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RAA News: August 2011

New Executive Director

The Board of Directors is indeed delighted to introduce Mr. Randall (Randy) K. Hill as our new and first ever Executive Director. Randy comes to us with excellent credentials in fundraising, marketing, working with non-profit and volunteer organizations.

Randy’s background includes serving as Executive Director of the Community Hospital of San Bernardino Foundation. Prior to that he served as Regional Development Director of the American Diabetes Association preceded by being the Executive Director of the March of Dimes Foundation. Earlier in his career he worked for the American Heart Association at the local, statewide, and national levels concluding in the position of Regional Vice President.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albright College in Reading, PA with a major in Economics and a minor in accounting. He also has take graduate course work in Business Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

The expectations the Board has for Randy are to build strong fundraising and marketing programs to help us move to the higher level we set for ourselves in the recent Visioning project.

Larry Harvill, Board of Directors

Artists – Non-sitting Fee Reduced to $30

Your operating committee is very pleased to let you know that we have reconsidered the $60 fee for not working two shifts per show. We have concluded that the fee was too high considering our economic times and that the increase did not accomplish what we had hoped – substantially more artists willing to work as gallery attendants.

Effective with the show take-in of August 19th, if you are unable to work two shifts as a gallery attendant, you will be charged $30 ($15 per shift) in addition to the usual category fees.

We thank all of you who have taken the time to let us know your thoughts on this, and please remember that we are a volunteer organization. If you have any interests, talents or skills that you can donate to RAA we would be happy to hear about it.

Gail Brownfield, President

Can You Volunteer a Few Hours of Your time?

Our gallery/art center really needs your help!

  • Can you work a few extra hours as a gallery attendant? If yes, please contact Sue Kovacevich, 909-792-3291, suelovesart@earthlink.net
  • If you can help us keep our gallery clean and attractive, please contact Jerry Meeker, 909-793-5988, pjmeeker@gmail.com
  • Or if you have a talent or interest in any other area and are willing to donate your time, please call Judith Sparhawk, 909-793-1876,  jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Donating a few hours can mean a big difference!

Gail Brownfield, President

Fall Artist’s Way Workshop

As summer draws toward an end, it is time to think about fall, back to school, and new beginnings.  If you feel like it is time for something new, think about signing up for the new Artist’s Way Workshop.  This popular class is based on the bestselling book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  It is designed to unblock your creativity and to help in setting and reaching creative goals.  It is a fun and exciting class with a great group dynamic, and is led by photographer and successful workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation onWednesday, September 14, 2011at7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to learn more about this program, ask questions, and find out if it is for you.  The workshop will then begin the following week on Wednesday, September 21, from7:00to9:00 pm., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss it.  Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.

For more information, call Judith Sparhawk at (909) 793-1876 or email jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Attention All Art Lovers and Afficianadoes

The Redlands Art Association needs some extra help! Many of you love art and support what the Gallery is doing towards educating the Public and especially the Children.

WE (RAA) need sitters(workers) at the desk to take sales and to answer questions. You would be completely trained! It’s fun! I love doing it because I feel more a part of the Gallery and what is happening there. Our computer system is easier now–trimmed down to a simpler format.

You would not have to join the Gallery with a membership. Let me know soon (call me at 909-793-5178) as our next Take-in is in 10 days and we need YOU.

Thanks, Patty Hayden

Inland Empire Artist Search

Spencer Lewis Marketing Group is searching for talented local artists who would be interested in having their work showcased in an annual report they are designing and producing for one of their clients, an investment group.

The theme for the annual report this year is “The Art of Investments” and they want to use artwork from local artists to illustrate the different sections of the report, featuring various art media, including painting, sculpture, photography, woodwork, glass, etc.

If you are interested in donating a photograph of your artwork for this purpose, please email a few small low resolution photographs of your work to Shawn Glaspell, our contact person for this project.  His email is sglaspell@spencerlewis.com.

Mr. Glaspell is hoping to have a good choice of artwork from which to make his selections by the end of August, so the images should be sent in as soon as possible.  For those chosen for print, a high resolution digital file will be needed.  They can assist in photographing the work for the print-quality images if necessary.

Last year’s annual report was beautifully prepared, glossy and professional, and this would be an excellent place to showcase our work.  Although there is no payment for this project, the artists’ names will be cited, as will RAA.  Let’s have good participation in this project.

                                                          Judith Sparhawk ~ jsparhawk746@yahoo.com

 Notes from MCAEEF

Smiley Elementary School has an art program called “Arts Attack” that has received funding from MCAEEF for several years. Here are a couple of pictures from their end of year show that occured in June.

Janet Evans

Offer of Free Driftwood

Driftwood, etc., located in a barn, is being given away by Steve Guggisberg, in Redlands. Call him at his cell #909 838 9655 if interested in looking (and taking) for artwork. He will be throwing it all away the end of August. He came in while I was attending the Gallery.

Evelyn Ifft

A Note from a New Member

I have been involved with photography in one form or another for over 60 years. For 30 years owned a photographic and industrial art generating studio in Illinois. I now reside in Riverside and am looking to get back to my first romance……doing digital photo reproductions for artists. The days of slide presentations are over (made over 4000 slides for artists over the years) and now we go digital and with a “brown belt” in Photoshop, can reproduce accurately images to CD disc (up to 60″ x 80″) for print making, web site, and projection viewing……..each needing a different size and pixel count.

I am a current member of RCAA and a past member of Redlands Camera Club, and RAM Camera Club. Have been involved with camera clubs for many years, offering talks and guidance as well as learning new techniques by members and speakers.

It will be a pleasure to be associated with Redlands Art Association

David Alter

Bra & Tie Contest

Enter for a chance to win a weekend getaway to South Coast Winery or other fabulous prizes!

The Bra and Tie Contest is a way to honor men and women who have conquered cancer and to remind us of those who have not. Show your support by expressing yourself through artistic decoration of a bra or tie.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and People’s Choice

Contest Guidelines:

  1. One entry per person
  2. Submit your decorated bra or tie to J.D. Myers (122 E. State Street, Redlands, CA) between August 15 and September 16, 2011
  3. People’s choice voting starts September 16, 2011
  4. Winners announced on September 30, 2011

Judging Criteria:

Points will be awarded in three areas

  1. Inspiration
  2. Creativity
  3. The Use of Decorative Material

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