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Colorful works of art line the walls and shelves of the Redlands Art Association (RAA) gallery in March. There are paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, digital art, recycled, photography and more. The gallery organizes its most popular show, the 53rd multimedia mini-show. It is also the only multimedia juried show at Redlands.

In fact, it’s a unique show in Southern California according to the RAA website. What makes it unique is that they encourage artists whose art is not usually judged to enter the show, giving them the opportunity to boost their artistic CV.

Artwork must be no more than 14½ inches in width and height, including frame or base, to be accepted into the exhibit. This goes for both the art on the wall and the 3D pieces.

“I’m really encouraged that we’ve had such a great response,” said Redlands Art Association event coordinator Sandy Davies. “The variety of work! You can tell how creative some of these things are.

This year, 287 works of art were presented, 12 more than last year. About 30% didn’t get the coveted acceptance. Munro Galloway, an art professor at the University of Redlands, was the judge. He approved 187 pieces.

Galloway earned a degree in art semiotics (the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation) from Brown University in Rhode Island and an MFA in painting from Bard College in the state. from New York in 2006. He has worked as a critic, translator and assistant editor at Art Press Magazine in Paris and production designer at the New York Times Magazine. His work was included in the “Dust: Plates of the Present” exhibition at the Center Pompidou in Paris in October 2020. He is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Redlands.

“He was really happy with the quality of the support,” Davies said of Galloway’s comments on the entries. “People have taken ordinary things and made them extraordinary. He teaches painting and so seeing something non-traditional was exciting for him too.

Artwork was submitted by artists of all ages, from teenagers to 92-year-old artists. Local artists from Redlands and beyond, members and non-members of the Redlands Art Association, may participate.

“Mixed media artists really shine in this show,” Davies said, describing mixed media as “the mixing of paint with recycled materials or collage of paper with dried flowers or tile mosaic wall statements or pine needles woven with beads”.

The first place winner is an abstract acrylic painting in bright orange by Jeff Owens of Redlands. Second place goes to Sandy Davies for the second time in a row.

“I am stunned. First of all, I didn’t want to sell the piece,” she laughed.

All works of art shown are for sale.

Other awards given out at the show are the Past President’s Award, the Doris Cook Memorial Award and the Joan Wiley Memorial Award, all of which are tied to the gallery’s rich fan history.

The open house for the 53rd Multimedia Mini-Show will be presented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11. The exhibition will continue until April 1.

Winners of the 53rd Mini Multimedia Show at the Redlands Art Association:

First: Jeff Owens, acrylic, untitled.

Second: Sandy Davies, watercolor and ink, “The Thought Crossed My Mind”.

Third: Teri Adams, Multimedia, “Meditation”.

Best in Watercolour: Pat Meeker.

Excellence Award: Robert Boatman and LW Krebs.

Doris Cook Memorial Award: Denise Hawkins.

Joan Wiley Memorial Award: Madeline Blua.

Past President’s Award: Ed Sotello.

Jury’s Choice Award: Darrell Harris and Jan Harvey.

Honorable mention: Mary Gehley, Sally Sherlock, Dean Spencer and Cindy Sullivan.

Merchandise Gift Certificate Winners: Gil Yzaguirre, Kelley Havens, Carol Stouthamer, Nancy Wade and Joan Marie Smith.

Redlands Art Association: 215 E State St, Redlands.

RAA’s 53rd Multimedia Mini-Show will be presented from Friday, March 11 to Friday, April 1, 2021.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Art Classes: A variety of art classes for children and adults. For more information, visit redlands-art.org or call .

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For more information, visit redlands-art.org or call (909) 792-8435