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RAA News September 2012

Watercolor Exhibit Worth Visiting

During the months of September and October a collection of nine very fine watercolors by Robert H. Meltzer (1921-1987) are on display at the University of Redlands Alumni Gallery.  They can be viewed during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.   Entrance to the Alumni House is located on Grove Ave., just south of the orange groves at Colton and Grove Avenues,  on the eastern border of the U of R Campus.
After beginning his career apprenticed to New York based illustrators in New Rochelle NY,  Robert Meltzer served in the Navy during WWII and was later recalled to active duty as a combat artist during the Korean action.  He received a B of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist U., and MFA degree from U. of Hawaii.  Many other influences  led him to focus on Native American, American Southwest and rural California landscape subjects. He was elected to American Watercolor Society in 1967. Through Crafton Hills College he sponsored many seminars with artists such as Phil Dike, Millard Sheets and Robert E. Wood.
The watercolors displayed are owned by University of Redlands graduate and retired teacher from Beaumont Unified School district, Betty  Kikumi Meltzer, Betty who is an accomplished writer has recently published a book titled “Losing Ground- The Displacement of the San Gorgonio Pass Cahuilla People in the 19th Century”.  Both the exhibit and Betty’s book are worthy of your attention.
Submitted by Janet Edwards

Jean Waller’s “Sierras and Strings”

On October 7th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, a reception will be held at the Redlands Art Association to mark the opening of an exhibition, “Sierras and Strings,” by member and local artist Jean Waller. Featured will be a series of gouache paintings that reflect her interest in travel and nature. “My most enjoyable summers were spent in the eastern Sierras and the many sketchbooks I filled provide reference for my current work,” says Waller. A section of the exhibition will present monotypes created on an etching press in her home studio. Waller played the violin in the Redlands Symphony for 15 years and the imagery in her prints reflect her love of music. The exhibition runs from October 7 through October 26 at 215 East State Street, Redlands. The public is invited.

Jean Waller

MCAEEF Committee Meeting Highlights

Jerry Meeker called the meetng to order on Sept. 5, 3:00pm 2012, minues of June 12 meeing were read and approved.

Classic movies at the Krikorian Theatre:  posteers and flyers are printed and are being distributed.  The first film, IF I WERE YOU, starts Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 pm ,and ALSO on Thursday, Sept. 13., 2″30 pm.

Mike Jensen, son of Joan Jensen, contributed $5,000 to RAA in his mother’s honor.

Grants were approved for teachers and art supplies for the following: Youth Hope Foundatin, Kimberly Elementary, Micah House–Osford and Micah House–Chapel

Ed Sotello

Weaving Fiberarts Class in Oct/Nov

Please pick up the materials list at the Gallery with the sign up list folder if you have not already done so.  If you have any questions please call after Oct. 4.  See you Oct. 17 otherwise.

Evelyn Ifft

Children/Teen Art Show

Thank you to all the Volunteers, Members, Teachers, RAA Administration, and Parents, who helped pitch in to help for the Children/Teen Art Show. Our Reception was held August 25th with a fun turn out of kids. Here are some photos of the food, Art, and some of the Children. One photo shows Ms. Steinweg with her students Kaolo and Ian (favorite vote winner). There was much fabulous artwork displayed. The Art Show also had a new event of cookie decorating as “edible art”. Kids thoroughly enjoyed this, and a BIG thank you to all the Ladies from the RAA that helped “bake cookies” for the kids…including one of our accountants and other long time, RAA members. Also a warm welcome to our new Art Teachers for the Children’s Classes!

Gloria Steinweg

Upcoming National Watercolor Society Presentations

The National Watercolor Society invites your members to sign up for the demonstrations and lectures by Barbara Nechis on August 12; Thomas Schaller on September 30; and Frank Eber of October 7, 2012. Send e-mail to:

NWSPublicity@gmail.com or call 303/955-8750 to receive a flyer and registration form either by e-mail or snail mail.

The demonstrations and lectures will be held at the National Watercolor Society Gallery, 915 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731-3201.

