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April 2016

April 2016

After an exceedingly chilly February in Britain, adored with masses of daffodils, snowdrops and other spring flowers, I’m back and my feet have finally thawed! Spring is definitely in the air in Redlands, and in the last few hot days the flowers have gone wild and birds are singing away regardless of the rain! Our… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

New Date for Theme Park Program

Note: An unexpected program conflict occurred for Bill Butler, so the date of his program The Art and Imagination of Theme Park Design, has been changed to Tuesday, May 17 at 7 PM.

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THE ART OF IMAGINATION OF THEME PARK DESIGN with Bill Butler Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM.  Bill Butler, director of creative design for Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino, the world’s foremost theme park design and animatronics production company, will be the guest artist for the Redlands Art Association. Butler will explain the breadth of his creative work, which he describes as involving all the theatrical arts. Envisioning and producing a theme park attraction involves everything from drawing, painting, modelmaking, scripting, sculpting, molding, plastics production, casting, skin production, steel armature, fiberglass production, mechanical systems engineering and building, costuming, fur-application, electronic control systems, video and audio media production, programming, architecture, structural engineering, people management, water, power, air management, vehicle design and production, life safety systems, lighting, audio, projection and visual effects, merchandising, to maintenance. A fully cohesive attraction engages the viewers so fully that they are unaware of the integration of the many elements. Ultimately, the audience no longer views the attraction but becomes an immersed participant. Bill Butler, 29 has been living his lifelong dream for a decade working at Garner Holt where he designs and produces theme park attractions. His passion for creative work began early in life. As a child, while his father was serving in the military in Operation Desert Storm, Butler and his mother spent nearly every weekend at Disneyland where he soon realized that creating his favorite rides was actually someone’s job, one he could aspire to having. Starting with Lego models and shoebox dioramas, Butler began to develop a vision and passion for his life’s work. In high school and college, working as a page at the Smiley Library and the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, he became so fascinated by the life of Abraham Lincoln that he created a model of a Lincoln attraction that he pitched to Garner Holt, hoping to land an internship with the company. His tenacity paid off and Garner Holt hired the then nineteen year-old, a college student majoring in journalism at the University of Redlands. In his ten years with Garner Holt, Butler has traveled to Asia and Europe meeting with clients, pitching ideas and producing attractions. He has completed projects for Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios. In 2013 he had the opportunity to reimagine his favorite childhood attraction: the Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, which he enthusiastically describes as a dream come true. Recently, he has been at work on a flight simulator attraction at Seattle’s Pier 5, on the waterfront near Pike’s Place Market. Many other of Butler’s projects remain top secret. With little formal training in the field, Butler has spent his twenties at Garner Holt learning his multifaceted and creative work by doing. He remains contagiously passionate and excited by his work. “Every day, I get to do all I ever wanted to do,” Butler said. Come and hear about Bill Butler’s captivating work. — Submitted by Lori Powell


Flowers in the Gallery!

Flowers explode at RAA Gallery show

Oohh.. Aahh!  Like fireworks, the beauty of the flower gets rave reviews from onlookers.  Redlands Art Association’s Gallery and Art Center will burst with floral art in their

ART ALIVE in Redlands! is in conjunction with the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Garden Tour the weekend of April 16 & 17.  The Gallery will have special hours as a stop on the tour: Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm. ART ALIVE in Redlands! exhibit during the month of April. Florists are invited to choose a piece of art from the exhibit and create their art to coordinate or contrast the piece for display at RAA’s Open House, April 16 & 17.   “What’s more natural than flowers and art?”, asks Sandy Davies, exhibit coordinatorDSCN4185-2.      DSCN4194-2  “The past floral creations have beautiful, stunning, and sometimes whimsical.”  Come see what develops this year.

Also at the Gallery, meet Joanne Ohnemus, on Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 pm at her Featured Artist reception.

“Garden Party” is the theme of Joanne Ohnemus’ Featured Artist show.  Ohnemus, also known as Bird Abode, has been a member of the Redlands Art Association for more than 25 years, showing her bird houses and garden related art.  Although her medium in the early years was watercolor, acrylic, oil photography, monoprint and collage, her art now uses wood, recycled materials and cast away objects.  Most of the art relates to nature and the great outdoors, but once in a while she’ll take up some abstract fun design.

Ohnemis-1Visit the Gallery and Art Center at 215 E. State Street, downtown, Redlands.  For more information, call 909-792-8435.

4-24-16 Art-On-State-Street

The Redlands Art Association invites you to browse the arts at ART-ON-STATE STREET on Sunday April 24, 2016 from noon to 6pm.  The block of State Street between 5th and 6th Street will be dedicated to RAA artist’s …  their canopies, tables, racks and standards lined up with easy pedestrian walking down the middle of the street.   Both fine arts and crafts will be offered out on the street.

