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RAA News June/July 2014

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner

The RAA’s 2014 Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner was held at the home of Larry Harvill and Evelyn Ifft on Tuesday, June 3rd. Good company, delicious food and delightful conversations were enjoyed by all.

Judith Sparkhawk shared some pictures of the festivities with us:


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Larry Harvill was master of ceremonies and introduced the operating committee members. A complete list of the operating committee and Board of Directors can be found on the website under the “About” tab.

Candy Glendening, Website/Newsletter

Website Updated!

RAA squareOur website has been updated to reflect our new branding!

Last Fall, graphic design classes in three local colleges were invited to create a new ‘Identity Package’ for RAA. Over 30 college students and their professors participated in the effort. In December, the four best designs were presented to RAA’s member juror team; experienced graphic artists Grace Fermier, Jan Harvey and Karen Mahmoudi. Their unanimous choice was the package created by a team of senior graphic design students from the Art Institute in San Bernardino. The design is colorful and versatile and communicates what we do here at the art center.

We’ve been implementing this branding with new signs and paint on the outside of the gallery, paper collateral is being updated, our social media sites have made the switch and now the website also reflects this bold new look with a fresh outlook on what it means to be a member of the RAA; Creativity starts here!

As you’re browsing the new site, if things look funky or run really slow, you should clear your browser cache, here’s how (if you’ve never done this before, you’re in for a treat, everything will run faster!). I hope you find the site useful and inspirational.

Candy Glendening, Website Designer and Textile Artist

Pics from Charlie Ciali Program & Workshop

People who attended Charlie Ciali’s Monotype Program and Workshop, on May 27th & May 31st, enjoyed, learned and experienced so much.   Charlie is truly an outstanding artist, instructor and individual!

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Submitted by Lori Powell

Upcoming Workshops

Creative Clay Teapots w/ Marijke Terwisscha

Always a fantastical, creative experience!  For more info check out the summer schedule in the RAA Gallery or on the RAA website. Picture: marijke

Two Saturdays:

  • June 14; 9 am -4 pm and
  • June 21; 10 am – 3pm

Workshop Fee:  RAA members $90 / non-members $95 with a $20 materials and raku firing fee paid to the instructor on the first class.  No experience necessary!

Twisted Toys w/ Richard Freund

Create unbelievably imaginative toys, while learning methods of joining all sorts of objects and unusual acrylic painting methods.

  • Saturday, June 28; 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Workshop Fee:  RAA members $85 / non-members $95

Oil Painting w/ Chick Curtis

Informative instruction that is individualized and inspirational.

  • Sundays, June 22, 29, July 6, 13 & 20; 10:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  RAA members $70 / non-members $75

Watercolor w/ Ed Sotello

Integrates creativity with instruction of basic skills, design and composition.

  • Thursdays, July 3,10, 17, 24 & 31; 7 – 9:00 pm
  • Class Fee:  RAA members $70 / non-members $75

Sign up by calling or visiting the RAA Gallery.


Submitted by Lori Powell


Fall Artist’s Way Class Forming

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, September 10, 2014 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, September 17th , 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 email


Downtown Redlands Artwalk June 15th

Join us on Sunday, June 15th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm when we participate in the Downtown Redlands Artwalk.  The Redlands Art Association is excited to be able to provide free children’s art activities to the community as part of the artwalk events!  Stop by the RAA gallery to make a clay animal sculpture, collage a small journal or watercolor a Father’s Day card for Dad!

Local artists will be exhibiting their works in the alleys and sidewalks of downtown Redlands accompanied by performances from local bands and solo artists. Swing by Ed Hales Park to feast on the crab and crawfish boil! Grab a beer or a glass of wine by Ritual Brewery, Hangar 24 or State Street Winery in the beer and wine garden adjacent to the park.

For more information on the artists, musicans and local businesses that will be participating in the Downtown Redlands Artwalk, visit DTR Artwalk on Facebook (

Art Venues include:

  • Augie’s Coffee House
  • Alley Gallery
  • OneLove Deluxe
  • Parliament Chocolate
  • The Vault Martini Bar
  • A Shop Called Quest
  • JD Myers
  • Redlands Art Association
  • Ozel Jewelers
  • The Mitten Building
  • Greater Good Coffee Company
  • Katz Alley
  • Citrus Dental Plaza
  • STB Gallery
  • The Lounge 22
  • 5th Street Alley (next to oscars)
  • City Plaza walk way
  • Wilson’s Classic
  • Fleur De Lis
  • Stone Wheel Olive Oil Co.


