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Arts - Miscellaneous

Artist Description
Jeff Denning Stained Glass - Jeff is a retired businessman who spent years building stained glass art as a passive hobby in between his work, traveling, and scuba diving.  While living in Monterey during the 1990’s, Jeff met a renowned local stained glass artist who taught him how to bring his art to life, take advantage of the uniqueness of every piece of glass, and let his imagination and creativity find their way into each piece.  Jeff’s love of the desert, the jungles of Central America, the sea, and the underwater world gave him an immense drawing board from which he finds his inspiration.
Judy Davies Fused Glass - Judy is one of the few artists fortunate enough to make a living at art. Her work is installed in hundreds of commercial and private locations throughout California and Nevada and includes fused glass, the fine art of vitreous enameling, Monotypes, and stained glass.  Notable work includes a 4 ft. X 12 ft. glass mural commissioned by a client in Los Angeles, a signature piece for Dragon Ridge Country Club, Henderson, Nevada, and logo for Gianna's Artisan Bakery products, sold nationwide. Artistís Statement: ďTo me, art is emotion made tangible.  It is a lusty thing - a feeling of needing to see closely or touch - to envelope oneself in what the artist felt when the object was created.  When a person buys art, it is the desires to enhance oneís life - to own a visible emotion that will become a treasured possession."
Fred Edwards Etchings
Janet Edwards Etchings/ Drawings - As a native Californian, Janetís career as an artist reflects her response to the natural beauty of the areas in which she and her husband have lived for much of their adult lives. The entire western coastal scene has also inspired her creative interpretation as has travelling to other countries. While for the past three decades she has worked primarily in the etching medium, her love of watercolor has strongly influenced her toward interpreting her images with a watercolor like style. Many of these etchings include embossing to extend the design and to add interest and depth to the composition. Inasmuch as each print is the direct product of an artistís work, it is considered to be an original piece of art, not a copy or reproduction. Multiple prints are produced one at a time, and numbered in a limited edition. www. http://janetmedwards.com/
Richard Freund Assemblage - Richard is a self taught artist. Even though he has never studied art in an academic setting, the private training he has taken have allowed him the freedom and independence to develop his own unique style of art. In 200, he transitioned from traditional Assemblage into a more unconventional form of this medium, using paint to produce a distinctive result, which has received numerous awards in Southern California art competitions. Richard believes this form of art allows his imagination to expand and flourish. He brings unrelated objects together, unifying them with paint and transforms them into a single unique work of art. His emotional works range from humorous to serious. His objective is to rouse feelings within the viewer. www.FoundObjectsArt.com   
Candy Glendening Textile Art – Candy 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”. An avid blogger, she has had several publications in Interweave Press quilt magazines as well as the workshop DVD "Dyeing to Stitch". These publishing opportunities led to her filming two episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV” in the summer of 2010, and she returned in August 2011 to tape two more. She also teaches fabric dyeing online, as well as in her backyard studio. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her website: www.CandiedFabrics.com
Margaret Goodward Dimensional Collage - In college Margaret spent over nine months doing paper making and collagraph embossing. Her art making today still centers on that love of paper. She cuts delicate details in brightly colored papers, gradually building up bas relief of six to twelve layers. Though abstracted, her images reference natural forms and human growth, with artistic interest in positive/negative space and radial designs. She has incorporated paper embossing into her work, tooling paper to create subtle details that reward those who come in for an up-close look. This show features Margaret's newest work in the "Winged Hearts" series, now using beautifully patterned papers. Also available is a new Christmas garland, with the web address for a different piece of Christmas music each December day on the way to Christmas.
Sondra Hodson Gourds/ Pine Needle Baskets - Using pine needles and gourds Sondra enjoys creating both decorative and useful art. She creates gourd vessels using design inspirations from ancient cultures all over the world in addition to her own original designs. Her pine needle baskets range in shape from simple pots to large bowls with interesting handles. Some baskets include agate slices and shells. In addition she combines gourds with pine needles to create unique hybrid baskets. She finds creating art from items found in nature to be both challenging and satisfying.
Joyce Johnson Stained Glass
Steve McClain Wood - Steve is the third generation of his family in the construction industry. As a general contractor he specialized in building houses and remodeling turn of the century homes where a skill in creative woodworking was often required. A lifelong passion for woods directed Steve to creative wood turning and designs. Salvaged tree logs, milled domestic, and foreign woods are used for all of his work. The final form of his work includes a variety of bowls, platters, pens, bottle stoppers and segmented hollow vessels. Steve is a member of The American Association of Wood Turners, Segmented Wood Turners, and the International Association of Pen Turners.
