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RAA News December 2014

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.

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

 

Reminder on January Take-In Changes

This January our member show will be different than usual.  Because the Ray Swanson Exhibition will be occupying the west gallery, the member show will be restricted as follows for hanging in the east gallery.

  • For Wall Hangings members are to submit only one (1) piece and it should be representative of your best work. Try to keep it on the medium side as the space is limited and we would like as many pieces shown as possible.
  • Large Sculptures are limited to one (1).
  • Table-Small Items are limited to ten (10) as usual.
  • Glass-Ceramic-Fabrics are limited to five (5). Please note that space will be at a premium so we may not be able to accommodate all submissions.  Evelyn Ifft has agreed to oversee the arrangement of the front window.
  • Small-Framed Art will be limited to one (1) piece.
  • Matted Works are limited to five (5).
  • Cards and Patio Items remain the same.
  • Jewelry will remain the same at ten (10).

Please remember this event is a special one-time occurrence so we will have to play it by ear.  Every effort will be made to accommodate as much of your art as possible.

Take in is set for Friday, January 2nd and hanging will be Saturday January 3rd.  A special reception for both shows will be on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 PM and RSVP’s are required.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Reminder for the Special Ray Swanson Exhibition in January

Hopefully you looked at the notice in last month’s Newsletter.  If not, please take a look to see examples of Ray Swanson’s work and read a few details about his life.  We are looking forward to a very successful show and hopefully we will have a large number of people visiting the gallery.

A special reception is set for Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly Swanson-Aylward, will be giving a short talk.  Please mark your calendars as an RSVP is requested.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

6th Annual Community Photo Show– Give Us Your Best Shot!

Redlands Art Association announces its 6th annual Community Photo Show-in-a Show, which offers an opportunity to have your best photographs shown in the gallery during the second full week of January 2015.  Due to the increasingly great response in previous years, this year one entry per person will be allowed, so choose your very best photograph to be included in the show.  The title of this show is “Give Us Your Best Shot”, with open subject matter.

Take-in for the show will be on Saturday, January 10th, from 2 to 5 pm, at the RAA Gallery at 215 East State Street in Redlands.  The show will be ready for viewing on Monday, January 12th, and will run through that week, ending on Sunday, January 18th.  On the final day a reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm, so invite your friends and family to enjoy refreshments and to admire your beautiful work.  Concurrently, a special showing of paintings by internationally known painter, Ray Swanson, will be in the gallery.  This may bring additional customers into the gallery during this time, to view your work as well.

The cost of entering this show is $6.00 per entry.  All work must be prepared for hanging, framed (except for canvas or metallic prints), labeled, and with wire on the back. Maximum framed size is approximately 18 x 24 inches. Pick-up of the work will be on the 18th, from 4-5 pm, after the reception.  For questions, contact Judith Sparhawk, (909) 793-1876 or jsparhawk746@yahoo.com.

Submitted by Judith Sparhawk

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 21, 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, January 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

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.

Submitted by Judith Sparhawk

Adult classes Coming in January

  • Get ready to make PINE NEEDLE BASKETRY with Kathleen Gura, Wednesdays and Fridays 4 to 6 p.m., starting January 7 through February 5.
  • DRAWING with Marcia Taack, Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning January 8 through February 5.
  • ARTIST’S WAY with Judith Sparhawk, based on Julia Cameron’s book of the same name. Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning with free Orientation session on January 21 through April 15.
  • Make prints on Gelli-plates with Cindy Lantier. in a one day workshop on Saturday, January 24 , 10:30 to 3 p.m.

All classes and workshops will be held at the RAA Gallery at 215 E. State Street. More information and prices available by calling the 909-792-8435.

 

Janet & Fred Edwards’ Holiday Home and Studio Show and Sale

Eight NEW NOTE CARDS  are being introduced, with many small gifts for your last minute shopping. Held at the home of Janet & Fred Edwards:

  • 1314 Del Haven Court, Redlands, CA 92374

Call (909) 793-7169  for more information or for a special appointment (Note change of times)

  • Friday, Dec. 19, 10 – 5 pm.
  • Saturday Dec. 20, 10 – 5 pm.
  • Sunday, Dec. 21, 1 – 5 p.m.

Submitted by Janet Edwards

Local Artists in Exhibit at Riverside Art Museaum

Joanna Mersereau, Pat Fullerton and Lucille Wolffersdorff show their paintings in a 6-woman exhibit, “Creative Expression: A Lifelong Pursuit”, December 2, 2014 to February 14, 2015 in the Art Alliance Gallery, located at 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA. 92501 (951) 684-7111

There will be a coffee chat Sunday, January 18, 2015. 2-4 p.m. Come and share with the artists.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau

Mersereau-web

HomeStead Plein Air Session

Saturday January 17, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM

We’re heading to the picturesque HomeStead property in Oak Glen for an afternoon of painting in the open air.  The property is beautiful and the owners have generously agreed to host us for the afternoon.  Meet at the gallery at 11:30 AM on the 17th and we’ll caravan/carpool, or meet us up at the HomeStead later on.  Potluck at Larry and Evelyn Ifft’s home to follow, at 5 PM.

Sign-up is available at the gallery, and there is no cost. Contact Christine White (christineeggwhite@gmail.com) with any questions.

Submitted by Christine White

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

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

July 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