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September 2015

Welcome Friends of RAA. It’s the beginning of September and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with the back door open! Fresh air is circulating round the house; what a
welcome relief to the summer heat we’ve all been experiencing and gives me head space to think about Fall! It’s going to be a busy Holiday Season in the RAA Gallery.
Firstly and most importantly is the message from Larry Harvill, Chairman of the Board of Directors, about discontinuation of the use of the word “member”. We are now officially “Friends of RAA”.

In preparation for Fall, it’s nice to have a bit of a Spring Clean! Bruce Herwig is coordinating the First Ever RAA “Supply Swap” Saturday, October 3 in the East Gallery. (See page 5) Thanks Bruce.

Back in July I was saddened to see major retailers start the “Holiday Season” when it was over 100°F, firstly bringing in Halloween decorations and as I blinked Christmas decorations were for sale alongside them. We may think it’s way too early to think about the Holiday Season, but we cannot deny it’s the busiest shopping season of the year and one that brings in the most money to all retail businesses, including ourselves. So, we too at the RAA have to think about the Holiday Season and plan ahead, even if it’s only the beginning of September!

But, I am excited to tell you all, the Operating Committee has approved several new opportunities for artists to sell additional work in the gallery,
on Market Night and Sunday mornings (see articles in the newsletter); plus there is Art on State Street on October 25.
This year we are going to have a huge Christmas Tree Celebration, kicking off with our own Christmas Tree take-in, followed by a free Christmas Decoration swap, open to the Community and Friends of RAA, plus a Community and Friends of the RAA Christmas Decorations Show-Within- A-Show the week of Thanksgiving (See pages 5 & 6). All of these events need “YOU” the Friends of RAA to give additional volunteer hours to make this Holiday Season our most successful one ever!

I am looking for one or two people who would help coordinate theChristmas Tree and Christmas Decoration Events.

For the first time in a few years the RAA will be offering Christmas Gift wrapping through December for gifts bought in the Gallery.

The new Fall Cinema Classic Series starts on September 22. Thanks to Annette Weis for organizing it.

If you have any questions or can help in any way, please either contact me directly through president@redlandsartassociation.org or ring the Gallery and speak to a Gallery Coordinator.
Happy making everyone! We have just three Take-Ins left before the Holiday Season is really with us! That’s it — out of breath!

— Liz Coviello, President

Programs & Workshops

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.

Indigo Scarf Dyeing Workshop

When: Saturday, March 18 from 9 - 1 (bring lunch), with a rain date of Sunday, March 19.

Where: 1309 W Olive Ave.Redlands, CA 1.5 miles from RAA, grey house with white trim on the corner of Olive and Lakeside

Indigo is an ancient form of dyeing that is so much fun! There’s an almost magical process where white cloth is immersed into a vat of yellow liquid – when removed, it quickly turns from yellow, to green, to blue. Of course, it’s not magic, just a bit of chemistry! In this class, we’ll explore different ways to add pattern to cloth using different “physical resist” techniques, called Shibori . After folding, clamping and tying some white fabric, you’ll immerse it in an indigo vat and see how those manipulations create fun patterns like these:

 

You’ll leave with 1 or 2 (for another fee) scarf in your choice of silk or cotton/silk blend patterned by your own hands, and instructions on how easy it is to make your own indigo vat with pre-reduced indigo.

Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”. By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California; by night/weekend/online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She has written 29 articles for various F & W Media/Interweave quilting magazines, appeared in 8 episodes of “Quilting Arts TV” and has two Quilting Arts Workshop videos: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”. For more information, visit her website CandiedFabrics.com

Fee: $65/$50 for RAA member + $12 materials fee/student due Instructor Register in the Gallery

Silk Scarf Workshop

February Workshop: Pick Your Palette, Dye a Silk Scarf with Candy Glendening

When: Saturday, February 18 from 9 - 1 (bring lunch), with a rain date of Sunday, February 19.

Where: 1309 W Olive Ave.Redlands, CA 1.5 miles from RAA, grey house with white trim on the corner of Olive and Lakeside

Redlands textile artist Candy Glendening has sold hundreds of hand dyed silk scarves over the past eight years and is holding a workshop in her backyard dyeing studio so that you can learn how she does it and dye your very own! You will choose your favorite of her many different scarf palettes and she will walk you through mixing the colors, choosing the pattern you’d like to dye, and then dyeing the scarf. You could also describe what kind of color palette you’d like on a scarf, and she’ll work with you to make it happen.

