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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

Program committee looking for members

The Program committee will be convening in July-August to develop the next Program series.

Committee members help select the artists - demonstrators - lecturers for the Programs. Each member choses or is assigned one of the program artists, handles the contact information for the artist and makes sure he/she has everything for their program.  Once the committee secures the program artists, they don't meet as a committee until the next summer.

Fun and exciting to meet other artists - usually from out of the area.  Contact the gallery coordinators to sign up.  Email: or talk to Liz, Linda, Judith or Sandy at the gallery.

Program Committee looking for program artists

Please contact the Gallery if you have a suggestion for a program artist. We're looking for people to promote the visual arts ... and even teach us a thing or two. For example, we've had painters, sculptors, photographers... they tell us how they got into the arts, how they do their art, how they promote their art and tthen, an art historian who shows us what made them famous.

The new program series start in September.

Give us your suggestions!   Email:

New Program Series – start in September

The Program Committee will be scheduling new lectures and demonstrations for Sept 2017 through May 2018.

Featured Artists

Teri Adams  7/15-8/4

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 pm

Redlands artist and graphic designer Teri Adams will be one of this summer’s featured artists at Redlands Art Association. The exhibit will be on view from July 15 through August 4. The artist reception will be on Saturday, July 22 from 3-6 PM.

Adams’ watermedia paintings are abstract, and not so abstract. Her current works grow from landscape and architectural themes, reacting to what she sees and translating it into form, color, texture and shape.

“I like the idea of using old architectural elements to make a contemporary painting.”

She goes beyond reporting what’s been observed. Blurred lines between objective and subjective imagery coexist within her work, with shapes that suggest, rather than dictate. Continually adjusting color, form, shape and texture during the painting process keeps her looking forward to each new exploration.

Davies & Sparhawk 8/19 – 9/15

Sandy Davies

Sandy Davies will be one of the Featured Artists at the Redlands Art Association Gallery downtown Redlands, from August 19 to September 15, 2017. Davies’ watercolors exhibit is concurrent with Judith Sparhawk’s photography exhibit. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be Saturday, August 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

For this exhibit, Davies will be focusing on her love of the small British sports car, the Austin-Healey. Ron Davies, Sandy’s better half, has collected and maintained several beautiful Healeys. Davies’ watercolors will depict the back roads of Southern California, as traveling with her car club bypasses the boring freeways and looks for interesting places off the beaten path. Hopefully, you’ll get a sense of the top down convertible - wind in your hair - as you view her work. However, her travels seldom put the Healey in jeopardy … no gravel or off-roading for the Healey! While watercolors is her love, she has also worked in other media: monoprint, paper collage, acrylics.

Currently, Davies is one of the Gallery Coordinators, staffing the RAA Gallery downtown, as well as publicity and events coordinator . She has been a past chairman of the board of directors, and president of the Redlands Art Association, serving now on the board as secretary. She is a displaying artist in the RAA Gallery and has been since the early 1980s.

A Featured Artist Show by Judith Sparhawk

Bending Reality is the theme of photographer Judith Sparhawk’s Featured Artist Show at Redlands Art Association from August 20th to September 15th.  This is part of a double show featuring the work of both Watercolorist Sandy Davies and Sparhawk.  A reception for both shows will be held on Saturday, August 26th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Sparhawk is well known in the local area for her unique photography, her intricate photo collages, and her beautiful images of Redlands.  She has had her work included in several calendars, national publications and collections.  She has published four books of her photographs and writing. She has won numerous awards in competitions and juried shows.

In recent years Sparhawk has found the most joy and creative inspiration in working with  digital photography, combining images, creating painterly effects, and at times even bordering on surrealism in her work—thus “Bending Reality”.  Her work has developed far from traditional photography, and is both beautiful and thought-provoking. This show will include examples of her photographic art, going well beyond the usual—don’t miss it!

Redlands Art Association’s Gallery is located downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands. (909) 792-8435.

The gallery is open from 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

July 2017

The last two years have been an incredible journey for me. From becoming President of the Operating Committee to President of the Board of Directors, time has flown by. The RAA weathered the recession, but we came out carrying an unsustainable large deficit. So we made cut backs, not always popular, to the coordinator hours, raised our Take-In fees, cut the printed newsletter and were frugal with what we spent. We experimented with opening on Market Nights and later closing for the run up to Christmas. We changed membership from calendar to year round and as a result more and more people are joining RAA either as members showing their art or taking art classes with the membership discount. Adult Education under Joyce Hatzidakis and then Linda Willason expanded and we are offering a broad selection of new classes to the community. Suzanne Burke as Youth Education Coordinator has not stopped, the Home School Program expanded to 2 mornings a week and we currently offer 5 children’s after school classes during the school year. We introduced Opening Receptions for new gallery shows, we’ve invited all our artists to come and sell some of their work or demonstrate their art on the patio on Market Night. We have a new Marketing team who are pushing ahead and trying to make us more visible in the community – have you seen our postcard mailings? MCAEEF continues working diligently with local schools creating the opportunity for art teachers to go into schools, all funded by the Redlands Cinema Classics at the Krikorian Theatre and best of all art sales in the gallery are improving all the time.

I know I’ve missed out lots I would like to thank Candy Glendening and Grace Fermier for their hard work each month ensuring there is an on line newsletter for all of us to read, my fellow board members for their patience with my long agendas and hard work! We have already said goodbye to Diane McLaughlin, Karen Coates and Tony Radcliffe from the board this year and we are now saying goodbye to Jan Harvey and Christine White – thank you all for your hard work. It’s been fun and an incredible opportunity over the last two years to meet and work alongside an amazing talented group of local artists.

Patty and Hayden and Evelyn Ifft are retiring as Featured Artist Coordinators. They do such great work behind the scenes and we thank you both for all your hard work.

My expiration date might be up but I’m not disappearing, I’ll still be working in the gallery. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Maggie Macro for the next year. I know it’s going to be an incredible journey for her and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have done.

Remember, Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” - wishing everyone success in their personal artistic endeavours.

Liz Coviello – outgoing RAA President