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RAA News June/July 2015

No July Newsletter

As always, there will be no July newsletter. Any new information will continue to be posted on the website. Therefore, the next newsletter deadline will be Thursday, August 6. The easiest way to submit something for publication is the form found here on our website.

Thanks, and I hope you find lots of time to make art this summer!

Candy Glendening, Website Design

How to Market Your Art

In preparation for the upcoming Fall Art Show season, the RAA is hosting an afternoon workshop for all artists.

We as artists are notoriously bad at promoting ourselves. I know from experience, I hear and hang onto negative comments about my work, rather than bathing in the positive words of encouragement from fellow artists, friends and customers. We have to build a clientele and it’s hard work for new and established artists. We have to find people who like our art and are prepared to “bite” and buy it, and it doesn’t always happen the first few times we dip our toes into this pond.

In this workshop we intend to cover some of the following areas: marketing, social and digital media, which can be confusing at times, photographing work for submission to shows or on line market places, preparing a newspaper submission or writing a brief artist statement and don’t forget the business cards.

It will be a nominal fee, date and speakers to be announced.

Liz Coviello, President

Volunteers Needed:

We need one volunteer for each of these two positions:

  • Housekeeper – 4 hours work per show.
  • Historian

If you are interested in either of these positions then please contact one of the Gallery Coordinators.

Many thanks,

Liz Coviello, President

Artist’s First Friday Reception – Summertime

The first reception will be held on Friday June 26th from 5-6.30pm in the RAA Gallery, 215, State Street.

I know there are Featured Artist Receptions, but how often do the rest of us, race down to the gallery and look at the new exhibit, and pat ourselves on the back for such good work? So, take the opportunity, bring friends and family down to see your work and that of fellow artist. Its your turn to brag and be applauded! The POS will be open for sales. Please bring a few “nibbles” for the table and we will supply some soft drinks and napkins.

Look forward to seeing you all there,

Liz Coviello, President

Rosemary Rendell Baker – A Bonnie Scottish Lass

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A dear friend, 30 year member and patron of MCAEEF (Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund) and the Redlands Art Association passed away on May 12, 2015 at the age of 95.

I first met Rosemary shortly after moving to Redlands in 1985 in fact, she was the volunteer on duty that day at the RAA gallery at it’s former location, (I believe on Citrus) She was enthusiastic and effervescent as she regaled my daughter Bronwyn and I of all the benefits of becoming a member and living in Redlands.

I did not join then but ten years later I did and became a member of the MCAEEF committee meeting Rosemary again who was serving as the treasurer of MCAEEF with the same enthusiasm and effervescence as when we first met.

Over the years she was very active in volunteering and supporting RAA and all the fundraising projects that MCAEEF sponsored especially the Cinema Classic Film series. She was a strong supporter of art education and expressed that support by giving generously of her time and considerable monetary donations.

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Over the years we spent many joyful times together just sharing, singing sometimes (she loved to sing and dance) and I loved listening to her anecdotes of her many travels around the world, her life growing up in Scotland, her husband, and her family.

One of her most memorable statements was when I interviewed her a few years ago for the video ‘ART IS COOL’ (on the RAA website under movies) where she stated her enjoyment of being part of the RAA “… I walked into the gallery and Margaret Clark was sitting there and asked if I would like to join I said I am no artist and she said there were other volunteer jobs that I could do.. so I joined and worked on the newsletter, took turns sitting at the Gallery, attending classes on Saturdays where nobody said – “that’s awful” they were always encouraging. I have got a lot from my association with the RAA – I have enjoyed the atmosphere of the association, the get togethers.. I had to stop volunteering because of my husband’s illness but I feel very comfortable going into the gallery – I still feel it’s my home”.

You will always have a home with us Rosemary and thank you for your gift of $10,000 which will help us to continue to provide art education.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Annette Weis, co-ordinator Redlands Cinema Classic

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Smiley Arts Attack Show

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Once again the children of Smiley Elementary School have shown their amazing talents to the community. The annual Smiley Arts Attack Show was on display May 21st. The Arts Attack Program has been a great success for 10 years at Smiley. The program is enthusiastically supported by the Smiley PTA, Teachers, and financially through the Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund. (MCAEEF)

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“Art is not just for artists,” Margaret Clark once said. “Success in art gives a child greater self-esteem. Then he can learn better”

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Sandy Davies, Suzanne Burke, Liz Coviello

Suzanne Burke, Education Committee

Annual Pot Luck

Our Annual Member’s meeting/pot luck dinner was held on Wednesday, June third, and a great time was had by all. Many of the committee chairs gave a short report, and the new members of the Board and Operating Committee were announced (see the whole list here).

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2015-16 Operating Committee

Our new president, Liz Coviello, gave us a preview of some exciting new ideas she has for us. And as always, we ate lots of delicious food provided for us by us! Sparhawk took a few pictures of the festivities:

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Annual Dinner Gail Janine Won

Annual Dinner group

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Annual Dinner Herwigs

Annual Dinner Jerry Meeker

Annual Dinner Larry Harvill

Annual Dinner Lori Powell

Annual Dinner Maggie Evelyn

Annual Dinner Prez Liz

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Annual Dinner Shirley Evelyn Christine --

Annual Dinner Suzanne Burke

Annual Dinner Suzanne Karen

Annual Dinner The Brits

Annual Dinner Tony Gail
Candy Glendening, Website Design

 

 

Programs & Workshops

September 26 Program: Pastels with Angela Koenig

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts!

by 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: gallery@redlandsartassociaton.org 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: gallery@redlandsartassociation.org

Featured Artists

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

September 2017

I'm sure we will all be breathing a sigh of relief as we head into cooler days, and let's be thankful that no fires or floods are surrounding us and spare some thoughts for those affected.

August has been a very lively month in the gallery and, even though we were closed for a week for the refurbish, our sales have been strong. (Please read about our stalwart refurbish volunteers in Behind the Scenes this month)

We reopened the gallery August 11th for our take-in, while the carpet was still being hung on the walls!  However, it all came together on Sunday 13th when we had a joint reception for our gallery show and the talented young guest artists, Jen Nguyen and Alex Torres. We had a really nice crowd in the gallery with, of course, many comments about the new look.

During the following week we also featured Art from The Archives for sale in the main gallery, where we had a wide variety of art available. A wonderful opportunity to buy great art by some of our former members and other artists.

A week later our very own Sandy Davies showed her watercolors and Judith Sparhawk her photography, as our guest artists.  Sandy's husband Bill drew a crowd by parking their Austin Healey outside and telling tales of their adventures in it while he poured the wine.  We think it should be there for every show!  Another lively crowd filled the galleries and there may never have been such a big attendance before.

You can look forward to seeing the amazing water colors of Joanna Mersereau as out guest this month as well our gallery show Wild Wild West.  The reception for both will be Sept. 16th. at 4.30. There is a plan afoot to have music at receptions; I hope it works.

Finally, don't forget the film series begins on Sept.19.

I hope to see you at an event.

Maggie Macro

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