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Programs & Workshops

The Art of Stained Glass with Tom Medlicott

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

An admired and accomplished artist, Tom Medlicott has been working in stained glass for more than 40 years and has created about 4,000 windows as well as tables, signs, etc.  His work is in cities all over California.  His most expensive to date is a $45,000 church window.


Medlicott moved to Redlands, with his family, in 1977 and has since created many wonderful stained glass windows in our community.  Most notably, several of his windows are in the Smiley Library, as well as at the University of Redlands, Olive Market and many Redlands homes. He is a meticulous craftsman, creating designs in glass that are often intricate and complex.

An energetic and enthusiastic artist, he has produced a great legacy of beautiful windows in Redlands.  Come hear Medlicot speak on his life, his art and the stories he creates in glass.


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

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

Joanne Ohnemus 4/2 – 4/23

Joanne C. Ohnemus, Featured Artist, April 2 through 23, 2016

Meet Joanne on Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 pm at her reception.

“Garden Party” is the theme of Joanne Ohnemus’ Featured Artist show.  Ohnemus, also known as Bird Abode, has been a member of the Redlands Art Association for more than 25 years, showing her bird houses and garden related art.  Although her medium in the early years was watercolor, acrylic, oil photography, monoprint and collage, her art now uses wood, recycled materials and cast away objects.  Most of the art relates to nature and the great outdoors, but once in a while she’ll take up some abstract fun design.


In 1992, Ohnemus and her husband, Edward, decided to have a project both could work on… they loved original creative designs and colorful paint.  They started Bird Abode and what a fun journey.  To date they have made 9,157 Bird Abodes.  Edward designs and constructs each bird house and Joanne lovingly paints, numbers, and signs each one.  During the process of making bird houses, the inspiration of the assemblage art piece was developed.  Facades and full bird houses have been used on these one-of-the-kind art works. Recycled materials and cast offs from her artist friends have been used in many of their sculptures.  They make up to 5 assemblage pieces a year and keeps the design whimsical and full of color.

Currently, Joanne’s focus is mosaic wood jewelry, alcohol ink framed tiles, garden box planters, and multi-media cards.

Her Featured Artist show is April 2 – 23 at the Redlands Art Association, 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands.  The public is also invited to meet her on Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 pm at her reception.


Jillian O’Dwyer 1/23-2/13

Reception: Friday, February 12, 5pm – 7pm

Jillian O’Dwyer will be hanging an installation of ceramic plates, “Tapestry,” for her featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association January 23rd through February 13th.

During this past October’s Downtown Redlands Art Walk, Jillian collected over 50 shoe, foot and (one) hand prints from art walk goers onto a square slab of clay. Uncontrolled by the artist, slabs of clay were distorted, completely or partially covered with prints, barely dented, ripped apart and more by the participants. After collection, Jillian determined how to best influence the final result by adding patterns, trimming parts of some squares and selecting glaze combinations. The end collaboration is, at times, unrecognizable as a shoe print.

“Tapestry” speaks to many things from popular shoe styles in Redlands to the individuals who participated. The quality and substance of the pattern on each plate shows the confidence in their step, their mood for the day and maybe even their affinity for getting dirty. These insights are reflected in each plate’s title as well as short stories that accompany many of the plates.


A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Redlands Art Association. Jillian will have clay available for those who wish to try their hand at creating their own texture patterns. Free and open to all ages!

Thank you to the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Parliament Chocolate for hosting Jillian in October and to all of those who donated prints. This project would not have been possible without your support!

Jillian O’Dwyer is a ceramic artist who focuses mainly on highly textured, hand built, functional pieces. When she is not creating her own work she teaches hand building classes to both children and adults. Jillian is currently an instructor at AMOCA Ceramics Studio and the Redlands Art Association. Her work is exhibited at The Studio Artists’ Gallery at AMOCA, Redlands Art Association, Riverside Art Museum’s Blue Door Museum Store, Artisans Etc. and she shows at various art fairs.



From Our Fearless Leaders

April 2016

Liz-CovielloAfter an exceedingly chilly February in Britain, adored with masses of daffodils, snowdrops and other spring flowers, I’m back and my feet have finally thawed! Spring is definitely in the air in Redlands, and in the last few hot days the flowers have gone wild and birds are singing away regardless of the rain! Our “Potpourri” show is up and Joanne Ohnemus is the Featured Artist so we are ready for the Annual Garden Tour 16th & 17th April.

As we all know it’s time for “Spring Cleaning”! The RAA is updating its by-laws and some changes are afoot. The RAA has been a constant presence in the Redlands Art Scene for more than 50 years, leading the way by offering art shows for local artists and a downtown gallery for artists to sell their work. Now the City wants to make Redlands an “Art Destination” and we are part of the new movement.

In the meantime it’s our two big Spring shows, “Art on State Street” in conjunction with “The Redlands Downtown Art Walk,” Sunday 24th April from noon to 6pm. Then, “Art in the Park” and “The Festival of the Arts” is Memorial weekend. There a still few spaces on both sign-up sheets in the gallery.

So, happy creating everyone.

Liz Coviello, President of RAA



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