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RAA News March 2012

CHANGE IN TAKE IN DATE FOR APRIL

Take-in for April’s show will be THURSDAY April 27. We will hang on Friday, and thus be ready to celebrate Vintage Redlands on Friday evening.

Pat Meeker

“Welcome to Redlands” Art Show

Margaret Clark Gallery, Redlands High School, 840 E. Citrus Ave.

 Opening: March 18, 1:00-4:00

Also Open: March 24, 25, 31, April 1, 1:00-4:00 Or, by appointment. Call John Fisher, 909 838 5230

Fellow RAA Members, the take in for the “Welcome to Redlands” Show is almost complete. If you know of any “known” Redlands Artist (or unknown) that have used a “Redlands” theme in their work, would you invite them to show one of their pieces of art work. Not too big. Bring your own stand up easel if you have one. The show will be big enough to fill the library too. Be sure to join in on the festivities.

Take in is March 12-14. Deliver the work to the Margaret Clark Gallery, in the Library building just east of Grace Mullen Aud. (Do not take work to the RAA Gallery for this show!)

And if you invite an artist to show, and they are retired, could you please “host” them to the show since it requires some “navigation” to walk to the Gallery from the parking lot. We’re not all “high-school kids” anymore. There are maps in the RAA Gallery or in this article. Download the Artist info sheet by clicking on this link.

Email John Fisher for more info: jd.fish@verizon.net

The Eighth Annual OPEN AIR ART for OPEN SPACE SHOW

“Churches of Redlands”   Show Dates: June 4-21, 2012

All Plein Air artists are invited to paint on location at the beautiful and historic churches of Redlands, and to enter the resulting artworks for the Show-Within-A-Show at the Redlands Art Association gallery.  Take-in for artworks is on Saturday, June 2 from 12-4. The reception and awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arts Walk at the RAA gallery on Friday, June 15 from 5-7. Penny McElroy will judge the show for cash prizes: $150 for First Place, $100 for Second, $50 for Third as well as Honorable Mention ribbons.
The prospectus for the show, including paint out locations and dates, is available as a download on the RAA website, or as a handout in the RAA gallery.
Ginger Pena & Evelyn Ifft

Flower Power Show at RAA Gallery show

Oohh.. Aahh! Like fireworks, the beauty of the flower gets rave reviews from onlookers. Redlands Art Association’s Gallery and Art Center will burst with floral art in their ART ALIVE in Redlands! exhibit during the month of March/April. Florists will be invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 21 & 22. “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinator. “The floral creations of past have been beautiful, stunning, and sometimes whimsical.” Also on display will be art for the garden and patio in ceramics, glass, wood and metal.
ART ALIVE in Redlands! is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour the weekend of April 21 & 22. The Gallery will have special hours as a stop on the tour: Saturday, 10am to 6 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5pm.
Artist take-in for the Flower Show is Friday, March 23. For more information, call  909-792-8435.
Sandy Davies

News from MCAEEF

At the latest MCAEEF Meeting presided over by Jerry Meeker, a letter  was sent by Sherry Edwards expressing appreciation for the education grant to Lugonia and Franklin Elementary Schools. The grant was for grades K-5, and the children experienced art media such as watercolors, oil pastels and collage while learning the color wheel, mixing colors and art terms such as perspective, monochrome, polychrome and so forth.  Victoria Elementary was given a similar grant so the children there could have new art experiences that expand their knowledge of the arts.

Ed Sotello

The Art of Sharing

The Redlands Art Association has been providing a gallery for local artists and classes for upcoming artists of all ages since 1964. Our mission is to encourage and support the visual arts in the city of Redlands and neighboring communities. While our focas is centered on our gallery, we are always looking for ways to expand our presence in our community.

Recently, several of our artists’ works were highlighted in the 2011 Annual Financial Report for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association. Those artists included Judith Sparhawk, Kathleen Bryan, Richard Freund and Janet Edwards. Their work is prominently featured in the 115 page financial document.

We continue to look for opportunities to share our passion for the visual arts in our community. If you have ideas, suggestions or would like to feature our artists in your publications, please contact Randy Hill at the RAA (909) 792-8435.

Randy Hill

Agency Seeks Volunteer Instructor for 16-18 Year Olds

For Saturday, May 19, 2012

California Youth Connection (CYC) is a non-profit organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change.  CYC was founded by current and former foster youth in 1988 who believed in giving youth a voice in the decisions that affected their lives.

Every year CYC in collaboration with, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, San Bernardino County Foster Youth Services, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Independent Living Program, host the Foster Youth Summit for 150 current foster youth in San Bernardino County.  The summits main focus is to provide a space where youth can make recommendations for policy and practice change.

This year we want to provide these young adults with the opportunity to express their experiences or recommendations through creative expression.  In order to do this we are in need of your assistance. We are looking for volunteers such as yourself or your students who have experience in the following art forms; Visual Arts such as; sketching, drawing, pastel or dry oil painting and Performing Arts such as; poetry, spoken word, and theater.  You or your students will be teaching a small group of about 30 youth to express themselves in the chosen art form.  The last hour of the summit is dedicated to present both the recommendations and the creative art work to various members of the community including San Bernardino County Children and Family Services.

This year the Summit will be held on May 19, 2012 from 10am to 5:30pm.  The art workshop will be held from 1:20pm to 2:55pm at a location to be determined . If you or one of your students would like to assist with this event or have any questions please contact Tatianna Byrd at (909) 891-3559 or email at Tatianna.Byrd@hss.sbcounty.gov

Tatianna Byrd

Peer and Family Assistant of the Independent Living Program 

County of San Bernardino Children and Family Services

“Celebration of Arts and Architecture”

Join the Art Alliance, a Supporting Group of the Riverside Art Museum, for a day and evening long “Celebration of Arts and Architecture” on Saturday, April 28, 2012.   Start the day with a self-guided tour of the artist studios of Helen Bell, Charles Bibbs, Tiffany Brooks, Judy Davies, Paulden Evans, Denise Kraemer, and Martin Tobias. Then put on your best cocktail or 1920’s attire to wine, dine, and dance the night away at RAM from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  Each of our studio tour artists are donating a piece to be auctioned off during the Evening Gala.  Tickets for the Studio Tour are $35, $100 for the Evening Gala, or $125 for a combined ticket for both the Studio Tour and the Evening Gala.

Visit www.riversideartmuseum.org/RAMcelebrate for more information and to purchase tickets.  Funds raised will benefit RAM’s continuing mission to put on thought-provoking exhibits (come see “You Are Breathing In It!” in July), offer high-level adult art workshops (we have workshops lined up with nationally-renowned instructors in Photography, Plein Air, Watercolor, and more) and youth art classes for children of all stripes to flex their creative muscles (check out our Special Art Class for Kids with Autism).

Kathleen Bocian and Helen Bell

 


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

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

Maggie