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RAA News May 2014

Art in the Park

Plan on spending the day in the park… Smiley Park, that is. May 24 & 25 is Art-in-the-Park! It’s going to be great weather for browsing the art and reconnecting with your artist friends. Tell family and friends to drop in. Behind Smiley Library, Redlands Festival of Arts will have musical performances, RAA’s sponsored hands-on Kids Zone, more fine art booths, and food trucks. Over 100 artists will be in the park!!

Sandy Davies

A Gallery of Flowers!

Thanks to our local floral artists we had amazing flower arrangements to complement our art. The Gallery was full of flowers!

Thank you to Hockridge Florist (3 arrangements!), Michael Lopez from Flowers on Vine, Joanne Ohnemus – Bird Abode, Beverly Brett, and Perna from Above the Stem (2 arrangements).

Here are some of the arrangements.

flower 1

flower 2

flower 3

Sandy Davies

Early RAA Pictures

As the RAA starts celebrating its 50th year, I would love it if anyone has photos from those early days and would be prepared to share them with other members; or recollections about the first art shows, in the Lyon Gallery, in past RAA buildings, early Art in the Park or Art in Anne’s gardens.

We have very few photos pf those early days – other than the ones in the newspapers.

Do you have any anecdotes about classes? What prompted you to become a part of RAA? I’d love to hear from you or arrange to visit or meet with you and record your stories for posterity. I know you all have such treasures.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard.

Newspaper Feature

Member Brad Willason  was featured in the Riverside Press Enterprise Artist Spotlight Friday, April 18th.

Bio Book Growing

Many thanks to those people who have been submitting new or up dated Artists Bios. The book is starting to fill up again. Keep them coming. Don’t forget a few business cards in jewelry cases or in the book with your bio.

Many thanks, Liz Coviello, Historian in the cupboard.

Ceramics Workshop Summer 2014

RAA photo Raul (2)Take a  week long  stoneware ceramics workshop with Raúl Acero this summer at the University of Redlands where he is a professor of art.

Learn wheel throwing and hand building techniques, glazing and firing functional pottery and small sculpture. All skill levels welcome, including beginners.

The class session is from May 12 to May 19th 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

The workshop fee is $350.00 All materials are included.

Space is limited to 15 people

visit for more details

Schwartz Photography Exhibit in May

Travel photography by RAA member Penny Schwartz is on display at the Wavelengths Salon and Gallery, upstairs at 19 E. Citrus Ave. through the end of May.

Schwartz has been an area freelance writer and photographer covering the arts for more than 30 years and wrote a local travel column for more than 15 years.


“As an incorrigible world traveler, I am drawn to vibrant vistas and colorful cultures,” she said. “Photographing these scenes and people has become a natural extension of my fascination with worlds different from my own.”

She has photographed in such remote places as Central Asia and Tibet as well as closer locales such as Big Sur, Bryce Canyon and Sedona, Arizona.


“My penchant is for people, the more colorfully and unusually adorned the better,” she said. “However, photo safaris to East and South Africa introduced me to quite a few animals whose likenesses now number among my favorite images.”

She credits photography classes at UCR Extension and the Redlands Adult School with helping her hone her skills. She has exhibited her work at San Bernardino’s Feldheym Central Library and the RAA gallery as a featured artist and has joined with Redlands photographer Caroline McAllister in exhibits at the University of Redlands Alumni Gallery and the San Bernardino Valley College art gallery.

“Improving my photographic skills is a continuing goal as I travel the world seeking new sights and scenes,” Schwartz said. “Most recently I have been to Laos and Burma, where the photo opportunities were potent and plentiful.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. For information, call (909) 335-5888.



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.

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