Tom McKenzie Wood - Tom McKenzie, better known in the art world as The Artful Bodger, Professor of  Roundocity, is a lifelong resident of San Bernardino.  Prior to becoming a Bodger, Tom was a Pharmacist at Redlands Community Hospital for 25 years.  He began turning wood on a Craftsman lathe given to him by an acquaintance in 1982.  His first turned items were Christmas Tree Ornaments.  He soon progressed to making boxes, simple bowls and practical pieces like door stops, needle holders, and bookmarks as well as round boxes and nine different styles of pens and pencils.  Tom is driven by the fact that hidden inside what appears to be an ugly piece of wood lies a beautiful piece with form and usefulness. Currently, he is making pens with new forms and woods, square boxes and inside/outside Christmas ornaments. Tom is a member of the American Association of Woodturners. .
Kathy Lestelle Mixed Media Art - Mixed Media Art – Kathy Lestelle and her father George Lestelle collaborated as artists several years ago. Kathy, a juried artist working primarily with fused and stained glass, wood and paper and George, a master finish carpenter and fused glass artist have combined their efforts as a mixed media artist team sharing lost art techniques with new and bold elements to form unique pieces of art. Taking the best from each artist’s talents, their finished product is a one-of-a-kind piece. Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mixed.media.artists?ref=hl
Michelle Markel Jewelry, photography, glass – Michelle is thrilled to participate in AFHS after a long hiatus and has returned to creating art like a horse goes to water after a long, hot day. She is currently working in multiple media: jewelry, photography, glass, whatever is floating her boat at the particular moment. She keeps a very irregularly-updated blog at http://nrbfreak.blogspot.com/ , and an irregularly-stocked store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/NeoRenBohemienne
Joanne Ohnemus Wood/birdhouses – Each year Joanne Ohnemus selects a theme to present at Art for Heaven’s Sake. This festival gives Joanne the opportunity to put original ideas into structured designs and display them in an environment that enhances their originality. The collection this year features Joanne’s highly coveted birdhouses, garden art, garden signs and planters. The birdhouses are featured at locations throughout Southern California including Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar, Acorn Hollow in Lake Arrowhead and the Riverside Art Museum. Joanne works in all media and also does art assemblages which always include a birdhouse or garden theme. Since 1992, Joanne and her husband Edward have made more than 8,045 birdhouses and each year they add two new designs.
Ellen Schouest Gourds - After focusing on the art of Batik for twenty years, Ellen Schouest became entranced by the three-dimensional possibilities of Ornamental Gourd Art. She makes an effort to create artistic functional pieces, such as with her new table lamp, bowls, and wall art. This year she has been influenced by her seaside vacations as well as by her daughter-in-law, Melissa, who is a marine biologist. Thanks to Melissa’s suggestion, Ellen has created her first blue whale. You will also see an orca, as well as a clown and jelly fish, among her pieces in her exhibit.
David Tate Blown Glass - Like many glass artists, David Tate began studying ceramics during high school and Junior college. Completing a bachelor of art degree in 1988 and continued at Cal State, Fullerton to graduate with a master’s degree, in 1991. Born in San Jose, CA., 1960, David has resided in California all his life. . Located behind the ceramics lab at CSUF is the glass-forming lab. David was fascinated with what the students were creating and he wanted to try it. He signed up for the class and has been captivated by “it” since then. David comments on that experience, “the college years were a wonderful time of exploring and experimentation. It allowed me the opportunity to spend a large amount of my time and energy learning about glass and I matured significantly”. David currently lives south of Riverside in Romoland, CA where he also operates his glass studio.
Theresa Van Ornum Printmaking/Sculpted Paper - A multimedia artist for over thirty years, Theresa is currently focusing on printmaking and sculpted paper forms. She has been studying various printmaking techniques for the past sixteen years. Her love of working with paper and ink has recently expanded into her own unique sculpted paper expressions that she calls PAPERBOLI. Colorful decorative bowls, crosses, wall tiles and jewelry, often incorporating printed works from her press, Theresa's work is unlike anything you have seen before. She divides her art making time between her studios in Redlands and Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs a full time Acupuncture practice in Redlands. Theresa has been a regular exhibiting artist with Art, for Heaven's Sake for the past seventeen years.
Dominique Vialar Art Couture Fabric Design
Vlad Voytilla Wood - Vlad Voytilla is an artist who specializes in functional art -- fine wooden keepsake boxes for a variety of uses such as jewelry, silverware, or to contain a special gift for a special occasion. He also creates furniture, cabinets, wine cellars, and wooden jewelry. All of his designs are original utilizing the natural beauty, color and grain contrast of the woods to enhance the contemporary and organic inspired forms of each piece. Mr. Voytilla has been a woodworker and designer for over 30 years. Mr. Voytilla accepts custom commissions and can be contacted directly by phone at 909-322-4657 or email: vvoytilla@celebrare-art.com. In addition to appearing at a select number of art shows each year, Mr. Voytilla is a member of and displays his art work regularly in the galleries of the Redlands Art Association and the Mountain Arts Network located in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Rebecca Waring-Crane Functional Art -- With an instinct for color and a delight in the unexpected, Rebecca up-cycles experienced furniture -- as well as vintage fabric, old maps and kitchen labels -- into tokens of redemption. Each custom piece embodies her values of joy, kindness, and surprise. Visit Rebecca’s on-line home to learn more: www.rebeccawaringcrane.com
Ken Weaver Bird houses/Yard Ornaments – Ken Weaver uses recycled redwood, cedar, pine metal and whatever else his creativity hones in on to create Unique, one of a kind Bird houses, Bird Feeders,Yard Sculptures, Wall Sculptures and signs.
Rosemary Whitmer Quilts
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Jewelry

