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RAA News March 2014

Great News from Redlands Cinema Classic

Louie Schwartzberg – award-winning cinematographer, director and producer of the beautiful  documentary Wings of Life for DisneyNature (whom we met on Earth Day last year at that screening) – has created a 15 minute film short for the Spring 2014 Film Series to be screened prior to our feature films. Using time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques to capture and create this breathtaking imagery, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.

As a fan of ‘Moving Art,’ I personally encourage all of you to join us for this unique opportunity and invite you to be inspired by nature’s beauty. To experience this one-of-a-kind sample of Mr. Schwartzberg’s film, please arrive at least 25 minutes prior to our first feature film. Audience members will receive a special code from Moving Art for a free digital download of the film short, Naked Beauty, in which the only actors are flowers!

Also, click here and check out the schedule of our Spring film series lineup.

See you at the movies!

Annette Weis, coordinator of REDLANDS CINEMA CLASSIC

Artist Bios

Spring is in the air… its time to spring clean our “artist bio” for those of us that have not up dated the one in the book recently. If you’ve never written one before now’s the time to write one. The format 2 separate pages:

  • Page 1 brief bio about yourself and your work, contact details such as your website and email address, and a small photograph of yourself.
  • Page 2: 3 photo examples of your work, with your name and website/gmail at the bottom of the page.

Customer’s regularly ask about the artist who made the piece of work they are buying, so if you have business cards put a few of them with your bio and I will put them in the bio book as well. You can drop off your bio at the next take in or email it to me and I’ll print it and put it in the book for you.

Thanks Liz Coviello, Historian in the cupboard

More Great News from MCAEEF’s “Redlands Cinema Classic”

Please click here  to avail yourselves of the unique opportunities to raise funds for our our programs provided by:

  • Chez Sabine, the New French Café
    • Present your RCC Ticket stubs when ordering your meal and 10% will be donated to our art education enrichment fund.
    • Barnes & Noble from May 11th – 16th
      • Purchase any item (except gifts cards and memberships) with the code on the back of the ticket and our art education enrichment fund will receive a percentage of that purchase

Great opportunities for a great fund!

Thank you.

Annette Weis, coordinator ‘Redlands Cinema Classic’ Film series

Another MCAEEF Minute

 The MCAEEF committee met on March 5 and discussed quite a number of items.  President Gail attends all of our meetings and she does a great job of keeping us informed about many RAA issues and activities.  We appreciate Gail attending our meeting because we are not a committee that operates separately but rather in unison with all other RAA functions.
The spring film series begins next week so Annette had much to share with us about the series.  She always sets up a great line up of films and we hope that you attend and enjoy each film.  Remember, this is what generates the funds used for all of the grants we approve, so please come, enjoy and support our cause.
We also approved a grant for Cope Middle School.  Cope has identified about 25 students who are interested in art and the school is forming an after school art club for them.  This will be very exciting to watch.  We were happy to approve their grant for $800.00 which will provide the teacher and some materials for the classes.
We also finalized plans for this year’s scholarships and awards made available to high school seniors attending our local schools.
We are eager to share the activities with you and hope that you find them interesting.
The MCAEEF committee

Coming in April

Raul Acero, a noted ceramic artist and sculptor, as well as a professor at the University of Redlands, will be our special guest artist.   On Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00 pm, he will present a program, The Sculptural Artwork of Raul Acero.  It should be fascinating, hearing about his sculptures, many of which are monumental in size.  On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, he will conduct a workshop,Making Ceramic Sculpture w/Raul Acero.  He will inspire and guide workshop participants in using clay to create individually expressive sculptures.

Put the dates on your calendar now.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Adult Art Ed Chair

Submitted by Tanya Kirkendall

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: 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:

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