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RAA News: November 2011

Submitting to the Newsletter is now even easier!

There is now a form on the website that allows you to submit an article for publication in the RAA newsletter! It can be found on a link underneath the members tab,  there is also a link in right hand column of the online newsletter, click here to see it now. You just type your information into the form and press submit – easy peasy! The form will also allow you to attach up to 3 pictures, hooray!

Special Christmas Tree Ornament Take-In

Friday, November 18

A special take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS ONLY, will be on Friday, November 18, during regular gallery hours (10-5). Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no show fee). All items must be clearly marked with price and artist name. E-mail questions to Tia Shira at

Holiday Show

December 2nd Take-in

Our holiday show take-ins always bring more pieces of art than we can tastefully display. This year we are trying something new – setting some personal limits on number of pieces: Wall pieces are limited to two pieces per person; table top works are limited to eight pieces per person. These limits are in effect for the December 2nd take-in ONLY. There is no change in the number of jewelry pieces that can be submitted, but items in jewelry cases may be rearranged by the hanging committee or the president if deemed appropriate. And as usual, when the gallery sells one of your pieces you may replace it. Questions can be directed to Gail Brownfield, President.

Gail Brownfield


Sign up to sell your art at RAA’s semi-annual outdoor show, “ART-ON-STATE STREET”. Like Market Night, we will have our tents, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy shoppers walking down the middle of the street. Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street and in the Gallery at 215 E. State Street. The event is one day only, Sunday November 20 between 9 am and 4 pm. An Exhibitor Information Sheet is available at the Gallery, $10 entry fee to RAA members, $28 for non-members; 20% commission on sales.

Photos from last years show by Sandy Davies

Reception Pictures

At last month’s Open House introducing Randy Hill, RAA’s new Executive Director, Neil Derry, 3rd District Supervisor, present a $10,000 grant award.

Randy Hill, new Executive Director
Neil Derry, 3rd District Supervisor
Jan Harvey, Featured Artist

43rd Annual Multi-Media Mini Show

Put your creative cap on and get ready for the Mini Show. This is RAA’s only juried show – where a noted artist choses the art for the exhibit from the art entries.
All artists are welcome to enter, no membership requirement. The exhibit has two parts:

  1. It’s multi-media- photography, digital, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, wood, glass …EVERYTHING! However,
  2. It must fit within a 14.5” box, including frame and base.

Also it’s the only exhibit where you can enter pieces not for sale…so you can show off your special stuff! You jewelry artists…think Mardi Gras or something for the Czar. Fabric artists…think Aunti Mame or Hello Dolly! Glass artists… how about a queen’s crown? Recycle-material artists – WOW…the sky’s the limit! Entry date is late February.. just around the corner! Watch for more info.

 Sandy Davies

Artists for a Cause


Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 am-4 pm

“Artists for a Cause” is the inspiration of six local artists who joined their talents to create an annual fine art show and sale to benefit a chosen local charity. This year’s recipient charity is Associates of the Redlands Bowl who raise funds to support the financial needs of the Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA) and to support and promote the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival.  All the artists donate 20% from all sales at the show directly to the Associates.

The 2011 show includes 19 local artists, including RAA members: Kathleen Bryan, Helen Carson, Liz Coviello, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, Janet Evans, Candy Glendening, Cindy Lantier, Adele Johnson, Sandra Blake Meichsner, Judith Sparhawk and Vlad Voytilla.  It will be held on Sunday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Adele Johnson, 560 Terracina, Redlands, CA. For more information, see their

Submitted by Liz Coviello

Redlands Area Artists Studio Tour

Sunday, December 11, 10 am-5 pm

There will be a holiday studio tour on Sunday, December 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. 5 local artists, including RAA members Muriel Dolemieux, Aïda Schneider and Candy Glendening, will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. They will also have work available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift giving!

For more information see postcards in the gallery or this website.

