Each October, the Redlands United Church of Christ holds the Art, for Heaven’s Sake! Fine Arts Festival to support art in the community.
Originally, Art, for Heaven’s Sake was intended as a fundraiser showcasing local talent. Church members held the first event in a private home in 1979. Five local artists showed their work. Over the years the show grew. Today the show accommodates over 75 artists.
Although most selected artists are local, the reputation of the festival has spread. Today Artists from all over the western states submit their art for jurying into the show. These submissions are curated to ensure a selection of fine art representing a wide range of media. Guests can purchase art at the show.
A new feature of the show is the Arts and Crafts Boutique which is housed in Mosaic Hall. The boutique showcases handmade crafts and artisan goods.
In addition, the Art, for Heaven’s Sake hosts both local musicians and musicians from all over Southern California.
Saturday afternoon Jazz in the Garden, a special music event takes place featuring jazz quintets made up of amazing musicians from the Los Angeles jazz scene. Saturday evening a well-known jazz singer from the LA area will perform.
Each year, part of the proceeds from the show go to local charities such as Angel’s Closet Charities a service that provides clothing for teens and Refresh and Renew a mobile shower service for the homeless.