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RAA News August 2012

City of Redlands 125th Celebration

 The city of Redlands will be 125 years old this coming November. Events and celebrations will be held from November of this through November of next year and are in the planning stages right now.
RAA has been asked to be involved by sponsoring child/youth events involving the visual arts.  We are looking for experienced teachers who would like to teach an outdoor one or two day class which will focus on some aspect of the city’s history.  The class could be in drawing, painting, sculpture, mural work, photography, etc.  There will be an exhibition of work following the end of classes.
If you are interested in teaching or have some ideas for the Redlands 125th Celebration committee, please contact Linda Apmadoc at 909-792-9414 or lindaapmadoc@verizon.net.
Gail Brownfield

Remembering Nancy Yowell and Joe Colley

Redlands Art Association were saddened to lose two of its long-time members, photographers Nancy Yowell and Joe Colley.

Nancy was well known in the Redlands area, for her active volunteer role in the First Methodist Church, Redlands Camera Club, Redlands Art Association, AAUW, and other organizations.  She was retired from a long career as an RSUD teacher, and has been active as a photographer for many years.  She traveled to many places in the world to pursue her photography.  She is survived by her two sons, Paul and Jack, and several grandchildren.  She passed away on July 29, 2012 at the age of 78.

Joe was also a member of Redlands Art Association and Redlands Camera Club.  His career was as a civil engineer for the City of Redlands and the County of  San Bernardino.  He taught photography through UCR and CSUSB.  He once won Best of Show in RAA’s Multi Media Mini Show, for his photograph of patterns in sand at the beach.  He recently showed his photographic work at Redlands Country Club, where he has been a member for many years.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth, and his three children.  He passed away on August 2, 2012 at the age of 86.

Judith Sparhawk 

A Message from the “Take In” Crew

RAA and the Take In Committee needs your help. The evening crew (4-7 pm) needs additional members to make the process more efficient for everyone.  If you are interested in helping, please call Pat Meeker, Take In Chair, at (909) 793-5988.  Please give this your consideration.

 Pat Meeker

Help Needed for Children’s Art Show

“We are looking for Artists that are good at making “balloon animals” to volunteer their time, as members, for the Children’s upcoming Art Show, August 25th Reception. Please call Gloria/Teacher (leave a message in her teacher box, with your phone#), or Firouzei/Teacher, so they can let us teachers know. We also are asking for RAA members to help with the fundraising by donating 5-10 cupcakes, undecorated Sugar Cookies or cake decorating icing….for the Children’s Art Show…bringing these in the Friday night, or Saturday morning of August 25th. We could use at least 50 cupcakes (with paper wrappers). Also if you could help volunteer to “set up” art or “take down” art for the Children’s Art Show, let us know. Thanks

Gloria Steinweg

Fall Artist’s Way Class

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 on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:00 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 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 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.

Judith Sparhawk 

Redlands Area New Home for Mersereau

Joanna Mersereau has recently moved to Mentone after making her 57-year art career in Riverside. The new location has inspired her to create watercolors of the University of Redlands: “Administrative Building” and “Clock Tower”.

The prestigious American Watercolor Society, founded in 1865, gave Mersereau signature membership in 1997. She is the only artist in the Inland Empire to have this status, given after being juried into 3 exhibits.

Joanna was recently informed that she was juried into the Watercolor West exhibit, October13-December 16, 2012. One hundred paintings were selected from over 1000 national and international entries. Watercolor West was founded by a small group of Redlands and local women with Milford Zornes as mentor. Mersereau was a founding member.

“The Art of Milford Zornes: Friendships & Inspiration” by Gene Sasse included Mersereau’s  reminiscences of her travels in Zornes’ workshops, especially her experience when she thought she had “murdered” her instructor. (All was well.)

A member of the Redlands Art Association for over 35 years, Joanna has painted most of the local historical places and buildings of this area. She was the first featured artist in the popular “Art for Heaven’s Sake”.

Mersereau’s “Coyote and the Gods of Wood”, a novel of the founding of the California Missions, was published in 2006. Historically accurate, Mersereau focused on the emotions and interplay among the padres, the military and the Indians. The book contains twelve of her watercolors.

Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Riverside Art Museum, CCAA Museum of Art in Rancho Cucamonga, Na Balom in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico and in private collections in the USA and abroad.

An interesting twist: her work and article is featured in VERGILAmerica in both Korean and English in its January-March 2012 issue.

Joanna Mersereau

FY 2012/2013 Budget approved

The Board of Directors has recently approved the operating budget for the coming fiscal year.  In this budget we have a projected total income of $197,115.00 and expenses of $221,651.00.  We will be starting the year with an anticipated deficit of $24,536.00 which means we have a challenging year ahead but represents beginning with less projected red ink than the year that is just now ending.  We will be ending the year with total assets of nearly $730,000.

For illustrative purposes I have made pie charts of the distribution of assets and the new budget so you may see how these are distributed.  Our major expense is clearly in the area of education which is consistent with our mission statement. These pie charts can be viewed on our website, click here.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Drawing Heads and Hands with John Brownfield

Develop your people drawing skills with emphasis on heads and hands, in a class taught by master drawer extraordinaire, John Brownfield. John is a retired University of Redlands art professor and will give valuable instruction on how to make your drawings look more professional.

This class will be on Friday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, starting in late September and will continue into October. Please watch for more specific information in the RAA Gallery and on the RAA website. The information should be available very soon.

Lori Powell, Adult Education

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