Artist Description
Dorothy Campbell Silver Jewelry – Dorothea grew up on a tea plantation in northern India after which she returned to Scotland to continue her education. She attended the Edinburgh College of Fine Arts where she won the prestigious Student’s Award in sculpture and discovered the joy of working with precious metals. She then attended Hornsey College of Arts in London where she studied under the renowned Artist-Jeweler Gerda Flockinger. After graduating, she was inscribed into the Royal Society of Industrial Artists and Designers. Dorothea’s jewelry has been widely exhibited in the most prestigious galleries throughout the United States. Her work embraces both the sculptured simplicity of Scandinavia and the raw power of the Mapuche and Inca jewelry of South America.
Lynaia Freund Jewelry - Lynaia, a Redlands artist, has always enjoyed both artists and art. She has personally explored many expressive art mediums. Her most recent passion is jewelry design. She likes to create whimsical jewelry that incorporates vintage and handmade elements. She finds that creative expression brings joy and balance to her life.
Susie Jacobsen Scrimshaw - Scrimshaw is scratching an image on highly polished ivory and applying India ink. After removing the excess ink, the image appears as the ink has stayed in the scratches. All of the ivory used is either mammoth or fossil walrus dug up in Siberia or Alaska and is thus 10,000- 60,000 years old and completely legal.

Susi has been doing scrimshaw for about 35 years and can now boast of 3 surgeries (2 carpal tunnel, 1 trigger thumb) as a direct result of doing it. Art is a tough task master.

"I like to do it because the animal portraits are really small. And furry. And feathery. You can cover up a lot of mistakes with fur or feathers."