Or you can call or e-mail Penny Hill, Annual Exhibition Director, at 760/908-3389; NWSAnnualExhib@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing your members at the demonstrations/lectures.

Another Loss in the the RAA

Donna Laurita, artist, formerly of Yucaipa, who was a member of Redlands Art Association and the Fine Arts Institute (FAI) of the San Bernardino Museum, has passed away this year.  She was a past president of FAI. I thought it was important to let her friends and aquantances know since she felt close to many of you.
Here is a link to her obituary in Webb City, MO:
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.   Please donate to your favorite charity rather than sending flowers or gifts. Also if any of you would like to share memories of her with me, I would appreciate it. Thank You!
Her brother and fellow artist,
Jesse McCormick
Local Color Gallery, Joplin, MO.

Plein Air First Presbyterian Church

As recorded in the minutes of the Los Angeles Presbytery for September 20, l887, “The Presbyterian Church of the East San Bernardino Valley “ was organized on July 7, l887 with eight members and two elders.  On October 29, l887 the Citrograph reported the certificate of the incorporation of the First Presbyterian Church had arrived from the office of the California Secretary of State.  For the first two years services were held in a school house, at the Baptist tent and in the Hamilton building.  In December l888 Judson and Brown donated two lots at the corner of Fourth and Vine which were later exchanged for lots at the corner of Cajon and Vine, the current location. Ground was broken for the church in April 1889 with twenty members and the church was completed in September.  By l890 there were 46 members. By 1898 there was a need for a larger sanctuary which was completed in January 1899.  The church kept growing and more buildings were added, but they were all sold to the Contemporary Club and relocated. The new church, with a Sunday school addition, was dedicated on March 26, l905.  The next building project took place in l957 when John Knox Fellowship Hall and Christian Education facilities were dedicated. A tragic fire completely destroyed the old church on June 29, l967 and the present church was built and dedicated on June 14, 1970.

We are making plans to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Redlands First Presbyterian Church.  So far, we have had a Birthday Barbeque and plan to have a banquet on October 27, a special church service on the 28, the installation of a peace pole, and we’d like very much to have Plein Aire artists draw images of or pertaining tothe church. Our thoughts are to combine a concert with the artists’ display and reception in John Knox Hall the night of the banquet on the 27th.  The art could be sold to members and friends that evening. The art work could be on display in the Narthex for the special Sunday service, or we could leave it in JKH for viewing during fellowship after the service.

Our church is multicultural with members joining us from Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, and Cameroon. We host Youth Hope, an organization for homeless Redlands kids, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6.  Our sanctuary has recently been refurbished and in the Narthex. We have a beautiful large framed stain glass picture that had been a window in the 1905 church and survived the fire. We also have a large church Bible that was rescued from the fire.

The Plein Air will take place on October 1 through 5, giving the artist time to complete and frame their artwork before October 27; also in case the weather does not cooperate we’d be able to easily change the date.

Helen Waitz, 909 794 3860

Remember Playing in Mud?

You can again when you use clay as your medium! Fall classes are starting at AMOCA’s Ceramic Studio the week of September 17th. Classes covering both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques are available for folks of all levels. Descriptions can be found online at www.amoca.org/ceramicsstudio/ceramics-classes To register contact The Ceramic Studio at 909-622-0464.

Jillian O’Dwyer

Date: September 14th and 15th

Time: 9am-3pm

One day or two day workshop:

  • One day $95.00 (plus paper)
  • Two day $150.00 (plus paper)

Things to bring: Lunch, wear old clothes, stencils, brushes.

Please let me know if you will be attending this month’s class. Will be having workshops in October and November.

Hope everyone had a great summer!

Talk to you soon – Kathy Spear

Redlands Conservancy Seeking Donations

We are organizing a fundraiser for the Redlands Conservancy called Feasting at the Farmer’s Market. The event, Sunday, Sept. 23, will feature produce from local growers paired with local chefs and a silent auction for the 200 guests. If any of your artists are interested in contributing art, we would love to have it!

