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RAA News February 2012

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Committee called to order by Jerry Meeker, Wednesday, November 11, 3:00 PM.

Annette Weis had the photographer come in to take photos of Gail Brownfield in the various hats she wears as president, and of the committee doing the work they do and have done for about twenty years: helping schools apply for educational grants.

The Youth Hope headed by Heidi Mayer sent a progress letter indicating the grant they were given is being well used by the youth to produce a mural of “the old train station with their portraits.”

A lively discussion by Annette Weis and John Brownfield over the merits of grants for both GATE (gifted) and develop-mentally challenged students proved enlightening. All agreed both should be given grants.

Gail reported that gallery sales at RAA were more successful than in 2010.

Janet Edwards’ sale of her beautiful book of etchings and paintings at Barnes and Noble was highly successful, as well as the children’s activities as reported by Tia Shires.

The Classic Movie Series at the Krikorian Theatre was attended by 200 to 250 at each performance. Annette Weis said they have proved to be financially successful. She does not know the names of the movies this year as yet, but the dates are as follows: Feb. 21 and 23, Mar. 13.and 15. Apr. 10. 12. May 8, 10. More information later.

Randy Hill, executive director, expressed his enthusiasm at the bright, colorful, and interesting and varied entries in the gallery: oils, watercolors, ceramics, sculptures. Keep them coming in.

Ed Sotello

N.A.W.A. Small Works Exhibition

The 6×6” oil titled “A Few Beauties at Kiawah Island” has been accepted into the National Association of Women Artists’ Annual Small Works Exhibition to be held February 1st through February 27th at the NAWA Gallery, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 1405 New York, New York.   The organization, founded in 1889, has had prestigious members such as Marie Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur and more recently Judy Chicago.  Ms. Bell has been a member since 1994.  She is also affiliated with Plein Air Artists of Riverside, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the California Art Club.

Helen Bell

RAA Library Update

The library has been culled of about 100 books, either old ones, boring ones or duplicates in order to make more storage space for teachers.  I cleared 4 sections, books from 2 of them are now on the top of the shelves which makes it easier to read the titles.  Some of the culls were for sale, the rest donated to the Smiley Library.

This is your library.  It is operated on the Honor System, as an RAA member you are responsible to bring back the books in a timely manner.  There is no sign-out or in.  The sections are labeled (temporarily with tape) such as Art History, Women Artists, Crafts, Printing, Woodworking, Sculpture, Pastels, Oils/Acrylics, lots of Watercolor books, Design, Animal Reference, Flowers, Trees, Seascapes, American Artists, Western Artists, French Impressionists, individual artists and many more I’ve forgotten to mention.  It is a much bigger art library than Smiley has so please make use of it.  Enjoy and learn!

Evelyn Ifft, RAA Librarian

RAA Plein Air Paintout & Show

Ginger and I will be working out the details soon but wanted to get the dates out so you have some warning.  We have not decided definitely on a Theme or Locations, if any of you have some ideas let us know.  This year will not be a Show-Within-A-Show but rather showing in the Featured Artist(s) corner.  There will be late April and May paintout dates with locations in the coming newsletters, fliers in the Gallery. TAKE-IN is Saturday, June 2, 2012 and TAKE-DOWN  on Friday, June 22.  Due to the smaller space there will be a size limit.  This is an experiment so bear with us, which also causes less problems with the Gallery schedules.  We’ll keep you posted.  Thanks for your interest!

Ginger Pena and Evelyn Ifft, Co-chairs

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

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