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RAA News October 2014

Special Alert for January Shows and Events

This coming January we will be holding a special one-person exhibition in the west gallery for a former member and city engineer, Ray Swanson.  There will be a special reception on Sunday, January 4th from 2 to 4:30 and Swanson’s widow, Beverly, will be attending.  Please mark your calendars, an RSVP will be requested.

At the same time we will be having a modified members show in the east gallery.  Due to space limitation that show will be restricted to a single entry and it should be representative of your best work.  There are no size restrictions but please try to submit a reasonably sized piece so more works can be hung.

During the month there will be two special talks related to the Swanson exhibition and both will be given as ESRI/UR Town & Gown Forums at ESRI.  Hopefully we will have a large number of people visiting the gallery.  I will provide more details in next month’s newsletter.

Larry Harvill,  Chair, Board of Directors

Our Way with Watercolor

Redlands Art Association watercolor students under the direction of Ed Sotello present an exhibit of watercolor media at the First Methodist Church, 1 East Olive Ave, Redlands, Ca.  The show of approximately 20 works will be exhibited from November l to November 30, 2014.  There will be a reception on Saturday, November 15, from 2 to 4 PM.  The teacher and students will be on hand to greet guests and answer questions.

Submitted by Ed Sotello

Mersereau’s “Winterfaire”

Usually in December, “Winterfaire”, an annual exhibit and sale, will be in November, two Saturdays, November 15 and and 22, from 10 to 4 each day.


Joanna will show new half-sheet watercolors and miniatures (4”x 4” up to 5”x 7”). The exhibit will be in her studio/gallery at 1251 East Lugonia Avenue, #37 (Lugonia Fountains), between University and Judson. See more from invitation cards in RAA Gallery, or on her website: Email address:


Joanna has been interviewed for a music/art magazine, “Uncle Jam”, a publication which should be out in December. It’s free and according to its creators and editors, Linda and Phil Yeh, sponsors reading and art around the world. Look for it in December, all over Redlands and surounding communities.

Submitted by Joanna Mersereau


Sheila Hansberger’s New Cookbook

Sheila Hansberger proudly announces her latest project, The Better Than Average Apple Cookbook, is now available on and It can also be found locally in Oak Glen at several shops and at the Kopper Kettle in Yucaipa.

Between the early 1970s, and up until 1988, her family owned and operated Snow-Line Orchards in Oak Glen. Says Hansberger, “Since an abundant crop grew right outside our door, I was always on the hunt for new ways to cook, bake, or preserve the fruit. Friends and family joined me in my quest and offered up a multitude of recipes which I compiled into a cookbook.”

The current cookbook is an updated version of an original printing that found its way into kitchens in 1975. That first edition, which immediately sold out, was created by using a mimeograph machine, stapled pages, and a cover printed by Cobb’s printing, where Hansberger worked as a graphic artist at the time.

This year, she revamped that first rudimentary cookbook into a commercially printed edition with a full-color glossy cover. Not only does it contain many favorite apple recipes from long ago, it now includes over thirty apple-themed illustrations spanning Hansberger’s career as an artist, making it a unique collector’s item. To see more of the artist’s work, please visit:

Submitted by Sheila Hansberger

Downtown Redlands Artwalk

Sunday, Oct. 26 from Noon to 6pm.

Downtown Redlands Art Walk, featuring the Annual IE Zine Fest, will happen in conjunction with Art-On-The-Street. More artist’s work will be placed around the State St-Citrus Ave-Orange St business district, musical performances and food from the Salted Pig (Riverside) will be at Ed Hales’ Park.


The Redlands Art Association invites you to walk through ART-ON-STATE STREET, RAA’s fall outdoor show on Sunday, October 26, 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 and the artist’s wares will fill the street. Like Market Night, the artists will have their canopies, tables, racks and standards lined up 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 October 26, between 9 am and 5 pm.


Downtown Redlands Art Walk, featuring the Annual IE Zine Fest, will happen in conjunction with Art-On-The-Street. More artist’s work will be placed around the business district, musical performances and food from the Salted Pig (Riverside) will be at Ed Hales’ Park. Sunday, Oct. 26 from Noon to 6pm.


Plein Air Mini Series

The Program / Workshop Committee has created a mini series on plein air painting.  It started September 23rd with Patricia Rose Ford, a soft pastel artist, speaking on Plein Air Painting. 

