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RAA News April 2014

U of R Needs Ceramics Instructor

The University of Redlands Art Department is seeking applications from artists who are interested in teaching introduction to sculpture. We have two sections available in the fall semester 2014, scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 4 and from 6 – 9. Salary is $3,100 per section. Masters Degree and teaching experience preferred. Applications should include a letter of interest, current resume, a sample introduction to sculpture syllabus, examples of your work and your student’s work (if available). Please send materials via email to Penny McElroy, Chair, Art Department (penny_mcelroy@redlands.edu), and include a copy to our administrative assistant – jovita_nuno@redlands.edu. Review of materials will begin April 11.

Submitted by Penny McElroy

Spring Cleaning: Artist Bios

We’ve welcomed April Showers and I’d still welcome new or spring cleaned  “artist bio” for those of us who don’t have one or who have not up dated the one in the book recently. If you’ve never written one before now’s the time to write one.

The format 2 separate pages: page 1 brief bio about yourself and your work, contact details such as your website and email address, and a small photograph of yourself. Page 2: 3 photo examples of your work, with your name and website/gmail at the bottom of the page. Customer’s regularly ask about the artist who made the piece of work they are buying, so if you have business cards put a few of them with your bio and I will put them in the bio book as well. You can drop off your bio at the next take in or email it to me bizzilizzi7@gmail.com and I’ll print it and put it in the book for you.

Many thanks to the people who submitted new bio’s last month they are already in the book.

Thanks Liz Coviello, Historian in the cupboard

redlands from a to z

Redlands From A to Z

The book, Redlands From A to Z, was developed by Judith Sparhawk, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the City of Redlands.  It features photographs of selected iconic views of Redlands, each chosen to represent the letters of the alphabet.  Each place includes a brief summary of that place in Redlands’ history.  All photographs and text are by Judith Sparhawk, who has been photographing Redlands for many years.  This book provides a compilation of many of her beautiful photographs.  It will be for sale in the RAA Gallery, late April and retails for $49.00.

Judith Sparhawk

6th Annual Evening with the Artists

And the Evolution of Art Program at RCH: Care and Healing of the Soul*

On Friday, April 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Redlands Community Hospital Foundation and Art Committee will host the 6th Annual Evening with the Artists at the Weisser Education Pavilion on the RCH campus. This year’s featured artists will be Martha Cowan, Ray Fedorchak, Angela Koenig, Seung Lee, and Aida Schneider. The Evening with the Artists is an evening of art, friends and fundraising to support the art program at Redlands Community Hospital. Over the last five years this event has sold over $63,000 of original art, with 2013 being the most successful evening boasting $20,870 in sales. A total of 193 pieces have been purchased with again 2013 the high water mark of 57 pieces sold. The RCHF Art Program has benefited with $16,216 of the net proceeds. Participating artists also donate a piece of art which best represents their work to be included in the hospital’s collection. To date more than 37 pieces of original artwork have been acquired. The success of this event not only supports maintenance and acquisitions for the art collection but it also serves to support the mission of creating a healing environment as well as elevating the appreciation and profile of local artists in our community.

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Art by Aida Schneider

At Redlands Community Hospital the mission is to promote an environment in which patients receive high quality healthcare so they can maintain their health or be restored to good health. Part of that environment of care happens subconsciously every day in the hallways of the hospital. The blending of the visual and healing arts has evolved into one of the finest and largest collections of original art in the area. The public spaces of the Redlands Community Hospital are adorned with more than 750 pieces of original artwork that brighten the spirits and soften the mood of the typical hospital environment. The paintings reach out to those passing by offering comfort, consolation, inspiration, encouragement, joy and tranquility. RCH subscribes to the well-known medical belief that pleasant surroundings promote well-being and beautiful art can contribute to the calming influence.

The collection has grown substantially over the years and is maintained by the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation Art Committee.  The inspiration for the collection lies in the vision and dedication of Marianne Finlay. Finlay (then Marianne Johnson) began working at the hospital in 1938 as a receptionist. She created a welcoming atmosphere in the lobby and as the hospital grew and added wings, she rallied the support of Dr. Kenneth Ghormley and administrator George DeLange to officially start the RCH Art Program in 1978. Over the next 20 years Finlay inspired acclaimed local artists to support the burgeoning program through art donations or selling their original work at below-market prices. Early supporters include Swen Larson and Vern Dornbach. Finlay worked closely with artists Phil Dike, Fred Gowland, Ken Hanson, Worden Bethel, Brad Faegre, Sheila Hansberger, George Riday, Ben Rabe, Jeff Owens, Janet Edwards, Jim Fallows, Don O’Neill, Joanna Mersereau, Jean Cranmer, and many other artists.

