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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

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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

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

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

June 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

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