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RAA News February 2015

2nd Annual Tea Party


A big thank you to everyone who came to the tea party and brought the wonderful food. It was wonderful to meet new, returning members and founding members. Our two hours zipped passed so quickly. For some it was the chance to see the Ray Swanson show and reminisce about old times, when the RAA was on Vine Street and Citrus and for others it was a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


I’d particularly like to thank Cheryl O’Conner for her hard work with hospitality, Janice Commentz for greeting, waitressing and clearing up; Grace Fermier and her friend who helped with the clearing away and drying up; my sons William and Matthew for setting out the tables, laying them and folding napkins and putting the tables back at the end, Sandy Davies for offering to drive and collect people so they could attend, Pat Meeker for the loan of her lovely teapots and everyone else who helped in any way make it such a successful afternoon.


We’ll see you all again next year.


Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.


Do you have old photos of the RAA?

If  you have old photos of the RAA and events from the past I’d love to see them. We have very few of the RAA in Vine Street, on Citrus or at events such as Art in the Garden with Ann Blessener.

Many thanks,

Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.

Business card folder for artists

I just wanted to remind artists there is now a business card folder for a limited number of business cards, approximately 6, per artist. I made several sales of artists work this week and the customers were interested in the artist and asking about their websites and their work. It’s hard to pass on details if we don’t have it in the gallery.


Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.

Open to all artists….enter the Multi Media Mini Show!

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA members.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything!  Strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5-cube, including frame and/or base.  Our judge, Leslie A. Brown, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as give out the awards.  Since the prospectus/entry form will no longer be mailed out, it will be available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website here: 2015 MMM Prospectus-Insurance E-FORM

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 1, 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.


Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 6 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 8.

“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 or call, 909-792-8435.

Sandy Davies, MMM coordinator

Snezana Petrovick Coming to RAA: Tuesday Evening, March 31 @ 7 PM

RAA is privileged to have nationally and internationally acclaimed Snezana Petrovick, as guest artist.  She is an award winning 2D, 3D and 4D artist, independent curator, gallery director and educator.  A freelance designer in both Europe and the U.S., she has done design work for more than 225 theatrical productions, as well as 22 TV shows and eight movies.  She is chair of the art department at Crafton Hills College.

Mark your calendars now.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this fascinating and amazing, multi-media artist speak on her life and art.

Also, Snezana will present a workshop on:  Saturday, April 4

Submitted by Lori Powell

Attention all Members who Shop on Amazon

Notice to all members who buy things through about a new charitable giving program they have.  When you want to shop on Amazon please sign on to Select the Redlands Art Association in the drop down window and the RAA will receive 0.5% of your purchase refunded to our bank account.  This site provides access to the full line of products Amazon offers and in fact is a window to the official Amazon site.  Once you have selected the RAA you so not have to repeat that selection provided you always sign on to  You can also switch to any other nonprofit charities Amazon lists.  Amazon has not increased prices to compensate as you are accessing the actual site anyone in the general public does.

Larry Harvill, Chair, Board of Directors

Art Alliance Announces 2nd Annual Riverside Art Market on April 25, 2015


The Riverside Art Market is a free family friendly annual one-day event featuring artists and artisans presenting their own works for sale. In addition we welcome art galleries.  The types of items for sale include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, etchings, prints and a variety of crafts including jewelry, woodwork, pottery and items made of fabric, glass and metal.  Held at the historic Riverside Art Museum in downtown Riverside, the event will also feature pop-up restaurants, food trucks, a children’s craft area, face painting, and live demonstrations of glass-blowing, print making and painting.

The event is organized by the Art Alliance, a supporting group of the Riverside Art Museum.  Proceeds will benefit local community outreach, children’s art education programs, art classes and other programs of the Riverside Art Museum.

  • DATE: April 25, 2015
  • TIME: 10am – 3pm
  • PLACE: Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

For more information and for the vendor application: Visit the Riverside Art Alliance website, the Riverside Art Museum website, or email


email or call (951) 201-8173.

PAAR’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Celebration & Paint-Out

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR), an Artist Group of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM), invites you to participate in PAAR’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Celebration & Paint-Out, April 11 – April 22, 2015. The theme is “Loving the Landscape.”

To kick off the celebration on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, there will be four (4) mini-workshops (2 each day) at RAM with the following accomplished artists: John Budicin, Oil; Brenda Swenson, Watercolor; Sally Strand, Pastels; and Chuck McPherson, Mixed-Media. (Unless there is space available, these workshops are offered first to PAAR members only at a special PERK price.) Also that weekend (April 11-12) there will be 20 art supply vendorsexhibiting at RAM.

What is really exciting this year is that we will have 2 days before the Paint Out (April 11 and 12) which will be our Workshops with the Masters.  Golden Acrylics has committed to providing paint (all media) for our workshop participants.   In addition, we will have numerous vendors at RAM selling art products and who have also donated supplies for our workshops and Paint Out prizes.  To name a few:  Golden, The Brush Guys, Jack Farley’s Art Supplies and the list continues with food vendors who will be there so you don’t go hungry.

Not able to be there but who have sent product and prizes are Guerilla Painter (a $258 pochade painting box  plus…..), Raymar, Strathmore, Holbein, BestBrella – Every Paint Out participant will once again receive a Goody Bag filled with great stuff.

We are inviting the public  and other artists to participate in our Art FuZion happening during those two days for a small donation of $5.  Art FuZion is a chance to bring one’s creativity to life.  All art created during that time will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum and for PAAR.  A Children’s art corner is featured and a child will have a chance during a drawing to win a “Goody Bag” donated by our Sponsors.

The excitement is building.  The magnets for our cars are once again available for sale; a Anniversary Glass Ornament to commemorate the occasion is also available, and Anniversary hat pins will be given to every participant. Please take advantage of early bird pricing.

 For additional information click here.

Bonnie Kent, Publicity Chair, Plein Air Artists of Riverside  951-833-2557

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