■ Chronicle News Service
Over 100 talented artists are expected to exhibit in two Redlands art shows held side-by-side over the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, in Smiley Park and at the Redlands Bowl.
There is no admission charge to attend either show. The festival features a fun-filled kids zone, which includes hands-on art activities, a free book give-away, and an instrument petting zoo. A student sidewalk chalk art demonstration and competition will take place as well. The Redlands Library and Lincoln Shrine will be open too.
The artists participating in the Redlands Festival of Arts’ juried art show come from across the U.S. and will compete for awards and cash prizes in multiple categories: painting, mixed media, digital media, photography, fiber, jewelry, wood and ceramics. Local artists will also display their artwork as part of the Redlands Art Association’s annual Art in the Park show.
“A wide variety of art media with a broad range of styles that one can’t normally see in a single gallery or museum.”
Shirley Harry, Festival Chair, said, “The caliber of artists competing this year is exceptional. They represent a wide variety of art media with a broad range of styles that one can’t normally see in a single gallery or museum. It’s a great way to expose the whole family to the world of art while enjoying a leisurely day in downtown Redlands.”
The Festival has named Sheila Hansberger as its 2018 Featured Artist. Previously a commercial artist, Hansberger is now recognized as an exceptional watercolor artist. Her artwork is collected by individuals and hangs in public venues, including the Redlands Community Hospital, San Bernardino County Museum and elsewhere. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
Local musicians will provide live entertainment on both days at two festival stages. For those feeling hungry, a line-up of popular eateries and food trucks is set to appear, including Mill Creek, Cousins Lobster, Rock n Roll Coffee and Kona Ice. The festival wine and beer garden will be open too, and there is outdoor seating available.