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RAA News December 2013

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

A Take-in Reminder

Artists: When bringing your art in at Take-in, the hours are 9am to 7pm. Please arrive early enough to do the paperwork so the workers can go home at 7pm. First-timers, allow half an hour to go through the procedure.

Sandy Davies

WHAT IS A JURIED SHOW?

Art shows are usually focused on one type of art – like photography or wall art: oils, watercolors, acrylics. Someone is chosen to judge the art that was submitted for the show. The judge would be known for his/her experience in the arts. He does not need to be an artist but someone in the art realm. For most shows today, the art image is sent by email and scanned onto a DVD so the judge can view it on a computer or projector screen. The judge is told how many pieces the organizers want in the exhibit. Then he choses which pieces will be shown in the exhibit.

The judge also chooses which pieces win an award. Sometimes the judge chooses which pieces get prizes from their image on the DVD or he waits to see the exhibit up on the wall, when he can see the actual piece. He considers the prize – First place, Second place, etc., or if it is a specific award – like “Best Watercolor”. He reviews the pieces he has chosen for the show and selects which ones he likes the best or is the best fit for the prize.

For Redlands Art Association’s Multi Media Mini Show, the judge is told he will have to consider not just the traditional art techniques but what the artist did to create his piece. I mean, there is nothing traditional about putting a bunch of nuts, bolts, paperclips and do-dads together to create wall art and yet, the effort has to be appreciated. The Multi Media Mini Show lets the judge see the actual piece up close so he can get a better feeling for the work done.

Last year, there were 282 pieces entered to show but the judge was limited to choose only 115 wall pieces and 45 table pieces, including jewelry. That means only half of all the art submitted was actually in the show. HOWEVER….

When an artist’s work is chosen in a juried show, he gets bragging rights!

It is a star on his resume and the art piece can be featured in his portfolio.  Kinda like getting nominated for the Academy Awards.  Then, if he wins an award in the show, he can feel like he’s got the Oscar in his hands!

Of course, each jurist is different and one piece of art not-accepted for this show may be accepted in another show by a different jurist.

The rule of thumb is to keep making art and showing it off.  Enter as many exhibits that you qualify for.

Bring us your art!

Thanks,

Sandy Davies

Open to all artists….RAA’s Multi Media Mini Show advance planning.

Get your creative thinking cap on! Get to the studio and make me some art! Art that makes me say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members. Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces. Multi-media means… anything! Strict size limitation: must fit within a 14.5” cube, including frame and/or base. The prospectus/ entry form will be available January 1, at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website: www.redlands-art.org.

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 2, between 10am – 4pm. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards. Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public.

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 7 from 5pm to 7pm.

“Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art. It is a collection of little “gems” … you=ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time RAA supporter.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website www.redlands-art.org or call, 909-792-8435.

Sandy Davies

A “MCAEEF” Minute

Every RAA member should know about MCAEEF (Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund) because of how important MCAEEF activities are to the Association. Some of us fondly remember Margaret Clark and all she did for the Redlands Art Association. Some wouldn’t remember- it all goes back a ways. Margaret was and is our inspiration for promoting the visual art in Redlands and surrounding communities. If you would like to know more about Margaret Clark, please ask someone at the Association about her. It’s a fascinating story. The next time you’re at the gallery take a peek around the corner into the office. A painting of Margaret is on the wall. Her trademark “hat” is always prominent.

Did you know there is a MCAEEF committee that meets each month in an effort to keep Margaret Clark’s dream alive in our community. Just like everything RAA does, our committee puts the visual arts in the hands of individuals, young and a little older (more mature) to experience. We all understand how important this is for every person.

The MCAEEF committee uses, funds mostly generated by our Classic Film Series to provide classes, scholarships and awards to a wide variety of groups in the community. The MCAEEF committee wants you to be aware of what’s going on with these funds.

Look for A “MCAEEF” Minute in future newsletters. We’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on.

Thank You,

 MCAEEF committee

Our First Annual Teaparty

Many thanks to everyone (40 people) who came and made it a memorable event. It was wonderful to meet some of members who have been with us since the early days. I’d like to thank a few people specifically for their hard work behind scenes: Cheryl O’Conner who organised hospitality; Judith Sparhawk for taking photographs, Jill O’Dwyer for scanning in loads of photographs, creating the invitations, and constructing the time line, which we were able to display on easels around the East Gallery, and as a video loop for everyone to watch on the projector; and the volunteers who provided rides for those people unable to drive. Sandy Davies for the flowers, Pat Meeker and Gail Brownfield for their large tea pots, John Brownfield for zipping home to get the teapot and the electric kettle. And a big thank you to everyone for  the delicious food. It was wonderful to welcome founding members, past presidents and one of our newest members. We will hopefully see you all again next year.

Here’s a short video of the gathering:

RAA 5oth anniversary tea party from Redlands Art Association on Vimeo.

And pictures taken by Judith Sparhawk:

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A wonderful time was had by all!

Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

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