Tony Chabolla

Tony Chabolla


 Learn how to paint or improve existing skills, by painting still life from life.  Karen will demonstrate the benefits of painting small and often.  She will share four basic concepts that you’ll be able to apply to painting any subject.  Still life doesn’t have to be stuffy!  Come and see how design, color and loose brushwork can bring energy and vitality to your painting.



MMM show – March 6 take-in

Open to all artists

Get your creative thinking cap on!  Get to the studio and make us some art!   Art that makes us say, “Wow!” or “Hmmm!”

The 47th Multi Media Mini Show is open to all California artists and/or RAA Friends.  Artists can submit up to three 3D or 2D pieces.  Multi-media means… anything... photography, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, etc!  But Mini means strict size limitation:  must fit within a 14.5” cube, including frame and/or base.   Fee is $45/1-2 pieces, $60 for 3 pieces, for Friends of RAA fee is $30/1-2 pieces, $45 for 3 pieces.  Our judge, Daniel Foster, will select which pieces will be put in the show, as well as choose the awards.  The prospectus/ entry form is available at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands and on their website:  (Use the Friends tab, then Forms, and select 2016 MMM Show.)  Type in your information on the form and then print it out.  Art can be for sale or not for sale. The Gallery gets 20% of sales.

All entries must be hand delivered to the RAA Gallery on Sunday, March 6, between 10am - 4pm. Out of town artists can mail their art in before March 3. Winners of the competition will participate in over $ 3000 in cash and product awards.   Purchase Award Patrons will select their art pieces at a private showing before the exhibit opens for the public. 

Grand Opening Gala will be Friday, March 11 from 5pm to 7pm.  The Artist’s Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, March 13.

For further information on how to enter or become a Purchase Award Patron, please visit the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St., downtown Redlands, visit the website or call, 909-792-8435.

Call for Entries for National Orange Show's 67th Annual All-California Juried Art Exhibit


SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The National Orange Show announces a Call for Entries for its 67th Annual All-California Juried Art Exhibit. All artwork including painting, drawing, pastel, mixed media, collage, photography, and sculpture are welcome. The deadline to submit is March 7th.


There will be an open category and a citrus themed category. Each category will have awards for First ($700), Second ($500), and Third place ($300) as well as six total Honorable Mentions ($100 each).


Letters of acceptance will be sent out to artists on March 25th. Art drop-off will take place on April 8th and 9th from 9am to 4:30pm. The Artist's Reception will be held on April 19th from 6pm to 9pm. The Art Exhibit will be on display during the National Orange Show Fair in San Bernardino, CA from Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24th from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.


For 67 years the National Orange Show Art Exhibit has displayed art from talented local and regional artists spanning several counties throughout Southern California. The All-California Juried Art Exhibit at the National Orange Show was initiated in 1948 by the San Bernardino Art Association with great success. The National Orange Show Board of Directors continued it in 1949 as part of its regular agenda.


Download the Call For Entries application here:


For more information visit:


Contact us through email or the following:

Bill Marquez (President); 909-327-5981

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Thank you!


San Bernardino Art Association

Auditions will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Watchorn Hall at the University of Redlands. The competition is open to both vocalists and instrumentalists. The preliminary auditions (closed to the public) start at 1:00 p.m. and the Final Round (open to the public) starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Redlands Bowl Young Artists Auditions were established in 1952 by Carolyn S. Pike to encourage young talent and help progress the careers of emerging classical musicians. The winners of the audition each receive a scholarship: $500 for juniors and $1,000 for seniors. The winners also perform in a concert as a part of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Each year the Associates of Redlands Bowl provide the scholarships awarded to the winners. 

Click here for requirements and application.





The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission grants will be made available to qualifying non-profit arts organizations, Parks and Recreation community centers, and classroom teachers within the City of San Bernardino for the enhancement and support of city-wide art and cultural programs of benefit and interest to a broad segment of our population.

November 26, 2015

UCR Call for Art

We are soliciting applications for submissions of art for these one-day long exhibitions developed in collaboration with branches of the Riverside Public Library on March 5 (Arlanza), April 16 (La Sierra) and May 21 (Casa Blanca). These exhibitions will be held outdoors. The exhibition space will be formed by a set of modular, lightweight, temporary structure with a maximum height of 6’5’”. Artworks should be lightweight, easily hung, mounted or pinned to a “clothesline” structure like the one pictured in the sketches in this article by ND architecture. Work should be appropriate for outdoor viewing by people of all ages.

About Poetry Out Loud

If you are interested in participating in the official Poetry Out Loud Contest, please contact your
state arts agency.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country. 

Contest Structure and Awards

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. 

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

Awards are made in the form of lump sum cash payouts, reportable to the IRS. Tax liabilities are the sole responsibility of the winners and their families.

Program Materials and Schedule

Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, videos of student performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides. Hard copies of  materials are free for teachers participating in the official program. 

While teachers, students, and poetry lovers everywhere can use this website and its free materials to organize their own contests, the official contest is limited to the programs run by each state's arts agency. If you are interested in participating in the official program, please contact your state arts agency.

Materials are sent to high schools beginning in August, and the program is run through early winter. (Poetry Out Loud does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks.) States hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, May 2-4, 2016.


The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the best poetry before the largest possible audiences.



