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RAA News April 2013

Late addition: Ceramics Workshop with Raul Acero

Raul Acero, professor of art at the University of Redlands will be giving a ceramics workshop this summer.

Dates are: May 13 to May 20th.

Beginners welcome, wheel throwing, Handbuilding and glazing techniques are taught.

For more information visit

Upcoming classes

Creative expression enlivens us and keeps us growing at any age. Stimulate your creative soul, by taking a class or workshop that will teach you new skills, while motivating your expressive self. Check out our upcoming classes here:

Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Program and Workshop Reminder:  Abby Cameron

April Program:  The Spirit of Art and Color w/ Abby Cameron:  Tuesday, April 23 @ 7 pm

Abby will share with us her love of creating art that is infused with rich, dynamic color.  Her creative spirit has enticed her to successfully explore many media, (watercolor, oil, pastels, colored pencils, glass, silk, etc.).  Most recently, she has discovered drawing with colored pencils on Colourfix Paper offers wonderful possibilities for gorgeous color in her art.  She will discuss and demonstrate her methods of making drawings sing with amazing color, using colored pencils and other media.

April Workshop: Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 3 pm

Join Abby and learn to infuse your artwork with color, using colored pencils, pastels and more on Colourfix Paper.  You will experience the joy and fun of experimentation and a new look to your drawings, making them sing with amazing color.

Abby Hanging Out

Program & Workshop Reminder: Charlie Ciali

Put Tuesday, May 14th, at 7:00 PM on your calendar now. Charlie Ciali, a well known and admired Palm Springs artist and teacher, will be our guest artist, speaking on and demonstrating methods and techniques he uses to create an Encaustic Painting. He has won many awards and is represented in many private and corporate collections. You won’t want to miss this program!

Charlie will give a follow up workshop, Encaustic Experience, on Saturday, May 18, from 9 AM – 4pm. Sign up in the RAA Gallery now.

Workshop Fee: $70 members / $75 nonmembers, with a $16 materials fee paid to the artist at workshop.


Lori Powell, Programs & Workshops

New Class Offered:

Disjointed, Juxtaposition, Transformation: Making  book with Ann Binghamfreeman

Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, & 29; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Well-known and beloved artist, Ann Binghamfreeman will lead this class.  Ann, a true-to-herself, free spirited artist, whose personal work is never contrite, should be a great inspiration to all participants.

The focus of the class will be on the process of making a book.  Participants will incorporate their own art and self-portraits, made in class, using gesture and contour drawings and more.  The class will look at the Surrealists for inspiration on linking introspection, creativity and finding a new prospective on one’s art.  If you join this class, Ann will guide you, encourage you and inspire you to let your creative juices flow, in the process of creating a book of your own, introspective self-journey.

Class Fee:  $85 members / $90 non-members


Lori Powell, Programs & Workshops

Tony Radcliffe in RCH Show

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation invites you to an “Evening With the Artists”, which will present the work of six local artists, including Tony Radcliffe and Dennis Hare. This event is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013; 5:30 – 7:30 PM; at the Weisser Education Pavilion, 350 Terracina Blvd., Redlands. RSVP by April 15 – (909) 335-5540; $20 entrance fee payable at the door. Artists’ works will be available for purchase.

Gail Brownfield


An “au revoir” to “Off the Shelf”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

My “red flyer” (walker) is an amazing convenience, but limited in helping gain access to the RAA library. So I’m sad to say I will no longer be writing a column on the RAA art books.

It’s been a fun ride, and I have learned so much just in reviewing. (Having a deadline kept me prompt and on course.)

So thanks to whoever has read my ramblings—I now turn the RAA books over to you!

Fabric Dyeing Patio Classes

I’ve been teaching small fabric dyeing classes on my patio, and wanted share this info with interested RAA folk.

