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RAA News May 2015

Art Alive Flowers!

Many thanks go out to our florists who chose a piece of art, or two, to create their own original designs in live flowers. Hockridge Florist, City Florist, and Joanne Ohnemus (Bird Abode) set up their arrangements in the gallery for the enjoyment of the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society’s Garden Tour visitors. Hockridge Florist chose a photographic close-up of a sunflower by Bruce Herzig and then had a big white vase full of sunflowers and draping greenery (no, I’m not a gardener!). They also chose an oil painting by Tomi Olson and matched the painting with a square glass vase with salmon/pink tulips. City Florist also chose a sunflower- a giclee print of a watercolor by Maggie Macro. Joanne Ohnemus selected her own multi-media piece, a wooden rainforest scene with colorful birds. Her matching flower art featured succulents and a wooden bird.




Sandy Davies, Publicity

Jewelry Kiln Firing Available

Tia Shira has offered to keep a firing schedule of the small jewelry kiln for any artist @ $10 per firing. The kiln is good for precious metal clays and enamling, etc. Contact Tia to get on her schedule by emailing:

Art-in-the-Park May 23 & 24

Smiley Park will become a gallery for RAA’s Artists at Art-in-the-Park

Redlands Art Association’s artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell their work at this annual outdoor event. A variety of art will be featured – oils, acrylics, sculptures, watercolors, photography, weavings, hand dyed silks, etchings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, ETC.

Open Memorial Day weekend, May 23 & 24 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Smiley Park, adjacent to the Police Annex (old City Hall), on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands.

Check out the line-up of musicians who will be entertaining us at Art-in-the-Park and/or Redlands Festival of Arts: Matt Coleman, Circle Band, Rullian, Darcie Rickert, Jennifer Sparks, Wendy Hunt, Dan Klooster, Third Stream Crossing, Ana Gonzalez, Strange Indeed, Prairie Sunset, Chad Nelson, Stephanie Diane Moore, Shepdogs, and the Claytones.

Also in progress will be Redlands Festival of Arts behind Smiley Library, across the street from Art-in-the-Park. … Fine arts, music, theatrical events, Kid’s Zone, food trucks… A wonderful day of Art!

The Redlands Art Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Sales Gallery and Art Center at 215 E State St, downtown, Redlands displays member’s artwork year round, as well as offering youth & adult art classes. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. However, the Gallery will be closed the weekend of Art-in-the-Park.





Sandy Davies, Publicity


Artist Bios

Many thanks for the new Art Bios which regularly appear in my box – please keep them coming in.

If you are planning to be a Featured Artist, remember to make an Artist Bio for yourself to go up with you show, everyone wants to know a little about the Featured Artist. Please submit a copy to the Featured Artist Coordinator who can forward it to the Newsletter and leave me with a copy as well which I can add to the Bio book.


Liz Coviello, Historian in the Cupboard

Won Koh is First Place winner, citrus category, at the National Orange Show

Won Koh, RAA member, wins First Place for her oil painting of bright red peppers in the National Orange Show annual art exhibit. The art entries are submitted for the Citrus Category or Open Category. Koh’s painting won for the Citrus Category. If tradition holds, her painting will be purchased by the National Orange Show Association for their permanent collection that dates back to the 1970s.

Sandy Davies, Publicity

Kay West, Featured Artist In Spokane, WA

RAA member Kay West will have a select ten iPhone photographs on stretched canvas featured in the Wild, Wild West Show at Manic Moon & More Gallery, Spokane, WA. West’s photos are often highlighted on a number of Instagram hubs. See why! Show will run from May 15 – June 15. If any of you folks are in Spokane area, please drop by. “I’d love seeing my Redlands friends!” Check out her Instagram gallery @kweststudio8.


Our appeal for a Treasurer has met with outstanding success. I am delighted to announce that Kris Bussard has agreed to become the RAA Treasurer. Kris is a practicing artist and CFO of the Alta Vista Credit Union here in town. Please congratulate and thank her when you happen to cross her busy path.

Larry Harvill, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Outside Workshop

Charlie Ciali will teach another workshop in Encaustics at his studio in the desert.

When you think of encaustics, think “hot wax”. Wax is heated and colors added while it’s hot. Then colors are spread on a board, canvas, etc. to create a painting.

  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY, June 19 & 20: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Fee: $190: includes both days; Discounted Member fee: $150


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Carpooling to event May 20

Who would like to join me to carpool to this event at Caltech, Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena at 8 pm Wednesday, May 20:  “Watching Paint Dry and Colors Fade: The Intersection of Art and Science”?  Materials scientist Katherine Faber was part of the research team that determined the blank sky in Homer’s 1887 watercolor “For to Be a Farmer’s Boy” was once a brilliant orange-red sunset.  Faber discusses the science in solving mysteries of our most treasured art objects.

Submitted by Winnie Stephany

Email:, Telephone: 909-793-5100

Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF)

Annual Report for 2014-2015

It has been a pleasure for the MCAEEF committee to receive, review and allocate grant, scholarship and award funds again for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. As you are aware, funds used are generated by the Classic Film Series and we thank Annette Weis for her expertise and enthusiastic hard work.

The Committee takes its responsibilities very seriously. Providing and enhancing art education in Redlands and surrounding communities is our goal and to help achieve this goal the following projects were funded. The committee not only funds the projects but also monitors and evaluates their progress in order to insure that our resources are being used effectively and appropriately.

Here is a list of the grants, scholarships and awards funded this year:

 Grants to Schools:

Smiley School “Arts Attack” in the Classroom $1000
Kimberly School Artist in Residence $2000
AAA Academy Minimum Day Art $1500
Judson/Brown School GATE After School Art $1000
J. Franklin School Multicultural Art $2000
Grove High School Shakespeare Production (set design) $2000
Redlands e- Acad. Beauty Through The Eyes of Children $2000
Orangewood HS Palm Springs Art Museum Trip $545
AAA Academy Kingsbury and McKinley School Art Clubs $1000
Kimberly School Meet the Masters $3000

Other Grants:

Micah House, Oxford Art Enrichment Classes $1100
Micah House, Chapel Art Enrichment Classes $1100

Scholarships and Awards:

Redlands High School $1200
Redlands East Valley High School $1200
Citrus Valley High School $1200
Orangewood High School $600
Grove High School $350
  • Total amount given for grants: $ 18,245.00
  • Total for Scholarships/Awards $ 4,550.00
  • Total amount funded: $ 22,795.00

RAA is indeed reaching out to bring are education to our community!

Submitted by Jerry Meeker, MCAEEF Chair

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