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RAA News October 2012


On Wednesday, October 3rd, the MCAEEF Committee met and reviewed requests for educational grants.  The following were approved:

 Franklin Elementary
  • Title of project:  Franklin Attacks Art
Judson and Brown
  • Title of project:  After School Art
 AAA (Arts, Athletics, Academics) Academy
  • Title of project;  Minimum Day Art Classes, K-5
 Ed Sotello

Springtime in Paris

There is never a more beautiful time to enjoy Paris than in the Springtime. The flowers are in bloom, the air is crisp cool and refreshing and the beauty of the City Of Lights is at its best. The Redlands Art Association is offering a once in a lifetime trip to Paris leaving on April 22, 2013 and returning on April 30th.

For more information or to register, call our office at (909) 792-8435 and ask for Randy. Also watch our next newsletter and the website for more details. I hope you will plan on joining us for a fabulous excursion to the incredible city of Paris!

Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Featured Artist Corner

Have you noticed our Featured Artist corner this year?  Our Artists have really enhanced the appearance of our Gallery.  If you would like to feature your art in 2013, please call Patty Hayden at 909-793-5178.  It is not difficult.  All you need is some inventory; about 10-12 pieces or less if they are large.

The remaining months will feature Jean Waller, Joanne Bergeson, Doug Bowman, and Joanna Mersereau, all long-members of RAA.  Come in often to enjoy their displays!!                                                                

Keep painting–Patty

Patty Hayden, Featured Artist Co-ordinator

Save the Date

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM The Redlands Art Association will open it’s doors for our first annual members Holiday potluck. Plan on joining us to view the new show in the gallery, participate in an ornament exchange and kick off the holiday season. A sign up sheet will be available in the gallery in mid November.

So remember to mark your calendar and plan to join us for some great food, some delicious drink and lots of fun.

Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Tuesday Night Programs

Terrific programs are offered, almost monthly, by RAA. If you are an artist or a person with an interest in art, you won’t want to miss these special programs. Interesting speakers and demonstrators will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the arts. The programs are free to RAA members and only $3 to non-members.

This month, on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 pm, local, professional artist, Dennis Hare will speak and inspire us. Next month, on Tuesday, November 13th, noted historian, Lyndy Zoeckler will speak on Rene Lalique’s architectural designs in Los Angeles.

Should be very stimulating. See you there!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration

9:30 to 11:30, Saturday morning, November 3rd, 2012

Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands 92374

Sponsored by Redlands Sister City Association

  •  Activities for children, (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Dancers and musicians will be performing
  • Viewing of family altars and artwork

You are invited to:

  •  Display your family altar
  • Display your Día de los Muertos artwork

For more info, please call:

  • Carol (909) 793-9919 English
  • Anna (909) 792-4977 English or Spanish

Just a Reminder on Upcoming Classes

A new session of Oil Painting with Chick Curtis starts Sunday, October 28th and Watercolor with Ed Sotello, starts Thursday, November 1st. Check out the dates and details on the RAA website and register by calling (909) 792-8435 or visit the RAA Gallery, 215 E. State Street  Redlands. You’ll be glad you did!

 Lori Powell, Adult Ed Chair

Market Night Art

Do you enjoy Market Night in Redlands on Thursday evenings? The Redlands Art Association would like to encourage you to bring the family and visit the unique food booths, sample the wonderful fruits and vegetables, enjoy the various crafts and create some ART!
If you bring your children with you to Market Night why not stop by the gallery located at 215 E. State Street. While you are browsing inside, your children can create art work with pencils and crayons out on our patio. Our professional art instructors will offer helpful hints and guidance for the children and answer questions regarding our children and adult classes, our workshops and programs. They may even give you an update on whats happening at the gallery.We invite you to come, see and enjoy your Redlands Art Association.
Randy Hill, RAA Executive Director

Grove School Looking for Qualified Jurors

The Grove School in Redlands is a Charter middle and high school. During the November Harvest Festival, works of art by 7th to 12th graders will be on display. The exhibition will include drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, drama and music and will be on display one day only, November 9, 2012. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to juror any of these categories, contact Amy Nottingham, Visual Arts Teacher.

I’ve Been Framed!

Or at least I need to be framed. The Redlands Art Association members sometimes need to have their work framed. They ask our volunteers for a referral or recommendation but alas we don’t have a referral list to offer them. If you frame art work and would like to be added to our list of referrals please call Randy at the gallery(909) 792-8435 and give us your name, address, phone number and email address and we will add you to our list.

