In Riverside, ART MATTERS.

It engages, inspires, and builds community.

The Riverside Art Make.

Make art. Make community.

FREE to the public.

Curatorial Statement for the Riverside Art Make

by Carolyn Schutten

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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Mil-Tree’s “The Art Of War” was presented at Chaffey College in the Art Building’s Student Gallery March 12th from 12pm - 2pm. The show was curated by Rebecca Trawick, the director and curator of Chaffey’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. The show’s original opening was in Joshua Tree at the Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge turned art gallery and spoken word salon on October 25th, 2013. It was part of the MBCAC Highway 62 Art Tours co-produced by Mil-Tree and RFJT. It was the brainchild of Carey Hayes and Tami Wood and curated by Mil-Tree’s Paula Jeane. The project successfully fulfilled the mission statement of Mil-Tree:

It is our mission to bring together veterans, active-duty military, and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art.

Through Mil-Tree, diverse people in the community come together to increase mutual understanding and respect, and are provided with safe opportunities to express, help process, and support the healing of soul wounds, especially those of war, through the power of storytelling, speak-outs, healing retreats, art, music, movement, and nature. 

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Maddy Lederman's debut novel, EDNA IN THE DESERT, chronicles a tech-addicted, Los Angeles teen stranded at her grandparents' remote cabin without cell phone service, Internet or television. The tale takes place in sections of the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County. 

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The notion that art can be free, when we are accustomed to determining something’s worth with a dollar sign, is almost absurd. It brings up questions about the intrinsic value and legitimacy of art outside of those predetermined, capitalistic, boundaries. In the free art movement, artists place their works in public spaces, plain view, or hidden, and it’s yours for the taking. This movement is all over the country and is growing in momentum. Free art forces the traditional exhibit beyond the walls of the gallery where it’s hung, makes the artist their own curators, and entire cities are transformed into galleries. And that’s empowering. 

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“The Seagull” was directed by Tom Provenzano at the Glenn Wallichs Theater from March 20-23, 2014. The play was written by Anton Chekhov in 1895 and is considered the first of his four major plays. Provenzano had first seen the play when he was just 7 years old and for some time had wanted to direct it. When asked about the play’s historical significance, Provenzano states, “Within its period it was a big change in theater because it was just about how people lived. It was a revolution and really moved us towards modern and contemporary theater.” In relationship to Chekhovian theater he says, “They say they’re comedies, but they’re really dramas about this particular period coming to the close of Czarist Russia.”

Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo announce the fifth annual BLUES FOR THE ZOO benefit concert celebrating this unique Alpine animal rescue facility.  BLUES FOR THE ZOO is set for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Big Bear Lake’s Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater, with a line-up of world class blues including a rare west coast appearance by critically acclaimed “trance-blues” artist Otis Taylor.

The Last Hurrah! Our Farewell Season!

The Palm Springs Follies' 23rd edition, The Last Hurrah!, will be our greatest hits show with the best dance production numbers from past years, three iconic headliners and--for the first time--three remarkable variety acts packed into one spectacular Follies season. It will be a fitting and exciting last hurrah!

Exhibition: December 21, 2013 - March 30, 2014 (Extended through April 17)

Reception: February 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Riverside Legacy: California Plein Air Paintings Past and Present exhibit is comprised of a select grouping of Plein Air paintings and drawings from the Riverside Art Museum’s permanent collection. Featuring works completed by artists as early as the 1930s, this exhibition refers back to the history of Riverside and its local environs as this outdoor movement spread throughout the state of California in the late nineteenth century. A choice selection of contemporary Plein Air artwork by RAM's Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR) group will also be included, proving the steadfast popularity of California Impressionism even today. As we look to both past and present works of the Riverside area, this exhibition celebrates the modern development of Plein Air artists over time, revealing the growth and impact of the Riverside community as a whole.

For more information on PAAR and how you can join them, click here.

Guest curated by Devi Noor.

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“Work with what you’ve got,” he said. “My medium of choice is really just working with whatever I have.” Gabe Gonzalez wasn’t intending to be particularly profound. I could tell by his body language and how he seemed genuinely excited to find a way to concisely explain his method.

He has this willingness for experimentation. It’s self-evident in his work. He builds. He contorts. He illustrates. He creates. In a day and age where identifying yourself as an artist can be slightly taboo, Gabe Gonzalez has done just that—acted as an artist—a master of his own eclectic style and the ruler of his own varied methods.

Announcing the Dotphotozine Award For Excellence in Photography

Dotphotozine has established the Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. One photographer will receive a $1,000 cash award and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions of Dotphotozine, to be released in September 2014.

We are seeking a coherent body of work by an ambitious photographer. Work derived from all photographic processes, in any style, digital or analog, including mixed media work that is photo based will be accepted. We are not accepting video, or work with multimedia components. Please do not submit vacation photos, personal snapshots or unrelated individual images. The award is open to all U.S. citizens 21 and over.

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“Is he Dead?” which opened at Redlands Footlighters Theatre March 6, is a play by American writer Mark Twain that was discovered in 2002. It is a farce about friendship, love, and financial struggles of an artist, a story influenced by Twain’s own personal experiences. I met with director Carol Damgen for a chat about the unique play, her ambitions as a director and playwright, and theatre in the San Bernardino area. 

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Passion for art and nature led to the collaboration and creation of a unique organic house nestled between massive rock formations at the edgeof the Joshua Tree National Park. It was home to a creative and artistic couple.

Bev and Jay Doolittle, drawn to Joshua Tree in 1978, instantly fell in love with the area. They bought a little stucco house in the Panorama heights and settled in. At the time, Jay and Bev, both artists, were selling their art in malls and art fairs. They had little money, but they imagined a house built inside the rocks that would give them the feeling of living outside, inside. They had no idea that the house of their dreams would eventually be built. 

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