The first event supporting the growth of the collection was known as Art Affair. This fundraiser began in the mid-1980s and continued through the mid-1990s. The event went on hiatus for several years and then was reinvented by current RCH Foundation Art Committee members as the Evening with the Artists. This event is in its 6th year and has successfully created a gathering of art lovers that come together each spring for an evening to meet with a select group of artists, to acquire art for their collections and to support the program. The event is held in the Stan and Ellen Weisser Education Pavilion on the RCH campus at 350 Terracina Blvd. Admission is $20. A percentage of the gross sales go to the art committee’s work. The pieces donated to the hospital by the participating artists are added to the hospital’s art collection. All proceeds from the event are used by the Foundation’s Art Committee to maintain and grow the collection.  The Art Committee is made up of Foundation Board members and select community members.

For more information on the Art Program or to RSVP to the event please contact Louise Soterin at the RCH Foundation office at 909-335-5540

Or email: rchfnd_art@redlandshospital.org

*Excerpts from the book “A Century of Healthcare”

Submitted by Aida Schneider

Programs & Workshops

Danielle Wallis 10/27 Program

From Studio Art to Social Art, by Danielle Giudici Wallis

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

The Tuesday Program is Free and open to the public.

Danielle Giudici Wallis will be presenting an overview of her work beginning with her early sculptural metalwork, and discussing the transition to more temporal materials and methods. She has moved from a solitary studio practice as an object maker, towards more of a social practice model which includes large and small collaborative projects.

Danielle is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her MFA from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Grant, the James Borelli Fellowship in Art, the Anita Squires Memorial Fund in Photography and a fellowship from the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.   Her   work has been exhibited widely in the Bay area and beyond, including shows at Catharine Clark Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, A.I.R. in New York, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor which holds one of her artist’s books in their Achenbach collection. She was nominated twice for SFMOMA’s SECA Award and participated in the American debut of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. Most recently, she has been exploring social and collaborative practices.
Mobile Garden    33” x 35” x 91” 
Metal, reclaimed wood, plants,

synthetic grass, bicycle tires and hitch, 2013

Examples of this include her “Beating Invasives” project, which was part of the Riverside Art Museum’s “Art Make,” and a series of collaborative artists’ books with letterpress printer, Marie Dern. Her administrative work has become a complementary medium as she explores larger collaborative projects, bringing organizations and communities together through the arts.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County.

 

Beating Invasives

Bicycle  Powered

Papermaking

and Plant

Tagging

2015

Riverside Art Museum

 

 

                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

2008 

 

September Pastels Program

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts! with Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig will talk about the Soft Pastel medium on Tuesday, September 26th at 7.00 pm. Programs are free and open to the public. She intends present an A-Z regarding soft pastels, types of paper and techniques. Here’s what Angela has to say about pastels:

Pastels are little gems of pure color! As a medium, they are fun to use and can be incorporated into your artistic works in a variety of ways! Their explosive and vibrant color make your paintings sing, however, many artists often under estimate the fantastic nature of this medium. Artist Angela Koenig will join us on September 26th at 7:00 pm to kick off our new season, and will answer your questions and help you to understand   what makes pastels such a great medium for artists!

Choosing the right pastel is critical and depends upon your use and technique. Angela will explain how to get started with your own collection of colors and most importantly how to keep the colors clean and glowing in your work! Additionally, the presentation will include several substrate options and painting techniques for use of this flexible medium with a number of different mixed media options. We will learn about pastels and their unique qualities; you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of pastels, literally from soup to  nuts!

Over the years, Angela Koenig has developed her artistic skills using a variety of different media, including pastels, encaustics, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as Chinese brush and mixed media. Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinctive style as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects which range from impressionistic and representational work to abstraction.  In her  mission statement Angela describes her personal artistic orientation - “Most artists concentrate on the visible. I strive to capture what is underneath the superficial layer to convey the very essence of my subjects. I’m not just putting a brush to canvas. Every stroke is an untold story: every painting reflects a vision of vitality and spirit.”  Her work is prismatically vibrant and aesthetically  complex.

As an award winning artist, Angela participates in a number of invitational shows, including the San Dimas Festival of Arts, and was one of only three American artists featured by the Escondido Museum of Art in a recent showing of international Encaustic works. She has been asked to give presentations on a variety of mediums as well as conduct workshops and demonstrations for various regional art groups.  Her work has been featured in several magazines, and she is currently a working member of the Critical Eye Studio, and well as the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council.

 

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: gallery@redlandsartassociaton.org or talk to Liz, Linda, Judith or Sandy at the gallery.

Featured Artists

McLaughlin & Rideout 10/28-11/18

Wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Diana McLaughlin and her son Casey Rideout are having a joint featured artist show because they have a shared interest in art; Diana’s medium is oils, Casey’s is photography.  They enjoy sharing ideas and talking about composition and color, thus thought it would be fun to do a joint show.  Our work will focus primarily on work from the California Central Coast where Casey lives and works and Diana lives part-time.

Diana H. McLaughlin Biography

I came to art late in life, after teaching elementary school, raising 3 children and working with community non-profits.  I enjoyed art classes while studying for a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and was always very aware of and creatively inspired by nature and my daily environment, but never actively participated in recreating it artistically.