“Off the Shelf” by Joanna Mersereau, A.W.S.

This column will review books in the RAA library that I consider valuable art tools. In reading them I found my own imagination was stimulated. I hope it does the same for you.

“Drawing & Painting People” by John Raynes. 128 pp. 757 RAY

Using simple media–charcoal, acrylics, watercolor and colored pencil–Raynes leads you through simple steps to get a likeness. His use of a rectangle with divided areas takes the “luck” out of the process. Eyes are normally at half the vertical rectangle. Lines drawn through both eyes to center of mouth form a triangle. He describes each feature for angle of view and structure.

The sections on skin and hair color show how to bring life to the subject through warm and cool pigments. His text and illustrations of reflected light on dark skin are particularly valuable.

Capturing the expression can make or break the painting’s success. Raynes illustrates children and adults, from a posed figure to photographs. He touches on how to draw hands, poses and fabrics.

For a simple, yet thorough study of painting people, this book gets a “thumbs up” from me.


Joanna Mersereau

Teen Mania Wins Prize in Recycled Art Show

Here are some photos of the Recycled Art Show, where class Teen Mania one first prize as a class! Five students entered their art into the contest! Students worked on individual designs using stairs, and human figures. Student Jaqui B., also entered her own art, separately winning a 1st prize in that category. So congratulations to the class! Some of these students have been in the Monday night class since it began 3 years ago. Ms. Gloria Steinweg, a recognized and awarded artist (RAA member, and Teen class teacher) also won a prize in the show! Artist Liz Coviello, well known RAA member, was also highly recognized in that show!

Gloria Steinweg

IE’s Best Architects Go Green

2012 Design Awards at the Riverside Art Museum

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Inland California Chapter 2012 Design Award Submissions Exhibition

Exhibit: October 4 – January 15, 2012

Awards Presentation and Panel: October 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit

Riverside CA –The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly announces an exhibition of The American Institute of Architects, Inland California Chapter (AIAIC) 2012 Design Award submissions. The exhibition will run from October 4 – January 15, 2012, and will be displayed in RAM’s alcove hall, display cases, and mezzanine wall, with an Awards Presentation on October 4, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This prestigious professional organization was founded to offer education, government advocacy, and public outreach. As part of the AIA’s effort to promote design excellence, member architects are invited to submit their best work to be judged by an esteemed jury.  This year’s submissions will be shared with the public as part of a tribute to Julia Morgan, the first female architect licensed in California in 1904, best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and of course, the former Riverside YWCA building which now houses RAM.

The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society. Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. As AIA members, over 80,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.

The public is invited to the awards presentation and panel discussion on October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Riverside’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation. The goal of the Long Night program is to showcase the city’s accomplishments in the arts and sciences to residents, build pride in the city, and encourage youth to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

For more information, please visit: or
RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 50-plus-year-old, private, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit Find us on Facebook ( and Twitter (RAMRiverside).

Ai M. Kelley
Riverside Art Museum Communications

Film and Video Game Concept Art at RAM

Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art

September 30 –- January 10, 2012

For more information, visit

Riverside CA – The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is proud to present Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art, which explores the work that defines this genre and showcases exemplary pieces of character design, vehicle design, environment painting, matte painting, and storyboarding.

“It is really exciting to bring concept art to a museum not only to showcase such incredible talent, but also to share the process and purpose of concept art within the entertainment industry,” says guest co-curator Nicole West.

Characters, vehicles, and environments from our favorite movies and video games are often developed years in advance of their public debuts. Early on in the pre-production of movies and video games, concept artists collaborate with directors and producers to create the visual design for intellectual properties. Concept artists are required not only to have the drawing and painting skills of a fine artist and the knowledge of an industrial designer, but they also need to have the vision and creativity to generate entirely new designs and concepts. In the past few decades, concept artists have migrated away from working in oil, acrylic, pencil, and pen and have moved to a more efficient digital medium.

“With one out of six jobs in Southern California now in the creative industries, we are pleased to share with our community a possible career path such as a concept artist,“ says Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director.

The exhibition is co-curated by Nicole West and Thomas Brillante.

West is a Development Director II at Electronic Arts, who has worked in the arts and entertainment fields since graduating from the University of Southern California. West has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, Babel Media, and Brash Entertainment. She has organized several concept art exhibitions that have been viewed by thousands of people.

