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RAA News November 2012

Members’ Holiday Party

The Redlands Art Association is hosting it’s First Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 1st at the gallery from 7:00-9:00 PM. Members are invited to drop in, view the new show, enjoy some holiday treats and visit with fellow artists. Bring your friends. It will be a perfect time to do some holiday gift shopping.

Stop by the gallery and sign up to attend and select a treat would would like to bring/share. For those interested, we will also be having an ornament exchange. Simply bring in an ornament, we’ll place it in a bag and then those participating will select a bag with a surprise ornament in it.

There will be lots of food and lots of FUN. Please sign up early and plan to attend.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Ornaments Take-in

A special take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS ONLY, will be on Friday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members may bring in up to ten ornaments to hang on our tree, to sell during the holiday season – through the December show (no member fee). Make sure items are clearly marked with price and artist name.

Art on State Street

Stroll among the  ART-ON-STATE-STREET!

Redlands Art Association’s semi-annual outdoor show will be happening Sunday, November 18, downtown on State Street in front of the RAA Gallery and Art Center.  The block of State Street between 6th and 7th will be closed to vehicular traffic with our artist’s wares on display along the sidewalks.

“ART-ON-STATE-STREET” is aptly named for this event.   Like Market Night, the artists will have their tents, tables, racks and standards lined up State Street with easy pedestrian 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 before Thanksgiving, November 18 between 9 am and 4 pm.  Rain Date is Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Open to all artists, with a discount on the fee to RAA members.  The artist’s sign up sheet is at the Gallery now with an information sheet for details on the event.

For more information, call RAA Gallery & Art Center, 909-792-8435.

RAA Member is a “Cover Girl”

Well…her art is!

Textile artist Candy Glendening has been busy this year, writing articles for different “Quilting Arts” magazines, a total of 7 in 4 different publications.

She was extremely surprised and honored to see that her 3-d Holiday Row Houses grace the cover of this year’s “Quilting Arts Gifts”!

For more information, see her blog post.

Candy Glendening, Website

Nominations for Programs and Workshops

Additional help is needed to coordinate adult workshops and Tuesday night programs. This involves hiring the presenters and making all related arrangements. We are actually looking for individuals to work on a committee that oversees all adult classes and workshops. In addition, we need help with setting up and taking down our tables and chairs on program nights. If you may be interested, need more information or wish to nominate someone for these positions please contact Gail Brownfield, or 909-793-8889.

Where To Find That Special Gift?

We recommend visiting the Redlands Art Association. Located in downtown Redlands on State street, we offer a variety of unique, one of a kind gift ideas. We have beautiful paintings, incredible ceramics, amazing pieces of glasswork and stunning jewelry. You find something for everyone on your gift list. Consider a gift of an art class for your children, or maybe a a gift certificate for a program or workshop for that special someone. You may want to go all out and give them an art class and cooking class in Paris by signing up for our April trip to the City of Lights. Whatever your budget the Redlands Art Association has a gift to fit.

We encourage you to participate in Redlands Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 24, 2012. The Redlands Art Association is happy to be a participant in this event. Visit downtown Redlands and enjoy our city.

Randy Hill, Executive Director


Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour

There will be a holiday studio tour on both Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9 from 11 am to 4 pm (please note, Shane Keena’s studio will only be open on Sunday). 7 local artists, including RAA members Gail Brownfield, John Brownfield, 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


Now you can…The Redlands Art Association will be visiting the City Of Lights in April. Join us as we enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful and romantic city. Your trip will include airfare, hotels, many meals, entrance and private tours at several famous museums, an art class, cooking class, a private guided tour of Louis XIV, the Sun King’s, Palace of Versailles and so much more. You’ll also visit Monet’s gardens, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine, dinner atop the Eiffel Tour and, of course, a visit to the famous Moulin Rouge. You won’t want to miss this unique travel opportunity to visit one of the world’s greatest cities.

For more information or to sign up visit the Redlands Art Association or contact Randy Hill at (951) 905-4400.

Randy Hill, Executive Director

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