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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

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

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