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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

March Soap Making Program

March 27th at 7pm

Cindy Jones Lantier will speak about the art of soap making .

Cindy Jones Lantier, of The Eclectic Soul and Soap's On, is an experienced soap maker and educator, after creating almost 200 pounds of soap. She enjoys not only the creative aspects of soap making, but also the scientific aspects of it. She is the formulary columnist for Making Soap & Candles Magazine, a leading industry publication. When she's not making soap, selling at craft fairs, or teaching others about soap making, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She never had children, but she is "mom" to the awesome kitties. She lives in Torrance.

Join long time RAA member Cindy Jones Lantier as she leads us through the history of soap making. She'll talk a little bit about the chemistry involved in creating a beautiful, luxurious, bar of soap. She'll also treat us to demonstration how creative this very exacting art can be.

She will also lead a six-hour class in Basic Soap Making on Saturday, 31 March.

Joe Oakes Acrylic Painting Workshop

Saturday March 10th  from 10 am – 4 pm

Fee: $100     RAA Member: $75

Join this award-winning artist for a fun, relaxed painting experience. He believes this kind of environment is more conducive to learning. There’s also a bit of structure so that he can present valuable art principals and demonstrate important painting techniques that can be applied to any subject matter. Put these skills to use in creating a finished acrylic painting.

  • Simple approach to help you stay loose
  • Composition, color, value, techniques
  • Give your painting depth & perspective
  • Structured but light and fun
  • Plenty of individual attention for all
  • Each student will create a finished painting

Oil and pastel also welcome. This workshop is designed for all skill levels. Feel free to bring your snacks or sack lunch.

Program: Color in Painting

Color in Painting: History, Classification Systems, Symolism, and Artists’ Thoughts

By Prof. Linda Kay Zoeckler, M.A., M.L.S.

February 22, at 7pm

What is the most exciting, creative, and fun element of painting? Many artists would answer color, though others would reply line, subject matter, etc. Please join us Tuesday, Feb 22 at 7 pm at the Gallery 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands to learn the answers to Zoeckler’s questions…

What are the definitions of terms used in discussing color? What is hue as opposed to value, intensity, tone, tint, and saturation? How is a color defined and just how many colors exist? What are colors made of, and are today’s colors different from earlier colors? When did synthetic pigments appear? What are fugitive colors? When were cakes of color devised? When were tubes of color devised? What is a binder and are there numerous types of binders? What is the difference between tempera and oil? When and where did oil painting arise and what were its new capabilities?

How old is the history of color? Why did the Greeks have no names for blue or green? Why do rainbows not look the same in paintings from different centuries? Why do earlier versions of the Bible mention or describe fewer colors and less often than later versions of the Bible? Why did some cultures forbid the use of certain colors? What have various colors symbolized throughout history? Culturally color has been defined differently and its symbols change from one culture to another. How does color relate to music, sound, or alchemy?

How does one study color? Scientists, painters, and poets, have all studied color and – using different methods -- arrived at different answers. What major color classification systems have been devised and when did they appear? When and why did the color wheel appear and what is it based upon? Just how many color wheels are there and are they the only way of representing color classification systems?

What pigments did certain artists use and how did they arrange them on their palettes? How did they carry them? What do artists paint boxes and portable easels look like? How do some artists select color combinations in a painting? What are the rules of using color and should there be any rules?

What do some well-known artists say about color? Eugene Delacroix famously asserted “Give me mud and I will make the skin of Venus out of it, if you allow me to surround it as I please.” Art is transformation – in the hands of talent it is mud to miracle.

See you at the Gallery, Tuesday, Feb 22. 7pm.

Featured Artists

Bishop & Jarvis 3/17-4/6

Ada Jarvis & Debi Bishop are Joint Featured Artists from March 17th to April 6th

Reception Sunday 18th March 3-5pm

Deborah L Bishop, Assemblage Artist

I began my journey as an artist when I was in high school art class for four years.  I began taking oil painting classes in my twenties when I was living in Riverside.  I enjoyed painting as a hobby until I started working full time for the County of Riverside. I took a hiatus on art for most of that time period. Then I accepted an early retirement offer from the County in 2010. Since then I have taken many art classes through Redlands Art Assoc. such as Oil Painting with Chick Curtis; Still Life Painting with Martha Cowan; Assemblage/Altered Art with Richard Freund; Copper Jewelry with Tia Shira; Pastels with Patricia Ford; Mosaics with Ada Jarvis, and probably a few others I’ve left out.

I’ve enjoyed all of the various classes I’ve participated in but the medium or type of artwork I am passionate about is Assemblage/Altered Art.  I can truly express my creativity through this art form.  The artwork I create is done in a three-part process: assembling the creation, prepping the piece for painting, and finally the painting process using fluid acrylic paints. One of my pieces, entitled “Lucky in Love” was submitted and accepted in the 45th Annual Multi Media Mini Show at the Redlands Art Assoc. Gallery.  I won a $50 Juror’s Choice Award for this piece.  I have entered my assemblage art in many Multi Media Mini Shows since then and a number of my pieces have been accepted. I have participated in Art on State Street & continue to sell my pieces through the Redlands Art Association. I hope to continue my journey through the world of art as long as I enjoy doing it and others enjoy seeing it.

