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RAA News March 2013

RAA’s 44th Annual Multi Media Mini Show

The 44th Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, hosted by the Redlands Art Association, is on display at the Gallery and Art Center, downtown, 215 E. State St, Redlands.

The Multi Media Mini Show (MMM) is unique to Redlands.  What makes it different is, 1) the limitation of the art piece to 14.5″ including base or frame and 2) that all media is accepted.  For example, artists can submit photography, digital (computer) work, fiber art, drawings, glass, sculptures in wood- stone- and metal, as well as the traditional fine arts.  The MMM Show is still the only one of this scale in Southern California.

The MMM Show is open to all California artists, which brings in art from Murrieta to Pasadena to 29 Palms.  84 artists submitted 230 pieces ~ but only 145 pieces were chosen to show.  Our jurist was Robin St. Louis from Palm Desert.

The artists competed for over $2000 in cash prizes and gift certificates.

  • First Place, $400, was presented to r. mike nichols from Riverside;
  • Second Place, $300, to Tony Radcliffe, Redlands;
  • Third Place, $200, to Chick Curtis, Riverside;
  • Juror’s Choice awards, $ 50 each, to Emily Corbin and Caroline McAllister;
  • Excellence Awards, $ 50 each,  to John Mayer and Janet Edwards.
  • Past President’s Award, $100, given by past RAA presidents to Elizabeth Carr;
  • the Joan Wiley Memorial Watercolor $ 100 Award to Chris Young;
  • Watercolor West’s Best in Watercolor to Karen Clark.
  • Four Honorable Mentions were awarded to Joanna Mersereau, Judith Sparhawk, Jeff Owens and Martha Cowan.
  • Tony Radcliffe and Won Madeline Koh won the Gift Certificates from Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery,
  • Emily Corbin and Elizabeth Carr won gift certificates from Guerrilla Painter,
  •  Martha Cowan the certificate from Wilson’s Frame-up,
  • Judith Sparhawk the certificate from Aaron Brothers and
  • Brandon Evans won the gift products from Bud Rickert’s Art Supply.

Purchase Award Patrons pledged in advance to purchase art from the show.  Patrons had a private show to select their art. Purchase Award Patrons were:

  • Harriet Talbot who purchased art from Andrea Beechko and Emily Corbin;
  • Carolyn McHugh purchased art from Ruth Wood and Sally Wirth;
  • Sandy Davies purchased an oil from Betty Francis,
  • the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation bought a piece from Martha Cowan;
  • David and Marjorie Olson purchased pieces from r. mike nichols and David Taylor, and
  • Susan Sequeria purchased the watercolor by Joanna Mersereau.

Redlands Art Association member artists juried into the show are: Leah Balestieri, Andrea Beechko, William Breer, Gail Brownfield, John Brownfield, Elizabeth Carr, Helen Carson, Emily Corbin, Liz Coviello, Martha Cowan, Chick Curtis, Sandy Davies, Muriel Dolemieux, Janet Edwards, Tiffany Engeman, David Englebretson, Brandon Evans, Julie Evans, John Fisher, Betty Francis, Richard Freund, Tom Gillett, Jan Harvey, Patty Hayden, Evelyn Ifft, Won Madeline Koh, David Lawrence, Sheila LeBlanc, Michael LeBlanc, John Mayer, Caroline McAllister, Pat Meeker, Joanna Mersereau, Lynn Mudd, Joanne Ohnemus, Tomi Olson, Marjorie Olson, Jeff Owens, Ginger Pena, Sharon Rachal, Tony Radcliffe, Linda Richards, Maria Rossi, Lenore Roth, David Rudolph, Michelle Schoenmann, Harriet Singer, Dorie Solomon, Edward Sotello, Dan Soury, Judith Sparhawk, David Taylor, Marijke Terwisscha, Liam Van Loon, Vlad Voytilla, Sally Wirth, Roland Wissler, and Ruth Wood.

Other exhibiting artists are: Lyla Bendsen, Ann Binghamfreeman, Karen Clark, Pamela Downs, Jo Ann Formia, Barbara Garcia, Michiko Ikeda, Maxine Kenny, Michael Mazgai, Marna McCormick, Virginia Melton, r. mike nichols, Betty Pilley, Laura Ryan, Dean Spencer, Joyce Thomas, Jessica Weber and Chris Young.

The Multi-Media Mini Show will be in the Gallery through March 21.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.  The show is open to the public.

Sandy Davies

Janet Edwards Show in Mendocino

Show runs through March at the Highlight Gallery

 Submitted by Janet Edwards

Yarn Bombing at the RAA

If you’ve been to the gallery in the past month or so, you’ve seen the “Yarn Bomb” installation, that’s the work of Marciella Powers:

It brings a smile to people’s faces!

Evelyn Ifft

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

www.joannamersereau.com

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Abstraction in Art and Nature” by Nathan Cabot Hale 759.06 Ha1

This review covers the second half of this in-depth book. Hales discusses patterns in all forms: cosmic (galaxies), weather and atmosphere, water, earth and plants. He rounds out the discussion with living vertebrate creatures such as birds, fish and humans. He shows how the use of a grid can transform these subjects into fascinating cartoonish figures.

