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This Friday the second annual Redlands Festival of Arts will take place at Smiley Park. The festival, a celebration of both the visual and performing arts, was co-founded by Jerry Bean and Shirley Harry in 2013 to promote the arts in Redlands and its surrounding areas. Bean saw a need to showcase art from the East Valley and realized that Redlands was the perfect place to do this. According to Harry, the closest outdoor art festival of this size is held in La Quinta. 

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Celebrate life. Be kind and caring. Easy enough in theory, right? Is it as effortless in practice? Well, after experiencing it first hand at the 12th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival, my answer is a resounding YES.

In addition to an incredible music experience, the family friendly, communal event included live art, yoga classes, food, beverages, artwork, crafts, and boutique clothing. Kidsville offered a daily schedule of activities for children – including a pirate ship on wheels that sailed around a lake. With three stages and no overlapping performances, you had the opportunity to enjoy the entire line-up of performers. There were too many bands to mention each one in this short piece, but I will highlight a few.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

For many around the globe, May 31 will likely hold trivial significance as the passing of another month; the fading of days chronicled on a calendar, stockpiled beside repetition, redundancies and rudimentary action. But for the community of San Bernardino, May 31 holds the ability to be a day of inspiration, opportunity and a deviation from the typical and the norm.

“I’ve actually never been to an event in San Bernardino quite like what I’m envisioning for this event,” said 22-year-old Michael Segura - San Bernardino Generation Now member, newly appointed San Bernardino Arts Commisioner and Director of Media for May 31’s CommUnity Fest.

The Cal State San Bernardino graphic design and fine arts major is just one portion of the well-oiled and politically conscious machine known as San Bernardino Generation Now. Formally founded in 2013, SBGN members have taken it upon themselves to be socially and politically active by closely engaging with the community, it’s political representatives and the land itself - organizing community clean ups among other commendable deeds.

The team is now extending their fight for communal betterment by coordinating CommUnity Fest - which is gearing up to be a one-stop-shop for local musical talent, yoga sessions, the live production of public murals and even a civic lounge to better aid in getting to know this year’s candidates in the state primary election; the crew has kind of thought of it all, but I’m not surprised.

After a successful inaugural arts festival last year that attracted more than 7,000 persons, the Redlands Festival of Arts will again be staged over Memorial Day weekend in Smiley Park in Redlands.

More than 120 artists are expected to exhibit their artwork and offer it for sale. In addition, the festival will include music, dance, children’s art activities, food trucks, a wine and beer garden and a variety of arts-related activities.

“Many of the artists are from Redlands and the area and were recruited by the Redlands Art Association,” said Shirley Harry, who is co-chairing the event along with former Redlands City Council member Jerry Bean. “But more than 40 are from nearby states and from throughout California.”

Fifty-two of the artists will be competing in a juried competition that offers $6,000 in prizes, Harry said.

The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, in Smiley Park in the area near Old City Hall (the Police Annex) to behind A.K. Smiley Public Library through the area near the Redlands Bowl.

Bean said admission to all events will be free, although patrons may donate to the festival if they wish. The event is sponsored by a 16-person committee headed by Harry and Bean with the cooperation of the Redlands Art Association, the Redlands Cultural Arts Commission and the San Bernardino County Arts Connection. 

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A disobedient dog, an angry owner, and a young girl with a magical ability to right wrongs–that is the opening of The Magic Finger. From the beginning there is a sense that what you are watching is important. Through the layers of humor, the audience is continuously asked the questions, “What is fair?” and “Who gets to decide?” To be sure, they are questions that sometimes make us uncomfortable, but children’s author Roald Dahl knew they needed to be asked.

If you are not familiar with the work of Roald Dahl, I recommend your remedy that immediately. It’s for your own good, I promise. Children’s literature often gets the bad rep of being overly simplistic and fantastical–perhaps a bit too sugary a treat for the literary minded. However, many times the reality is quite the opposite. Especially when it comes to the work of Dahl, who gave voice to children’s concerns in the most memorable of ways–think Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and George’s Marvelous Medicine. In his stage adaptation of Dahl’s The Magic Finger, playwright, David Wood, asks those questions of fairness of his audience, through tackling issues such as animal rights, justice, and violence, in such a way that wherever Dahl is, he is sure to be smiling.

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Wonder Valley is the last point of habitation east of Los Angeles before stretches of desert meet the state line. Moving away from the megalopolis, the diminishing density of population and infrastructure peters out into this landscape of sporadic shelters and characteristic “jackrabbit homesteads.”

One of the subgroups of inhabitants in Wonder Valley are those who wish to remain in Southern California, but who cannot afford to live in the Los Angeles basin. Thus Wonder Valley was a felicitous location for the issues addressed in Spectacular Subdivision, a three-day art event on affordable housing and compromised work/live spaces. Organized by Jay Lizo of Monte Vista Projects, High Desert Test Sites and UCIRA, Spectacular Subdivision invited forty artists to explore the questions: “What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? How have forms of domesticity and shelter shaped artists’ practices?” and “How does an artist find balance between work and living space?”

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Family, friends, proud professors and peers showed unparalleled support during Chaffey College’s 2014 Student Invitational (SI) opening reception on Tuesday, April 15. Within the first 10 minutes of the event’s commencement, attendees flocked in by the dozens. The schools 37th Annual Student Invitational was a labored accomplishment for the nine student participants who were hand- picked to take part in the yearly juried exhibition. The chosen artists were met with the task of creating a completely new body of work by working closely with faculty, art professionals and museum curators to refine their skills to professional levels.

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Awards were presented to 19 desert artists during a reception on Sunday, April 6, 2014 for the annual Members Show at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Joshua Tree artist Bobby Furst was the judge this year.

The exhibition, which features nearly 70 works by members of the Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild, will be on display at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Dr., through April 28. 

Longtime art lovers create CSUSB’s first endowed faculty fellowship Pamela and Dr. Benson Harer, longtime supporters of Cal State San Bernardino and its Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), have pledged $500,000 to establish the university’s first-ever fully-endowed faculty fellowship.

The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellowship will support a new tenure-track faculty position focused on Egyptology, a longtime passion for the Harers. The Harer Family Trust has provided a substantial collection of Egyptian antiquities as gifts and on permanent loan to RAFFMA. The collection has become the centerpiece for several educational programs, including a program for local children titled the “Summer Egyptian Workshop for Kids.”

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Riverside Art Make: Exploring Art and Community Engagement

This spring, the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is taking to the streets and coming to a neighborhood near you. Supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions and a City of Riverside Arts and Culture Grant, the Riverside Art Make is a groundbreaking program that seeks to engage the Riverside community in a flurry of art-making happenings throughout the city in 2014 and in 2015. RAM has identified four neighborhoods that have been underserved by the museum to serve as sites for Riverside Art Make happenings: La Sierra, Magnolia, Eastside, and Orangecrest. All programming will take place in non-traditional venues – a farmer’s market, public parks, and a shopping center. Happenings are free and designed to engage participants of all ages and ethnicities, from all cultures, and regardless of economic backgrounds in a wide range of art-making activities. RAM joins prestigious museums across the world in the forward-thinking trend toward a participatory museum experience. Through recent explorations in civic engagement, RAM is helping to lead the way to ever more innovative, sophisticated art experiences in the City of Arts and Innovation.

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