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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

May 23 Program – Bruce Herwig

Bruce is going to present his "How-tos" on marketing your art work.  His examples will be his popular Color Me Redlands coloring books, calendars and Redlands landscape photography.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm.  Public welcome... no charge.

“Georgia O’Keeffe… continued”

With Linda Zoeckler, 4-25-17

The April Program at the Redlands Art Association Gallery will be the lecture and photos, “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Later Works”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, April  at 25, 7 pm.

Zoeckler, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

Clay Safari Class

Upcoming Class: Clay Safari beginning April 17!

Penny Palmer and Nancy Roeder will teach and guide you on a five week adventure through the clay safari outback at the Redlands Art Association, located at 215 State Street in the city of Redlands.

Penny has been involved in ceramics and teaching hand building, throwing & sculpture over the past forty years with low fire, mid range, wood & kazegama firings, pit and raku firing, and traditional stoneware and porcelain high fire pieces that have made their way into homes and private collections throughout the globe!

“I love working with clay and teaching new and experienced clay artists", Penny states." I am a Studio Potter, dedicated to passing along the knowledge, skills, secrets, shortcuts and techniques that I have gleaned over the course of my lifetime to train the next Studio Potters for our future”.

Nancy excels in hand building and incorporating her unique surface textures, designs and decorating techniques.  she exhibits her pieces locally and they have become sought after in juried art shows.

This new clay safari class will give you hands on experience taming the raw, wild and savage clay into one-of-a-kind pieces that you will decorate, glaze and take home to your collection.

  • 5 Monday nights 6pm - 8:30pm
  • April 17, 24, through may 1, 8, & 22
  • RAA member $75.00*/non member $100.00*
  • Book your passage now! 909 792 - 8435

* There is a one-time $25.00 materials fee for the whole course payable to the instructor at the first class.

Featured Artists

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.

Lori Worby-Krebs 6/24-7/13

Opening Reception June 24 from 3-5 pm

Lori Worby-Krebs is a local artist who has lived most of her life in Southern California. She worked as a high school counselor and teacher in Redlands for 22 years before she decided to follow her heart and paint. She will be the featured artist June 24-July 18 and will be showing her "Dance of Life" series where she explores the idea of dance with abstract figures. She observed so much hatred and division during the last presidential election that dance became her metaphor for letting go; of political distractions that keep people from understanding what is really important in life.

The idea that we can choose how to dance our way through life and face it's challenges with hopeful outcomes became her theme in this progressing series. She calls her art "IF" art because she starts with an "Idea" and then watches her idea come to "Fruition" on the canvas. She says painting ideas helps her explore truths and lessons in life. Her abstract figurative works are colorful and can range from serious to whimsical but her hope is to prompt the viewer to think about everyday life. She uses a colorful acrylic palette to set up the mood and focuses on shapes and values to tell her story. She hopes everyone will enjoy the show and dance with open hearts. "Dance Your Hats Off" was one of the first paintings for the series.

Jennifer Ali 6/3 – 6/24

You are invited to the Art Show and Opening Reception by artist Jennifer Ali on Friday June 16, 6 - 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Come meet this professional artist of 36 years and see her most recent work.

From Our Fearless Leaders

June 2017

The last two years have been an incredible journey for me. From becoming President of the Operating Committee to President of the Board of Directors, time has flown by. The RAA weathered the recession, but we came out carrying an unsustainable large deficit. So we made cut backs, not always popular, to the coordinator hours, raised our Take-In fees, cut the printed newsletter and were frugal with what we spent. We experimented with opening on Market Nights and later closing for the run up to Christmas. We changed membership from calendar to year round and as a result more and more people are joining RAA either as members showing their art or taking art classes with the membership discount. Adult Education under Joyce Hatzidakis and then Linda Willason expanded and we are offering a broad selection of new classes to the community. Suzanne Burke as Youth Education Coordinator has not stopped, the Home School Program expanded to 2 mornings a week and we currently offer 5 children’s after school classes during the school year. We introduced Opening Receptions for new gallery shows, we’ve invited all our artists to come and sell some of their work or demonstrate their art on the patio on Market Night. We have a new Marketing team who are pushing ahead and trying to make us more visible in the community – have you seen our postcard mailings? MCAEEF continues working diligently with local schools creating the opportunity for art teachers to go into schools, all funded by the Redlands Cinema Classics at the Krikorian Theatre and best of all art sales in the gallery are improving all the time.

I know I’ve missed out lots I would like to thank Candy Glendening and Grace Fermier for their hard work each month ensuring there is an on line newsletter for all of us to read, my fellow board members for their patience with my long agendas and hard work! We have already said goodbye to Diane McLaughlin, Karen Coates and Tony Radcliffe from the board this year and we are now saying goodbye to Jan Harvey and Christine White – thank you all for your hard work. It’s been fun and an incredible opportunity over the last two years to meet and work alongside an amazing talented group of local artists.

Patty and Hayden and Evelyn Ifft are retiring as Featured Artist Coordinators. They do such great work behind the scenes and we thank you both for all your hard work.

My expiration date might be up but I’m not disappearing, I’ll still be working in the gallery. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Maggie Macro for the next year. I know it’s going to be an incredible journey for her and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have done.

Remember, Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” - wishing everyone success in their personal artistic endeavours.

Liz Coviello – outgoing RAA President

Liz-Coviello