, as well as the Museum of American Illustration, New York, in 1989. Her paintings belong to many private collections. She has studied with Elin Pendleton, Carol Marine, Jennifer McChristian, David Leffel, and Joseph Todorovitch, from whom she has been learning for since 2010.

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Martha has taught art at Orange County High School of the Arts, Chaffey Community College, San Bernardino Valley College, and Dona Merced Elementary School. She is currently the art teacher for a private elementary school, and she teaches adult painting classes for the Redlands Art Association. She is pursuing painting seriously, and is showing and selling her art whenever possible. She is an Associate member of the California Art Club.

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Artist Statement:

My interest in portraits began about 10 years ago, when I joined a monthly portrait painting group at the Chaffey Community Art Association. Gayle Stratford was the facilitator of this group. We met every month to paint from the live model. The group continues with another facilitator, and now it’s held at the Chaffey Community Art Museum in Ontario. I admire Gayle’s work, and when I learned that she was a student of David Leffel’s, I had the good fortune of attending one of his portrait workshops in 2013. Even though I admire both of these great artists, Joseph Todorovitch is who I have been learning from fairly continuously since 2010. He has helped me evolve and improve so much over the last six years. It is to him I owe so much credit.

My portraits, like my other subjects, are meant to capture the essence of the person, wile not showing every detail. I strive to paint from the heart and to portray the person the way I want the viewer to know them.

I work in oil on linen, smooth panel, or cotton canvas. I use a limited palette, as taught to me by Joseph, through the great Anders Zorn.

My demonstration on Tuesday, October 25, will be a portrait from a model.

Martha Cowan

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Aïda Marini Schneider 11/19 – 12/9

Opening Reception Sunday, November 20, from 2-4 pm

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"I'm looking forward to exhibiting at the RAA gallery as the featured artist for November 19 - December 9. The paintings from this series "Innerscapes" represent my personal interpretation of the surrounding desert and mountains in mixed media on cradled hardboard panels.

I'm a longtime Redlands resident and member/volunteer of RAA. Until recently my husband and I traveled nationally, exhibiting and selling at top juried art festivals such as Old Town Chicago, St Louis Art Festival and Sausalito Arts Festival. I served on the jury of selection at the Cherry Creek Art Festival and my painting "Tapestry 52" was chosen for the Festival's annual fundraising poster that year. Last May I was pleased to act as co-juror for the Redlands Festival of Arts.

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The Desert Art Collection gallery in Palm Desert represents my work and will feature my paintings in March 2017 during Artwalk.

Join me at the opening reception 2 - 4 Sunday, November 20 at the RAA gallery, 215 E State Street.

Aïda Marini Schneider

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Mary Grinyer 10/25 – 11/19

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 2-4 pm

Mary, a long time member of the Redlands Art Association, is excited to be the Featured Artist from October 29 through November 19. The theme of the show is “The Heart and More…” Her new three dimensional ceramic hearts will be shown for the first time. The heart has been a theme of Mary Grinyer’s art for many years. She began doing heart related art when her Father had a successful open heart surgery. The heart can represent many things: the physical heart which keeps us alive, the emotional seat of a person’s thoughts and emotion, or the central or innermost part, the essence of something. This show will explore heart related themes as well as presenting several sculptures and ceramic pieces. Ceramic heart pieces include “Mending Heart,” “Ruptured,” “Gift Wrapped,” and works that present the heart as a decorative item.

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An interest in ceramics began for Mary at the Goeske Senior Center in Riverside after she retired. She enjoyed working there and within a few months started taking beginning ceramics at Riverside City College with John Hopkins. Since then she has attended a series of classes in ceramics and sculpture with Stephen Horn at the college. Stephen Horn inspires students to experiment and often asks us to try it and see what happens. They experiment with forms, oxides, slips, glazes, printing on clay and multiple firing methods.

Mary Grinyer is a member of the Redlands Art Assn., Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Community Art Assn. and a resident of Riverside, CA. She is a graduate of Ramona High School and has an AA in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College. She has continued to work at the Goeske Senior Center ceramic group and now volunteers to teach hand building ceramics to interested seniors. The Clay Yard in Ontario, CA is her newest venture. She had studio space there for several years at Ceramic Services until it closed at the end of May. Eleven studio members, including Mary, purchased the business. They feature studio memberships, classes, firing services (including Raku), clay pugging, and they sell clay. She still maintains a studio space there.

From Our Fearless Leaders

November 2016

I hope everyone has dried out from Art on State Street; who would have thought we’d get so much rain and thunder in October? Didn’t it just rain? Famous last words from my son helping to erect the EZ up “It’s only 10% chance of rain Mum, you don’t need the sides!”

Many thanks to all the artists who stuck it out and to everyone who came out to explore and purchase art despite the rain. I hope everyone has just about dried off and EZ ups are now washed and put away for next year.

This is the busiest time of the year in the gallery and for all our artists. There are lots of studio tours and shows at this time of the year and we wish the best to all our participating artists.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Liz Coviello, RAA President

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