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RAA News January 2014

A “MCAEEF” Minute

Every RAA member should know about MCAEEF (Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund) because of how important MCAEEF activities are to the Association. Some of us fondly remember Margaret Clark and all she did for the Redlands Art Association. Some wouldn’t remember- it all goes back a ways. Margaret was and is our inspiration for promoting the visual art in Redlands and surrounding communities. If you would like to know more about Margaret Clark, please ask someone at the Association about her. It’s a fascinating story. The next time you’re at the gallery take a peek around the corner into the office. A painting of Margaret is on the wall. Her trademark “hat” is always prominent.

Did you know there is a MCAEEF committee that meets each month in an effort to keep Margaret Clark’s dream alive in our community. Just like everything RAA does, our committee puts the visual arts in the hands of individuals, young and a little older (more mature) to experience. We all understand how important this is for every person.

The MCAEEF committee uses, funds mostly generated by our Classic Film Series to provide classes, scholarships and awards to a wide variety of groups in the community. The MCAEEF committee wants you to be aware of what’s going on with these funds.

Look for A “MCAEEF” Minute in future newsletters. We’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on.

Thank You,

 MCAEEF committee

Take in Date Correction

The correct date the May Take-In is FRIDAY MAY 9.

The original date of May 2 conflicted with Vintage Redlands so we had to change ours.
Please notate your calendars and correct your list of 2014 Take-In Dates.

 RAA Library to be Liquidated = BARGAINS!

The Operating Committee has been struggling with the issues of our library and the intense need for more teacher’s storage.  Tuesday night it was decided to sell all the books in the library within the next few months (by April 1, 2014).  So we are offering all RAA members first choice in buying the books off the regular shelves on the “stage”.  The proceeds will go into a special fund for our new building.  The cost will be 1 book for $3 or 2 books for $5, to be paid at the front desk.  If you have books from the library at home please either pay for them or return to RAA shelves to sell.  THIS IS A BARGAIN SALE for a great cause!!!

It has been a wonderful library for a couple decades and as much a we love books, it seems the right time to let them go.  So many artists go online for instructions, ideas, how-to for everything from watercolor to woodworking.  A paper library is now a luxury that RAA cannot sustain.  But you can expand your personal library with any of the several hundred books that we have there!!  RAA members are given first rights to choose as soon as this newsletter is received.  Those that are not sold will then be added to the Joan Wiley Art Book Fair we will offer to the public later, maybe in May.  After that the remaining books will be donated to a good cause.

Our library has books in many categories, the largest being watercolor; next, oil and acrylic techniques, as well as art history, many craft books, colored pencil, drawing, design and color, famous artists, etc.  Buy for the  budding artists in your family.  Now is your chance to get new inspiration, especially if you are more comfortable with paper than computers, like many of us.  We appreciate that some of you will miss the library and for that we are sorry.  RAA is thankful for the numerous and generous donations of so many books through the years.  Many have enjoyed them.  Hopefully you will understand.  Thank you.

 Evelyn Ifft and Tia Shira

 

Redlands  Art  Association’s  Fifth Annual  Community Photo  Show

Call for entries for this annual event.  You do not need to be a member of RAA to enter your photographs in this show.  The theme of the show is open—your choice.  You may enter up to two framed photographs, $5 for one, $8 for two.  Frames must be wired on the back for hanging (no sawtooth hangers, please).  Your framed work must be identified on the back with your name and telephone number, and the photo’s title and price.

Take-in will be on Saturday, February15th  from 2 – 5 pm.  The show will be hung the following day, and will be available for viewing by the public during regular gallery hours, on Monday, February 17th,  through Saturday,  February 22nd.  Gallery hours are  from 10 am to 5 pm.  In addition, a reception will be held on Sunday February 23rd, from 2 to 5 pm.   Please invite friends and family to come enjoy refreshments and view the beautiful photography.  Your entries may be taken home at the end of the reception; otherwise they may be picked up the following Monday or Tuesday, at the gallery.

Judith Sparhawk

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: gallery@redlandsartassociaton.org 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: gallery@redlandsartassociation.org

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

Liz-Coviello