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RAA News November ’14

Special Alert for January Member Show

This January our member show will be different than usual.  Because the Ray Swanson Exhibition will be occupying the west gallery, the member show will be restricted as follows for hanging in the east gallery.  Members are to submit only one piece and it should be representative of your best work.  Try to keep it on the small side as the space is limited and we would like as many pieces shown as possible.  Take in is set for Friday, January 2nd and hanging will be Saturday January 3rd.  A special reception for both shows will be on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 PM.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Advance Notice for Special Ray Swanson Exhibition

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former member Ray Swanson who was a city engineer from 1964-1974.  Ray became a famous painter of the southwest and especially Native Americans with an emphasis on the children.  His paintings featured the Navajo, Suni, and Hopi.  Examples are below.  Although passing away in 2004, 27 of his paintings sold at auctions throughout the US in 2012 for nearly $435,000.



There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.

This is a special show for us and hopefully we will have a large number of people visiting the gallery.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour December 6 & 7

Join us for a holiday studio tour on Saturday or Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014, from 11 am to 4 pm. Seven local artists, including RAA members Muriel Dolemieux, Adele Johnson, Aïda Schneider, John Brownfield and Candy Glendening, will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. They will also have work available for purchase to get ready for holiday gift giving!


For more information see postcards in the gallery or this website.

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider

Annual Tea Party Postponed Until Sunday 25th January 2015

Suddenly the holiday season is just round the corner and lots of artists are involved in shows in the lead up to Christmas. So we are postponing the Annual Tea Party until Sunday 25th January 2015 from 3-5pm. For those of Scottish descent it “Burns Night” when the haggis is traditionally piped to the table and there is rutabaga and boiled tatties (potatoes). There won’t be these delights but there will be tea, cakes, sandwiches and other delectible nibbles.

It will also be the last week of the Ray Swanson exhibit in the main gallery so it will be an opportunity for those people who haven’t seen the show to see the work of a past RAA member.

So please mark your calenders and we’ll celebrate the New Year, Ray Swanson and Burns Night all together. It should be an amazing celebration.

If you had a ride last year you will be contacted early January.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

Liz Coviello (Historian in the Cupboard)

Special Christmas Tree Ornament Take In – November 21.

This year’s take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS, will be on Friday, November 21.  Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no member fee). Please make sure items are clearly marked with PRICE and ARTIST NAME.

Studio Tour 6 to be held Dec 6th & 7th

We’re excited to share that Studio Tour 6 will be taking place on December 6th and 7th from 10 to 4 pm. This year’s tour features the work of six women artists at three studio stops in Loma Linda and Redlands. Featured artists include:

  • Terry d Chacon’s oil paintings and lost wax bronze sculptures.
  • RAA member Antonette Hanson will be showcasing her silk paintings both framed and as wearable art.
  • Patricia Rose Ford a popular RAA instructor and recognized plein air soft pastel artist.
  • RAA member and youth art instructor Jillian O’Dwyer will be sharing her handbuilt, functional pottery.
  • Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, also an RAA member, will feature her enamel and metal smith jewelry.
  • Veronica Lucas joins the tour with her monotype prints.


Highlights of the tour include Terry’s largest lost wax bronze sculpture to date in progress at her studio as well as the raffling off of artwork donated by the featured artists. Visitors stopping at all three of the studios on the tour will be eligible for the raffle. We hope to see you there!

Jillian O’Dwyer

FOR RAA Newsletter, Regarding Fees

RAA has been a part of this community for the last 50 years. During this time RAA has run a public gallery where members display their art, hosted featured artists from the community and ran juried Art shows. RAA also provides excellent education for youth and adults via classes, workshops and summer camps at an extremely fair price. We also offer financial assistance to needy people to take classes and learn art. Our member fees and fees for classes have not changed over the past several years even when the cost of living has increased.

In its continuing effort to improve and enhance the quality and quantity of services the Association provides, the board has approved a change in the fee schedule.  The main impact of this change will be to reward the supporting members with significant discounts compared to non-members, while maintaining financially viable programs and standardizing and clarifying costs for membership, adult classes and workshops.  The changes are listed below; all other fees remain the same as 2014.

2015 Fees Member Non-Member
Individual Membership $50/yr N/A
Additional Family Members $10 each N/A
Membership, Sponsor No change N/A
Membership, Lifetime No change N/A
Adult class No Change $110
Workshop $15/hr. $25/hr
Program night Free Free
Per Show fees       *Regular Gallery shows are Members only   
     Hanging $5 N/A
     Wall – 3 pcs. max $15 no docent discount N/A
     Art in the Park $25 $75

As you can see, Annual Membership dues have increased; however, the differential between members versus non-members for classes and show fees is substantial. It is our hope that these changes will encourage a growth in membership and participation in RAA, while providing members with increased benefits. Maintaining financial stability and enhancing member benefits is an ongoing process and other changes may be forthcoming.

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a new Artist’s Way Workshop.  This popular class is based on the bestselling book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  It is designed to unblock your creativity and to help in setting and reaching creative goals.  It is a fun and exciting class with a great group dynamic, and is led by successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to learn more about this program, ask questions, and find out if it is for you.  The workshop will then begin the following week on Wednesday, January 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.  For more information, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or email

Judith Sparhawk

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