By Gretchen Andrews
The Redlands United Church of Christ will be holding its 42nd Annual Art, For Heaven’s Sake! show this month. Artists representing a wide variety of mediums, including acrylic, photography, watercolor, oil, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, fabrics and metal sculpture, will display their products in the many booths. around the church campus.
In addition to the original art, the three-day festival which opens on October 15 and ends on October 17 features a craft shop, food, fabulous music, artist demonstrations and an experience. artistic for children. A âMeet the Artistsâ gala reception open to the public opens the show on Friday October 15th. Music ranges from Redlands’ own acapella group, Rhymes with Orange, to bluegrass, jazz, indigenous fusion music, folk and traditional Mexican music. There is something for everyone.
The art fair started in 1979 as a fundraiser to build a new church building when RUCC started. Currently, proceeds from the show are donated to fund local non-profit organizations in our community. From its humble beginnings in the home of a RUCC member to the beautiful church campus at 168 Bellevue Avenue, the show has grown to include over 50 performers and has spread to the church grounds. .
Over the years, the show has grown into a major event in Redlands. Exhibitors and guests come from all over Southern California to experience beautiful art and music. Proceeds from the show help fund organizations such as Food for All, Redlands Citrus Counseling Service, Angel’s Closet, Get on the Bus, Music Changing Lives and Steps4Life. Past shows have also helped fund Hurricane Katrina Relief and relief efforts in Haiti.
Art, for heaven’s sake! is part of RUCC’s mission. From our inception, we have been a tithe church, with 10% of the RUCC’s operating budget earmarked for broader ministry efforts. We give and encourage RUCC members to donate money, service, time and talent on behalf of RUCC to help organizations such as Christian Counseling Service and Redlands Family Services. We encourage the active participation of church members in ministries both locally and in the world at large. We provide representation from our congregation on the Redlands Area Interfaith Council. We encourage church and church members to take an activist stance in meeting and addressing social concerns, both locally and globally.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, last year’s show was held virtually and we’re excited to be able to be back in person this year. Free entry. While authorized assistance dogs are permitted, please do not have other pets. The festival will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 15; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 16; and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Masks are mandatory.
Gretchen Andrews is a member of the Redlands United Church of Christ and the Redlands Area Interfaith Council.