JaNiNe Jacques Jewelry – JaNiNe Jaques creates the JBJ Collection. JaNiNe is certified as well as registered as a jewelry artist with the Choctaw Indian Nation. JaNiNe’s expression of creativity is handmade wearable art. Inspired by African/Native American culture, travels, and dream revelations, her one of a kind artisan jewelry and cross-body type tote bags are passionately designed. She enjoys working with semi-precious stones, precious an non-precious metals as well as designer fabrics for her handsown tote bags.
Adele Johnson Jewelry – Adel’s passion for jewelry began when she was about eight or nine years old with a fascination for King Tut.  She recalls poring over an old National Geographic article for weeks, memorizing every detail of the fabulous jewelry made for the king.  She began making jewelry with an eye toward the classics but with a modern twist, specializing in semi-precious stones and fresh water pearls.  Every year she travels to the “pearl growing” region of China and hand picks the items for her jewelry.
e Jennifer Katz Jewelry “Primitive silver jewelry – something you might unearth from the ruins of a lost civilization” is how E. Jennifer Katz describes her work. She creates distinctive pieces, incorporating lots of texture, patina and positive energy. A teenager of the 70s, she loved adornments and embellished her jeans and strung beaded necklaces. Her local high school in Manchester, Connecticut afforded her the opportunity to develop silversmith skills. Today, she offers her jewelry through private trunk shows on the east and west coasts.
Lori Kirsch Jewelry – Lori weaves, stitches, and wraps vintage buttons, beads, elements and objects into bright colorful fun pieces. Her inspiration comes from collecting Bakelite jewelry. The hunting, collecting, gathering and organizing the vintage elements that go into making my jewelry that gets my engine running. My buttons, toys, and beads provide many opportunities for happy accidents. I bring new life to childhood memories that once just sat in a jar or a drawer. Boring just doesn’t exist. Each piece of jewelry is unique and one of a kind. 
Patty Mariano Jewelry - From Scuba Diver to Jewelry Designer: Twenty years traveling around the world and scuba diving in exotic locales have helped to give Patty Mariano her eye for color. The brilliant combinations of colors and textures of a healthy coral reef are present in many of her jewelry designs. Patty’s customers describe her style as "elegant" and "classic, with a punch". She uses various materials including: sterling silver semi-precious and gemstones, wood, bone, and Venetian glass. Patty enjoys creating custom pieces for her clients. A phone call to 909-798-4327 will open the door to a private showing of her entire inventory.
Sandie Petrucelli Jewelry
Sandy Schnack Jewelry - From the time Sandy was three years old she adored jewelry. Whatever punishment her amused mother dispensed, Sandy could not be dissuaded from exploring her mother’s jewelry box. Classes in jewelry making at the Riverside Art Museum in the early 80’s allowed Sandy to explore her passion in a more acceptable way. She bought a torch, a jewelry bench, and numerous tools and began to hone her craft. Her jewelry pieces, displayed initially in the Riverside Art Museum gift shop, attracted interested customers, and her company, Brodie Hoener Designs, was born. A 40 year career in education interfered somewhat with jewelry making, but now retired; Sandy is able to refocus her energies. Working in 14k gold and silver, Sandy fabricates her pieces using unusual colored stones, pearls, and diamonds.
Wendy Stephens/Michelle Bruny Jewelry
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Media - Miscellaneaous

Artist Description
Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja Printmaking/graphics - A self-taught artist with no formal training in art, Adeola credits her consistency and endurance for her ability to create joy, love, and a positive outlook in her painting. “When you look at my paintings you instantly feel the joy and happiness the colors convey. I am aware of colors and forms and how they work together to create a visual sensation. From the beginning composition to the final stroke, my work reveals the complex inner spirits within us”. Adeola has exhibited at the National Orange, the Riverside Art Museum, Maloof Museum, Riverside Community Art Association, and Corona Art Association. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of Riverside, Corona Art Association, Riverside Community Art Association, and the Redlands Art Association. She is a founding member and current vice president of PrintmakerNetwork @ RAM. Her work is in both private and public collections and used in many television and movie productions. Adeola works in various mediums including wearable metal. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=136045413081942
http://adeolasstudio.blogspot.com

