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The Art of Stained Glass with Tom Medlicott

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Lori Powell, RAA Program Chair

Featured Artists

Mitch Hayden 8/27 – 9/17

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

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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.

Aubrey Sanchez 8/7 – 27

Aubrey-Sanchez---local-artistOpening Reception Sunday August 14, 2:30-4:30 at the gallery

Aubrey Sanchez will be the featured artist at Redlands Art Association Gallery August 7-27.  Her Exhibit titled, “A Grateful HeART” will also include a reception on Sunday August 14, 2:30-4:30 at the gallery, 215 E. State St. in downtown Redlands. A portion from every sale from this exhibit will be donated to the American Heart Association.

As a self-taught artist, she enjoys experimenting with different mediums and new techniques, however, her favorite is mixed media due to the freedom it allows to combine multiple processes to create one unique piece.  Many of her works incorporate words, poetry, quotes or scripture directly into the design, which convey additional insight into the meaning behind them. Her collection includes a wide array of subject matter and styles and available for viewing and purchase will be originals, prints, jewelry and gift sets.

Aubrey was raised in Redlands and has resided in Yucaipa for 12 years, where currently her work is on display at City hall.  She is a busy wife and mom and has worked at Redlands Print & Design for almost 17 years.  Her passion for art has always been a part of her life, even as a small child watching her grandmother paint and attending some of the same Redlands Art Association shows that she herself participates in now.  It is only within the past 5 years, however, that her dream of sharing her art with the community has become a reality.  She shows and sells her work at local festivals and galleries as a member of Redlands Art Association, Yucaipa Vision Quest and San Bernardino Art Association.

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On July 1st, she underwent her 3rd heart procedure, this time at UCLA Medical Center, to correct an electrical pathway condition she’s had since adolescence.  It was a huge success. This realization that she now has the ability to live a life free from the physical limitations and underlying fear that the condition presents, is the inspiration behind the show’s title “A Grateful HeART.”

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“An overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the blessings in my life...my family, friends, health, and ability to reach people through my art, led me to the desire to pay it forward and donate a portion of every sale from this show to the American Heart Association. We know that Jesus is the healer, and  I truly believe that no matter who we are, we are all capable of making a difference.  You discover what God has blessed you with and use it...use it in a positive way.  Use it to lift someone else up, no matter how insignificant you think it may be...do it anyway.”

To view her art visit:  www.artbyaubreysanchez.com

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Candy Glendening 7/16 – 8/6

"Mood Indigo": Opening Reception Sunday, July 17 from 2-4 pm

Cany-Glendening-PrintCandy Glendening is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”; bags to carry, silk scarves to wear, a journal for doodles or scribbles, these are all opportunities to create an item that brings joy to the senses of sight and touch. She has been using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes for close to 20 years now, using just a few primary colors plus black to create a myriad of different hues. Because she can dye any color she wants the options can be overwhelming; so most of her work is done in a series that starts with curating, creating and dyeing a color palette of single and multicolor fabrics and working with it for several months in order to really absorb and enjoy how those particular hues relate to one another.

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Last summer she spent some time with a completely different type of dye, the natural vat Indigo. The process is complete different from dyeing with Procion MX dyes, but she really enjoyed this new media. She is working on a new body of work that features her Indigo dyed fabric for her upcoming featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association called “Mood Indigo”

  • Show Dates: July 16 - August 7
  • Opening Reception: Sunday, July 17 from 2 - 4 pm

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An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines; 28 at last count, twice her art was featured on the cover. She has also filmed 8 different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. The folks at Interweave also produced Candy illustrating her artistic process in two workshop DVDs: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”.

By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night and weekend and online she also teaches quilting and dyeing. You may contact her about scheduling a private or small group dyeing class by emailing her: Candy@CandiedFabrics.com.

She shows and sells her work at local art fairs as well as the Redlands Art Association. She joined the Redlands Art Association in 2008, and in the Spring of 2009 began editing the RAA newsletter. Her love of technology has spurred her to expand the newsletter to the internet, and later revamp the RAA website to mesh with the newsletter and provide more dynamic content for RAA’s members. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her at her homes on the internet: CandiedFabrics.com.

From Our Fearless Leaders

June/July 2016

Liz-Coviello-03Welcome everyone, it's hard to believe a year has passed since I became President of the Operating Committee. I feel like I’ve been running a race and I’m thrilled that all of you are still here and running with me! So much has happened over the last year, from the introduction of receptions for our regular show openings on the 1st Friday after a Take-In, in addition to Featured Artist receptions; the Christmas holiday experiment opening Market Night and Sunday mornings and extended Christmas opening hours; the resumption of opening every Market Night; to the expansion of the Youth Education Program with after school classes 5 nights of the week and the development of the High School Education Program; the expansion of Adult Education classes, with new teachers such as Martha Cowan bringing different oil painting techniques; the introduction of the Artists Helping Artists series for all Friends of RAA; an exciting new Marketing Committee who are full of great ideas; and finally a complete revision of the Bylaws and their introduction from 1st July 2016 (see separate piece below). Its been a fun, challenging year. Lets hope the new one is as exciting.

Liz Coviello, RAA president

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