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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.

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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

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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

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