I began taking oil painting and drawing instruction in earnest soon after my youngest child left for college. I’ve enjoyed classes at UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve also taken classes from skilled artists Lucille Van Wollfersdorf, Ken Auster, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Huse, Carol Marine, Dennis Hare and Martha Cowan.  I take weekly inspiration and advice from my artists’ group, Critical Eye Studio.

My inspiration comes from my travels as well as daily life. I paint landscapes, still life and animals.

Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and, to my great surprise, was awarded 1st place in the RAA Multimedia Mini Show.  My work has been juried into several local art competitions and is in private and public collections. My work may be seen at dianamclaughlinfineart.com.

Diana’s Artist Statement

To me, art represents more than an object, rather hundreds of hours of mistakes, experimentations and successes. You are looking at days of frustrations, then moments of pure joy when it all works. I love the process and, sometimes, the outcome.

Biography: Casey Rideout

I was born in Los Gatos, CA. After short stays in Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest my family moved to Redlands, CA, where I spent the remainder of my childhood. As a boy I would make forts in and among the orange groves and canyons that have all but disappeared from the area. The taste of stolen oranges and the smell of blossoms are fond memories of my childhood.

I first took notice of photography as an art during a summer stay with my grandparents. Their guest bedroom, where I was staying, doubled as a darkroom. Examples of their work hung on the walls along with certificates from photo competitions that they had earned. Looking back, I think I was just interested because the pictures were of people that weren’t a part of my family, they were different and interesting. In retrospect I realize that my grandparents were capturing singular moments in time. Fleeting experiences that were easy to miss but had been made eternal because my grandparents took notice and captured them on film. When I finally put my hands on a camera of my own I felt like I’d found the lens through which I could view life.

My camera is my license to wander, to walk slowly through the world, taking notice of the small moments of beauty that are so easily missed. I’ve found a wonderful subject in the Central Coast of California, where long, sandy beaches are interrupted by jagged, rocky coastlines and grassy hillsides are patched with green vineyards.

My recent work has focused on the stretch of coastline between Montaña de Oro State Park, just south of Los Osos, and Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. I lean toward using long exposures to smooth out the surging tides and isolate my subjects and the light that plays across them. I find myself shooting both B&W and color photos in equal numbers, choosing B&W to capture the contrast of light and shadow, and color when the vibrancy of the natural world cannot be denied.

 

Bruce Herwig 10/7-27

Reception: Saturday, October 7 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Redlands Photo Enthusiast Bruce Herwig will be displaying his photography, coloring books and love for all things Redlands.

Light refreshments served. Attendees will have their choice of free coloring pages. Free and open to the public.

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16 - October 7

Reception: Saturday, Sept 23 4:30-6:30

I believe that everything is connected—the earth, the sea, all life forms and the universe. My way of showing this philosophy is in my technique of “see-through” arcs and lack of perspective.

Unlike usual perspective which places objects in the foreground as larger, in my paintings size does not matter. As in sumi scrolls, the higher in the painting, the farther is the object. In my paintings, an object can be the same size, whether in foreground or background.

My intention is for the viewer to be engrossed visually in the painting, with the eye continuing to follow new paths in lines, planes and values. The painting is successful if the viewer sees traditional objects which morph into semi-abstract design, then back into representation, a circular path.

Currently my paintings are vertical half sheets, with an underpainting of watercolor and vertical or horizontal dashes in gouache on top. The effect is one of a tapestry when viewed up close. When viewed farther away, the painting becomes one of a usual watercolor.”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2017

As the days grow shorter I'm sure you are all grateful for the cooler temperatures and I imagine the plein air painters and photographers will be enjoying more opportunities for practicing their art.

As usual we have a packed calendar for the next month.  Our featured artists will be Bruce Herwig, photographer, followed by Diana McLaughlin.

Soon it will be time to be preparing your work for the next take-in for Autumn Gold on Oct. 20th. (If you have wall art please ensure that you have a wire for hanging.  This will ensure you do not get a phone call from the hard-working hanging committee asking you to pick up your work and adjust it.)

We are approaching that busy time of year that gives all of us an opportunity to display and sell.  Art For Heavens Sake on Oct. 13, 14, 15 will feature several of our artists along with other fine work.  This is followed closely by Art On State Street on October 29th.  There are still places left so if you have thought about it don't wait to sign up for a table.  Such a bargain at $25.

The night before will be our second annual Halloween party combined with the reception for Autumn Gold, that is October 28th. from 6-8.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening.  The suggested costume theme is "your favorite dead artist". There will be great snacks and movies again.

We are continuing with details of our refurbishing (see "Behind The Scenes" for more) and the compliments continue to roll in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make the gallery sparkle.

So, even though events in the news can be depressing, we artists and our clients provide a balance by continuing to value and reflect the beauty of our world.

Thank you for doing that.  It is so important at this time.

Maggie Macro, RAA President

Maggie Macro with glasses