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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

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.

 

Beating Invasives

Bicycle  Powered

Papermaking

and Plant

Tagging

2015

Riverside Art Museum

 

 

                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

2008 

 

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: gallery@redlandsartassociaton.org 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 dianamclaughlinfineart.com.

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

Maggie Macro with glasses