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RAA News February 2015

2nd Annual Tea Party

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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.

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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.

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We’ll see you all again next year.

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Liz Coviello , Historian in the Cupboard.

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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.

Thanks,

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.

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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 www.redlands-art.org 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 Amazon.com about a new charitable giving program they have.  When you want to shop on Amazon please sign on to Smile.Amazon.com. 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 Smile.Amazon.com.  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

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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 ramartmart2@gmail.com

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES: Patti Funder,

email ramartmart2@gmail.com 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

www.pleinairartistsofriverside.com  951-833-2557

Programs & Workshops

Danielle Wallis 10/27 Program

From Studio Art to Social Art, by Danielle Giudici Wallis

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

The Tuesday Program is Free and open to the public.

Danielle Giudici Wallis will be presenting an overview of her work beginning with her early sculptural metalwork, and discussing the transition to more temporal materials and methods. She has moved from a solitary studio practice as an object maker, towards more of a social practice model which includes large and small collaborative projects.

Danielle is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her MFA from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Grant, the James Borelli Fellowship in Art, the Anita Squires Memorial Fund in Photography and a fellowship from the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.   Her   work has been exhibited widely in the Bay area and beyond, including shows at Catharine Clark Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, A.I.R. in New York, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor which holds one of her artist’s books in their Achenbach collection. She was nominated twice for SFMOMA’s SECA Award and participated in the American debut of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. Most recently, she has been exploring social and collaborative practices.
Mobile Garden    33” x 35” x 91” 
Metal, reclaimed wood, plants,

synthetic grass, bicycle tires and hitch, 2013

Examples of this include her “Beating Invasives” project, which was part of the Riverside Art Museum’s “Art Make,” and a series of collaborative artists’ books with letterpress printer, Marie Dern. Her administrative work has become a complementary medium as she explores larger collaborative projects, bringing organizations and communities together through the arts.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County.

 

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Papermaking

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Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

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September Pastels Program

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts! with Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig will talk about the Soft Pastel medium on Tuesday, September 26th at 7.00 pm. Programs are free and open to the public. She intends present an A-Z regarding soft pastels, types of paper and techniques. Here’s what Angela has to say about pastels:

Pastels are little gems of pure color! As a medium, they are fun to use and can be incorporated into your artistic works in a variety of ways! Their explosive and vibrant color make your paintings sing, however, many artists often under estimate the fantastic nature of this medium. Artist Angela Koenig will join us on September 26th at 7:00 pm to kick off our new season, and will answer your questions and help you to understand   what makes pastels such a great medium for artists!

Choosing the right pastel is critical and depends upon your use and technique. Angela will explain how to get started with your own collection of colors and most importantly how to keep the colors clean and glowing in your work! Additionally, the presentation will include several substrate options and painting techniques for use of this flexible medium with a number of different mixed media options. We will learn about pastels and their unique qualities; you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of pastels, literally from soup to  nuts!

Over the years, Angela Koenig has developed her artistic skills using a variety of different media, including pastels, encaustics, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as Chinese brush and mixed media. Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinctive style as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects which range from impressionistic and representational work to abstraction.  In her  mission statement Angela describes her personal artistic orientation - “Most artists concentrate on the visible. I strive to capture what is underneath the superficial layer to convey the very essence of my subjects. I’m not just putting a brush to canvas. Every stroke is an untold story: every painting reflects a vision of vitality and spirit.”  Her work is prismatically vibrant and aesthetically  complex.

As an award winning artist, Angela participates in a number of invitational shows, including the San Dimas Festival of Arts, and was one of only three American artists featured by the Escondido Museum of Art in a recent showing of international Encaustic works. She has been asked to give presentations on a variety of mediums as well as conduct workshops and demonstrations for various regional art groups.  Her work has been featured in several magazines, and she is currently a working member of the Critical Eye Studio, and well as the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council.

 

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.

Featured Artists

McLaughlin & Rideout 10/28-11/18

Wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Diana McLaughlin and her son Casey Rideout are having a joint featured artist show because they have a shared interest in art; Diana’s medium is oils, Casey’s is photography.  They enjoy sharing ideas and talking about composition and color, thus thought it would be fun to do a joint show.  Our work will focus primarily on work from the California Central Coast where Casey lives and works and Diana lives part-time.

