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The Art of Stained Glass with Tom Medlicott

UPCOMING PROGRAM:  Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:00 PM


Redlands own, admired and accomplished stained glass artist, Tom Medlicott, will be the guest speaker at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.  Medlicott has created and is continuing to create a legacy of beautiful stained glass windows in Redlands, as well as in many other California cities.  The A.K. Smiley Public Library is the home of ten of his windows.  They add a sparkle to the library, with their glistening colors, as light shines through the many shapes and sizes of colored glass.  His work can also be found, among other places in Redlands, at the University of Redlands Chapel, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Olive Market and in many Redlands homes.

Often Medlicott’s windows tell stories or record local history.  In the Young Readers Room of Smiley Library, storybooks such as Charlotte’s Web and Cinderella, are represented in glass.  Many record historical information, as in the most recently installed window at the library, honoring the 40- year career of Larry Burgess.  This stunning, 5 by 8 foot window, took over a year to complete and features important local landmarks that are meaningful to Burgess.  It is located at the end of a hall in the library’s administrative office and can be perfectly viewed from the circulation desk.

In June, a 2 by 5 foot stained glass window commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kimberly Juniors, an organization for young women, will be installed in the Heritage Room of the Library.  The window design incorporates the Kimberly Crest Mansion and gardens, along with young women in their traditional sailor outfits.  It promises to be rich in jewel like colors and marvelous detail.

Medlicott Smiley Library

Being a fine artist and craftsman, Medlicott creates designs that are extraordinary drawings with incredible detail and then transposes them into colored glass.  Some of the intricacies are like facets on a gemstone.  A patient and meticulous master, Medlicott constructs tediously complicated works in glass, soldered together with lead.  Also, he enjoys working with copper and making mosaics.

While living in Colorado in the early 70”s, the artist learned the basic skills of his craft and picked up the rest along the way.  Doing his work extremely well, he was able to make a decent income. Eventually, he moved to Redlands in 1977 and established himself as an exceptional glass artist, while supporting his family of five.  Living in Redlands for almost 40 years, Medlicott says he’s created about 4,000 glass windows in a wide range of sizes.  That is an amazing 100 pieces a year, with some having 5,000 individual pieces of colored glass.

Medlicott Cinderella's Window

Medlicott is a dedicated artist and a perfectionist, who has a relaxed, likeable manner.  He is energetic and enthusiastic about his art and life.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear this important Redlands artist, who has created public art that will be enjoyed for endless years.  He will share his art, stories of his artistic journey and his use of shimmering stained glass as his language for expressing so much.

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Submitted by Lori Powell

The Art and Imagination of Theme Park Design with Bill Butler

Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM

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.

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, model-making, 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

Program is FREE to all.


March Program: Linda Kay Zoeckler

Northern California: Painting Paradise In Plein Air During the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00 PM

By Professor Linda Kay Zoeckler

Redlands Art Association is privileged to welcome back Professor Linda Kay Zoeckler, an outstanding art historian and scholar, to present a program focusing on early plein air, landscape paintings of Northern California.   In 2014 she presented a fascinating program on the extraordinary works of early Southern California painters and their amazing stories.  On March 22 at 7:00 PM, she will speak on the paintings from the Northern part of the state that are just as extraordinary and with interesting stories, but different from those of the South.

Artists came from far and wide, including the east coast and even Europe, to experience seeing and painting beautiful landscapes.  San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove were favorite communities to paint and congregate.   Adventurous souls trekked to the high Sierras and Yosemite to paint.  Well-known artist, Albert Bierstadt established a San Francisco studio and made sketching trips by horseback to the wild and rugged Sierras.  Inspired by the Barbizon painters of France, other artists painted quiet scenes of farms, pastures and woodlands, often in a related style called Tonalism.  Tonalism flourished in Northern California, probably because of the differences between northern and southern California sunlight.  Historical events, such as the 1906 earthquake and fires, the Gold Rush and Indian settlements, were some of the contributing factors to artwork that is so unlike that of Southern California


Zoeckler has long held a special interest in the unique history of California landscape painting, spending over 20 years studying and exploring its early development.  She will be sharing her expertise on this early, Northern California art movement; discussing the artists, artworks, significant historical events and stories of the courageous and productive artists, while viewing about 200 images of plein air landscapes.  If you are an art enthusiast, this is a night you will not want to miss!

Lori Powell, Adult Education


Note:  Zoeckler has taught art history and art appreciation, for 19 years, at Golden West College, in Huntington Beach, California.  Concurrently, she was for many years, Head of the Art Reference Library at Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.  There she oversaw a wide range of library endeavors and made many valuable contributions to the library.  Among other positions she has held, are:  Head Librarian at Otis Art Institute, LA: Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa CSUSB, as well as a year as Curator of Collections at the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley.  Along with being widely published, including art articles for Artweek, she frequently lectures on a wide range of topics relating to art and architecture.


