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RAA News June 2011

Annual Meeting

The RAA annual meeting was held Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The pot-luck dinner was well attended, there was lots of great food to eat. New officers and the entire slate of the 2011-2012 Operating committee were introduced, the complete list can be found here. Larry Harvill introduced the new Board of Directors, the list of those members can be found here. Jerry Meeker provided a brief report from MCAEEF (our art education fund committee). Larry Harvill then gave an award to Janet Edwards, for her years of service to the RAA in so many capacities. The final item on the agenda was Evelyn Ifft, walking those in attendance through the architectural renderings of the proposed addition to our gallery. After the meeting adjourned, people had lots of fun flipping through old scrapbooks, thoughtfully brought by historian Liz Coviello.

A photo gallery with lots of picture (most taken by Judith Sparhawk) can be found here.

Candy Glendening, Newsletter Editor

Art in the Park

This May’s “Art in the Park” had very cool temperatures which made for lovely show. There were lots of people roaming about, and many artworks went to new homes. The central cashier location made it easy for artists to make sales, because there was no change to make! Member Kristy Bergeson spent some time interviewing the exhibiting artists, the movie is embedded right here for your enjoyment.

Candy Glendening, Newsletter Editor

Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja Wins Award

At the recent juried national orange show I won two awards for my “standing tall” entry in the citrus theme, the piece stood tall, won 2nd place & purchase award!

Submitted by Davies-Aiyeloja

Loss in the RAA Extended Family

Dr. George Riday, Artist, Professor, Minister, Army Chaplain,

Yes, George Riday was all those things, and many more. He died on Wednesday, May 25, at 99 years of age.

George was a long time member and supporter of the Redlands Art Association. Always interested in art, in retirement he became a watercolorist, often going on long painting trips or local painting excursions with his watercolorist friend and mentor, Don O’Neill, also an RAA member.

George had a doctoral degree and was a college professor of psychology, and as a skilled counselor was often sought out for his wise and caring counsel.

An ordained Baptist minister, he enlisted in the U. S. Army as a chaplain during the Second World War. He landed on the beach at Normandy on the third day of the great invasion, and went with the army in combat all the way to Berlin.

Our friend and fellow artist, George Riday, had a long and interesting life. He was always interested in what other artists were doing, and an appreciator of other people’s work. He will be missed.

– Francis Wiley

Upcoming Anime Teen Workshop

Darlene Douthit, Redlands Art Association teacher;  will be teaching a “Anime Teen Workshop”  at the Loma Linda Branch Library, it will be a hands on experience come join the fun!

  • 25581 Barton Rd. Loma Linda CA 92354
  • July 12th at 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • For information call 909-796-8621

Quick-Draw pet caricatures at Grand Opening of Redlands Dog Park

Darlene Douthit will be drawing Quick-Draw pet caricatures on site at the upcoming Grand Unleashing of the Grand Opening of the REDLANDS DOG PARK! June 12, 2011 time 12:00 pm for information Contact: PAWS 909-793-0898 website

The event is always filled with fun! She will be donating one colored caricatures (drawn at the event or from a photo for the raffle) Darlene offers free cartooning classes once a month at the Center for Spiritual Living Inland Empire call for information (909)-883-7171. Darlene teaches at Redlands art association fee $55.00 for 5 Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone 909-792-8435.

Pictured here is Darlene and her new Best Friend and inspiration, Charlie Brown! The caricature is Charlie Brown. He was rescued by the Riverside Humane Society and was one in a group of 200 dogs. Charlie is a piebald miniature Dachshund. He helped fill the loss of her 17 year old Dachshund Lobo and her 16 year old Chihuahua Dinky, who went to the Rainbow bridge. Darlene found Charlie at, Pet Smart and TLC Inland Empire, were all helpful. Charlie is two years old, full of energy and a bundle of love! She feels very lucky to have been able to adopt him!

Her love of animals and art began at an early age, she has been drawing, illustrating and painting portraits professionally for over 30 years. She worked as an illustrator for children’s books and magazines. She loves her work and is keeping prices down so pet lovers can afford to have a custom picture of their special furry friend. Her prices start at only $10.00 for a black and gray caricature bust, $15.00 for color.

Darlene Douthit • 909-886-1592 • •  DARLENEARTSTUDIO.COM

Note from an distant RAA member

Hi everyone. I miss RAA so much. I’ve been a member on and off for 35 years, so it’s out of the question to not maintain my membership. The commute from Santa Monica will not allow me to participate regularly.

Doug Ketchum has inspired me to write. I too am on ( and am doing pretty well. I just checked Doug’s site and he has some gorgeous pieces, a lot of interest and some sales. I think, as an RAA member on Etsy, it would be supportive  to contribute 10% of sales from an RAA member back to the association. Having a shop on Etsy is definitely worth considering.

– Karen Mahmoudi

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