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider


Janet Edwards Book Signing and RAA Bookfair to Benefit Art Education

Redlands’ renowned artist Janet Edwards will be signing her book, “Palms to Peaks, the Art of Janet Edwards” on Saturday, November 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Redlands. The book, published by ESRI, comprises more than 60 full-color pictures of her work, quotes by Janet, and written text by her husband, Fred Edwards, all in a beautiful cloth-bound book, with attractive dust jacket, and quote on her work by James Fallows, Atlantic correspondent, well known to many locally.

A BOOKFAIR at Redlands’ BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS will be held in conjunction with the book signing, which will include art activities for kids, story time with RAA teachers, and student art exhibits from RAA and Redlands schools.

Special Guest, Larissa Marantz, who is an illustrator for many books and TV shows, including Spongebob Squarepants, The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats, will provide ongoing demonstration and hands-on how-to drawing workshop for kids! Ms. Marantz will show how to draw characters from her own kids’ book, Dream-o-Licious.

A percentage of all purchases including food in the B&N store that day until 11/17, when presenting ID# 10469088 at check out, will benefit art education at local schools and the gallery through the RAA’s Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund. Flyers including a coupon with the ID# are available at the gallery or by clicking here.

Janet Edwards

Teen Classes

Teen Mania class, which meets Monday nights, joined a competition for Recycled Art in the Inland Empire. The entire class of teens entered their art in the show and received 1st place in the category they entered. Each student received a $15.00 cash card to spend at a local store. Here are photos of some of the students and their art. Students decided to do “shoes” as their topic, under the leadership of Ms. Gloria Steinweg.   She has been teaching the Teen Mania class for over 15 months at the Redlands Art Association. Due to its popularity, the program has expanded and now offers two teen classes. For more details, go to the Education page on the RAA website and click on Youth Classes for schedules and descriptions. So congrats TEENS!

Gloria Steinweg

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

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.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

July 2017

The last two years have been an incredible journey for me. From becoming President of the Operating Committee to President of the Board of Directors, time has flown by. The RAA weathered the recession, but we came out carrying an unsustainable large deficit. So we made cut backs, not always popular, to the coordinator hours, raised our Take-In fees, cut the printed newsletter and were frugal with what we spent. We experimented with opening on Market Nights and later closing for the run up to Christmas. We changed membership from calendar to year round and as a result more and more people are joining RAA either as members showing their art or taking art classes with the membership discount. Adult Education under Joyce Hatzidakis and then Linda Willason expanded and we are offering a broad selection of new classes to the community. Suzanne Burke as Youth Education Coordinator has not stopped, the Home School Program expanded to 2 mornings a week and we currently offer 5 children’s after school classes during the school year. We introduced Opening Receptions for new gallery shows, we’ve invited all our artists to come and sell some of their work or demonstrate their art on the patio on Market Night. We have a new Marketing team who are pushing ahead and trying to make us more visible in the community – have you seen our postcard mailings? MCAEEF continues working diligently with local schools creating the opportunity for art teachers to go into schools, all funded by the Redlands Cinema Classics at the Krikorian Theatre and best of all art sales in the gallery are improving all the time.

I know I’ve missed out lots I would like to thank Candy Glendening and Grace Fermier for their hard work each month ensuring there is an on line newsletter for all of us to read, my fellow board members for their patience with my long agendas and hard work! We have already said goodbye to Diane McLaughlin, Karen Coates and Tony Radcliffe from the board this year and we are now saying goodbye to Jan Harvey and Christine White – thank you all for your hard work. It’s been fun and an incredible opportunity over the last two years to meet and work alongside an amazing talented group of local artists.

Patty and Hayden and Evelyn Ifft are retiring as Featured Artist Coordinators. They do such great work behind the scenes and we thank you both for all your hard work.

My expiration date might be up but I’m not disappearing, I’ll still be working in the gallery. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Maggie Macro for the next year. I know it’s going to be an incredible journey for her and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have done.

Remember, Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” - wishing everyone success in their personal artistic endeavours.

Liz Coviello – outgoing RAA President