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RAA News January 2012

Upcoming Program: David Fairrington, portrait demo

Tuesday, January 24,  7 PM at the RAA Gallery and Art Center.

Guest Artist, David Fairrington, will be doing a portrait demo in oil from a photo. Fairrington says, “I will talk about using photos, how to take them and what to look for in the photo as you paint.”

Fairrington was named a “Master Artist” by International Artist Magazine for his ability to capture and portray personality in his portrait paintings. He is one of a few artists who have been selected as one which officials in the Pentagon and other government services can select for their official portrait. After serving as an “Army Combat Artist”, he opened his own design studio where, in addition to portraits, he made movie posters for all the large movie studios. Fairrington also paints still life – winning First Place in the National Orange Show 2010 All-California Juried Art Exhibition for his still-life of an orange.

Celebrate the New Year with your updated bio.

I would like to invite all artists, to write or rewrite their bio.

Just 2 sheets (its not a catalogue of work):

Sheet 1: a brief bio and photo of yourself with contacts details (website/email address/telephone number)

Sheet 2: 3 photograph examples of your work with your name or website on the bottom of the page

Leave them in the office in RAA (mine is the box on the top of the pigeon holes) and I will file them.

Also: remember when you are taking pieces in for a show to include your business card with each piece.  People regularly ask about the artist of the work they purchase.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello (Historian)

RAA Scrapbooks/Archives

I will soon be updating the scrapbooks in the RAA and if you have anything pertinent that you think should go into the Archives please drop it off in the RAA office in my box.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello (Historian)

Senior Program Seeks Art Instructor

The City of San Bernardino is looking for an experienced teacher with expertise in acrylic, oil and watercolor to offer a 2-hour per week class at Perris Hill Senior Center, 780 E 21st St, San Berdo.  An additional class at the Senior Center at 600 W 5th may also be an option.   Contact Linda Gomez, recreation coordinator, of the City of San Bernardino for more detailed information.  She can best be reached by email  She can also be reached by phone but spends her time divided between the two senior centers – 909-384-5435 or 909-384-5436.

Gail Brownfield

Welcome to Redlands Show: Margaret Clark Gallery at RHS

Redlands artists are invited to “bring out the classics.” RAA and the community of Redlands want to give our support for the “revival” of the Margaret Clark Gallery at Redlands High School. The show, “Welcome to Redlands” will open March 18 and be open to the public as well as the school community for two weeks. The Margaret Clark Gallery is a full size, professionally appointed Fine Art Gallery with public access and a warm ambience, now available for community shows weekends, evenings and holidays. Principal Christina Rivera welcomes the Artists of Redlands to submit historic or recent works of art exhibiting a “pure” Redlands theme or local Citrus theme (one, special work only, please). Selected student work will be shown along with our most honored and revered Redlands Art Masters.  Dust off your early classic Redlands works or submit Framed Fine Art Prints including photographs.

Works will be collected by John Fisher at the RAA Gallery or during appointed times at the Margaret Clark Gallery (840 E. Citrus Ave. Redlands High School, Library Building just East of Grace Mullen Auditorium). You can call or email John to let him know you are interested. Artists may offer work for sale, commission free (donations accepted) and may supply personal flyers, cards and brochures to be placed in the display. Contact John via messages at RAA Gallery, 792-8435 or John’s email:

John Fisher



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