Deb Austin-Brecher Photo Mosaics - After listening to disco way past its best by date, Deb decided to become an artist. Born in New York in 1954, she grew up exploring many of the art museums in the City. She earned her Bachelor’s in Art History from State University of New York, Binghamton. When she realized that disco was mostly done, she moved to California and became an elementary school teacher. For over 25 years she has enjoyed watching the creative spirit shine in children. In 2007, she started the business ArtBurn offering art workshops at people’s homes or her studio. She is still listening and dancing to music – but has finally moved into the 90s. It is her hope that her simple art will encourage others to do art and to express themselves in many ways.
Dominique Blanchard Ceramics/Raku/ Mixed Media - Born in the western part of France,Dominique was surrounded by sculptors of metal and clay. After traveling for many years, he made his home in the United States. Here he began taking art classes and his passion for ceramics was born. Dominique then realized his passion for working with clay. His fascination for Mardi Gras carnival masks influences his art and by using a blend of rich oxidation, reduction glaze and complicated textures combined with Raku and other low-fired techniques, he is able to create ceramic masks that reflect “ luminous spiritual energy”.
Zen Olson      Wood/Canvas/painting - Zen was raised in the Pacific Northwest and educated in the Military.  In 1985, he married his wife Holly.   Involved in the Art World for about twenty years Zen and Holly use their love for travel to find new ideas for their "Art Work".   They Love multi media painting and have a passion for art work in wood.  The wood media are usually exotic hardwood from all around the world with an accent, but not limited to the ancient Native American design.
Grace Pretorius Mixed Media - Grace Pretorius is making her debut exhibition at Art for Heaven’s Sake. Raised in Redlands, Grace is thrilled to be participating in her hometown art festival. She has studied both fine art and art history at the collegiate level and is now starting her professional career as an artist. Grace specializes in ceramics, watercolors, acrylic painting, photography, and has most recently pursued mixed media art such as mobiles. Having just launched her own art business, Haven Craft Company based out of her studio in Redlands, Grace hopes that her artwork will help to transform any space into a personal Haven. Grace believes that art should be accessible to everyone. www.HavenCraftCo.com
Lynn Richards     Mixed Media/Collage – I have been surrounded by art and artists since I was a little girl and have pursued art in many forms over the years.These days, I have fully embraced my artistic abilities through mixed media and pursue them with a passion. I am an artist. How could I be anything else? It is in my genes, in my blood. I create so the life lessons I have learned and am still learning can come out on the canvas. They are begging to be told, craving to be heard by someone else who might benefit from the message. My hope is that when you see my work, you will be encouraged to pursue your own dreams. www.alittlebluesky.blogspot.com
Patrick Wiedlin Oil/Pastel/Pencil - Patrick Wiedlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach and now teaches art at Beaumont High School. Since discovering his passion for art, Patrick has exhibited his work at a variety of southern California shows. Patrick believes that art has the power to transform the way people look at the world we all share, which is why he creates works of art that are optimistic and hopeful. In this way he hopes to inspire people to see beauty in all aspects of life. Patrick’s work encompasses everything from deep-rooted community traditions to a rusty, abandoned car to a rooster greeting the dawn of a new day. Patrick’s inspiration comes, from not only from the wondrous world around him, but also from his loving wife and three young children.
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Painting

Artist Description
Leslee Adams Watercolor - Billing herself as The Watercolor Chef, Leslee Adams is a professional chef by trade. She began watercolor painting in 2002 creating paintings that are vibrant and dancing with color. She is known for her colorful Food, Florals, Still Lifes, Desert and European landscapes all with her own bold, dramatic style. She exhibits throughout the Coachella Valley, San Diego, Northern California and Arizona.

Check out her website at www.lesleeadams.com.

