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RAA News | January 2013

Photography Show: The Travelers Eye

Photographs by Penny E. Schwartz and Caroline McAllister

Please join Penny Schwartz and Caroline McAllister at their gala show reception from 5 to 7 p.m. January 22. Reception parking is free in Lots 3, 4 and 5.

The Gresham Art Gallery at San Bernardino Valley College is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Their photo show runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 7. For information, call (909) 384- 2013

Annual Photography Show-In-A-Show

 Call for entries

Here is a great opportunity to show off your best photographs, and to be part of RAA’s third annual Photography Show.  This show is open to the community and RAA members alike.  Take-in for the show will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from  2:00-5:00 p.m. The entries will then be hung in the east gallery, and will hang through the week.  A reception will be held on Sunday, February 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Take down is after the Open House, 4 to 5 pm.

The theme of the show is open so thus may include a wide range of subjects.

You may enter one or two photographs, which must be matted and framed, with wire for hanging (no saw tooth hangers). The entry fee is $5.00 for the first, $7.00 for two.  There is no size limitation. A 20% commission will go to RAA for any sales during the show.

The reception will be a chance for you to invite your family and friends, enjoy some refreshments, and socialize with other artists.  Your artwork may be picked up at the end of the reception.

So look at your photographs, choose your very best, and come be a part of this fun event!

For additional information or to ask questions, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or email to

Entry form can be found on the website here.

Adult Art Classes / Workshops

It is already January 2013 and some of the Winter/ Spring Adult Art Class sessions are starting up this month.  Check out the schedule and sign-up for a class.  All classes are listed in the December / January RAA Newsletter, as well as on the  RAA website,  or pick-up a schedule at the RAA Gallery.  Also, don’t forget to check out the intriguing workshops that are scheduled.

Expand your artistic horizons by taking a class!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Spring Artist’s Way Workshop

Sign-ups are being taken now for a new Artist’s Way Workshop.  This popular class is based on the bestselling book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  It is designed to unblock your creativity and to help in setting and reaching creative goals.  It is a fun and exciting class with a great group dynamic, and is led by successful photographer and  workshop leader, Judith Sparhawk.

The class begins with a free no-obligation Orientation on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to learn more about this program, ask questions, and find out if it is for you.  The workshop will then begin the following week on Wednesday, January 30th , from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will continue weekly for 12 weeks.  Don’t miss this great experience.

Come into the gallery to sign up, or come to the orientation.  For more information, contact Judith Sparhawk at 909 793-1876 or

Judith Sparhawk

Artist Bio Book Cover

On behalf of the Art Association I would like to thank Joanna for allowing us to use one of her new mouse prints for the 2013 cover of the Artists Bio Book. The artist mouse is very cute.

So bring in your 2013 bio for the new Bio book and see Joanna’s cover.
Liz Coviello, “Historian in the cupboard”

RAA Historian looking for History

We recently received a donation of some 1990s and 2000s RAA newletters – Are there more of these treasures out there?

If you are Spring cleaning and want to find a new home for old RAA newletters please bring them down to the gallery for the Historian.

Many thanks,

Liz Coviello, “Historian in the cupboard”


Upcoming  Programs and Workshops

RAA is privileged to have some very interesting and outstanding program speakers.  Be sure to take advantage of theses events that are free to RAA members and only $3.00 to nonmembers.

This month, on Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 pm, ceramic artist, Marijke Terwissha, will be speaking on “Glorious Glazes for Raku Firing.”  Marijke is well known for her unique and beautifully glazed raku fired tiles.  Don’t miss hearing about the special techniques she uses and seeing her amazing ceramic art.

The Tuesday evening program will be followed by a workshop on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  At this workshop you will experience using Marijke’s glazes and techniques to create your own individually expressive tiles.  You will also participate in a Raku firing.  Workshop fee is $70 members / $75 non-members with a $5 per tile materials fee paid at workshop.

Next month, on Tuesday, February 26, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Elizabeth Carr, a watercolor, collage and acrylic artist, will be our special speaker.  She has won many awards and is an active member of the National Watercolor Society.  Her works are known for their bright, joyous colors and whimsical shapes.  Elizabeth’s Tuesday night program, called “Mess into Masterpiece,” will be followed by a workshop of the same name, on Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Participants in this workshop should take their unsuccessful artworks to the workshop.  Elizabeth will guide individuals in developing their failed artworks into masterpieces, using collage papers, acrylic paint and a little ink.  Each student will also create a collage of their own.  Workshop fee is $70 members / $75 non-members.

Sign up for a workshop by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Cookie Exchange Fun

Executive director Randy suggested we have a cookie exchange before the holidays last month. Participants would bring 36 cookies, half would go to Carol’s kitchen & half would be shared. About 16 people participated.

Randy suggested Carol’s kitchen who feed people who need meals and give out food. It has a sad story as to how it came about (death of daughter and her hubbie in car accident),

The cookies were delicious. Thanks to everyone who joined in. We look forward to doing it again next year.

Cookies to exchange
cookies gathering for Carol’s kitchen


“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“The Watercolorist’s Guide to Painting Trees” 7758.4 by Ferdinand Petrie

This is a starter book. The author paints from photos (we all do, at times). Of course, the photo must have the elements of good composition and color. “Trees” show the photos (by John Shaw) and, on the opposite page, what Petrie has done in watercolor.

I was disappointed that the author chose to copy the photograph as closely as possible. In most respects I thought the photo better.

Having said that, I’ll credit Petrie with subtle color and depicting accurately the silhouettes of the many different species of trees. He uses opaque drybrush to suggest the lacy quality of  a willow or similar tree.

Also on the positive side, he shows and tells how to paint trees in confusing situations such as a heavy fog (Davy’s Gray and yellow ochre in a graded wash with a foreground of Davy’s Gray and ultramarine).

All in all, this is an excellent book for the beginner. Petrie solves many problems of intricate leafage against  a dark background by using gouache (opaque watercolor). While not acceptable into juried transparent watercolor exhibits like Watercolor West, this technique is an easy solution.

Take a look at this book! See if you are challenged to take the author’s painting and put your own unique composition, design and artistic slant in order to carry it into a further stage.

I remember a cautionary advice from Millard Sheets. “No square inch of a painting should be exactly like another—either change the value or the color.” Petrie’s work would be more interesting if he had done that.

I add my own thought: when painting from a photo, remember your eye sees more than the camera. “Be a creator—not a copier!”

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