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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

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.
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From Our Fearless Leaders

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 Street was a great success. Many thanks to all the artists for a great selection of art and thanks to everyone who came and supported them. Yet, the RAA is still busy, Art in the Park is Memorial Weekend and the Annual Pot Luck Dinner is just around the corner. Summer Art Camps are starting to fill up, in addition we will be running a 5 week Clay class with Jillian O’Dwyer through the summer holidays. It’s hard to keep up with it all.

There are two programs this month, the postponed “The Art and Imagination of Theme Park Design with Bill Butler” on Tuesday 17th May, at 7pm and “The Art of Stained Glass” with Tom Medlicott, a local artist whose work can be seen in the Smiley Library.

Work on updating the By-Laws continues and goes before the Board this month, all are welcome to attend the Board meetings.

Happy making everyone, don’t forget the next Take-In is Friday 13th May and the theme is “Abstract Expressions”. I know we are all busy making art for Art in the Park but don’t forget we still have a gallery to showcase your art, and by hanging art in the gallery the Gallery Coordinators and Docents can talk about your work and Art in the Park.

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