Programs & Workshops

Georgia O’Keeffe Program

Georgia O'Keeffe's Early Years are the subject of Sept. 27 Program

The new Program Series at the Redlands Art Association Gallery starts with the lecture “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Early Works, 1901-1939”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Zoeckler, retired, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.


During Georgia O'Keeffe's long and productive life she created approximately 1000 oil paintings plus another thousand watercolors and drawings, and even a few sculptures and clay pots. Her formal art training began when she was 18, attending the fall semester of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with John Vanderpoel. She studied at the Art Student's League in New York City under William M. Chase, Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox.  Her painting of a dead rabbit with a copper pot shows Chase's influence.

She went on to study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a modernist who strongly influenced her approach to art and her teaching methods.  In 1915 she had an epiphany and declared "I can't live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to -- I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to - school and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."  In January 1916 her radical new daringly abstract charcoal drawings came to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, influential owner of 291 Gallery in New York and publisher of an avant-garde magazine on art and photography.  Stieglitz began to exhibit her work at 291 and other New York galleries.  When she moved to New York City, their ensuing relationship ignited her creativity and career.  This lecture will explore her working methods and sources of inspiration.  How did her unique vision produce these works?  Who were her friends and where did she travel?  When possible, using her own words, we will examine the sources for some of these timeless and mesmerizing creations.

“Hard to describe someone so sensational.”  says Linda Zoeckler.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.



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.

Medlicott 3


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.


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

Mary Grinyer 10/25 – 11/19

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 2-4 pm

Mary, a long time member of the Redlands Art Association, is excited to be the Featured Artist from October 29 through November 19. The theme of the show is “The Heart and More…” Her new three dimensional ceramic hearts will be shown for the first time. The heart has been a theme of Mary Grinyer’s art for many years. She began doing heart related art when her Father had a successful open heart surgery. The heart can represent many things: the physical heart which keeps us alive, the emotional seat of a person’s thoughts and emotion, or the central or innermost part, the essence of something. This show will explore heart related themes as well as presenting several sculptures and ceramic pieces. Ceramic heart pieces include “Mending Heart,” “Ruptured,” “Gift Wrapped,” and works that present the heart as a decorative item.


An interest in ceramics began for Mary at the Goeske Senior Center in Riverside after she retired. She enjoyed working there and within a few months started taking beginning ceramics at Riverside City College with John Hopkins. Since then she has attended a series of classes in ceramics and sculpture with Stephen Horn at the college. Stephen Horn inspires students to experiment and often asks us to try it and see what happens. They experiment with forms, oxides, slips, glazes, printing on clay and multiple firing methods.

Mary Grinyer is a member of the Redlands Art Assn., Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Community Art Assn. and a resident of Riverside, CA. She is a graduate of Ramona High School and has an AA in Art from Lake Tahoe Community College. She has continued to work at the Goeske Senior Center ceramic group and now volunteers to teach hand building ceramics to interested seniors. The Clay Yard in Ontario, CA is her newest venture. She had studio space there for several years at Ceramic Services until it closed at the end of May. Eleven studio members, including Mary, purchased the business. They feature studio memberships, classes, firing services (including Raku), clay pugging, and they sell clay. She still maintains a studio space there.

LeBlanc & Willason 10/8 – 28

Opening reception October 8th from 2 - 4 pm.

The English mother-daughter duo of Sheila LeBlanc and Linda Willason will be the featured artists on Saturday, October 8th and will having a reception from 2pm to 4pm. Both have been inspired by their love of England and equally, their love for Redlands. The show runs from Oct. 8th to Oct. 28th.


Sheila LeBlanc has been an artist for over 40 years. She paints in oils and watercolors and is mostly inspired to paint landscapes. She has had numerous “one-woman” shows among her accomplishments across many countries. Sheila has also been juried into many art shows including multiple entries into Redlands Art Association’s “Mini-Show”. She has won numerous awards over her long artistic career. While in Panama, she became well known for her sea-shell watercolors. These are currently owned by people all over the world.

Having studied with a variety of well known artists, Sheila is currently painting with Chick Curtis. Her favored painting partner is now her eldest daughter, Linda.

Linda, having grown up around her mother’s art, has developed a love for art in general. Much to her surprise and the delight of Sheila, she started to paint about 4 years ago. It happened quite by accident. Linda accepted a ticket from a friend to a painting event. She learned the basics of pastels and instantly fell in love with the medium. At that point, she was full speed ahead! Taking classes with Anneli Pendley and Patricia Rose Ford, Linda has progressed and really enjoys exploring different subject matters. She creates landscapes, flowers, animals and scenes of Redlands with her pastels.

Linda and Sheila’s vacations together now consist of finding new scenes to capture and places to paint. Finding beauty always inspires new artwork!

Linda Willason

From Our Fearless Leaders

October 2016

With so much happening within the RAA it’s good to get outside, take a walk and enjoy the Fall colours. Yes, Fall is finally in the air, the mornings are darker, the evenings are drawing in, while the temperature is dropping and Art for Heaven’s Sake is just around the corner! Many RAA artists are participating in Art for Heaven’s Sake and the other art shows in town this holiday season so please stop by and support them if you can, even if it’s only to say “Hi”.

I would like to welcome any new Friends of RAA who have signed up in the last few months, either to take classes or to show their work in the gallery, thank you for joining RAA.

As we all know this is the busiest time of the year for artists and the gallery and I hate to remind you the Multi Media Mini Show is only a few months away, so happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, RAA President



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