Brillante has over 13 years of experience working for The Art Institute of California as an Assistant Director of Admission. He has had several of his former students obtain success in various fields of media design. Outside of work he is a patron of the arts from figurative painting to digital concept art. In 2009 he organized the Gifted Artist charity art auction benefitting the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Foundation, a successful show that included illustrators and entertainment designers from all over world.

Sponsored by the Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, Painting in Pixels will run from September 30 – January 10th. West Studio and Design Studio Press provided additional support to make this possible.

For more information, please visit:

Ai M. Kelley
Riverside Art Museum Communications

Programs & Workshops

Danielle Wallis 10/27 Program

From Studio Art to Social Art, by Danielle Giudici Wallis

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

The Tuesday Program is Free and open to the public.

Danielle Giudici Wallis will be presenting an overview of her work beginning with her early sculptural metalwork, and discussing the transition to more temporal materials and methods. She has moved from a solitary studio practice as an object maker, towards more of a social practice model which includes large and small collaborative projects.

Danielle is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and her MFA from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Grant, the James Borelli Fellowship in Art, the Anita Squires Memorial Fund in Photography and a fellowship from the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.   Her   work has been exhibited widely in the Bay area and beyond, including shows at Catharine Clark Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, A.I.R. in New York, and The California Palace of the Legion of Honor which holds one of her artist’s books in their Achenbach collection. She was nominated twice for SFMOMA’s SECA Award and participated in the American debut of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. Most recently, she has been exploring social and collaborative practices.
Mobile Garden    33” x 35” x 91” 
Metal, reclaimed wood, plants,

synthetic grass, bicycle tires and hitch, 2013

Examples of this include her “Beating Invasives” project, which was part of the Riverside Art Museum’s “Art Make,” and a series of collaborative artists’ books with letterpress printer, Marie Dern. Her administrative work has become a complementary medium as she explores larger collaborative projects, bringing organizations and communities together through the arts.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County.


Beating Invasives

Bicycle  Powered


and Plant



Riverside Art Museum



                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel



September Pastels Program

Exploring Pastels from Soup to Nuts! with Angela Koenig

Angela Koenig will talk about the Soft Pastel medium on Tuesday, September 26th at 7.00 pm. Programs are free and open to the public. She intends present an A-Z regarding soft pastels, types of paper and techniques. Here’s what Angela has to say about pastels:

Pastels are little gems of pure color! As a medium, they are fun to use and can be incorporated into your artistic works in a variety of ways! Their explosive and vibrant color make your paintings sing, however, many artists often under estimate the fantastic nature of this medium. Artist Angela Koenig will join us on September 26th at 7:00 pm to kick off our new season, and will answer your questions and help you to understand   what makes pastels such a great medium for artists!

Choosing the right pastel is critical and depends upon your use and technique. Angela will explain how to get started with your own collection of colors and most importantly how to keep the colors clean and glowing in your work! Additionally, the presentation will include several substrate options and painting techniques for use of this flexible medium with a number of different mixed media options. We will learn about pastels and their unique qualities; you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of pastels, literally from soup to  nuts!

Over the years, Angela Koenig has developed her artistic skills using a variety of different media, including pastels, encaustics, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as Chinese brush and mixed media. Her spontaneous assembly of color and texture propels her distinctive style as she strives to capture the essential soul of her subjects which range from impressionistic and representational work to abstraction.  In her  mission statement Angela describes her personal artistic orientation - “Most artists concentrate on the visible. I strive to capture what is underneath the superficial layer to convey the very essence of my subjects. I’m not just putting a brush to canvas. Every stroke is an untold story: every painting reflects a vision of vitality and spirit.”  Her work is prismatically vibrant and aesthetically  complex.

As an award winning artist, Angela participates in a number of invitational shows, including the San Dimas Festival of Arts, and was one of only three American artists featured by the Escondido Museum of Art in a recent showing of international Encaustic works. She has been asked to give presentations on a variety of mediums as well as conduct workshops and demonstrations for various regional art groups.  Her work has been featured in several magazines, and she is currently a working member of the Critical Eye Studio, and well as the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council.


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.

Featured Artists

McLaughlin & Rideout 10/28-11/18

Wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Diana McLaughlin and her son Casey Rideout are having a joint featured artist show because they have a shared interest in art; Diana’s medium is oils, Casey’s is photography.  They enjoy sharing ideas and talking about composition and color, thus thought it would be fun to do a joint show.  Our work will focus primarily on work from the California Central Coast where Casey lives and works and Diana lives part-time.