Lori Powell, RAA Program Chair

Featured Artists

Aïda Marini Schneider 11/19 – 12/9

Opening Reception Sunday, November 20, from 2-4 pm

Aida Schneider

"I'm looking forward to exhibiting at the RAA gallery as the featured artist for November 19 - December 9. The paintings from this series "Innerscapes" represent my personal interpretation of the surrounding desert and mountains in mixed media on cradled hardboard panels.

I'm a longtime Redlands resident and member/volunteer of RAA. Until recently my husband and I traveled nationally, exhibiting and selling at top juried art festivals such as Old Town Chicago, St Louis Art Festival and Sausalito Arts Festival. I served on the jury of selection at the Cherry Creek Art Festival and my painting "Tapestry 52" was chosen for the Festival's annual fundraising poster that year. Last May I was pleased to act as co-juror for the Redlands Festival of Arts.

Aida Schneider Inner Landscape Eclipse

The Desert Art Collection gallery in Palm Desert represents my work and will feature my paintings in March 2017 during Artwalk.

Join me at the opening reception 2 - 4 Sunday, November 20 at the RAA gallery, 215 E State Street.

Aïda Marini Schneider

Aida Schneider Inner Landscape Canyons

Kent Fogleman 9/17 – 10/8

kent foglemanOpening reception will be held on Sun., Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gallery

Kent Fogleman, a 30 year resident of Redlands, has a current collection of over 40,000 photos which he has taken in various places throughout the world. He was flattered and honored to be asked to be a featured artist at Redlands Art Association from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 .

Kent's passion for photography was ignited when he was a boy and his stepfather built his own darkroom to develop his photos. During this time, he bought his first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye.

Thereafter he honed his talent when he joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old and purchased an Argus C-3 camera to photograph his travels while in the Phillipines, Japan, Hawaii, The Midway Islands, and the Formosa Strait while aboard a U.S. naval destroyer.

For the next 10 years, his camera of choice was the Minolta SRT-101, which followed him during his duties while on the Riverside Police Dept. as a motorcycle officer and investigator.

He earned a B.A. Degree and a Law Degree while at State Farm Insurance, and purchased a Canon film camera. This was a time of international travel, and he captured thousands of interesting images from catching piranha in the Amazon River, flying over the Nazca lines in Peru to holding a baby panda in China.

He is now retired, and has been able to enjoy taking photography classes, including a one-week course offered by National Geographic in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also found time to be on the Grand Jury for the 6th year and has volunteered for the Redlands Community Hospital, the Lincoln Shrine, the Redlands Police Dept. Privacy Council, as well as the Redlands Art Association. He is currently a member of the Redlands Camera Club, which has introduced him to some incredibly-talented photographers.

All of his photos on display were taken with his Canon T4i or EOS 7D, Mark II. His lens of choice is a Tamron 16 x 300 mm telephoto lens and Canon Zoom lens.

Last, but not least, he is very pleased that several local artists have chosen to paint his photographs, and The Friends of Prospect Park have published some of his photos in the recent Redlands City and Recreation Directory. He continues to enjoy his early-morning treks around Redlands capturing the beautiful sites, the coyotes, bobcats, and foxes, and especially the fascinating people.

The Redlands Art Association Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon. through Sat. and until 8 p.m. Thursdays during Redlands Downtown Market Night.

Mitch Hayden 8/27 – 9/17

Reception Saturday, August 27, from 2 - 4pm, at the RAA gallery


Mitch Hayden, a member of the Redlands Art Association, will be the Featured Artist from August 27 to September 17.  Mitch paints in oil and is self-taught artist.  His mentor and inspiration has been Dennis Hare and many Impressionistic artists.  He enjoys painting landscapes and flowers in impressionism.

Mitch is a Math Teacher and paints as his avocation.

From Our Fearless Leaders

August 2016

I was walking into Redlands Hospital to visit my husband in July and this was the first painting I saw hanging on the walls…


It was by an artist called Ben Rabe. While some people might remember Ben, I am sure many of us either know of his name or know nothing about him. He was the first president of Redlands Art Association back in 1964. He and a group of like-minded artists thought it would be a good idea to form the RAA and find a place to sell their art throughout the year and came up with the idea of holding additional shows for local artists like Art on State Street and Art in the Park. They had a tiny space in the Fox Theater where they could only hang 12 paintings at a time and look what we have today from these founding artists. I wonder if they ever thought the RAA would still be here over 50 years later and looking forward to another 50 years?
And here we are, with everyone’s help we’ve cut the deficit more than the budget predicted. It’s still tight but if we can bring in additional sales we should be able to clear it completely by the end of this financial year. We mustn’t sit on our laurels though, everyone still has a role to play and your volunteer hours are so important. If you would like to help in additional ways, for example sitting on a committee of your interest such as Education and Membership or any other committee, we would welcome you. I’m happy to share that Joyce Hatzidakis is taking over as Adult Education Coordinator and Julie Cary will be the new Membership Chair and social media guru.

Good luck with the Fall Show season everyone.

Happy Making, Liz Coviello, RAA President



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