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RAA News | February 2013


RAA’s Art-in-the-Park Show has been invited to participate in the Redlands Art Festival, May 25 & 26 (Memorial Day weekend). The Festival will also conduct a juried art show- selected artist will purchase booth space for sales and offer their art to be judged for prizes. In addition to the visual arts, Redlands Art Festival will bring together the performing arts – The Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Redlands Theatre Festival and Lifehouse Theater- and music performances from local musicians. RAA wants to be a part of the Festival, so we have moved our Art-in-the-Park off Mother’s Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

Multi-Media Mini Show

Preparations are underway for the Multi-Media Mini Show. Bring us your art! Artists from all over Southern California have been invited to show. Let’s show them our art! Take-in is Sunday, February 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. Strict size restriction = no larger than 14.5”…that means no 18” long necklaces – no books that open to larger than 14.5” x 14.5”- no vases taller than 14.5”. We’ll accept multiple pieces as 1 entry…such as a necklace and earrings set or a tea set – cups and saucers and a pitcher, as long as it fits within a 14.5” square. All wall pieces must have eye screws and wire to hang them. You can sign up for membership (or renew) at Take-in to get the member discount. Entry forms are available at the Gallery or on RAA’s web site- go to the Members tab, then Forms. Please volunteer to sit the Gallery during the MMM Show.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

The RAA Take In Crew Needs Your Help

The day time crew is fully staffed and working well. HOWEVER, THE EVENING CREW is in desperate need of one more member. As you know, this crew works from 4:00 to 7:00. Many of our members rely on being able to bring in their art at this time and we certainly want to continue to provide them with the opportunity. PLEASE CONSIDER being a member of the EVENING CREW. We need YOU!

Contact “Take In” chair, Pat meeker (909)793-5988

Photos from the Weaving Class Featured Artists

Lynn Mudd setting up her tapestry loom.
Beverly Fly, Tia Shira, Cheryl Frandsen, Lynn Mudd, Evelyn Ifft, Ingrid Floren and Vicki Hughes

 Evelyn Ifft

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Abstraction in Art and Nature” 759.06Ha1, by Nathan Cabot Hale

This is a 300-page VERY comprehensive book which draws parallels between art and nature with photo and drawn illustrations.

The author does an in-depth analysis of the common “line” and what forms it take in art and nature. Ex. Straight line, spinning wave, circle, spiral, y- and x-forms. These may become more complex, becoming 2- and 3-dimensional forms (snowflakes, galaxies, etc.)

The differences among form (simple line), shape (more complex) and mass (3-dimensional) is discussed, again with illustrations. All these again are tools in the artist’s hand. Joseph Albers took the grid concept and translated it into his unique vision. The other concepts are also illustrated, both in photo and in art.

Clouds, surf, a single water splash, smoke, cosmic nebula, rocks, flowers—all are related forms in nature. The value to the artist is that understanding the natural forms is that the basic abstract concept can be translated into new art patterns.

The last half of the book is the one that is most interesting to me: Patterns. Unfortunately, time became short and I was unable to read it before the submission deadline. I want to cover it as thoroughly as the first half. So, the next column will deal with Patterns.

Meanwhile the current books last reviewed will still be available in the gallery. Look for the easel next to the jewelry cases on the right as you come into RAA. You will see “Drawing in Ink” and “Painting Trees” (unless they’ve been checked out.)

Request for Donations

My name is Mary Weise, and I am an Alumni Member of the Alpha Sigma Pi sorority at the University of Redlands. Throughout my time at the University, I had the opportunity to get to know many of the members of the Redlands Art Association, and even had the opportunity to work with your organization (I built your website, with Candy Glendening). I have always admired the work that you do, and the creations of your members, and always take opportunities to share it with those that I think will enjoy it as well.

In that light, I would like to extend a request from my sorority. We are hosting our annual Birthday Luncheon in April, in Mentone. During each luncheon, we hold an opportunity drawing to support our Alpha Sigma Pi Golden Gift / Hazel MacNair Steiner Endowed Scholarship, which helps some of our members to offset the rising costs of their education. We would like to give you an opportunity to showcase your creations to the 100+ sisters who attend annually, through a donation of an item or gift certificate for our drawing.

I feel that this is a great opportunity for our organizations to work together, and to showcase some of Redlands best and most talented artists. All donations are tax deductible. The official letter from our Luncheon Chair can be downloaded here: RAA Donor Letter, for your information as well. This includes our Tax ID and information on where to send donations. Please contact me if you have any questions, and I greatly appreciate your consideration.

Thank You!

Mary Weise

New Sessions of the Following Adult Education Classes  Start in March

Watercolor with Ed Sotello

  • Thursdays:  March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4; 7 – 9:00 pm
  • This is an informative and inspiring class for people of all skill levels.
  • Sundays:  March 10, 17, 24, April 7 & 14; 10:00 am -1:00 pm
  • Learn about oil painting from a talented artist and teacher.  For all skill levels.

Oil Painting with Chick Curtis

Class fee per session:  $65 members / $70 non-members

Sign up Now by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands (909) 792-8435

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

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16th - October 7th

Reception: Sunday, Sept 23rd 3 - 5pm

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.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

August 2017

Hello Everyone!  This is your new president, Maggie Macro. I have lived in Redlands just three years and joined RAA immediately.  I was asked to join the Operating Committee in my first year. Consequently, there are many people who do not know me, so if you see me please introduce yourself if I do not get to you first.

I am taking over at a very exciting time.  As I'm sure you know, we are closing the gallery next week for a major overhaul.  Our new VP, Stephanie Heaston, is leading this endeavor along with her husband and many helpers.  When we reopen on August 11 you can expect to see new carpet on the walls to show off the wall work, newly painted pedestals for the three dimensional work and a new modern desk area. The gallery attendants will be happy to have a comfortable chair to work from which they are going to be choosing soon!

Of course, we are hoping that this new image will increase our sales and visibility in the community, as there are still so many people, even those who have lived here for years, who do not know of our existence.

We now send out the quarterly postcards with our upcoming events and those of us on the board take them to venues in the community.  It would help a great deal if you could come by the gallery and pick up a few to distribute to family, friends and venues and in doing so you will be able to see our improvements and appreciate anew what a wonderful asset this is to Redlands and surrounding areas.

The board consists of a mixture of old and new members and if you are a new member of RAA you will not know any of us.  In the coming months look for a profile of each of us in the newsletter.

Thank you for belonging to RAA.  I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability.  Here's to a great year!

Maggie Macro, RAA President