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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

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.

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.


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


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:

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




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

  • 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

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: 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:

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