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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

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.

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: gallery@redlandsartassociation.org

New Program Series – start in September

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

Featured Artists

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16th - October 7th

Reception: Sunday, Sept 23rd 3 - 5pm

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.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

August 2017

Hello Everyone!  This is your new president, Maggie Macro. I have lived in Redlands just three years and joined RAA immediately.  I was asked to join the Operating Committee in my first year. Consequently, there are many people who do not know me, so if you see me please introduce yourself if I do not get to you first.

I am taking over at a very exciting time.  As I'm sure you know, we are closing the gallery next week for a major overhaul.  Our new VP, Stephanie Heaston, is leading this endeavor along with her husband and many helpers.  When we reopen on August 11 you can expect to see new carpet on the walls to show off the wall work, newly painted pedestals for the three dimensional work and a new modern desk area. The gallery attendants will be happy to have a comfortable chair to work from which they are going to be choosing soon!

Of course, we are hoping that this new image will increase our sales and visibility in the community, as there are still so many people, even those who have lived here for years, who do not know of our existence.

We now send out the quarterly postcards with our upcoming events and those of us on the board take them to venues in the community.  It would help a great deal if you could come by the gallery and pick up a few to distribute to family, friends and venues and in doing so you will be able to see our improvements and appreciate anew what a wonderful asset this is to Redlands and surrounding areas.

The board consists of a mixture of old and new members and if you are a new member of RAA you will not know any of us.  In the coming months look for a profile of each of us in the newsletter.

Thank you for belonging to RAA.  I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability.  Here's to a great year!

Maggie Macro, RAA President

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