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Programs & Workshops

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

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.

John Brownfield 6/25 – 7/16

Reception Saturday, July 9, from 2-4 pm

john brownfieldThe works I have chosen to display here are representative of several periods and themes.  I suppose I might be considered inconsistent in theme and also in the variety of materials and subject matter.  One thing I have always played with are self portraits and the ones on display vary in content from goofy playful to somber introspection.  The black box “Seeker” for example expresses the internal struggles of living, aging, and making sense of one’s existence.  Another box work piece ”Prisoner of Circumstances” also deals with an inside and outside life.  The Image of the woman is an oil painted copy of a portrait of a 15th C woman of high status; she shows all the trappings of wealth. clothes, ornament and having the best artist in the land paint the portrait.  Yet there is this melancholy vacant look .  She lives in a grand house but in my piece it is a trap of nails.  A lot of my pictures invite interpretation, even the comic ones.  The most recent work and what I am particularly interested in right now is in working an architectural feel into my objects.  Plaster is becoming a favorite medium for me.  I want to make pieces that evoke association with ancient walls like what I saw in Italy and Greece and express a feeling of living antiquity, wall fragments.  I am using imagery, subject matter even,  drawn from classical art.  I guess I am an anti-modernist.  I certainly have failed to gain any fame in the chic glossy mag art world.  And I stopped caring about that long ago.  I have not had to sell art to make a living and I have the luxury of making art only to please myself.  But there are folks who genuinely enjoy what I do and I hope you, the reader, will join my small circle of fans.  I have been quite lax about keeping a mailing list and am resolved to mend my ways.  Please let me know if you care to be a founding subscriber to my now-forming mailing list.

John Brownfield, emeritus professor University of Redlands.
BFA Illinois Wesleyan University , MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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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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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