Coming October 28th will be Terry d. Chacon, speaking on Luminosity and Color with a Palette Knife.  She will give a workshop on November 1st called Create Plein Air Oil Paintings with Glowing Color and Light, Using a Palette Knife.

On November 18th noted art Historian, Linda Kay Zoeckler, will speak on California Impressionism, the early movement of  plein air painting circa 1910 – 1930.  She will show lots of examples of the works of important artists of that time.

Be sure and put the dates on your calendar!

Submitted by Lori Powell


Programs & Workshops

May 23 Program – Bruce Herwig

Bruce is going to present his "How-tos" on marketing your art work.  His examples will be his popular Color Me Redlands coloring books, calendars and Redlands landscape photography.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm.  Public welcome... no charge.

“Georgia O’Keeffe… continued”

With Linda Zoeckler, 4-25-17

The April Program at the Redlands Art Association Gallery will be the lecture and photos, “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Later Works”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, April  at 25, 7 pm.

Zoeckler, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

Clay Safari Class

Upcoming Class: Clay Safari beginning April 17!

Penny Palmer and Nancy Roeder will teach and guide you on a five week adventure through the clay safari outback at the Redlands Art Association, located at 215 State Street in the city of Redlands.

Penny has been involved in ceramics and teaching hand building, throwing & sculpture over the past forty years with low fire, mid range, wood & kazegama firings, pit and raku firing, and traditional stoneware and porcelain high fire pieces that have made their way into homes and private collections throughout the globe!

“I love working with clay and teaching new and experienced clay artists", Penny states." I am a Studio Potter, dedicated to passing along the knowledge, skills, secrets, shortcuts and techniques that I have gleaned over the course of my lifetime to train the next Studio Potters for our future”.

Nancy excels in hand building and incorporating her unique surface textures, designs and decorating techniques.  she exhibits her pieces locally and they have become sought after in juried art shows.

This new clay safari class will give you hands on experience taming the raw, wild and savage clay into one-of-a-kind pieces that you will decorate, glaze and take home to your collection.

  • 5 Monday nights 6pm - 8:30pm
  • April 17, 24, through may 1, 8, & 22
  • RAA member $75.00*/non member $100.00*
  • Book your passage now! 909 792 - 8435

* There is a one-time $25.00 materials fee for the whole course payable to the instructor at the first class.

Featured Artists

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.

Jennifer Ali 6/3 – 6/24

You are invited to the Art Show and Opening Reception by artist Jennifer Ali on Friday June 16, 6 - 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Come meet this professional artist of 36 years and see her most recent work.

Linda Richards 5/13 – 6/3

Featured Artist brings her Father’s Vintage Photos to Life

Featured artist Linda Richards from Redlands will be showcasing her vintage themed oil paintings in her show, “Scenes from my Father’s Past,” at the Redlands Art Association Gallery at 215 E. State Street, downtown, from May 13th through June 3rd.

After her father died, Richards discovered negatives of black and white photos he took as a young unmarried man in the late 30s and early 40s. Some were from stage shows in Chicago or New York, some from road trips throughout the country.

Recognizing their importance, she contacted a couple museums to see if they were interested, but the subject matter and featured cities covered too wide a range.

Now she’s finally found them a home -- through her color oil painting renditions.

Richards says it’s been a fun journey to map out his travels.

In several cases, she’s returned to the places he stood to take his photos. “When I was in New York in December, I found the vantage point at Times Square and also one on Wall Street,” she says. She has also discovered how he took them, from the back of a taxi or perhaps his Dad’s car. One of her paintings from Time Square shows her grandfather in the crowd.

“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards says.

The biggest challenge was also the most fun, choosing what colors to use. Some feature a limited sepia palette, while others like the Time’s Square scenes are full of color.

She’s happy to give them a new voice through her paintings, and to honor her father by exhibiting his original photographs in her show. She also wonders how many people have old vintage photographs in their family that could be put to similar use.

Richards welcomes all to her reception at the Redlands Art Association on Saturday, May 20th from 4 to 6 pm.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2017

What an amazing Spring we are having! Fabulous wild flower displays throughout Southern California, snow in the mountains this weekend and incredible meteor showers! It’s been a busy month in the gallery with the Horticultural Garden Tour, and the Vintage Redlands Wine and food tasting tour plus many of our artists are participating in local art shows. Many thanks to the local florists and RAA members who made the stunning floral displays for the gallery. But, it doesn’t stop there, Art in the Park and the Festival of the Arts is just a few weeks away. Happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, RAA president