Ada Domke Jarvis

Ada began formal instruction in painting and scientific illustration after high school. She paints with acrylics and oils. Her specialties are historic or personal buildings, scenes and Harleys painted on decorative glass balls and mini canvases which are sold in Redlands, Mission Inn and on commission. Her art has been shown and/or sold in Oregon, Ohio, B.C., Maryland, Tennessee and California. Her paintings have been accepted in several juried art shows in Oregon and California.

Sixteen years ago she taught herself the art of pique assiette (mosaics using beautiful broken china and other interesting objects). Her pieces include birdhouses, bird baths, furniture, mirrors, frames, garden stones, house numbers, tea sets, backsplashes, and wreaths.

Her teaching of pique assiette includes: private classes; workshop for over 40 artists at the 2008 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival; classes at Redlands Art Gallery. She is a volunteer judge for the National Veterans Arts Competition at the Loma Linda Veterans Administration Hospital. She helped judge Redlands Unified School District children’s art. For several years she volunteered on the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association Board of Directors, and is currently a member of Redlands Art Association.

Contact: adacanada@yahoo.com, 909-796-0040. Like her on FaceBook.

David Fairrington 1/20-2/16

David Fairrington will be a featured artist from January 20th to February 16. There will be a public reception on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm to see Fairrington’s exciting new work.

David’s show is called “Possibilities” with his new work exploring the possibilities of simplicity. “The possibilities are endless for all things you want to do. You just have to do them,” says Fairrington. “Don’t keep doing the same old stuff.”

Fairrington, a noted portrait painter, has painted Hollywood celebrities and elected officials as well as Vietnam combat scenes and soothing landscapes. His paintings are now in the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C. His resume includes working with all the major film studios as a creator and designer. Fairrington’s clients have included athletes such as Arthur Ashe, former L.A. police chief William Bratton, and members of Congress. In the ballet world, David is known as the "Degas" of ballet painters. HIs clients continue to ask…”what goes on in your head that you can come up with this incredible work.”

Fairrington states, “I have experienced a lot in my life and it is wonderful to be able to paint some of the beauty and charm I have seen.

The Redlands Art Association is located at 215 E State St, Redlands, CA 92373. Phone 909 792 8435

The one word used most to describe David is “inspires.” He does inspire in both his paintings and his teaching.

Come and be inspired.

His website is www.davidfairrington.com

For more info, call David Fairrington at 951-966-6800

Ken Carmean 12/9-30

December Featured Artist - Ken Carmean
Show Dates: December 9—30
Reception: Saturday, December 9, 3–5PM

Redlands Art Association is honored to present Ken
Carmean, our featured artist, December 9–30.

Ken started making Pottery in his Senior year of High
School, from there he attended the local Junior College
in San Bernardino, Majoring in Art. He enrolled in Dick
Bossard’s class and It wasn’t long before he was an
emerging Studio Potter, making clay, glazes, loading
glaze kilns, firing Salt and Raku kilns. Then Proposition
13 hit and the college was shuttered for the summer.
After a season with a Hot Shot crew in the Forest
Service Ken went back to doing what he loved, working
full time as a Potter. He worked for this amazing potter
from Fontana who had a production studio. There he
learned how to throw a wide variety of forms quickly. He
also learned how to single-fire work to save on costs.
For 14 years he operated Arrowhead Stoneware. He
has sold his work all over the western United States to
many different retailers, art shows, and Galleries. After
a 7-year break from pottery Ken discovered Sonoma
Community’s Ceramics Program. Ken Carmean has
been teaching Ceramic’s classes for the past 5 years
at SCC.
“At SCC, we have two gas kilns that fire to cone 10, 3 Skutt
electric kilns that do a multi-range of firings, a Raku and
Soda kiln. There’s a fully equipped print shop, and a Fiber
Arts class room, and a lot more,” says Ken. For more
information go to sonomacommunitycenter.org.

From Our Fearless Leaders

February 2018

As usual our first month of the year has seen much activity in the gallery. The take-in for "Follow Your Heart" show on January 12th was also an opportunity to renew your membership.  And if you have not done that yet, please come into the gallery to do so. Turn out for the show was as brisk as ever because it continues over Valentine’s Day; always a good time for sales!

The joint reception on January 20th featured David Farrington as featured artist and was lively and very well attended.  It is so wonderful to see the gallery being enjoyed by so many people.

Then on Jan 23rd our program organizer, Helen Leason, presented Patricia Rose Ford, who spoke about plein air painting and then demonstrated pastel painting.  This event was also well attended.

The annual tea party took place on January 28th., presided over by Liz Coviello.  Originally this event was to mark our 50th anniversary but it is so popular that Liz is asked about it every year now, and so she makes it happen.  Thank you Liz!!  As you can see there was a great spread with two kinds of tea in some beautiful tea pots! Attendees enjoyed the chance to chat without there being any work involved.

Soon we will be gearing up for our juried Mini Multi Media show so be getting your entries ready and be sure they measure no more than fourteen and a half inches in any direction.  Sunday February 18th. is the date for your calendar.  See you there!

Maggie Macro, RAA President

Maggie Macro with glasses