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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

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

Maggie