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RAA News June/July 2012

Annual RAA Potluck and Meeting

Early in June, many of our members met at the annual pot luck dinner on June 6.  New officers and committee heads for next year were installed, and members of both our Board of Directors and the MCAEEF committee were introduced as well. The new MCAEEF five-minute film was introduced and shown by Annette Weiss – a good time was had by all. A complete list of all the members of these three important groups of people can be found here on the RAA website

Here is a gallery of pictures of the event taken by Judith Sparhawk:

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Newsletter:  A Reminder

Every summer the newsletter goes on a brief hiatus. If you have time sensitive information, it can be posted on the website under “upcoming events”. Also, featured artists are always welcome to send their artist bios and pictures, their information will be added to the website as soon after receipt as possible.

The deadline for the next newsletter will be Thursday, August 2nd. The best way to submit is to use the form on our website here: or by emailing:

Suggested submission guidelines:

  • Emailing info in plain text with minimal formatting.
  • Don’t type things to be emphasized in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • Only use the return key at the end of a paragraph; when you get to the end of a line in your email or text editing program those words are going to wrap around to the next line.
  • Email lots of pictures—attach them to your email using the button that usually looks like a paper clip.  The files should be either .jpgs or .tiffs, the higher quality (larger number of pixels) the better.

Many ThanksGrace Fermier & Candy Glendening

Smiley Elementary “Arts Attack” Art Show

This picture was taken at the Spring Annual Art Show at Smiley Elementary School . One piece by each student in the school is displayed, grouped according to particular lessons in design in the schools comprehensive Arts Attack program.  Standing by this display is Susanne Burke who coordinates this school program. Displayed here is a project done by the fifth grade students of Mrs. Jenelle Barnes, illustrating pointillism.  Each child received a small square of this design by George Seurat and then translated it to a larger paper using the artist’s technique. All pieces were then reassembled full size.  The MCAEEF committee of the RAA is pleased to continue funding the Arts Attack program with our grants for art education in the schools.

Janet Edwards

Open Air Art for Open Space

The 8th annual Open Air Art for Open Space show, co-sponsored by the RAA and the Redlands Conservancy, will be on exhibit in the Featured Artist space of the RAA gallery from June 4-21. Note the date change for our reception, which will be held on Saturday, June 16th, from 1-3 p.m. Intrepid ‘plein air’ artists have been out painting in the rain, the heat, and the few much-appreciated balmy days of May to record their impressions for our theme this year, which is “The Churches of Redlands”. We might have painted YOUR church, so come in to the RAA gallery and have a look.

Ginger Pena

Celebrating Cowboy Heritage

Redlands will be celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy with a week’s worth of excitement.  There will be concerts, demonstrations, food and fashion, storytelling and so much more.  Many of the events will help raise money for the Redlands High School historical mural project.  Highlighting the concerts will be performances feature two award winning Western music artists, Belinda Gail and Dave Stamey.  For more information about the mural project and a schedule of events go to the “Community Events” tab on the RAA website:

Randy Hill

Plein Air First Presbyterian Church

As recorded in the minutes of the Los Angeles Presbytery for September 20, 1887, “The Presbyterian Church of the East San Bernardino Valley “ was organized on July 7, 1887 with eight members and two elders.  On October 29, l887 the Citrograph reported the certificate of the incorporation of the First Presbyterian Church had arrived from the office of the California Secretary of State.  For the first two years services were held in a school house, at the Baptist tent and in theHamilton building.  In December l888 Judson and Brown donated two lots at the corner of Fourth and Vine which were later exchanged for lots at the corner of Cajon and Vine, the current location. Ground was broken for the church in April 1889 with twenty members and the church was completed in September.  By l890 there were 46 members. By 1898 there was a need for a larger sanctuary which was completed in January 1899.  The church kept growing and more buildings were added, but they were all sold to the Contemporary Club and relocated. The new church, with a Sunday school addition, was dedicated on March 26, l905.  The next building project took place in l957 when John Knox Fellowship Hall and Christian Education facilities were dedicated. A tragic fire completely destroyed the old church on June 29, l967 and the present church was built and dedicated on June 14, 1970.

We are making plans to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Redlands First Presbyterian Church.  So far we know we will have a banquet on October 27 and a special church service on the 28, the installation of a peace pole, and we’d like very much to have Plein Aire artists draw images of the church. Our thoughts are to combine a concert with the artists’ display and reception in John Knox Hall the night of the banquet on the 27th.  The art could be sold to members and friends that evening. The art work could be on display in the Narthex for the special Sunday service, or leave it in JKH for fellowship after the service.

Our church is multicultural with members joining us from Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, and Cameroon. We host Youth Hope, an organization for homeless Redlands kids, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6.  Our sanctuary has recently been refurbished and in the Narthex. we have a beautiful large stain glass picture that had been a window in the 1905 church and survived the fire.

The Plein Air will take place on October 1 through 5, giving the artist time to complete and frame their artwork; also in case the weather does not cooperate we’d be able to easily change the date.

 Helen Waitz

Contact info: (909) 794-3860

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