Diana H. McLaughlin Biography

I came to art late in life, after teaching elementary school, raising 3 children and working with community non-profits.  I enjoyed art classes while studying for a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and was always very aware of and creatively inspired by nature and my daily environment, but never actively participated in recreating it artistically.

I began taking oil painting and drawing instruction in earnest soon after my youngest child left for college. I’ve enjoyed classes at UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I’ve also taken classes from skilled artists Lucille Van Wollfersdorf, Ken Auster, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Huse, Carol Marine, Dennis Hare and Martha Cowan.  I take weekly inspiration and advice from my artists’ group, Critical Eye Studio.

My inspiration comes from my travels as well as daily life. I paint landscapes, still life and animals.

Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and, to my great surprise, was awarded 1st place in the RAA Multimedia Mini Show.  My work has been juried into several local art competitions and is in private and public collections. My work may be seen at

Diana’s Artist Statement

To me, art represents more than an object, rather hundreds of hours of mistakes, experimentations and successes. You are looking at days of frustrations, then moments of pure joy when it all works. I love the process and, sometimes, the outcome.

Biography: Casey Rideout

I was born in Los Gatos, CA. After short stays in Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest my family moved to Redlands, CA, where I spent the remainder of my childhood. As a boy I would make forts in and among the orange groves and canyons that have all but disappeared from the area. The taste of stolen oranges and the smell of blossoms are fond memories of my childhood.

I first took notice of photography as an art during a summer stay with my grandparents. Their guest bedroom, where I was staying, doubled as a darkroom. Examples of their work hung on the walls along with certificates from photo competitions that they had earned. Looking back, I think I was just interested because the pictures were of people that weren’t a part of my family, they were different and interesting. In retrospect I realize that my grandparents were capturing singular moments in time. Fleeting experiences that were easy to miss but had been made eternal because my grandparents took notice and captured them on film. When I finally put my hands on a camera of my own I felt like I’d found the lens through which I could view life.

My camera is my license to wander, to walk slowly through the world, taking notice of the small moments of beauty that are so easily missed. I’ve found a wonderful subject in the Central Coast of California, where long, sandy beaches are interrupted by jagged, rocky coastlines and grassy hillsides are patched with green vineyards.

My recent work has focused on the stretch of coastline between Montaña de Oro State Park, just south of Los Osos, and Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. I lean toward using long exposures to smooth out the surging tides and isolate my subjects and the light that plays across them. I find myself shooting both B&W and color photos in equal numbers, choosing B&W to capture the contrast of light and shadow, and color when the vibrancy of the natural world cannot be denied.


Bruce Herwig 10/7-27

Reception: Saturday, October 7 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Redlands Photo Enthusiast Bruce Herwig will be displaying his photography, coloring books and love for all things Redlands.

Light refreshments served. Attendees will have their choice of free coloring pages. Free and open to the public.

Joanna Mersereau 9/16 -10/7

Show Dates: Sept 16 - October 7

Reception: Saturday, Sept 23 4:30-6:30

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2017

As the days grow shorter I'm sure you are all grateful for the cooler temperatures and I imagine the plein air painters and photographers will be enjoying more opportunities for practicing their art.

As usual we have a packed calendar for the next month.  Our featured artists will be Bruce Herwig, photographer, followed by Diana McLaughlin.

Soon it will be time to be preparing your work for the next take-in for Autumn Gold on Oct. 20th. (If you have wall art please ensure that you have a wire for hanging.  This will ensure you do not get a phone call from the hard-working hanging committee asking you to pick up your work and adjust it.)

We are approaching that busy time of year that gives all of us an opportunity to display and sell.  Art For Heavens Sake on Oct. 13, 14, 15 will feature several of our artists along with other fine work.  This is followed closely by Art On State Street on October 29th.  There are still places left so if you have thought about it don't wait to sign up for a table.  Such a bargain at $25.

The night before will be our second annual Halloween party combined with the reception for Autumn Gold, that is October 28th. from 6-8.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening.  The suggested costume theme is "your favorite dead artist". There will be great snacks and movies again.

We are continuing with details of our refurbishing (see "Behind The Scenes" for more) and the compliments continue to roll in.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make the gallery sparkle.

So, even though events in the news can be depressing, we artists and our clients provide a balance by continuing to value and reflect the beauty of our world.

Thank you for doing that.  It is so important at this time.

Maggie Macro, RAA President

Maggie Macro with glasses