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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 Suzanne Burke

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Annual Dinner Tony Gail
Candy Glendening, Website Design

 

 

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: 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

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

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