From our Fearless Leaders

June 2016

June 2016

Happy Mother’s Day everyone, it’s hard to believe we are already into the first week of May and we still have Spring weather. The Garden Home Tour weekend was busy, the flowers in the gallery were lovely and Joanne Ohnemus’ reception food was delicious, I’m sorry if you missed her lemon bars! Art on State… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

Art in the Park Set up

A reminder for Friday May 27th

You can set up your EZ-up and displays for Art in the Park on Friday, please come at the times indicated alphabetically by last name here:

  • P-T @ 10am
  • U-Z @ 11am
  • A-E @ 11:30pm
  • F-J @ noon
  • K-O @ 1pm

Remember leave no cardboard boxes on the ground!

Art-in-the-Park

SMILEY PARK WILL BECOME A GALLERY FOR RAA’S  ARTISTS AT ART-IN-THE-PARK

The BEST weekend art show... the best display of Redlands Art Association’s artists and craftsmen.  This annual outdoor event showcases a variety of art – oils, acrylics, sculptures, watercolors, photography, weavings, hand dyed silks, etchings, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, ETC, - the most fun shopping for treasures.  Also performing will be Wendy Hunt on guitar as well as some of her other musical friends.

DSCN1903 -Kit               DSCN1892-Jillian  The show is set for Memorial Day weekend, May 28 & 29 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Smiley Park, adjacent to the Police Annex (old City Hall), on the corner of Vine and Orange Streets, downtown, Redlands.

   Also featured this weekend will be Redlands Festival of Arts behind Smiley Library, across the street from Art-in-the-Park. … selected  artists from around the nation, musical acts, theatrical events, Kid’s Zone,  beer garden and food trucks…   A wonderful day of Art!DSCN1911-David

The downtown RAA Gallery will be closed the weekend of Art-in-the-Park.

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

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Featured Artists

Evelyn Ifft 6/4-25

“Exploring Fiberart”

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 PM.

Ifft 1Evelyn creates artwork in many mediums:  watercolor, collage/assemblage, pine needle basketry as well as fiberart and weaving.  Nature is the inspiration of many of her creations.  She incorporates driftwood, grasses, twigs and seedpods into her wall hangings.  She tries to communicate through weavings her love of natural things and of the wonderful textures and colors of fibers.  In her work you will also find manmade forms especially old or rusty artifacts found in the desert and local groves.  Her loom of choice is the portable rigid heddle or the backstrap loom.

A native of Pennsylvania, Evelyn was born into a family of artists.  In 1963 she moved to Redlands with her family.  She has an AA Degree in Commercial Art from L.I. (N.Y) State University and a BA in Art Education from L.A. State (CA).  She taught high school art and later, weaving at the University of Redlands, San Bernardino Valley College and Redlands Art Association.  She traveled extensively in Europe and Israel while living in Denmark for 2 years.  There she took classes in tapestry and double weaving.  From 1985 until 2002 she owned a business in home remodeling design in Redlands.  She retired to making art, gardening and RVing.

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Her commissions include liturgical-season wall hangings for the Cannon Chapel at Emory University in Atlanta, GA., the Jamison Center wall hanging and Student Center Office wall hanging at the University of Redlands.  Her watercolor “Studio Still Life” won First Place at the Multi-Media-Mini Show at the San Bernardino County Museum and a watercolor/collage “Findings in a Grove” won First Place, Citrus Division, Citrus Fruit Fair.  Her artwork has been accepted in juried art shows and is in many private collections.  Evelyn is an active exhibiting member and past president of the RAA.  Her husband Larry Harvill, has chaired the RAA board of directors.

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Evelyn’s Featured Artist Show will be exhibited at RAA from June 6 through June 24, 2016.  The gallery is located at 215 East State Street, Redlands and is open Monday –Saturday, 11 AM - 4:30 PM.  The opening reception for Evelyn’s show and RAA’s new exhibit “School’s Out for Summer” will be held in the gallery on Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend.

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Marge Beasley 5/14 – 6/4

Opening reception:  Friday May 20th from 5-7pm

Marge Beasley was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, she moved to Redlands in 1963. After working at a local bank for fifteen years, she went on to work for Redlands Camera, where she worked for 18 years; there she purchased her first 35mm camera. Her passion was, and still is, photographing dogs. Her second passion is capturing sites in and around Redlands. “I enjoy photographing the palms and familiar places here.”

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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