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RAA News August 2015

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 9, 2015 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 16, 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.

Submitted by Judith Sparhawk

Marketing Your Art with Candy Glendening, Textile Artist

Filming her DVD on the set of Quilting Arts TV
Filming her DVD on the set of Quilting Arts TV

Monday: August 31, 6:30 – 9 pm

Being a successful artist is so much more than perfecting your technique and focusing in on subject material that speaks to you; today’s artist has to be their own advocate and marketer as well.

Opportunities abound with the tools that the internet brings to your marketing toolkit, but it can also be overwhelming: Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Instagram, where does it end?

In this one evening class Candy will explain many of the marketing tools available to artists, pointing out the pros and cons of each one.

Bring items you are using for marketing (like business cards, photos of your booth, a laptop computer so we can look at your website, etc…) and Candy will point out what’s working, what’s missing, and help you design a strategy for YOU to be more comfortable marketing YOUR art!

Click here to read more information.

Submitted by Candy Glendening

Another Oil Painting Class is Coming Up!

MARTHA COWAN, Nationally renowned Oil painter is coming back! She will hold a series of 4 classes on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. beginning September 3rd. See EDUCATION label at top of Webpage for details.
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Her May class was lively and full. So don’t wait! Call or drop into the Gallery to sign up.

Submitted by Tomi Olson

Coming in September: Art & Abstraction – Simply a “Blurred” Reality

By Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig, an artist who enjoys exploring a variety of styles and media, will be the guest at RAA on Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM.  For this program, she will focus on her interest in creating paintings that are expressive abstractions, using various water media.  She will emphasize her desire to express beyond what is visible.

A workshop will follow on Saturday, September 26 from 9AM – 4PM.  It will provide an opportunity to find inspiration utilizing a participants water based medium of choice, with guidance from Angela.  Collage may be incorporated into one’s work.  This experience will provide a non-threatening environment, with an opportunity to be more explorative in one’s art, while loosening you up and jump-starting your creative juices.

Put the dates on your calendar.  Come explore artistic abstractions!koenig

Workshop Fee:  $100 members / $130 non-members.    Supply list available at sign-up.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Photography Show: “Cuba: Turning a Corner”

Photographers Penny Schwartz and Caroline McAllister will offer a joint show of some 70 Cuba photos titled “Cuba: Turning a Corner” from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3 at the San Bernardino Valley College Art Gallery. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25.

The photographs will showcase street scenes, people, market locales, cars, architecture and the outdoors in the capital city of Havana as well as the French-influenced town of Cienfuegos, the colonial city of Trinidad and several areas of natural beauty. Schwartz was visiting the country in December, 2014, when the historic announcement of a thaw in relations was made simultaneously by President Obama and Raul Castro. McAllister was on hand with her camera a short time afterward.

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Schwartz is a freelance journalist and photographer who does work for The Press-Enterprise and has taught journalism and English as a Second Language in area colleges. McAllister is retired from teaching English, photography and newspaper production at Redlands East Valley High School. The pair have previously exhibited travel photographs together in the University of Redlands Alumni House gallery and at the Valley College gallery.

Gresham Art Gallery

701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.

San Bernardino, CA 92410

The Gresham Art Gallery is located on the Valley College campus next to the Administration building.  Turn right on Esperanza Street (There is a Pizza Hut on the corner) from Mount Vernon Avenue to get to the parking lots closest to the gallery.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Parking for the Aug. 25 reception is available in Lots 3, 4 and 5. For information, call 909-384-4432

Submitted by Penny Schwartz

Children’s Art Show.

The RAA Youth Education presented a Children’s Art Show in July. The art included work from six weeks of Art Camps and our Spring Art Classes. The show ran from July 25-29th.

On Saturday, the 25th, there was a reception that welcomed over 100 people to view art work, create a minion craft and enjoy refreshments.

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Pottery, wood sculptures and a collaboration reproduction of the famous “Starry Night” were included in the show.
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Duct tape flowers in a vase-student collaboration
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Talent on display!

Enrollment for Youth Education Fall Classes has begun, with classes beginning  Aug. 24th.

Submitted by Suzanne Burke, Children’s Education Co-ordinator

Mersereau Featured in “Uncle Jam” Magazine

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A large article Joanna Mersereau is printed in the summer issue of “Uncle Jam”.  The article, “A conversation with Watercolorist Joanna Mersereau”, includes 5 pages with 2 in full color. “Edwards Mansion” is on the cover.

“Uncle Jam”, a quarterly art magazine, is FREE online, and can be found here: www.wingedtiger.com

There are hard copies of the magazine in the gallery if anyone would like to pick up a copy for themselves and read it.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau

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Sale on RAA Mugs & Tees

Summer Savings are here!

  • RAA 50th Anniversary mugs are now $8.99 each + tax or $34 + tax for a set of 4 mugs
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirts sizes L & XL are now $10 + tax
  • RAA 50th Anniversary t-shirt size 2XL is $12

While stocks last.

Submitted by Liz Coviello, Gallery Coordinator

Christian Counselling Centre is looking for donated art or loaned art

The Christian Counselling Center is moving to new offices. Joyce Crawford one of the board members came in to asked if any of our members would be prepared to donate or loan a piece of wall art to their new offices. Please contact Joyce at (909) 793-3863 or ask for Cheryl McMillian in their current office next to the Security Bank on State Street.

Gallery Coordinators

Redlands Bowl Associates Art Show

An art show will be held by the Redlands Bowl Associates on Aug. 22, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of our member artists will be displaying their artwork for sale at this event, so, be sure to stop by and see the various arts and craft items for purchase.

Your purchases and your vending help support the Redlands Bowl.

To sign up, send a check for the booth rental ($40) to :

Associates of Redlands Bowl

12245 Wabash Ave. Redlands,  92373

For more info call or email: Eleaner Oden  951-201-6679  or ernburgess@yahoo.com.

  • Aug 22, 2015  From 10am-4pm.
  • Mission Gables House (and adjacent grass area)
  • Booth entry fee: $40
  • 20% of sales go to Associate of Redlands Bowl.
  • Customers pay artists directly, 20% given at end of event.
  • Call for Entries

Submitted by Bronwyn Weis, Gallery Coordinator

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

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Tagging

2015

Riverside Art Museum

 

 

                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

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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