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RAA News November 2013


Sunday, Nov 24

Get ‘cher calendar and make note to stop by the RAA Gallery on Sunday, November 24 for the annual Art-on-State-Street!  Over 50 member and community artists will be setting out their art for you.  The event is 9 am to 4 pm, on State Street in front of the RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St.  The street will be closed, like downtown Market Night,  to make way for pedestrian traffic.  Find your favorite artist… or make a new one!  Big and little treasures!  For more information, call the Gallery, 909-792-8435.

A tea party to start our 50th anniversary celebrations

Sunday 17th November from 3-5 pm at the gallery.

Past and present members: It would be great if you would like to bring finger food and sandwiches. Cake will be provided.

Would you be available to drive a non-driving member? If so, please call the gallery coordinator and let them know.

A sign up sheet will be in the gallery… either come in and enjoy the current show and sign up or ring the gallery and your name will be added to the list.

 Thanks, Liz Coviello

The Historian in the cupboard.

Thursday Morning Painters

Painters – looking for some studio time? The Thursday Morning Painters hold open studio – an unstructured painting session – on most Thursdays from 9:30-ish am to Noon-ish. Just for fun and conversation and a little sharing of techniques. $1 fee when you attend. Just show up!

Sandy Davies

Celebrating 50 years of the RAA

The RAA officially turns 50 next summer. Ben Rabe was the first president and thankfully there are still some founding and early members to regale us with their stories.

As part of the 50th celebrations I’d like to produce a book using ancedotes, interviews, newspaper cuttings, photos, etc.

If you are interested on being on a committee to undertake the research for the book please contact me either at or ring the RAA and leave a message and I’ll get back to you.

Thanks, Liz Coviello

The Historian in the cupboard

Christmas Tree Ornament Take In – November 15 – Same day as regular take in.

This year’s take-in FOR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS, will be on Friday, November 15, along with the regular gallery take-in.  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.

Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour

There will be a holiday studio tour on both Saturday and Sunday, November 16 & 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. 7 local artists, including RAA members; Muriel Dolemieux, Adele Johnson, 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 to get ready for holiday gift giving!

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

I hope to see you there!

Aïda Schneider

Joint Show: Sotello & Walag

Two local artists whose collaboration goes back some 27 years will stage their first joint show next month, running through Nov. 1-30 at the First United Methodist Church in Redlands, with a reception on Nov. 17 from 2-4 pm. On exhibit will be paintings and ceramics by Ed Sotello (painter, sculptor, poet and ceramist) and color and black-and-white photographs by Steve Walag (photographer, writer and musician). The two artists’ association dates from the 1980s and has included art-producing outings together, mutual critiques and support, trips to museums, and innumerable philosophical talks about art.

Ed is well know at the RAA, where he has taught watercolor painting for about 10 years and is a frequent exhibitor. Steve will be presenting a talk and workshop on photographic composition at the RAA, Nov. 19 and 23.

Approximately 10 framed pieces will be shown by each artist, along with an additional number of Ed’s ceramics. All RAA members are invited to join in viewing the show, and enjoying refreshments with the artists. The church is in downtown Redlands at 1 Olive Street; for viewing times other than the reception, contact the church at (909) 793-2118.

Both artists are also long-time teachers. Ed retired from a 33-year career teaching art at Yucaipa High School. Besides his art classes at the RAA, he has also taught at Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, UC Riverside Extension and Patton State Hospital.

Steve teaches photography at UCR Extension, Mt. San Jacinto Community College, and Riverside Community College. He is a former Redlands resident who now lives in Riverside.

WinterFaire & Studio Tour 6

flyer-yellow-Studio-Tour-6-72These dual events are on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, Dec. 8 from Noon to 4 pm. “WinterFaire” is a continuation of Mersereau’s 29-year Riverside “WinterFaire” to her new location in Redlands.

Studio Tour 6 features local artists:

  • Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja (Metalsmith-Enamelist & Multimedia)
  • Patricia Rose Ford(Plein Air Pastel Landscapes)
  • Tim Colbert (Glass)
  • Dan Soury (Ceramics)
  • Terry d Chacon (Oil Painter-Plein Air & Sculpture)
  • Joanna Mersereau (Watercolors & Tiles)

all of whom will open their studios to the public.

All art may be purchased, just in time for the holidays and gift-giving. The Studio Tour is sponsored by the Redlands Dog Park, and your support of this event will also benefit their cause.

Joanna Mersereau

Coming Soon: The 2014 Winter/Spring Adult Ed Class Schedule

Watch for its arrival in the RAA Gallery and on the RAA website,

Lori Powell, education chair

Donations needed

I represent two senior affordable housing communities here in Redland, Ca. These communities are operated by ABHOW, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low cost housing for older adults. We are currently redecorating our communities and are in search of art work from local artists. Due to our limited resources, we lack the funds to purchase the desired art work and are looking to the Redlands community for help. We are accepting art work from all local artists willing to donate to our communities, so long as the art work is appropriate for the residents. For more information please contact Adrian Hernandez at 951-392-6260 or via email:

Thank you,

Adrian Hernandez

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