RAA is participating with Redlands’ Downtown ArtWalk.  The day’s fun also includes a Kid’s Zone, sidewalk chalk art, bake sales, beer garden, food trucks and music. The whole DSCN6328-2downtown area will be involved!  Many businesses will have solo art shows - Cheesewalla food truck at Civic Plaza and Fire_Apizzaco at Ed Hales park. Renaissance Banquet Hall, upstairs at 19 E. Citrus will be hosting The Fan Four at 1pm. Stop out for great local food, drinks, art, and music!

RAA’s Gallery at 215 E. State Street will also be open during the event.

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Featured Artists

Peggy Dornbach 4/23 – 5/14

Peggy Dornbach will be the Featured artist at the Redlands Art Association gallery from April 23 to May 14th. She will be showing a collection of her collages.
A long time member of the RAA, Peggy and her late husband, Vernon Dornbach, were among the founding members of the Redlands Art Association in the early 1960's. Her art work has been shown often at the gallery, as well as in other shows in the Inland area. Peggy has also served as a member of the Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund for many years.
Peggy started doing collage work in the 1980's when she was taking classes up at Crafton Hills College. The works that will be displayed are some of her newer pieces. Peggy likes to do collages because she can manipulate many sources, colors and textures. With a hint of subject matter in some, most pieces are quite abstract.
Submitted by Peggy Dornbach

Joanne Ohnemus 4/2 – 4/23

Joanne C. Ohnemus, Featured Artist, April 2 through 23, 2016

Meet Joanne on Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 pm at her reception.

“Garden Party” is the theme of Joanne Ohnemus’ Featured Artist show.  Ohnemus, also known as Bird Abode, has been a member of the Redlands Art Association for more than 25 years, showing her bird houses and garden related art.  Although her medium in the early years was watercolor, acrylic, oil photography, monoprint and collage, her art now uses wood, recycled materials and cast away objects.  Most of the art relates to nature and the great outdoors, but once in a while she’ll take up some abstract fun design.


In 1992, Ohnemus and her husband, Edward, decided to have a project both could work on… they loved original creative designs and colorful paint.  They started Bird Abode and what a fun journey.  To date they have made 9,157 Bird Abodes.  Edward designs and constructs each bird house and Joanne lovingly paints, numbers, and signs each one.  During the process of making bird houses, the inspiration of the assemblage art piece was developed.  Facades and full bird houses have been used on these one-of-the-kind art works. Recycled materials and cast offs from her artist friends have been used in many of their sculptures.  They make up to 5 assemblage pieces a year and keeps the design whimsical and full of color.

Currently, Joanne’s focus is mosaic wood jewelry, alcohol ink framed tiles, garden box planters, and multi-media cards.

Her Featured Artist show is April 2 – 23 at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands.  The public is also invited to meet her on Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 pm at her reception.


Jillian O’Dwyer 1/23-2/13

Reception: Friday, February 12, 5pm – 7pm

Jillian O’Dwyer will be hanging an installation of ceramic plates, “Tapestry,” for her featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association January 23rd through February 13th.

During this past October’s Downtown Redlands Art Walk, Jillian collected over 50 shoe, foot and (one) hand prints from art walk goers onto a square slab of clay. Uncontrolled by the artist, slabs of clay were distorted, completely or partially covered with prints, barely dented, ripped apart and more by the participants. After collection, Jillian determined how to best influence the final result by adding patterns, trimming parts of some squares and selecting glaze combinations. The end collaboration is, at times, unrecognizable as a shoe print.

“Tapestry” speaks to many things from popular shoe styles in Redlands to the individuals who participated. The quality and substance of the pattern on each plate shows the confidence in their step, their mood for the day and maybe even their affinity for getting dirty. These insights are reflected in each plate’s title as well as short stories that accompany many of the plates.


A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Redlands Art Association. Jillian will have clay available for those who wish to try their hand at creating their own texture patterns. Free and open to all ages!

Thank you to the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Parliament Chocolate for hosting Jillian in October and to all of those who donated prints. This project would not have been possible without your support!

Jillian O’Dwyer is a ceramic artist who focuses mainly on highly textured, hand built, functional pieces. When she is not creating her own work she teaches hand building classes to both children and adults. Jillian is currently an instructor at AMOCA Ceramics Studio and the Redlands Art Association. Her work is exhibited at The Studio Artists’ Gallery at AMOCA, Redlands Art Association, Riverside Art Museum’s Blue Door Museum Store, Artisans Etc. and she shows at various art fairs.