Diana H. McLaughlin Biography

I came to art late in life, after teaching elementary school, raising 3 children and working with community non-profits.  I enjoyed art classes while studying for a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and was always very aware of and creatively inspired by nature and my daily environment, but never actively participated in recreating it artistically.

I began taking oil painting and drawing instruction in earnest soon after my youngest child left for college. I’ve enjoyed classes at UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve also taken classes from skilled artists Lucille Van Wollfersdorf, Ken Auster, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Huse, Carol Marine, Dennis Hare and Martha Cowan.  I take weekly inspiration and advice from my artists’ group, Critical Eye Studio.

My inspiration comes from my travels as well as daily life. I paint landscapes, still life and animals.

Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and, to my great surprise, was awarded 1st place in the RAA Multimedia Mini Show.  My work has been juried into several local art competitions and is in private and public collections. My work may be seen at dianamclaughlinfineart.com.

Diana’s Artist Statement

To me, art represents more than an object, rather hundreds of hours of mistakes, experimentations and successes. You are looking at days of frustrations, then moments of pure joy when it all works. I love the process and, sometimes, the outcome.

Biography: Casey Rideout

I was born in Los Gatos, CA. After short stays in Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest my family moved to Redlands, CA, where I spent the remainder of my childhood. As a boy I would make forts in and among the orange groves and canyons that have all but disappeared from the area. The taste of stolen oranges and the smell of blossoms are fond memories of my childhood.

I first took notice of photography as an art during a summer stay with my grandparents. Their guest bedroom, where I was staying, doubled as a darkroom. Examples of their work hung on the walls along with certificates from photo competitions that they had earned. Looking back, I think I was just interested because the pictures were of people that weren’t a part of my family, they were different and interesting. In retrospect I realize that my grandparents were capturing singular moments in time. Fleeting experiences that were easy to miss but had been made eternal because my grandparents took notice and captured them on film. When I finally put my hands on a camera of my own I felt like I’d found the lens through which I could view life.

My camera is my license to wander, to walk slowly through the world, taking notice of the small moments of beauty that are so easily missed. I’ve found a wonderful subject in the Central Coast of California, where long, sandy beaches are interrupted by jagged, rocky coastlines and grassy hillsides are patched with green vineyards.

My recent work has focused on the stretch of coastline between Montaña de Oro State Park, just south of Los Osos, and Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. I lean toward using long exposures to smooth out the surging tides and isolate my subjects and the light that plays across them. I find myself shooting both B&W and color photos in equal numbers, choosing B&W to capture the contrast of light and shadow, and color when the vibrancy of the natural world cannot be denied.

 

Bruce Herwig 10/7-27

Reception: Saturday, October 7 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Redlands Photo Enthusiast Bruce Herwig will be displaying his photography, coloring books and love for all things Redlands.

Light refreshments served. Attendees will have their choice of free coloring pages. Free and open to the public.

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16 - October 7

Reception: Saturday, Sept 23 4:30-6:30

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2017

As the days grow shorter I'm sure you are all grateful for the cooler temperatures and I imagine the plein air painters and photographers will be enjoying more opportunities for practicing their art.

As usual we have a packed calendar for the next month.  Our featured artists will be Bruce Herwig, photographer, followed by Diana McLaughlin.

Soon it will be time to be preparing your work for the next take-in for Autumn Gold on Oct. 20th. (If you have wall art please ensure that you have a wire for hanging.  This will ensure you do not get a phone call from the hard-working hanging committee asking you to pick up your work and adjust it.)

We are approaching that busy time of year that gives all of us an opportunity to display and sell.  Art For Heavens Sake on Oct. 13, 14, 15 will feature several of our artists along with other fine work.  This is followed closely by Art On State Street on October 29th.  There are still places left so if you have thought about it don't wait to sign up for a table.  Such a bargain at $25.

The night before will be our second annual Halloween party combined with the reception for Autumn Gold, that is October 28th. from 6-8.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening.  The suggested costume theme is "your favorite dead artist". There will be great snacks and movies again.

We are continuing with details of our refurbishing (see "Behind The Scenes" for more) and the compliments continue to roll in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make the gallery sparkle.

So, even though events in the news can be depressing, we artists and our clients provide a balance by continuing to value and reflect the beauty of our world.

Thank you for doing that.  It is so important at this time.

Maggie Macro, RAA President

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