Due to venue scheduling issues, we have had to move the dates for State Finals Competition in Sacramento: February 28th and 29th

This means that we have to move up our deadline date for County Competitions. Immediately following your County Competitions, PLEASE do everything possible to have your competition and all finalists' paper work submitted before February 7th. This includes three poem selections and photo /video release information. We will be on a very short timeline to create State Finals materials, plan the event and to make sure that finalists and their chaperones have travel arranged. 

The 2015-16 CA POL Teacher and School Registration Form is now live! We've simplified it based on your feedback from last year. 

As a reminder, this form should be completed once by the designated Lead Teacher for each school, and after consultation with County Coordinators to determine the best School Finals Competition date. 

Completion of this form is required for participation in the official Poetry Out Loud program, and must be submitted by the end of December 2015. 

For more information, please visit:

"Putting on the Ritz" with the Joshua Tree International Film Festival

By Hilary Sloane

Does it get any better? We have Hollywood, the Palms Springs Film Festival, and the Joshua Tree National Park. Now we have our own International Film Festival. 

Friday and Saturday, September 11-12, 2015

Performances take place between November 28 – December 20, 2015 at four theaters – Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, and Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga.

by Hilary Sloane

The High Desert offers dark skies filled with meteorites, the milky way, constellations, and deep space objects that inspire visitors to make the journey and artists to create. It’s not hard to imagine when you’re standing outside in the warmth of the summer (transitioning to fall) months and stare up at an unpolluted night sky.

The National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to protecting and sharing, what the NPS calls “natural lightscape,”  maintains a ban on light pollution in the Joshua Tree National Park. Natural Lightscapes exist when artificial lighting is absent. According to the U.S. National Park Service website, it is estimated that only around 10 percent of the population of the United States can see the night sky in its natural state. 

The park is the perfect place to perch on a rock or bring a mat, and watch the stars dance around you and let your mind drift. The universe invites you to explore its vastness and discover it’s beauty. On a dark night you can see thousands of stars without a telescope. Even the Andromeda galaxy, which is 2.5 million light years away, is visible. It’s amazing to stand there in the quiet of the night and suddenly become aware that you’re part of this universe.

The "Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater" located at the Joshua Tree Lake, RV, and Camp, Park offers starry night events and parties. The theater was founded by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers (SCDVA), a group of local amateur astronomers that meet monthly for astronomy-related talks and events at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. Riveting images of nebula and various galaxies are projected on a 24’ long by 9’ tall screen with the use of extremely sensitive video cameras. Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own. The amphitheater is large and spacious; add Beethoven or sometimes live music, and it’s an unforgettable experience, complete with the romance of a starry night.

While attending the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 12th, I met two young men from Orange Country who were camping at the RV park. They brought friends, cameras, an appreciation for the desert and an appetite for learning. I met a mother with her three children ages, 5, 8, and 18. The age range of the approximately 250 attendees was from toddler to Senior. No one was too young, or too old.

For the dedicated astronomer and interested novice, club members provide a variety of telescopes, including computer-driven astro-imagers designed to capture deep space in almost real-time conditions. Some visitors bring their own telescopes, and members of the SCDVA give assistance when needed. One of the founders and manager, Tom O’Key, provides explanations about the images projected on the screen and adds informative and entertaining stories about the star constellations and their mythology. He has a wealth of information and generously shares it.

Leonard Holmberg, the second telescope operator, created the Starcart that houses six computers and projects 3D images. Families, neighbors, strangers - everyone huddles together, and it feels like a family reunion.

Larry Filke, a visitor to the theater said, “The Astronomy Theater events have long been an integral part of my ability to fully realize the Mojave Desert as the place on Earth where I am most attuned to my final oneness with all things.  These events feed me spiritually, intellectually and communally.  I am grateful.”

"Sky’s the Limit, Observatory and Nature Center" in 29 Palms is a grassroots, all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to education. The Center sits on 15 acres of land and is located on Utah Trail at the southernmost edge of the Twentynine Palms entrance to the park. Volunteers have erected a 15-foot dome housing a Celestron telescope, a welcome center/gift shop, workshop, orrery, nature trail and meditation garden.

On a typical Saturday over 200 people will be coming and going all evening. Small groups congregate around personal telescopes while informed volunteers explain what is happening in the sky. Everyone is helpful, full of passion and excitement. 

I was captivated for a good 30 minutes by a 13-year-old astronomer named Sam Deen, who was visiting the high desert with his family. Sam was eagerly waiting for the appearance of  "2 mass j-18352154-312338.5," a binary star, about 25 light years away. The sighting would be of monumental importance since no one has ever seen this star. He discovered it through X-rays. Sam and I saw something shooting through the night. It just might have been Sam’s personal discovery or it might have been a Perseid Meteor. He will keep looking, I’m sure of that.

The next scheduled Saturday night session is August 22nd, “Observing the first quarter moon.” On September 5th, “Take a “grand tour of the cosmos,” with guides manning the telescopes and teaching the subject they love the most. On September 12th, the team of volunteers will talk about “Galaxies and Globular Clusters.” On September 19th, observe a Crescent Moon. Add the views of lunar landscapes, binary stars and deep space objects and you will be mesmerized for hours, or at least until it gets light.

The SCDVA also provides private parties and special group events along with Astro camping either in a tent, car, truck, van or RV. Check the website for future showings.

Joshua Tree Astronomy theater website is:

Southern California Desert Video Astronomers: 

The Joshua Tree Lake RV and Camping Park is located at 2601 Sunfair Rd. Joshua Tree, CA. 92252

Sky’s the Limit’s website is

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