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Along the Banks of the Zanja

Our fourth annual plein air show jointly sponsored by the Redlands Conservancy and the Redlands Art Association has just been taken down to make room for another session of children’s classes in the East gallery.  14 artists participated, showing 32 paintings in a variety of mediums, all painted outdoors at various locations along the Zanja.  Many members of the Redlands Conservancy and the “Save the Zanja” committee were very pleased with our focus on the historic irrigation canal and we garnered rave reviews for the show.

Selected by jurist, Shirley Harry, our cash award recipients were:  Pat Meeker for First Place, Ginger Pena for Second Place and Julie Evans for Third Place.  Honorable Mention Ribbons went to Pat Ford and Alan Remele.  Terry Chacon won the Redlands Conservancy’s publicity award.

Also participating in the show were Ed Sotello, Leah Balestieri, Patty Hayden, Sheila LeBlanc, Joan Coffey, Susan De’Armand, Robert Merchant and Evelyn Ifft.  Thank you, artists, for sharing your talents with the community!

Many other people worked hard behind the scenes to help us make this show a success:  Bookkeepers Elena Pattison and Joan Wiley who got the all-important checks to the award recipients, writers Sherli Leonard and Emily Bueerman for publicity, Mike Storzieri and Kathy Stewart who wrangled the computer system and helped us print labels for the paintings, Francis Wiley who hung the display panels, Susanna Beck who assisted with take-in, Ed Sotello who hung the show, Shirley Harry who donated her time as juror, Susanna Beck, Evelyn Ifft, Ginger Pena and members of the Redlands Conservancy who brought food and drink to our reception, and Sherli Leonard, Executive Director of the Redlands Conservancy, who has been instrumental from the beginning in helping us bring this plein air art show to the public, promoting both painting and it’s subject, the historic Zanja, as worthy of attention and preservation.  THANK YOU!

Evelyn Ifft and Ginger Pena, co-chairs

Member News

Margaret (Peggy) Burnett won 1st and 2nd place in photography in the National Veteran’s Creative Arts Competition. She was a guest of the U.S. government at the National Veteran’s Creative Arts Festival Oct. 5-11, 2009, held in San Antonio, TX

Thanks & Happy Holidays – Margaret

Special rate for LACMA Membership!

For the first time that I can remember LACMA is offering a six month membership  for $25.00 to previous members. This will allow people to get special tickets for their two next big shows: Renoir in the 20th century, and American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life 1765-1915. Must purchase by Dec 31st.  phone (323) 857-6151

Margaret Spiess

Programs & Workshops

May 23 Program – Bruce Herwig

Bruce is going to present his "How-tos" on marketing your art work.  His examples will be his popular Color Me Redlands coloring books, calendars and Redlands landscape photography.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm.  Public welcome... no charge.

“Georgia O’Keeffe… continued”

With Linda Zoeckler, 4-25-17

The April Program at the Redlands Art Association Gallery will be the lecture and photos, “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Later Works”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, April  at 25, 7 pm.

Zoeckler, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

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

Clay Safari Class

Upcoming Class: Clay Safari beginning April 17!

Penny Palmer and Nancy Roeder will teach and guide you on a five week adventure through the clay safari outback at the Redlands Art Association, located at 215 State Street in the city of Redlands.

Penny has been involved in ceramics and teaching hand building, throwing & sculpture over the past forty years with low fire, mid range, wood & kazegama firings, pit and raku firing, and traditional stoneware and porcelain high fire pieces that have made their way into homes and private collections throughout the globe!

“I love working with clay and teaching new and experienced clay artists", Penny states." I am a Studio Potter, dedicated to passing along the knowledge, skills, secrets, shortcuts and techniques that I have gleaned over the course of my lifetime to train the next Studio Potters for our future”.

Nancy excels in hand building and incorporating her unique surface textures, designs and decorating techniques.  she exhibits her pieces locally and they have become sought after in juried art shows.

This new clay safari class will give you hands on experience taming the raw, wild and savage clay into one-of-a-kind pieces that you will decorate, glaze and take home to your collection.

  • 5 Monday nights 6pm - 8:30pm
  • April 17, 24, through may 1, 8, & 22
  • RAA member $75.00*/non member $100.00*
  • Book your passage now! 909 792 - 8435

* There is a one-time $25.00 materials fee for the whole course payable to the instructor at the first class.

Featured Artists

Lori Worby-Krebs 6/24-7/13

Opening Reception June 24 from 3-5 pm

Lori Worby-Krebs is a local artist who has lived most of her life in Southern California. She worked as a high school counselor and teacher in Redlands for 22 years before she decided to follow her heart and paint. She will be the featured artist June 24-July 18 and will be showing her "Dance of Life" series where she explores the idea of dance with abstract figures. She observed so much hatred and division during the last presidential election that dance became her metaphor for letting go; of political distractions that keep people from understanding what is really important in life.

The idea that we can choose how to dance our way through life and face it's challenges with hopeful outcomes became her theme in this progressing series. She calls her art "IF" art because she starts with an "Idea" and then watches her idea come to "Fruition" on the canvas. She says painting ideas helps her explore truths and lessons in life. Her abstract figurative works are colorful and can range from serious to whimsical but her hope is to prompt the viewer to think about everyday life. She uses a colorful acrylic palette to set up the mood and focuses on shapes and values to tell her story. She hopes everyone will enjoy the show and dance with open hearts. "Dance Your Hats Off" was one of the first paintings for the series.

Jennifer Ali 6/3 – 6/24

You are invited to the Art Show and Opening Reception by artist Jennifer Ali on Friday June 16, 6 - 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Come meet this professional artist of 36 years and see her most recent work.

Linda Richards 5/13 – 6/3

Featured Artist brings her Father’s Vintage Photos to Life

Featured artist Linda Richards from Redlands will be showcasing her vintage themed oil paintings in her show, “Scenes from my Father’s Past,” at the Redlands Art Association Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown, from May 13th through June 3rd.

After her father died, Richards discovered negatives of black and white photos he took as a young unmarried man in the late 30s and early 40s. Some were from stage shows in Chicago or New York, some from road trips throughout the country.

Recognizing their importance, she contacted a couple museums to see if they were interested, but the subject matter and featured cities covered too wide a range.

Now she’s finally found them a home -- through her color oil painting renditions.

Richards says it’s been a fun journey to map out his travels.

In several cases, she’s returned to the places he stood to take his photos. “When I was in New York in December, I found the vantage point at Times Square and also one on Wall Street,” she says. She has also discovered how he took them, from the back of a taxi or perhaps his Dad’s car. One of her paintings from Time Square shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards says.

The biggest challenge was also the most fun, choosing what colors to use. Some feature a limited sepia palette, while others like the Time’s Square scenes are full of color.

She’s happy to give them a new voice through her paintings, and to honor her father by exhibiting his original photographs in her show. She also wonders how many people have old vintage photographs in their family that could be put to similar use.

Richards welcomes all to her reception at the Redlands Art Association on Saturday, May 20th from 4 to 6 pm.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2017

What an amazing Spring we are having! Fabulous wild flower displays throughout Southern California, snow in the mountains this weekend and incredible meteor showers! It’s been a busy month in the gallery with the Horticultural Garden Tour, and the Vintage Redlands Wine and food tasting tour plus many of our artists are participating in local art shows. Many thanks to the local florists and RAA members who made the stunning floral displays for the gallery. But, it doesn’t stop there, Art in the Park and the Festival of the Arts is just a few weeks away. Happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, RAA president