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RAA News April 2015

Volunteer Needed!

The Board of Directors needs a volunteer to be the RAA Treasurer.  This person is a voting member of the Board and meets occasionally with the Operating Committee.

The duties are to coordinate with the Bookkeeper (Elena Pattison) and CPA (Jessie Powell) so as to be familiar with the accounting system and financial reporting.  The Board requires a financial report at meetings that occur typically every three months.  These reports are prepared by the Bookkeeper so the Treasurer only needs to be familiar with them so as to answer questions from the Board.

The Treasurer is also a co-signer for the RAA checking account at the local bank and investment accounts at Stiefel Investments.  The Treasurer chairs the Boards Finance and Investment Committee that meets once a year to review our investments with our official investment manager, Robert Heinze of Stiefel.  Those interested please contact Larry Harvill, Board Chair.

Kinetic Spring Thing Art & Music Festival

A few spots for artists are still available

The Kinetic Mind Body Wellness Center is hosting an Art & Music Festival, with Life Stream Blood Drive on Sunday, April 19th, 12:30-4:30 p.m. The Wellness Center is at 707 E. State Street, Redlands, a block up from Redlands High School.

Come see us and enjoy live music and local artists showcasing their art, see health and fitness demos, have some snacks and laughs. Those who donate will receive a 20-minute free massage.  Flyers are at the RAA gallery.

We have room for a few more artists to participate – call Cameron at 798-5536 for more information if you are interested.


Summer Art Courses at the University of Redlands, School of Continuing Studies

University of Redlands, School of Continuing Studies offers a number of art courses this summer (Summer School Art Flyer).  All courses are open enrollment – no formal application or registration process required.  Courses carry undergraduate credit, so students may apply them to a degree.  Courses are offered in Redlands or online.  To register, go to and click on Enroll Now.

For questions or more information, email or (909) 748-8868.

Eric Blum,

Associate Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Art from California’s INLAND EMPIRE & BEYOND

The Inland Empire Museum of Art invites you to the first exhibition of its entire collection featuring over 125 artists and more than 200 works of art.

Many prominent artists represented are from the Inland Empire: Dennis Hare, Karen Kauffman, Joanna Mersereau, Don O’Neill, Duree Waseem, R. Mike Nichols and others.

  • Opening Reception: Sun., April 12 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Exhibit from April 11 to May 3rd
  • Gallery Open Wed thru Sun 11 to 4 p.m.
  • Free parking at Gate 1 (in front of art building)


The Millard Sheets Art Center is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768  For more information visit their website or call 909-865-4161

For further information about IEMA, visit their website.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau



Program and Workshop Coming in May: Oil Painter, Martha Cowan

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Martha Cowan, a nationally recognized artist, whose beautifully designed paintings with heightened color, are in many private collections.  She will be the guest artist at the May, Tuesday evening program, titled,  Paint What You See, and Less.   During the program, she will demonstrate painting a small still life from life, as she talks about how to design a painting, the use of brushes, colors, and so much more.


Her program will be followed by a workshop:

Paint What You See, and Less

Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 – 3:30

During the workshop, she will emphasize how to design a painting and how to know when to wipe off a bad drawing.  Each participant should go home with at least one painting.

Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events!


Hangar 24 AirFest is an RAA Fundraiser too!

Hangar 24 Brewery will donate $2 to RAA for every ticket sold to Hangar 24 AirFest ticket through this weblink. Or, if you go to the Hangar Air Fest link and type in promo code RAA we will also receive the $2 / general admission ticket. If you spring for the VIP ticket, we receive $25 to the gallery per ticket! Through April 24. So, celebrate May and…think of Us! May 16th 12 PM to 10 PM. Calll Dylan at Hangar 24 Chairities for more info (760) 780-2462.

Yucaipa Gallery Show April 21-25

Ravens Nest Gallery in Yucaipa is inviting artists to enter their juried multi media art show for the month of May 2015.  Drop off art at their gallery between April 21st and 25th, 10am-6pm.  22”x26” max size including frame or base. Fees: $20 1pc, $35 2pcs, $45 3pcs.  30% commission on sales.  Ravens Nest Gallery, 35153 Yucaipa Blvd, Yucaipa.  Contact Alycia Wheeler, 909-747-7765.


San Bernardino Art & Music Festival April 13 deadline

May 13 is the Arts & Music Festival at Cal State San Bernardino!
Part of the festival is a juried art fair for visual artists.  You are all invited to submit your artwork for consideration.  The submission process is online; the deadline is April 13; it is free to submit, $40 participation fee, if accepted.
The focus of the art fair is to provide a venue for established, as well as, emerging artists where their artwork will get a lot of exposure.   If you still have questions, call Paige Taylor, 909-537-7783.

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

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