Either way, you’ll leave with a gorgeous one-of-a-kind silk scarf, as well as an understanding of how to use fiber reactive dyes on silk. Make sure to wear work clothes, as dye splashes can stain. (If there's time, you could dye a second scarf if you'd like)

Candy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”. By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California; by night/weekend/online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. She has written 29 articles for various F & W Media/Interweave quilting magazines, appeared in 8 episodes of “Quilting Arts TV” and has two Quilting Arts Workshop videos: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”. For more information, visit her website CandiedFabrics.com

Fee: $65/$50 for RAA member + $12 materials fee/student due Instructor Register in the Gallery

Featured Artists

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.
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P. Lenker & E. Carr 4/22-5/13

Show Dates: 4/22/17 - 5/13/17

Peter Lenker

Some recent work in ceramics by local resident and ceramist Peter Lenker will be exhibited in an upcoming show at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.

As Featured Artist Lenker is displaying a collection of small stoneware jars, and some pieces fired by a primitive pit-fire technique.

Lenker received his MFA in ceramic sculpture at UC Santa Barbara (1981). He has been a professional production potter in New Zealand and in Australia.

This recent work reflects on some elements from the past, including examples of classic celadon glazes of ancient Asian origin, and also some glazes reminiscent of ash-fired pots.

Elizabeth Carr

Elizabeth Carr was always very interested in Art. Like most people she was raised to believe that there is no money to be made in that career choice. She went to school & got a Computer Science degree. For over 20 years she spent 40 - 70 hours a week in front of a keyboard.

In 2003 she took her first watercolor class. She studied painting with many great teachers including Sylvia Megerdician, Chris VanWinkle, Tom Fong and Collage artist Gerald Brommer. She works mainly with Mixed media and Collage.  She spent years selling her work at art festivals & now has a small gallery called Studio C, 260 W Bonita Ave, Claremont.

Her statement for this show reads:

“Travels – abstracted

I’ve been an abstract painter since I picked up a brush. This body of work is all about my fascination with the way people live. When I am in an airplane looking down at the landscape there is an intense curiosity about the places people live. When they live in the middle of the country, on farmland I wonder about how they got there and what they are doing at the moment we fly over. I start with one of these impressions in my head and balance the painting with values. My signature touch is the collage papers I add. I love the patterns and textures they add.”

Christine E. White 4/1 – 22

Artist Reception: 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 15th

Christine E. White is a Redlands local artist. If you've attended local art festivals, or shopped in businesses downtown you may recognize her work and her positive, creative energy.

Her paintings are either oil on panel, or reverse painting on glass. For reverse glass painting, she works backwards and in layers of oil or acrylic, where the finishing touches go on first. “I explore and invent processes. It’s a combination of experiment, adventure and practice that's always becoming more interesting and fun.”

 

She moved around a lot growing up and experienced many parts of America, as well as studying abroad. Experiencing beautiful outdoor areas in South Carolina, Oregon, and Minnesota grew Christine's concern for nature. Living in the Southeast, the Northwest, the Midwest, Texas, Chicago area, and now Southern California also revealed the subtleties of community subcultures. This show titled “SoCal Skies” reflects the interaction of place, the natural environment and our local culture.

Christine hopes you experience a connection between landscape and the human touch through this series. She welcomes you to her artist reception at the RAA from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 15th. To learn more, visit her website.

From Our Fearless Leaders

March 2017

I always think January and February are quiet months but once again I’ve been proven wrong. There’s been a buzz in the gallery over the last few weeks about the 48th Multi Media Mini Show.  Everyone has been talking about what they are creating and rushing home to continue on their works in progress. By the time this reaches your mailboxes, the MMM Show’s 150 pieces of art of 14.5 inches or less, will have been installed, the winners decided and preparations for the opening reception on Friday 10th March from 5-7pm and award ceremony on Sunday 12th March made. Many thanks to Sandy Davies, who organizes the show, her dedicated team of volunteers who make the show possible and to everyone who submits art because without them there would be no show! And our Jurist, Penny McElroy, from the University of Redlands.

After an amazingly wet, more English style winter we are being teased with Spring weather. Carpets of flowers are in bloom in the canyons around us - an inspiration for the “Blooming Lovely” theme which follows the Mini Show into the gallery on Friday 31st March and coincides with the Garden Tour on the 22nd & 23rd April. I wish I could paint or had time to explore and take photos this year.

 Many Thanks, Liz Coviello, RAA President

Liz-Coviello