For the first time, the Redlands Arts Association will share the works of talented young artists at the Redlands Festival of the Arts this weekend.
The Youth Art Expo will present the work of artists grades K-12.
“We want to share the works of our creative kids here in Redlands,” said Suzanne Burke, the association’s youth coordinator. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund and the Art Association will award seven to 10 grants to local school arts program thanks in part to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a German film director.
His movie, “Never Look Away,” was the featured film at the association’s series on May 8 and 9 at the Studio Movie Grill. The film, presented with English subtitles, was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign movie.
“This is an opportunity for the kids to show their work, and for the community to see where that money goes” said Annette Weis, coordinator at the Redlands Art Association.
A panel of judges — artists Aida Schneider, John Fisher, John Brownfield, Laurie Powell and Ed Sotello — were scheduled to select the winners for the Youth Art Expo today at the Redlands Contemporary Club.
Winners will be announced at Art-in-the-Park at noon Saturday on Fourth Street east of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
The mission of the Redlands Art Association, at 215 E State St. is “to enrich lives and promote a vibrant society by inspiring creativity, nurturing individual expression, and supporting the visual arts.”
The organization has been the home of local Redlands artists since 1964 and continues to provide the community with a space to experience and showcase the work of these artists.
Along the walls are paintings done in acrylic, watercolor and oil, as well as photographs and handmade bags and jewelry from artists whose work will be found at this weekend’s Art-in-the-Park event.
On the back wall at the Art Association is the Peggy and Vernon Dornbach Featured Artist Corner. It highlights the works of Martha Cowan’s advanced oil painting students.
The paintings themselves, done by students 15 years and older, are beautiful works of realism.
Among the talented artists found at the Redlands Art Association is Linda Willason, a local painter and coordinator at the association.
“It started as an accident,” Willason said about how she started painting seven years ago. “A friend of mine purchased painting lessons from the Orange Convervancy Auction and later found out she couldn’t make it. So she gave them to me.”
Willason’s pastel paintings pay homage to Redlands and its many historical establishments. “I take photos of what I’m going to paint.” Willason’s mother, Sheila LeBlanc, is another local artist whose work can be found at the Redlands Art Association and who will also be showing her oil paintings at the event.
Willason said her paintings are inspired by her mother and by the city of Redlands.