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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

Danielle Wallis 10/27 Program

From Studio Art to Social Art, by Danielle Giudici Wallis

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

The Tuesday Program is Free and open to the public.

Danielle Giudici Wallis will be presenting an overview of her work beginning with her early sculptural metalwork, and discussing the transition to more temporal materials and methods. She has moved from a solitary studio practice as an object maker, towards more of a social practice model which includes large and small collaborative projects.

Danielle is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her MFA from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Grant, the James Borelli Fellowship in Art, the Anita Squires Memorial Fund in Photography and a fellowship from the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.   Her   work has been exhibited widely in the Bay area and beyond, including shows at Catharine Clark Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, A.I.R. in New York, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor which holds one of her artist’s books in their Achenbach collection. She was nominated twice for SFMOMA’s SECA Award and participated in the American debut of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. Most recently, she has been exploring social and collaborative practices.
Mobile Garden    33” x 35” x 91” 
Metal, reclaimed wood, plants,

synthetic grass, bicycle tires and hitch, 2013

Examples of this include her “Beating Invasives” project, which was part of the Riverside Art Museum’s “Art Make,” and a series of collaborative artists’ books with letterpress printer, Marie Dern. Her administrative work has become a complementary medium as she explores larger collaborative projects, bringing organizations and communities together through the arts.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County.


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September Pastels Program

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts! with Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig will talk about the Soft Pastel medium on Tuesday, September 26th at 7.00 pm. Programs are free and open to the public. She intends present an A-Z regarding soft pastels, types of paper and techniques. Here’s what Angela has to say about pastels:

Pastels are little gems of pure color! As a medium, they are fun to use and can be incorporated into your artistic works in a variety of ways! Their explosive and vibrant color make your paintings sing, however, many artists often under estimate the fantastic nature of this medium. Artist Angela Koenig will join us on September 26th at 7:00 pm to kick off our new season, and will answer your questions and help you to understand   what makes pastels such a great medium for artists!

Choosing the right pastel is critical and depends upon your use and technique. Angela will explain how to get started with your own collection of colors and most importantly how to keep the colors clean and glowing in your work! Additionally, the presentation will include several substrate options and painting techniques for use of this flexible medium with a number of different mixed media options. We will learn about pastels and their unique qualities; you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of pastels, literally from soup to  nuts!

Over the years, Angela Koenig has developed her artistic skills using a variety of different media, including pastels, encaustics, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as Chinese brush and mixed media. Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinctive style as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects which range from impressionistic and representational work to abstraction.  In her  mission statement Angela describes her personal artistic orientation - “Most artists concentrate on the visible. I strive to capture what is underneath the superficial layer to convey the very essence of my subjects. I’m not just putting a brush to canvas. Every stroke is an untold story: every painting reflects a vision of vitality and spirit.”  Her work is prismatically vibrant and aesthetically  complex.

As an award winning artist, Angela participates in a number of invitational shows, including the San Dimas Festival of Arts, and was one of only three American artists featured by the Escondido Museum of Art in a recent showing of international Encaustic works. She has been asked to give presentations on a variety of mediums as well as conduct workshops and demonstrations for various regional art groups.  Her work has been featured in several magazines, and she is currently a working member of the Critical Eye Studio, and well as the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council.


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.

Featured Artists

McLaughlin & Rideout 10/28-11/18

Wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Diana McLaughlin and her son Casey Rideout are having a joint featured artist show because they have a shared interest in art; Diana’s medium is oils, Casey’s is photography.  They enjoy sharing ideas and talking about composition and color, thus thought it would be fun to do a joint show.  Our work will focus primarily on work from the California Central Coast where Casey lives and works and Diana lives part-time.

Diana H. McLaughlin Biography

I came to art late in life, after teaching elementary school, raising 3 children and working with community non-profits.  I enjoyed art classes while studying for a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and was always very aware of and creatively inspired by nature and my daily environment, but never actively participated in recreating it artistically.

