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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

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