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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

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

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


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 ( with any questions.

Submitted by Christine White

Programs & Workshops

May 23 Program – Bruce Herwig

Bruce is going to present his "How-tos" on marketing your art work.  His examples will be his popular Color Me Redlands coloring books, calendars and Redlands landscape photography.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm.  Public welcome... no charge.

“Georgia O’Keeffe… continued”

With Linda Zoeckler, 4-25-17

The April Program at the Redlands Art Association Gallery will be the lecture and photos, “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Later Works”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, April  at 25, 7 pm.

Zoeckler, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

Clay Safari Class

Upcoming Class: Clay Safari beginning April 17!

Penny Palmer and Nancy Roeder will teach and guide you on a five week adventure through the clay safari outback at the Redlands Art Association, located at 215 State Street in the city of Redlands.

Penny has been involved in ceramics and teaching hand building, throwing & sculpture over the past forty years with low fire, mid range, wood & kazegama firings, pit and raku firing, and traditional stoneware and porcelain high fire pieces that have made their way into homes and private collections throughout the globe!

“I love working with clay and teaching new and experienced clay artists", Penny states." I am a Studio Potter, dedicated to passing along the knowledge, skills, secrets, shortcuts and techniques that I have gleaned over the course of my lifetime to train the next Studio Potters for our future”.

Nancy excels in hand building and incorporating her unique surface textures, designs and decorating techniques.  she exhibits her pieces locally and they have become sought after in juried art shows.

This new clay safari class will give you hands on experience taming the raw, wild and savage clay into one-of-a-kind pieces that you will decorate, glaze and take home to your collection.

  • 5 Monday nights 6pm - 8:30pm
  • April 17, 24, through may 1, 8, & 22
  • RAA member $75.00*/non member $100.00*
  • Book your passage now! 909 792 - 8435

* There is a one-time $25.00 materials fee for the whole course payable to the instructor at the first class.

Featured Artists

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.

Jennifer Ali 6/3 – 6/24

You are invited to the Art Show and Opening Reception by artist Jennifer Ali on Friday June 16, 6 - 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Come meet this professional artist of 36 years and see her most recent work.

Linda Richards 5/13 – 6/3

Featured Artist brings her Father’s Vintage Photos to Life

Featured artist Linda Richards from Redlands will be showcasing her vintage themed oil paintings in her show, “Scenes from my Father’s Past,” at the Redlands Art Association Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown, from May 13th through June 3rd.

After her father died, Richards discovered negatives of black and white photos he took as a young unmarried man in the late 30s and early 40s. Some were from stage shows in Chicago or New York, some from road trips throughout the country.

Recognizing their importance, she contacted a couple museums to see if they were interested, but the subject matter and featured cities covered too wide a range.

Now she’s finally found them a home -- through her color oil painting renditions.

Richards says it’s been a fun journey to map out his travels.

In several cases, she’s returned to the places he stood to take his photos. “When I was in New York in December, I found the vantage point at Times Square and also one on Wall Street,” she says. She has also discovered how he took them, from the back of a taxi or perhaps his Dad’s car. One of her paintings from Time Square shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards says.

The biggest challenge was also the most fun, choosing what colors to use. Some feature a limited sepia palette, while others like the Time’s Square scenes are full of color.

She’s happy to give them a new voice through her paintings, and to honor her father by exhibiting his original photographs in her show. She also wonders how many people have old vintage photographs in their family that could be put to similar use.

Richards welcomes all to her reception at the Redlands Art Association on Saturday, May 20th from 4 to 6 pm.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2017

What an amazing Spring we are having! Fabulous wild flower displays throughout Southern California, snow in the mountains this weekend and incredible meteor showers! It’s been a busy month in the gallery with the Horticultural Garden Tour, and the Vintage Redlands Wine and food tasting tour plus many of our artists are participating in local art shows. Many thanks to the local florists and RAA members who made the stunning floral displays for the gallery. But, it doesn’t stop there, Art in the Park and the Festival of the Arts is just a few weeks away. Happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, RAA president