“Let Love Grow” Raffle Fundraiser

LetLoveGrow1City Alive Inc. is excited to present their first Spring Campaign to fight poverty in Redlands, CA. “Let Love Grow” is a raffle fundraiser offering tickets for sale at $25 each for the chance to win a grand prize of a year of free lawn care for a Yucaipa, Mentone or Redlands resident provided by Community Works, a program of City Alive Inc. Additional prizes include 2, 1 month of free lawn care services and a dozen “Let Love Grow” t-shirts designed by local small business Art Renew. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Tickets will be available starting May 22nd and closing on June 28th. Winners will be announced on June 30th on-line at and with a follow-up phone call or email. Additional t-shirts will be sold post-raffle at with $5 of your purchase being donated to Community Works.

Community Works is one program developed by Verhoef to realize City Alive’s mission. On the outside Community Works looks like another average lawn care service but at its heart Community Works is an employment development program hiring individuals who are unable to personally sustain stable housing and who have been unable to find work due to a lack of job history. Interns work for the lawn care program while taking part in life-coaching and organized mentoring. After 6 months they will have developed a savings account, stable housing, and an updated resume which they have used to be hired by another employer. Those participating with the Community Works program are a part of an accountable community, know the future they are striving for, and have a record of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.

City Alive Inc. was established in 2011 with a mission to inspire, bridge, educate, and coach for the alleviation of poverty. Director Joel R. Verhoef established this non-profit with the belief that “every person has value, talent, and dreams.” Verhoef stated, “Everyone, especially those who for one reason or other have been convinced their value, talents, and dreams are “less than” those of another, is an asset just waiting to contribute their gifts to make the place where they live better for all. City Alive develops asset-based strategies to uncover the treasures that are hidden in our city.”

Funds raised from the “Let Love Grow” campaign will go to support Community Works’ general operating needs such as payroll, insurance, equipment needs and repairs. Will you join us to “Let Love Grow” in Redlands?

Submitted by Melanie Papp, City Alive Inc. Communications Director


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

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16th - October 7th

Reception: Sunday, Sept 23rd 3 - 5pm

I believe that everything is connected—the earth, the sea, all life forms and the universe. My way of showing this philosophy is in my technique of “see-through” arcs and lack of perspective.

Unlike usual perspective which places objects in the foreground as larger, in my paintings size does not matter. As in sumi scrolls, the higher in the painting, the farther is the object. In my paintings, an object can be the same size, whether in foreground or background.

My intention is for the viewer to be engrossed visually in the painting, with the eye continuing to follow new paths in lines, planes and values. The painting is successful if the viewer sees traditional objects which morph into semi-abstract design, then back into representation, a circular path.

Currently my paintings are vertical half sheets, with an underpainting of watercolor and vertical or horizontal dashes in gouache on top. The effect is one of a tapestry when viewed up close. When viewed farther away, the painting becomes one of a usual watercolor.”

Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

August 2017

Hello Everyone!  This is your new president, Maggie Macro. I have lived in Redlands just three years and joined RAA immediately.  I was asked to join the Operating Committee in my first year. Consequently, there are many people who do not know me, so if you see me please introduce yourself if I do not get to you first.

I am taking over at a very exciting time.  As I'm sure you know, we are closing the gallery next week for a major overhaul.  Our new VP, Stephanie Heaston, is leading this endeavor along with her husband and many helpers.  When we reopen on August 11 you can expect to see new carpet on the walls to show off the wall work, newly painted pedestals for the three dimensional work and a new modern desk area. The gallery attendants will be happy to have a comfortable chair to work from which they are going to be choosing soon!

Of course, we are hoping that this new image will increase our sales and visibility in the community, as there are still so many people, even those who have lived here for years, who do not know of our existence.

We now send out the quarterly postcards with our upcoming events and those of us on the board take them to venues in the community.  It would help a great deal if you could come by the gallery and pick up a few to distribute to family, friends and venues and in doing so you will be able to see our improvements and appreciate anew what a wonderful asset this is to Redlands and surrounding areas.

The board consists of a mixture of old and new members and if you are a new member of RAA you will not know any of us.  In the coming months look for a profile of each of us in the newsletter.

Thank you for belonging to RAA.  I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability.  Here's to a great year!

Maggie Macro, RAA President