Sioux Bally-Maloof Oil, oil pastel, printmaking – Sue has evolved as a painter in a California-modern style toying with her own unique sense of realism. She also has been studying classical atelier painting, honing by portraiture abilities. She primarily works in oil, and oil pastel. In recent years she has been re-exploring printmaking methods with vigor and affection. She has prints and paintings in private collections in both America and Europe. Her goal is one of simplicity, to create art using form, movement, color and light that connects with her audience in an unspoken embrace. Please contact her at (909) 794-0917, email her at sioux.art@verizon.net or check out her website at siouxballymaloof.com
Janis Commentz Oils -  As an artist's daughter, Janis Commentz began painting early. At the University of Redlands, she earned a B.A. in art and British literature and studied with John Nava, well known for his tapestries in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In 1977, Janis began teaching art and English in Yucca Valley. She earned  an M.A. in Education at California State University at San Bernardino in 1983. In 2007, Janis founded the Morongo Basin Life Drawing League and has appeared on the Hwy. 62 Art Tours since 2009.  She teaches youth art classes at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. In 2012, she won a blue ribbon at the Southland Show, and again in March 2013 at the 29 Palms Art Guild Members' Show.  Currently, Janis exhibits at Joshua Tree Art Gallery. http://janisrcommentz.blogspot.com/
Pat Cranor Acrylic - California artist Pat Cranor’s paintings are abstract expressionistic in style inspired by the four elements of nature (fire, water, earth, and wind). Each piece is an original work of art with color being the primary focus.
Chick Curtis Oils/prints - Having entered the art-making world at mid-life, Chick has attempted a variety of media and styles at warp speed, because he finds his desire to make art unquenchable. Chick feels he has an intuitive childlike curiosity to explore which compliments the maturity and skill he has developed as an adult. His wish is to interpret the world in a way that becomes part history, part beauty, part intrigue, and part joy. He is drawn equally to landscapes, cityscapes and people because of the spiritual quality of being in nature, the energy of a city, and the complexity of human nature. Chick is using the monotype print process to incorporate the aspects of print imagery with richer denser oil mediums on canvas and board. Through the monotype print process, Chick feels he is able to incorporate the additive/subtractive aspects of print imagery with the richer, denser oil mediums on canvas and board. Often he will do a painting within the print itself.
Muriel Dolemieux Acrylic -Muriel is a French permanent resident and has lived Redlands for seven years.   Her life in Redlands has finally allowed her time to paint using her favorite medium, acrylic.  She enjoys the luminosity and transparency she can get with acrylic and is passionate about the color. She feels art is a synthesis of her personal feelings. Colors and simplicity are my primary goals.  Changing light and shade,  and the moods and colors they create are the foundations of her painting. She especially enjoys painting seascapes, flowers and citrus. In 2008 and 2010, she received a first prize in Citrus theme at the “National Orange Show” in San Bernardino. Dolemieux states, “My painting is figurative. Nature inspires me and is my means of expression to translate emotions and feeling. Nature is beautiful, I don’t try to embellish or transform it, I just see it. Art sanctifies it." Her work can be seen at dolemieux.com
Julie Evans Oil/Watercolor/Pencil/Charcoal –“Although skilled in a variety of media, artist Julie R. Evans prefers to work in oils, painting realistic scenes that are little slices of life. Her main inspiration is the natural world and day-to-day life, and she is often struck by spontaneous observations that yield successful paintings.” [Press Enterprise, Daniel Foster and Jill Jones].“Her works convey a quiet peacefulness. In her landscapes we may almost feel a slight rustle of the breeze across the grasses, but the scene gives us a feeling of calm and serenity, a place for quiet contemplation. Even her portraits capture a stillness and attention to detail that focus us in closely and quietly to the personality of the subject.” [Supra]. “For me there is nothing like being an artist, being able to seek and express whatever I find pleasing or amusing. I want to express beauty and joy! And truly, there is endless inspiration out there,” Evans said. http://www.JulieEvansArt.com
