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RAA News May 2011

News from the Board of Directors

At the Annual Potluck on June 1, there will be an unveiling of the remodel/addition plans for the Gallery at 215 E. State.  Your committee headed by Evelyn Ifft has been meeting for several months with Leon Armantrout and his assistant, Avani Pavasia to address the needs, activities, space available, etc. of RAA.  We have a conceptual plan that will be available for inspection and comment as we go forward.  The architectural fee for the conceptual plans has been provided for by an anonymous donor.  Jerry Meeker, Francis Wiley, John Fisher, Patty Hayden and Annette Weis are also on the committee.  We will be explaining the plans and some of our rational at the Potluck.  We welcome any feedback about them afterwards.

Thanks, Larry Harvill

MCAEEF Update

The Smiley Elementary School Arts Attack Show is on May 26, 5-8 p.m.  The Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund (MCAEEF) awards grants every year for the art supplies for this program, which provides art education to all students at Smiley.  Stop by and see youth art at its best!

Tia Shira

Teen Mania Interpretations of New York City

Artist Tate, doing his drawing

Teen Mania enjoyed doing a lesson study on the hustle and bustle of New York City (see photos of art examples done by teens). Students used mixed media, and a preliminary sketch in pencil prior to painting.

Teen Mania meets Monday nights, and this group will be having a special Teen Summer Art Camp, planned for the month of July (Tuesdays/Thursdays). The students are very creative, and advance well in complex areas such as printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and more.

by, Gloria Steinweg


RAA Library Update

As you are all deep into SPRING CLEANING like my mom used to do, please check around and return the books borrowed (whenever) from RAA so that others can use them.  I need to cull some more to make room for some new donated ones as well.  Anyone who loves books and can do filing would be a great help in keeping it in order????  Give me a call after May 27 if you are so inclined.

Thanks, Evelyn Ifft

Flowers explode 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 burst with floral art in their “ART ALIVE in Redlands!” exhibit during the month of April. Florists were invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their own art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 16 & 17.   “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinator”, “The floral creations are beautiful, stunning, and sometimes whimsical.”  The florists participating are: Michael Lopez with Flowers on Vine, Conroy’s, Hockridge Florist (3 designers!), Bird Abode, and City Florist.

ART ALIVE in Redlands is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour that weekend.  RAA gives the Petite Award for the adult miniature arrangement at the flower show at ESRI.  Joanne Ohnemus and Sandy Davies construct a display at the ESRI Redlands office suggesting Art for the Garden and Patio with RAA member’s art in ceramics, glass, wood and metal.

Sandy Davies

Requests from The Historian

Scrapbook

I am currently updating the scrapbook. If anyone has any newspaper clippings, photographs or anything pertinent to the RAA they would like to see included in the scrapbooks from 2009 – 2011 (or older) please drop it in at the gallery and leave it in the “Bio” Box in the office by 23rd May (late pieces will be accepted but I can’t guarantee to include it in time).

Please ensure each item is dated, there is a caption and if people are present their names are given.

Artists Bios

If you are a new member of the RAA or a member who has not previously submitted  a bio or would just like to update the one you have in the book we would love your contribution..

Suggested format:

  • Page 1: your name/ studio name, contact details email/blog/website and other information you prospective buyer would like to know (a paragraph would be fine). By all means include a personal photograph.
  • Page 2: (on a separate sheet of paper): include up to 3 photo examples of your work with captions. Please put your name. studio name at the bottom of this page to prevent any mix ups.

Please also include a few business cards so these can be taken by gallery customers.

Artists Business Cards

Please leave a few business cards in the gallery or attach one to your work when you bring items in for take-in. Customers regularly ask for information about the artist when purchasing an item from the gallery – be it jewelry, paintings, or table items. A frequent comment is “I’m giving this as a present and would like to include the business card…” There is space for business cards on the shelving in the East gallery.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello

Quick-Draw pet caricatures

Darlene Douthit will be drawing Quick-Draw pet caricatures on site at the upcoming 15th Annual Walk for the Animals, again this year on May 14/2011 8:30 am to 1:00 p.m. the event will benefit the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley. A portion of Darlene’s art sales will be donated for the cause. The event is always filled with fun! She will be donating two colored caricatures (drawn at the event or from a photo for the raffle) Darlene offers free cartooning classes once a month at the Center for Spiritual Living  Inland Empire call for latest class date 909-883-7171. Darlene also teaches at the Redlands Art Association fee $55.00 for 5 Mondays, 3:30 to 5:00.


Pictured here is Darlene and her new Best Friend and inspiration, Charlie Brown! The caricature is Charlie Brown.  He was rescued by the Riverside Humane Society and was one in a group of 200 dogs. Charlie is a piebald miniature Dachshund.  He helped fill the loss of her 17 year old Dachshund Lobo and her 16 year old Chihuahua Dinky, who went to the Rainbow bridge. Darlene found Charlie at PetFinders.com, Pet Smart and TLC Inland Empire, were all helpful.  Charlie is two years old, full of energy and a bundle of love!  She  feels very lucky to have been able to adopt him! Her love of animals and art began at an early age, she has been drawing, illustrating and painting portraits professionally for over 30 years. She worked as an illustrator for children’s books and magazines. She loves her work and keep is keeping prices down so pet lovers can afford to have a custom picture of their special furry friend. Her prices start at $10.00 for a black and gray caricature bust, $15.00 for color.

Contact: Darlene Douthit: 909-886-1592 • darleneartstudio@earthlink.net • DARLENEARTSTUDIO.COM

 

 

Programs & Workshops

September 26 Program: Pastels with Angela Koenig

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts!

by 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.

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

Featured Artists

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

September 2017

I'm sure we will all be breathing a sigh of relief as we head into cooler days, and let's be thankful that no fires or floods are surrounding us and spare some thoughts for those affected.

August has been a very lively month in the gallery and, even though we were closed for a week for the refurbish, our sales have been strong. (Please read about our stalwart refurbish volunteers in Behind the Scenes this month)

We reopened the gallery August 11th for our take-in, while the carpet was still being hung on the walls!  However, it all came together on Sunday 13th when we had a joint reception for our gallery show and the talented young guest artists, Jen Nguyen and Alex Torres. We had a really nice crowd in the gallery with, of course, many comments about the new look.

During the following week we also featured Art from The Archives for sale in the main gallery, where we had a wide variety of art available. A wonderful opportunity to buy great art by some of our former members and other artists.

A week later our very own Sandy Davies showed her watercolors and Judith Sparhawk her photography, as our guest artists.  Sandy's husband Bill drew a crowd by parking their Austin Healey outside and telling tales of their adventures in it while he poured the wine.  We think it should be there for every show!  Another lively crowd filled the galleries and there may never have been such a big attendance before.

You can look forward to seeing the amazing water colors of Joanna Mersereau as out guest this month as well our gallery show Wild Wild West.  The reception for both will be Sept. 16th. at 4.30. There is a plan afoot to have music at receptions; I hope it works.

Finally, don't forget the film series begins on Sept.19.

I hope to see you at an event.

Maggie Macro

Maggie