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RAA News June/July 2013

Minutes from MCAEEF

The MCAEEF Committee met at Jerrry Meeker’s home and he presided on Tuesday, May 14, 2012.


  1. Members decided to grant $1500.00 to CHILD HELP USA, an arts therapy program for abused children in Beaumont, Ca.
  2. It was decided that grants for art supplies and teachers will be granted to elementary schools as usual, but to also include junior high and high schools.
  3. The foreign films at the Krikorian eontinue to exceed  expectations.  The French film, “in the House,” proves that the human mind, behavior and will are the most fascinating of subjects.  Look forward to the fall selections.
  4. MCAEEF will meet again September 4, 2013.


Ed Sotello

Annual Potluck Meeting

Groups pic plus any others you’d like. Judith sent these to you, right?

The annual RAA Potluck Meeting was held last week at the United Church of Christ on Bellvue in Redlands. Our artists are great cooks too, we all had a wonderful meal. Larry Harvill, the Chair of the Board of Directors provided us with an overview of the budget and shared some exciting dreams and outlooks to how the RAA can grow.

President Gail Brownfield shared with the room how each member of the operating committee brought their special skills and talents to work for the RAA. There is so much talent in our group.

Candy Glendening, Website

Drawing Teachers needed

REDClogoThe Redlands Conservatory of Arts and Sciences is in search for an artist to teach drawing classes to young students ages 7-15 during the 2013 summer.

Please contact the Redlands Conservatory at 909-798-9777 or email for more information.

Sculpture: Lost Wax Bronze Casting Workshop

Learn how to make small sculpture and cast bronze in this 6 day workshop with Raúl Acero at the University of Redlands where he is a professor of art, the class will cover making small sculptures, mold making, wax techniques and the actual casting of the sculptures. All levels of students are welcome, including beginners.

The class session is from July 22nd to July 27th from 6-8:30 P.M.

The workshop fee is $ 425.00 all materials are included

Space is limited  for more information go to

Request from the Adult Education Coordinator

Art classes, programs and workshops are for you; you’re growth, enjoyment and enrichment.  Therefore, it would be good to know your needs, desires and recommendations.  Is there a class you would like offered or a particular artist/ instructor you recommend?  Do you have ideas for programs and/or workshops?

To better serve you, your input is welcome!  Let me know directly via email:

Lori Powell, Adult Education

Red Barn Art Show

Sponsored by Red Barn Furniture Company, 512 3rd Street, Redlands, cross street Stuart St. They are looking for artists interested in displaying artworks on June 29, 3 to 7 pm. No entry fees, no commission. There will also be music. For more information contact Brandon Gonzalez at 909-239-5102 or

Creative Clay Teapots with Marijke Terwisscha

Back by popular demand:

marijke teapot

Marijke creates teapots that are imaginative, fanciful and often whimsical little sculptures.  In this workshop, Marijke will guide you in creating your own, unique and individually expressive teapot.  During the first class you will make your clay creation.  During the second class you will use Marijke’s glorious glazes and make your teapot come alive with color. Your teapot will then be raku fired.  Don’t miss this creative opportunity!  No experience necessary.

Two-Day Class (Two Saturdays):

July 6 from 9am to 4pm and

July 13 from 10am to 3pm

Class Fee:  $65 RAA members / $70 non-members with a $10 materials fee paid to instructor at first class.

To sign up, call or visit the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands  (909) 792-8435

Lori Powell, Adult Education Chair                 

marijke teapot 2

2013 Workshop Schedule for Richard Freund

Prepare to Stretch your Imagination.  Let your Mind run Free.   Liberate your Inhibitions.

You will learn how to join all sorts of objects, as well as unusual acrylic painting techniques that will give your assemblage creations a whole new look and feel; transforming the Found Objects into new and mysterious Works of Art.

Fancy-n-Fabulous, Fun-n-Freaky, Flatware

Sunday, July 28, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

The title says it all.

In this one day workshop, you will learn what all can be done when you combine Found Objects with simple pieces of Flatware.  There are many possibilities for art involving Spoons, Forks and Knives.

Will you go home with several separate art pieces, or a creation that combines them all into one grand display?

Busted Books

Sunday, September 1, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

Bookworms Beware, as these Busted Books will be Barely recognizable, and not at all  readable, after this one day workshop where you will alter them and convert them into Barely Believable, works of art.

Take home your own artistic creation based on “literature”.

NOTE:  Richard will provide the books

Unordinary Ornaments

Sunday, December 8, 9:30 – 5:30,  $90 / $80 RAA members

In this one day workshop, you will take unlikely objects and transform them  into a Strangely Attractive or perhaps Odd Ornament.  Either way, Your creation will most likely be a most Unordinary Ornament.

Will your Ornament adorn a Christmas Tree ???

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

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