I began taking oil painting and drawing instruction in earnest soon after my youngest child left for college. I’ve enjoyed classes at UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve also taken classes from skilled artists Lucille Van Wollfersdorf, Ken Auster, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Huse, Carol Marine, Dennis Hare and Martha Cowan.  I take weekly inspiration and advice from my artists’ group, Critical Eye Studio.

My inspiration comes from my travels as well as daily life. I paint landscapes, still life and animals.

Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and, to my great surprise, was awarded 1st place in the RAA Multimedia Mini Show.  My work has been juried into several local art competitions and is in private and public collections. My work may be seen at

Diana’s Artist Statement

To me, art represents more than an object, rather hundreds of hours of mistakes, experimentations and successes. You are looking at days of frustrations, then moments of pure joy when it all works. I love the process and, sometimes, the outcome.

Biography: Casey Rideout

I was born in Los Gatos, CA. After short stays in Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest my family moved to Redlands, CA, where I spent the remainder of my childhood. As a boy I would make forts in and among the orange groves and canyons that have all but disappeared from the area. The taste of stolen oranges and the smell of blossoms are fond memories of my childhood.

I first took notice of photography as an art during a summer stay with my grandparents. Their guest bedroom, where I was staying, doubled as a darkroom. Examples of their work hung on the walls along with certificates from photo competitions that they had earned. Looking back, I think I was just interested because the pictures were of people that weren’t a part of my family, they were different and interesting. In retrospect I realize that my grandparents were capturing singular moments in time. Fleeting experiences that were easy to miss but had been made eternal because my grandparents took notice and captured them on film. When I finally put my hands on a camera of my own I felt like I’d found the lens through which I could view life.

My camera is my license to wander, to walk slowly through the world, taking notice of the small moments of beauty that are so easily missed. I’ve found a wonderful subject in the Central Coast of California, where long, sandy beaches are interrupted by jagged, rocky coastlines and grassy hillsides are patched with green vineyards.

My recent work has focused on the stretch of coastline between Montaña de Oro State Park, just south of Los Osos, and Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. I lean toward using long exposures to smooth out the surging tides and isolate my subjects and the light that plays across them. I find myself shooting both B&W and color photos in equal numbers, choosing B&W to capture the contrast of light and shadow, and color when the vibrancy of the natural world cannot be denied.


Bruce Herwig 10/7-27

Reception: Saturday, October 7 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Redlands Photo Enthusiast Bruce Herwig will be displaying his photography, coloring books and love for all things Redlands.

Light refreshments served. Attendees will have their choice of free coloring pages. Free and open to the public.

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16 - October 7

Reception: Saturday, Sept 23 4:30-6:30

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2017

As the days grow shorter I'm sure you are all grateful for the cooler temperatures and I imagine the plein air painters and photographers will be enjoying more opportunities for practicing their art.

As usual we have a packed calendar for the next month.  Our featured artists will be Bruce Herwig, photographer, followed by Diana McLaughlin.

Soon it will be time to be preparing your work for the next take-in for Autumn Gold on Oct. 20th. (If you have wall art please ensure that you have a wire for hanging.  This will ensure you do not get a phone call from the hard-working hanging committee asking you to pick up your work and adjust it.)

We are approaching that busy time of year that gives all of us an opportunity to display and sell.  Art For Heavens Sake on Oct. 13, 14, 15 will feature several of our artists along with other fine work.  This is followed closely by Art On State Street on October 29th.  There are still places left so if you have thought about it don't wait to sign up for a table.  Such a bargain at $25.

The night before will be our second annual Halloween party combined with the reception for Autumn Gold, that is October 28th. from 6-8.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening.  The suggested costume theme is "your favorite dead artist". There will be great snacks and movies again.

We are continuing with details of our refurbishing (see "Behind The Scenes" for more) and the compliments continue to roll in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make the gallery sparkle.

So, even though events in the news can be depressing, we artists and our clients provide a balance by continuing to value and reflect the beauty of our world.

Thank you for doing that.  It is so important at this time.

Maggie Macro, RAA President

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