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RAA News April 2011

Announcing Search for Executive Director

I am delighted to inform you that your Board of Directors has recently approved a search for a full-time Executive Director for RAA. As you may recall this was a major recommendation of our recent Visioning Project and the Board is hoping that such a person will be a major factor in bringing in new funding to help us move forward with a possible expansion and improvement of our gallery and teaching spaces.

The specific position description can be found on the website here:

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Smiley Park Will Become a Gallery for RAA’s Art in the Park

Click on the photo to be taken to a photo gallery of last year's event

Artists will be hanging their masterpieces on pegboards, A-frames, and trellises. Glassware, pottery, wood crafts and jewelry will be set out to touch. Easy-Ups, canopies and umbrellas will add color and shade. It must be Art-in-the-Park time again!

Open Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 & 8 from 9 am to 5 pm., this is Redlands Art Association’s semi-annual outdoor sale. About 50 community artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work in a variety of media at Smiley Park, which runs beside the Police Annex (old City Hall) on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands. Sandy Davies, from the Redlands Art Association says “This is the best place to find original art from artists you can get to know. And don’t overlook the small pieces of art. I was pleasantly surprised to find a small watercolor in a friend’s motorhome!! She said it made her traveling home more like a real home.”

A Refreshment booth will offer light snacks and a variety of beverages. Sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, their proceeds will fund community projects.

Artists are welcome to sign up and get a more detailed information sheet at the RAA Gallery and Art Center at 215 E. State Street, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm or call 909-792-8435. Membership is not required. Original art only by the artist signing up.

The Redlands Art Association’s Sales Gallery and Art Center at 215 E State St, downtown, displays member=s artwork year round. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Sandy Davies

Edwards Spring Art Show

Janet and Fred Edwards invite you and your friends to their Spring Art Show in their home at 1314 Del Haven Court, in Redlands.

  • Friday, April 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday April from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday May 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Several new designs will be introduced.  (909) 793-7169.

“Palms To Peaks: The Art of Janet Edwards”

Text by Fred Edwards,  published by Esri Press, is now listed on- line on Amazon and other on- line sources.  It is due to be released October 1, 2011 (approximately)  A book signing event and Book Fair to benefit art education is scheduled at Barnes and Noble on Saturday November 12th.

Candy Glendening is Published in Quilting Magazine

Candy Glendening, art quilter, web designer and RAA newsletter editor, has been published again!

This time, she has 2 projects in the just released magazine 101 Patchwork Projects from Quilting Arts.

She has found that publishing “how-to” articles is a great way to combine her “day job”, teaching Biology, with her passion, art quilting!

This is her 4th and 5th publications, and she is excited to have her work seen again by the art quilting world.

Candy Glendening

Youth Hope

A Special Thanks to the MKAEEF Grant for Giving Redlands’s Street Kids a New Avenue of Expression

Heidi Mayer founded YouthHope in July of 2009 after sitting at a bus stop and watching some Redlands’ youth prostitute themselves and pan handle for food and shelter. What many residents of our hometown don’t realize is that there is a significant population of youth attending school and living alongside of our own children who don’t have safe places to sleep at night. Since the founding date, YouthHope has fed, clothed and helped over 260 young people ages 14 to 24. The three populations we serve are the runaway youth, ages 18 and under; the homeless youth, ages 18 to 24; and the borderline street youth, often called couch-surfers, that exist in both age groups. No matter the label any individual youths we serve may fall under, they might share any of these commonalities: hunger, lack of shelter, lack of clothing, an abusive home life, substance abuse problems, a lack of direction, and a desperate need for love and affirmation (which are useful for building a solid and productive sense of self with). YouthHope exists to offer assistance with any and all of those needs to each youth we encounter in Redlands.

In addition to the countless doctor appointments, school enrollment appointments, counseling appointments, grocery runs, free dinners, and free clothing YouthHope provides, we understand that the spirit needs just as much care as the body does. One of the ways YouthHope addresses the relational needs of our young people is through University of Redlands graduate Bryce Mee. He teaches a weekly art class that usually consists of a brief introduction to an artistic technique or material, and then lots of free space for the students to create at their individual paces. Loud music, plenty of art supplies and several hours to explore their favorite modes of expression and experiment with new ones has enabled YouthHope to provide something desperately needed by our kids: a safely challenging place for them to be themselves in. Whether a youth is extremely artistically inclined, or isn’t at all, the safety of our art class is sought by some of what Redlands might consider its most troubled youth- and they come seeking paint, pastels, collage supplies, and good conversation.

Our art class’ most recent project has explored the prompt “Redlands is … to me” for our upcoming art exhibit and auction, “Redlands Through Our Eyes.” The vision for this exhibit/auction/banquet/fundraiser (catered by the Farm Artisan Foods) is to bring our street kids’ artwork into the spotlight alongside of “real” adult artists with a common theme of the individual artist’s experiences in our hometown. Because of a grant awarded to us by the Redlands Art Association’s art education fund (MKAEEF), the kids have taken cameras out into Redlands to capture important facets of their lives on the streets on film. Familiar and unknown, winsome and shocking, we want to celebrate Redlands in awareness of as many of its complexities as possible. Chief-of-Police Jim Bueerman and Heidi will both speak at the event.

If you are interested in donating a piece or two to our auction in a holistic celebration of our beautiful Redlands, or are interested in purchasing tickets to the dinner to help us raise money to get our kids off the streets, please email Nicole Rutter at, or call at 719-659-3138.

Exhibition: Ink’n’Clay

Ann Bingham Freeman’s work can be found at the Exhibition: Ink’n’Clay 37 an exhibit at Cal Poly Pomona

  • March 17-April 29, 2011
  • reception  Sat. April 9 2011    5:00-7:00 pm.
  • Gallery hours  11:00-4:00pm  Sat. 12:00-4:00pm

For more information call or 909-869-4301 visit the Website. Information about University parking can be found by calling 909-869-3061

Doug Ketchum’s work on Etsy

I have opened up a new online shop at Etsy (link here). This site is for artist and craftspeople to sell their work.  Their fees are very low, and may be a better venue than Ebay. Fees are .20 cents to list an item, and 3.75% commission when sold. Notice how many “hits” I have had on my listings in just a few days. It is also a very user friendly site.
Doug Ketchum








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