When he gets to space, proportion, scale and perspective, I paid attention. Many of these theories I have used without understanding the underlying principles (horizon line, vanishing points, foreshortening). While I think these principles have a place in an artist’s vocabulary and expertise, I believe they are not necessary to be understood to make an interesting painting. In fact, the reverse: Why not tweak them as Cezanne and Picasso did?

Hales’ discussion of light and dark is valuable, especially when talking about daylight, nightlight, firelight and electric light. In my opinion, that’s when an artist becomes a master at expressing the emotional quality of a scene. (Georges de la Tour’s firelight paintings.)

Important tips for drama are introduced in the text about shade and shadows and how they are created by the direction of light on different planes. I found the illustrations on lighting the scene—from front, back or overhead—to be particularly exciting. Each lighting carried a different emotion. By understanding these principles we can choose how to represent the scene without having to see it in real life!

I recommend you bypass the section on color. Each artist can obey or ignore the rules. Hales tells you the reason for the rules about color. I say, “Have fun and do your own thing.”

First published in 1972, “Abstraction in Art and Nature” is still a book to be digested slowly and with thought.

Programs & Workshops

May 23 Program – Bruce Herwig

Bruce is going to present his "How-tos" on marketing your art work.  His examples will be his popular Color Me Redlands coloring books, calendars and Redlands landscape photography.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm.  Public welcome... no charge.

“Georgia O’Keeffe… continued”

With Linda Zoeckler, 4-25-17

The April Program at the Redlands Art Association Gallery will be the lecture and photos, “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Later Works”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, April  at 25, 7 pm.

Zoeckler, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

Clay Safari Class

Upcoming Class: Clay Safari beginning April 17!

Penny Palmer and Nancy Roeder will teach and guide you on a five week adventure through the clay safari outback at the Redlands Art Association, located at 215 State Street in the city of Redlands.

Penny has been involved in ceramics and teaching hand building, throwing & sculpture over the past forty years with low fire, mid range, wood & kazegama firings, pit and raku firing, and traditional stoneware and porcelain high fire pieces that have made their way into homes and private collections throughout the globe!

“I love working with clay and teaching new and experienced clay artists", Penny states." I am a Studio Potter, dedicated to passing along the knowledge, skills, secrets, shortcuts and techniques that I have gleaned over the course of my lifetime to train the next Studio Potters for our future”.

Nancy excels in hand building and incorporating her unique surface textures, designs and decorating techniques.  she exhibits her pieces locally and they have become sought after in juried art shows.

This new clay safari class will give you hands on experience taming the raw, wild and savage clay into one-of-a-kind pieces that you will decorate, glaze and take home to your collection.

  • 5 Monday nights 6pm - 8:30pm
  • April 17, 24, through may 1, 8, & 22
  • RAA member $75.00*/non member $100.00*
  • Book your passage now! 909 792 - 8435

* There is a one-time $25.00 materials fee for the whole course payable to the instructor at the first class.

Featured Artists

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.

Jennifer Ali 6/3 – 6/24

You are invited to the Art Show and Opening Reception by artist Jennifer Ali on Friday June 16, 6 - 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Come meet this professional artist of 36 years and see her most recent work.

Linda Richards 5/13 – 6/3

Featured Artist brings her Father’s Vintage Photos to Life

Featured artist Linda Richards from Redlands will be showcasing her vintage themed oil paintings in her show, “Scenes from my Father’s Past,” at the Redlands Art Association Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown, from May 13th through June 3rd.

After her father died, Richards discovered negatives of black and white photos he took as a young unmarried man in the late 30s and early 40s. Some were from stage shows in Chicago or New York, some from road trips throughout the country.

Recognizing their importance, she contacted a couple museums to see if they were interested, but the subject matter and featured cities covered too wide a range.

Now she’s finally found them a home -- through her color oil painting renditions.

Richards says it’s been a fun journey to map out his travels.

In several cases, she’s returned to the places he stood to take his photos. “When I was in New York in December, I found the vantage point at Times Square and also one on Wall Street,” she says. She has also discovered how he took them, from the back of a taxi or perhaps his Dad’s car. One of her paintings from Time Square shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards says.

The biggest challenge was also the most fun, choosing what colors to use. Some feature a limited sepia palette, while others like the Time’s Square scenes are full of color.

She’s happy to give them a new voice through her paintings, and to honor her father by exhibiting his original photographs in her show. She also wonders how many people have old vintage photographs in their family that could be put to similar use.

Richards welcomes all to her reception at the Redlands Art Association on Saturday, May 20th from 4 to 6 pm.
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From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2017

What an amazing Spring we are having! Fabulous wild flower displays throughout Southern California, snow in the mountains this weekend and incredible meteor showers! It’s been a busy month in the gallery with the Horticultural Garden Tour, and the Vintage Redlands Wine and food tasting tour plus many of our artists are participating in local art shows. Many thanks to the local florists and RAA members who made the stunning floral displays for the gallery. But, it doesn’t stop there, Art in the Park and the Festival of the Arts is just a few weeks away. Happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, RAA president

Liz-Coviello