Christa Iceforest Oil/watercolor/gourds – Born in Germany, Christa moved to the United States while in her teens. After studying and working as a theatre actress, she moved to Southern California where she married her husband a sculptor. After trips to Navajo country, she became enamored with weavings of the American Indians. She commenced to spin, dye and weave tapestries and garments. Wanting a more spontaneous form of expression, she took a watercolor class and knew she had found her life’s calling. From watercolors she expanded into oils and other media. Her great love of nature and animals is evident in the subject matter of her paintings. In addition, Christa is an award winning basket weaver. www.christaiceforest.com/
Joanna Mersereau Watercolor - Joanna Mersereau is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the only artist with this distinction in the Inland Empire. The American Watercolor Society, established in 1865, is the goal for a water media artist. Recently Joanna was juried into the current Watercolor West exhibit. WW is a transparent watercolor society, formed in 1969 by a group of Redlands and local area women. Mersereau was a founding member. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Riverside Art Museum, CCAA Museum of Art and New Bolom, Mexico, as well as in private collections in the US and abroad. Mersereau’s subjects range from land and seascapes to flowers and buildings. Her images are also on ceramic tiles and cards. Her studio/gallery can be seen by appointment: 951-787-0847. Her website: www.joannamersereau.com. Email: joannamersereau@dslextreme.com
Tomi Olson Oil/Acrylic - While she dabbled in art for much of her life, Tomi started painting in earnest in the 1970s, while living in Honolulu. She feels she was inspired by the beautiful blue of the skies, the exquisite blue-greens of the ocean and the lush greens of the tropical foliage.  The scenery in Hawaii  awakened the creativity that had been with her since childhood when she drew, colored and painted in classes and in much of her free time. Inspired by California painters,Tomi especially loves scenery that includes remnants of the past.
Ginger Pena Varnished Watercolor - Ginger paints in watercolor on watercolor canvas or Aquabord, which she varnishes upon completion, so paintings are framed like oils, without mats and glass. Painting on surfaces other than traditional paper allows her more flexibility, not just in the framing, but also in the paint handling. This is perfect for the 'plein air' work she enjoys, which requires her to paint quickly to capture fleeting light effects on the local landscape. Ginger lives in Angelus Oaks, and enjoys painting mountains, local parks and the historic buildings of Redlands. She likes the challenge of figurative work, as well, and carries her sketchbook to the Redlands Bowl (and even into church!) so she can develop her skills at capturing people's expressions and gestures, and as a result, is becoming more confident in adding figures to her landscapes. Her website: www.gingerpena.com
Bonnie Rinier Watercolor/acrylic/pastel - Bonnie Rinier has experience in oil painting, acrylics, and watercolor with watercolor being her favorite.  She currently teaches watercolor classes.  Animals are her favorite subject but she also paints landscapes and flowers.  Thankful for the abundant beauty around us, her desire is to paint God’s creation with the abilities God has given her.  You can find more examples of her work at her web site: http://bonnie-rinier.fineartamerica.com
Aïda Schneider Featured Artist
Dorie Solomon oil/watercolor – Inspired by the French Impressionists, Dorie Solomon has perfected her unique and distinctive style through formal and informal studies. Dorie is proficient in watercolor, but prefers the flexibility and vibrancy of color she achieves with oils. She uses her soft impressionistic style to interpret a variety of subject matter including florals, landscapes and seascapes. Solomon says she works in a loose manner, allowing the viewer to interpret or “see” what they wish in the painting. Many of her paintings depict the missions, the inns, and the wine vineyards of California. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, hangs in private collections worldwide, and has garnered many awards and honors. In addition, her artwork has been reproduced by card companies such as Leanin’ Tree and Regency, and she has signed and numbered lithographs available for purchase on Princess Cruise Lines worldwide.
Mary Lou Wallace Oil/Watercolor - Circumstances and raising a family kept Mary Lou from renewing her interest in painting until she retired from teaching. With the help of Riverside's Goeske Center 'Young At Heart" classes she renewed her love of watercolors and oils. She enjoys painting landscapes and birds but has also completed some commission works. In the last 4 years she has received many acknowledgements, sales, and awards as she has exhibited work in a variety of shows and locations both in Riverside and Corona. She is an active member and officer in the Corona Art Association and is currently showing her work at the Corona Art Association Gallery at 6th and Main St. in Corona, California.