Contact: Abby Harned (909) 795-7049

Thank You!

Celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Riverside Art Museum

Raise your voice in a recorded sing-along to honor the suffrage movement and celebrate liberty

We Woke The World, A Living Monument to Liberty at the Riverside Art Museum
Sunday, August 26th
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.riversideartmuseum.org/YABII

Riverside, CA — The Riverside Art Museum announces a unique opportunity to help build a “living monument” to the many faces of liberty, called We Woke The World. We Woke The World invites the public to celebrate liberty and women’s early historic and courageous efforts to claim their right to vote. This event, organized by Ari Kletzky, is part of the current exhibition, You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices, curated by Karla Diaz of Slanguage Studios. The exhibition runs from July 14 to September 22, 2012, and the We Woke The World event is on Sunday, August 26, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The celebration includes a sing-a-long and recording of a forgotten 1917 Suffragist-era song and a historical paper hat-making activity. The song marks a pivotal moment in women’s early history of liberty. It also tells a unique story about the women’s suffrage movement, which is the first successful nonviolent campaign for social change in U.S. history. In addition to songs, women used other tactics, such as wearing newspaper hats at parades. In celebrating this day, we will also make newspaper hats that speak to the history of liberty.

“This historic sing-a-long is a forgotten national treasure that speaks to the importance of participatory liberty, including non-violence, assembly, petitioning, and voting,” says Ari Kletzky, We Woke The World’s organizer. “Women’s vision, courage, and perseverance for participatory liberty demonstrates that the foundation of democratic community and individual rights is the liberty for all citizens to participate equally in decisions about the common good since those who participate create the laws we all must live by.”

“We hope the community will come out to learn more about the suffragist movement and celebrate the pioneers who made it possible for women in this country to vote,” says RAM Executive Director Drew Oberjuerge. “During these times of political divisions and posturing, it is incredibly encouraging to remember what people can accomplish when they work together for positive change.”

The concept of a living monument represents a new paradigm in how we remember history. Through a combination of various elements, such as events like this recorded sing-along which we hope will be a base for others to add their voices, a website, and other activities that stimulate knowledge and imagination, the dynamic history of liberty and its context becomes immediate and relevant to contemporary challenges and dreams. This is a shift from the traditional approach of erecting a monolithic, rigid object (which often finds itself neglected, forgotten, and/or knocked down or destroyed) to an evolving, flexible development that involves people giving history and ideas a voice, indeed giving it a life of its own.

If you are interested in volunteering or would be interested in speaking at the event about your experiences regarding the suffragist movement and what the right to vote means to you, please contact Exhibition Liaison Kathryn Poindexter at (951) 684-7111 ext. 307 or at: kpoindexter@riversideartmuseum.org for more information. More information on the exhibition and other free events are at: www.riversideartmuseum.org/YABII.

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 www.RiversideArtMuseum.org. Find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/riversideartmuseum) and Twitter (RAMRiverside).

Ai M. Kelley
Riverside Art Museum Communications
951.684.7111×303 | akelley@riversideartmuseum.org
www.riversideartmuseum.org www.facebook.com/riversideartmuseum

Programs & Workshops

Universal Painting Techniques

presented by Joe A Oakes

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Joe A. Oakes was born in Chicago and moved to Southern California in 1992. He received his BFA from California State University Fullerton in 1997. He worked for several years as a graphic designer before launching his career as a full time artist. Shortly thereafter he began teaching classes.

He now teaches classes and workshops throughout Southern California where he also exhibits his work! He continues to receive awards and recognition for his work and hopes that his artwork and teaching will inspire others to create. Joe says:

“Each painting is an emotional response to color... real or imagined but always felt.”

“All of us, in varying degrees, have become blind to the colors of our world. The mind dictates the color of things without true observation. Giving those colors back to each of us through painting is my goal.

Taking the time to see the least obvious colors in everything is the start. Then I make those colors bigger, bolder and brighter so they become the star. That is the spark needed to awaken our desire to know color better and enjoy it in our everyday lives.”

