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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

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