Sharon Weaver Watercolor - A passion for scenes that convey peace and strength are central to Sharon Weaver’s art. Her rural childhood gave her a love for nature, and a love for art drew her to attend Moore College of Art in Philadelphia after which she transfer to Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Upon graduation, Sharon worked as a fashion designer in Manhattan for ten years. During this time, Sharon cultivated her appreciation for beauty during the many buying trips she made in Europe and Asia. Travel throughout the United States enticed her to move to the Los Angeles area where she found the vast spaces of the west a nice change from the city. The expanse of nature reminded her of her childhood and those memories led her to painting. During plein air classes, she discovered her love for the rich colors of oil and painting in the outdoors. “I find painting outside plein air a compulsion,” Sharon states. “When inspiration takes over, the painting reveals itself on the canvas as if it were there all along. It is a wonderful, exciting experience.”
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Photography

Artist Description
Karen Coates     Photography - Fresh from a cross-country trip, Karen brings a new series of work representing a patchwork quilt of America. From vintage airplanes to barn quilts, viewers have difficulty distinguishing her photographs from paintings. She treats each image differently to enhance the subject matter, composition, and light. Each image is printed individually by Karen, using only the finest photo papers and inks. This insures that you are purchasing a truly unique work of art and preserves your artwork for a lifetime.
Larry Rose Photography - Trained in film base photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received his BFA, Larry has made the transition to digital image making. Along with experience in editorial, commercial / advertising photography, he also has additional experience teaching at the University of Redlands, Johnston Center and Crafton Hills College. Currently, he is developing his personal work and continues to shoot commercial accounts. He is an award-winning photographer and has received a sweepstakes award from the Twin County press club, citations from the Associated Press and special recognition from the Arthritis Foundation for documentation of a special summer camp. He was also selected to participate in a special workshop with the late Eugene Smith at the University of California, Riverside.
Judith Sparhawk Photography - Redlands photographer Judith Sparhawk is well-known for her beautiful Redlands scenes, her intricate dimensional collages, and her unique close-up photography. She has recently taken her art to new levels, working with photo art techniques to create interesting and beautiful special effects. She is especially intrigued by color, line and pattern, which is reflected in her work. She has had her work accepted into juried exhibitions, and has won numerous awards in the last ten years. Her work hangs in many homes and businesses in the local area. She has published three books of her photographs, including a new one celebrating the beauty and history of Redlands. She has had her photographs published in anthologies, calendars, and in national publications.
Judith Sparhawk Photography - Photographer Judith Sparhawk is well known locally for her innovative dimensional photo collages of Redlands, her beautiful scenes of the Redlands area, and her unique close-up photography.  She has had her work accepted into juried exhibitions, and has won numerous awards in the last ten years.  Her work hangs in many homes and businesses in the local area.  Sparhawk has had her photographs published in anthologies, calendars, and in national publications.  She has published two books of her own photographs. Sparhawk is past president of both Redlands Camera Club and Redlands Art Association.  She teaches creativity workshops based on The Artist’s Way. Her photographs and photo cards are regularly shown for sale at Redlands Art Association.
Steve Wormser Photography
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Pottery/Clay

Artist Description
Harvey Erdle Pottery - Harvey Erdle is an award winning artist who has been making Mimbres black and white pottery for the last 15 years. A Spear pottery is mainly sold in New Mexico but is made in Riverside, California. Mr. Erdle has a BA in Art from Cal State Fullerton and teaches at Riverside Community College and La Sierra University. Mimbres pottery is highly collected and the originals are worth up to four hundred thousand dollars per piece. Mr. Erdle enjoys making these beautiful works of art affordable and accessible to everyone.
David Porras Pottery- Dave concentrates on functional, hand thrown pottery using porcelain clay.  His shapes are unique interpretations of functional ware.  Dave has been influenced by his first college professor, Robert Karlinsey of Loyola University and by Tom Coleman, a nationally recognized ceramic artist known for his functional work and three dimensional art pieces. Dave’s “education” continued as a production potter in a factory throwing eight hours a day.  He also worked as a studio potter in Play Del Rey, California. Dave has been a practicing attorney for twenty years but has retained his love for ceramics.  He proudly proclaims that Monday through Friday he is an attorney and Saturday and Sunday he is a potter.  Dave enjoys demonstrating throwing on the wheel. www.davidporraspottery.com
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Sculpture/Ceramics

Artist Description
Lynn Mudd Ceramics - “Ceramics utilize all four elements of earth, water, air, and fire to produce a finished piece. For me the process is as much the art as is the end result." Born in London, England, Lynn was first exposed to pottery in high school and immediately found the cool, damp texture of clay both invigorating and calming. Many college art classes later, and after a detour into a photography career, seven years ago Lynn returned her focus to clay and its endless possibilities. Working in both stoneware and porcelain, her work is comprised of art pieces, functional work and sculpture. The pieces are both wheel-thrown and hand built, often a combination of both. She is fully involved in the process from start to finish, developing glazes and firing all of her work in her studio. Visit Lynn at muddwoman.com

Marijke Terwisscha Ceramics/Sculpture- Marijke was Born in the Netherlands, where she attended art school studying painting, drawing and textile techniques. After moving to Florida, she took a local pottery class and has been hooked on clay ever since.  Marijke experiments with different types of pottery making, and enjoys using clay to express herself as well as to profess her love for nature, particularly the landscapes and animals of the American west including California where she now lives. Marijke is a member of the Muddy Parrots, a potters group based in Mentone, CA, Yucaipa Potters guild, the Redlands Art Association and the Riverside Art Association. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in a gallery in Gorinchem, The Netherlands.
Lisa Tucker Ceramics - Lisa Tucker is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in porcelain. She received her MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine in 2007, where her focus was combining art, technology and science into functional sculpture offering alternative systems of food production. Her interest in ceramics began while doing research for a project bringing scientific lab equipment into the kitchen. She fell in love with porcelain as a material while learning to throw and hand build the scientific devices. Soon she started to experiment with new methods to sculpt forms, textures, and decoration for more traditional ware. Each piece Tucker creates is handmade and unique. Her work has been described as a sea creature-like, echoing the natural beauty of what one might see under a microscope or in a tide pool.
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