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February RAA News February 2014

A MCAEEF Minute

Hello, everyone from your Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund committee. What a mouthful, good thing we can just call it MCAEEF committee. We held our monthly meeting today (Feb.5) and discussed many issues. As you know, our focus is to help carry out the RAA mission statement re. promoting the visual arts in our area. We do this mostly by reviewing and approving art education grants that a submitted to us. From where does RAA get these funds to allocate — from the classic film series income. Lets all go enjoy the films and help support our cause.

We approved one grant request today. Clement Middle School is going to hold art classes after school. Students attending these classes, taught by an RAA art teacher, will have demonstrated an interest in the visual arts. The $800.00 granted will provide the teacher and some needed supplies. This is one of 12 grants funded so far this year. RAA, through the MCAEEF committee has funded $20,000 worth of art instruction so far this year. 1,200 individuals have received direct art instruction with these funds. Now, this is something we should all be proud of! RAA is actively reaching out to the community and helping students in the Redlands Unified School District and other organizations experience the joys of the visual arts.

We will keep you up to date on our future actions.

The MCAEEF committee

Photo artists wanted

The Redlands Art Association is advertising their 5th Annual Community Photography Show to artists throughout the community. Open to the public. No membership required. Bring in 1 or 2 photos, framed w/wire on Saturday, Feb 15 from 2 to 5 pm. Entry Fee: One piece @ $5 / 2 @ $8. 20% commission on sales.

The show runs one week, Feb. 17 – 23, culminating in a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Gallery downtown at 215 E. State Street, Redlands. The public is invited to see what inspires the photographer.

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45th Annual MULTI MEDIA MINI SHOW

Variety in Mini Art!

The 45th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association, will be open March 6 through 27, 2014 at their Gallery & Art Center, downtown Redlands. Jurist Thom Wright from Huntington Beach, will choose the best 150 pieces from those entered; pieces that make you say, “hmmm” and pieces that make you say, “Wow!”. The public is invited to the Grand Opening on March 7, 5-7PM.

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The Multi-Media Mini Show is unique to Redlands Art Association. What makes it different from other exhibits is that artists working in a multiple of media can enter their art in a juried exhibit. For example, artists can submit photography, digital (computer) work, jewelry, fiber art, drawings, glass, sculptures in wood- stone- and metal, as well as the traditional fine arts. The limitation of the art piece to 14.5″ including base or frame is the challenge. Naturally, its success has spawned similar shows, however, the MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

Jurist Thom Wright has combined his passions for art and engineering, and his two practices benefited from each other. After graduating with a BA & MA in mathematics from UCLA and CSULA, he began a career in aerospace. While working in advanced space systems and technologies development, he began taking art and art history courses at local community colleges. He began selling his art and successfully entering competitive shows in 1978.

His interest initially centered in abstract landscape and figurative painting, influenced both by 20th century European modernists and American expressionists. By 1986 his subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including technology, geopolitics, and the global environment. His abstract painting style also migrated towards inclusion of industrial materials, found objects, and mixed media.

Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement and by 2006 completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach

A gallery of his paintings can be seen on his website, www.thomwrightart.com.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members.  The prospectus/ entry form is available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., Redlands and on their website:www.redlands-art.org.   All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 2, between 10am – 4pm. Winners of the competition will participate in over  $ 3000 in cash and product awards.   Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public.

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Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 7 from 5pm to 7pm.  “Our show is more than just a display of small pieces of art.  It is a collection of little “gems” … you=ll want to get up close while viewing.” says Grace Fermier, long-time RAA supporter.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website www.redlands-art.org or call, 909-792-8435.

Upcoming McElroy Exhibit

Everyday Mystery, a solo exhibit by member artist Penny McElroy will be on display at the University Art Gallery, University of Redlands from February 18 – March 22. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 19 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Submitted by Penny McElroy

 

Submitted by: Sandy Davies

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

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