Scheduled at the convenience of both myself and the participants, a small group of fabric lovers can join me in an exploration of adding color and texture to fabric.  If you don’t have a group of people you’d like to dye with, that’s fine, I’ll assemble groups of like minded color lovers.

I’ve got several classes designed for beginners, and would be happy to design one that meets the interests of a particular group. For more information, see this page on my website:


Candy Glendening

Interested in Solar Power?

Attention to all RAA members who might have an interest in adding solar power to their homes or businesses.

On April 28, 2013, at 2 PM, The Redlands Art Association is hosting an informational meeting on incorporating solar energy in your home or business. This workshop will be presented by ElectriCare Solar based in Murietta, CA. This presentation will cover:

  • How solar energy works
  • Benefits of solar energy
  • Choices: leasing or purchasing
  • Why solar now

Free, but limited seating. The Redlands Art Association is located at 215 E. State Street.

Larry Harvill

Gilman Wild West Days | Western Art Festival

June 1st & 2nd, 2013

Celebrate the return of Banning’s Stage Coach and experience the Wild West Frontier. Enjoy Art, Food, Beer Garden, Western Re-enactments, Demonstrations, and Vendors. Plus, enjoy a free ride on the Stage Coach.

Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, 10am-4pm

$3/Walk-in adult $2/walk-in child $6/car $1/leashed dog

For complete details, visit
Western Art Show Contact: Chuck (951) 324-9701

Look Who’’s Talking

A Series of Lectures Exploring the Art of Cooking, Travel, and the Human Spirit

 The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents four lectures by four extraordinary women

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents “Look Who’s Talking,” a series of four fascinating speakers on four diverse topics, April 8, 15, 29, and May 6 at the Riverside Art Museum. Lectures range from topics such as competitive cooking to heroines of the French Resistance in World War II. The public can purchase the series of four lectures for $100 or an individual lecture for $30. All events begin at 6:00 PM at the Riverside Art Museum (3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside). Refreshments are provided at no additional cost.

The series kicks off on Monday, April 8 with a look at the world of competitive cooking by Laureen Pittman, a chef who has participated in over 40 competitions, won over $40,000 in prizes and has published recipes in numerous magazines and cookbooks. Laureen’s lecture, entitled “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Cooking (Competitions)” will inspire both amateur and professional cooks, and give us a glimpse into the fast-paced world of competitive cooking.

On Monday, April 15 we are honored to have acclaimed National Geographic photographer and documentarian Karin Muller visit us. Her discussion will be about “Perilous Journeys” that she has taken in her extensive world-wide travels, from Peru to Kenya, Japan to Cuba. She has been featured on National Public Radio and has many important documentaries to her name. In addition, she has founded Take 2: The Students Point of View, a program to help students create their own documentaries and develop global citizenship. Approximately 40 schools (including RUSD) have joined the project thus far.

On Monday, April 29 we will be treated to the wit and wisdom of Monica Holloway, whose lecture entitled “Strong in Broken Places” will make us feel encouraged by her life story. Ms. Holloway’s experiences with her lovable, brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the life lessons she has learned from these adventures, will help everyone who discovers bumps along life’s road. She is a bestselling author whose memoir Driving with Dead People uses humor to connect us with the issues she cares deeply about.

On Monday, May 6, we will get a rare glimpse into France during World War II and explore the world of hidden children and French heroines who were instrumental in the French resistance against Nazi occupation. “Hidden Child and Clandestine Activities of French Women during WW” by Monique Saigal, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Literature from Pomona College, will speak to us about these extraordinary people whose stories have been largely overlooked through the years. Professor Saigal has interviewed dozens of women to put together her tales of courage. She herself was a “hidden child” whose life depended on the kindness of a Catholic family during the war. It is against this backdrop that she will share a fascinating look back to a painful yet inspirational page of history.

The lecture series is a fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum. For more information about the lecture series, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum at pcrabtree2@ .

 Ai M. Kelley, Riverside Art Museum Communications 

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