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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

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

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.

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.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

July 2017

The last two years have been an incredible journey for me. From becoming President of the Operating Committee to President of the Board of Directors, time has flown by. The RAA weathered the recession, but we came out carrying an unsustainable large deficit. So we made cut backs, not always popular, to the coordinator hours, raised our Take-In fees, cut the printed newsletter and were frugal with what we spent. We experimented with opening on Market Nights and later closing for the run up to Christmas. We changed membership from calendar to year round and as a result more and more people are joining RAA either as members showing their art or taking art classes with the membership discount. Adult Education under Joyce Hatzidakis and then Linda Willason expanded and we are offering a broad selection of new classes to the community. Suzanne Burke as Youth Education Coordinator has not stopped, the Home School Program expanded to 2 mornings a week and we currently offer 5 children’s after school classes during the school year. We introduced Opening Receptions for new gallery shows, we’ve invited all our artists to come and sell some of their work or demonstrate their art on the patio on Market Night. We have a new Marketing team who are pushing ahead and trying to make us more visible in the community – have you seen our postcard mailings? MCAEEF continues working diligently with local schools creating the opportunity for art teachers to go into schools, all funded by the Redlands Cinema Classics at the Krikorian Theatre and best of all art sales in the gallery are improving all the time.

I know I’ve missed out lots I would like to thank Candy Glendening and Grace Fermier for their hard work each month ensuring there is an on line newsletter for all of us to read, my fellow board members for their patience with my long agendas and hard work! We have already said goodbye to Diane McLaughlin, Karen Coates and Tony Radcliffe from the board this year and we are now saying goodbye to Jan Harvey and Christine White – thank you all for your hard work. It’s been fun and an incredible opportunity over the last two years to meet and work alongside an amazing talented group of local artists.

Patty and Hayden and Evelyn Ifft are retiring as Featured Artist Coordinators. They do such great work behind the scenes and we thank you both for all your hard work.

My expiration date might be up but I’m not disappearing, I’ll still be working in the gallery. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Maggie Macro for the next year. I know it’s going to be an incredible journey for her and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have done.

Remember, Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage” - wishing everyone success in their personal artistic endeavours.

Liz Coviello – outgoing RAA President