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RAA News: December 2011

Time To Renew!

It’s that time of year, it’s time to renew your RAA Membership! This year we’ve made it even easier to renew by adding a form to our website that allows you to type in your information and then pay for the membership with your credit card. We’re using PayPal as a way to safely and securely process credit card information, but you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service, you can also just enter your credit card information and be on your way. This online form is located here.

We also have a form on the website that you can type in and then print out and mail with a check to the gallery, this form is located here.

This month’s print newsletter will have a membership form, and of course there are always forms available at the gallery. However you do it, please remember to renew your membership with the RAA. As a group, this association can accomplish so much, and this all starts with your renewal dues!

Thanks – Candy Glendening, Newsletter Editor

Holiday Greetings from Executive Director Randy Hill

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Written about, sung about, movies galore and we even hum about it. We’ve had the turkey and stuffing and now it’s time to pull out the holiday decorations, the pie tins and the cookie sheets. It is time to put up the lights, write the cards and light the candles. Time for the family to get together and share favorite stories, share favorite recipes, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, have a slice of fruit cake (you may want to skip this one) and open gifts.

Speaking of gifts…two tidbits of information for you. Did you know the Redlands Art Association has unique, one of a kind pieces of beautiful art, incredible jewelry, gorgeous hand painted scarfs and ties and many more wonderful gift ideas. Come on by, take a look around, enjoy the gallery and support art in our community. And the second tidbit…we are open seven days a week and we are even open on December 24th!!! Come see what holiday shopping is all about. We look forward to greeting you soon.

From the Board of Directors, our volunteers and staff and our students and our artists we wish you and your family a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season.

Randy Hill

RAA book Fair and Book Signing a Big Success

There are many people to thank for planning and participating in the RAA  Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on November 12th.  Our art education funds will receive a check from B&N for $1,270.13 from the percentage of sales during the designated five day fair period.

Tia Shira masterminded the plan for the event that accompanied the book signing of “Palms to Peaks: The Art of Janet Edwards” by Janet and Fred Edwards.  In the midst of several personal family trips, she found volunteers, organized activities, secured children’s art work, moved tables etc. to produce a great day!

Among the members of RAA who assisted her were the following: Elena Pattison,  Sandra Meichsner, Sandy Davies, Kristy Bergeson, Sue Kavacevich, Kris Bussard, Jerry Meeker, Pat Meeker, Gail Brownfield, John Brownfield, Scott Shira, guest artists Larissa and Keith Marantz.  High School helpers:  Mailia, Matea, Jennifer, Jacob, Alex, Gabby, Melanie and Ryan.  Thanks also to Laurie Aldern of Barnes and Noble who helped co-ordinate the day.

Books are now available through the RAA and will of course benefit the association and can be signed and personalized as requested.

Janet Edwards– for MCAEEF

 

Edwards Christmas Art Show

Janet and Fred Edwards will hold their Christmas Art Show and Sale in their home:

  • Friday, Dec. 16 – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec.17 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

At their home, 1314 Del Haven Court, Redlands, 92374.

For further information call (909) 793-7169 or see web site janetmedwards.com. All are welcome.

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a 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 successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 25, 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, February 1st , from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., 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, contact Judith Sparhawk at (909) 793-1876 or email: jsparhawk746@yahoo.com

Upcoming Fiberworks Weaving Class

Tuesdays 1/10, 1/17, 2/7, and 2/21, 2012

$65/70 members/non-members for 4 classes

After basic loom dressing, I will emphasize fiber wall hangings and showing how to use methods of altering a flat weaving.  There are many hand-manipulation techniques to learn and class members can opt to make a sampler weaving for their own reference.  In addition we will explore warp and weft pulling or incorporating various non-fiber elements (such as weeds, branches, etc.).

I prefer a 2 harness Kayanee “Karin”, 10 warps/inch, rigid heddle lap loom (20″ wide) which weaves a simple tabby.  If you have another portable table loom bring it to class.  I have 2 for borrowing.

Please see supply list with the sign up sheet at RAA gallery for information on buying a lap loom (there are many companies).  It is fun!

You are welcome to call me at 909-793-6761 with any questions.

Evelyn Ifft 

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