The demonstration will detail the artists approach to a landscape painting by discussing composition, perspective, color and value. Joe will also talk about the techniques he uses to create a feeling of blended colors and depth.

Tuesday Evening Programs are Free and open to all.

 

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

Papermaking

and Plant

Tagging

2015

Riverside Art Museum

 

 

                                                            Portable Shelter   26” x 27” x 36”

Roofing shingles, adhesive, insulation, wood, steel

2008 

 

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.

 

Featured Artists

Palmer & Roeder 11/18-12/8

On November 18th through December 8th, The Redland's Art Gallery will feature two prominent and highly esteemed ceramic artists, Penny Palmer and Nancy Ann Roeder.

Penny has been "playing with clay", as she puts it, for the past 4 decades. Penny has always loved art.  She is passionate and inquisitive about all of its aspects.  Penny is an accomplished carver of stone in alabaster, howlite, septarian nodules and precious soapstones of choice colors with their attractive jade-like appearance.  Additionally, she has learned side-by-side with 4th generation horse painter, Ning Yeh, and Penny skillfully captures the presence and spirit of the Chinese Brush Painting watercolor and ink flow.  She excels in the tradition and creates her own masterpieces. Her experience and diversity in various mediums allows Penny the freedom to create pieces that are unique and held to the high standards of balance, form, beauty and function. "There's a lot of knowledge and skill I have to pass along to my students".  She teaches ceramics at the Redlands Art Gallery to children and adults on Monday afternoons and evenings.

 

Nancy Ann Roeder has been working in several mediums throughout her artistic career.  In her youth she won an award which placed her artwork in the Manhattan Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Nancy comes from a very artistic family, and like her Mother, she enjoys teaching. Sharing her art with others, Nancy is always looking to embolden the next generation of future artists. Nancy currently teaches hand building ceramic classes on Monday afternoons & evenings at RAA. Come out and see Nancy's unique style and absolutely beautiful pieces from the functional pottery works to the purely esthetic, there is something here for everyone.

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 dianamclaughlinfineart.com.

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.

From Our Fearless Leaders

November 2017

Finally the weather and the clocks have changed to herald our southern California winter, which would probably be like summer for some parts of the world.
This last month has seen a flurry of activity in our local art world.  It began with a lively reception for Bruce Herwig's photography, at the gallery, followed the next week end by the amazing show Art For Heaven's Sake at The United Church of Christ in Redlands, which featured many of our artists, some long standing, some for the first time.  The weather was good and, I'm told, so were sales.
Mid month was take in for our current show Autumn Gold and the gallery is once again brimming with wonderful and varied art to suit all tastes and pockets. It is a challenge to find suitable places for all of it sometimes but our valiant hanging team manages it every time. Art on State Street happened this month too and was a great success.
Halloween was celebrated again by our "Come as your favorite dead artist" party and as I was unable to attend I await a report.
Then on Sunday our new featured artists, Diana McLaughlin and Casey Rideout held a busy, well attended reception for their oils and photography, many of my former home, The Central Coast. From what I saw sales were brisk and Judith had not a moment to herself. At the same time our guest artist, Karen Clark was present to talk about her water colors in photo realism style.  You have until Nov. 11 to see this wonderful work.
Of course, there have also been two stunning films in our MCAEEF series at the former Krikorian.  I am told that the new owners of the cinemas complex will still welcome us there, altho there will be fewer seats in each auditorium.  We have yet to see how we will be affected by this.
We also had a fascinating program by Danielle Wallis entitled Studio Art to Social Art which was enjoyed by too few of us.  It was in competition with several other big events.  Our new Program chair, Helen Leason is working hard to secure interesting speakers so please come out on the fourth Tuesday of the month to join us at these fascinating talks.
The month has not been without its adventures which will be covered in Behind The Scenes. So meanwhile, enjoy preparing for our last show of the year, All That Glitters, take in on December 2nd., and any other show in which you will be participating this busy holiday season.
I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Maggie Macro, RAA President
Maggie Macro with glasses