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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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Programs & Workshops

PROGRAMS

Redlands Art Association puts on a Program on the 4th Tuesday of the month September through May. We bring you educational lectures, fun artsy topics, instructional demonstrations.

The 2021/2022 series has finished... now we're looking for new subjects for the next series.

Please call the Gallery with your suggestions! Call 909-792-8435. Thank you.

PROGRAM 5-24-22. Nelda Stuck – quilter

    Redlands quilter Nelda Stuck will present the Redlands Art Association's program Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the gallery at 215 East State Street. The public is invited. No charge.

    Stuck, co-founder of the Redlands Historical Museum Association, has specialized over the past 40 years in quilts depicting Redlands, and will be emphasizing artistic choices when designing quilts. All her quilts are hand-pieced and most are hand-quilted. Her two favorite quilts depict a bookcase with shelves filled with Redlands-titled books, and her "Those Who Made a Difference in Redlands" quilt of 218 signatures gathered in 1995 (historically important now that more than 90 of the signers are deceased) each having written how they wanted to be remembered in one hundred years. She says, “One quilt I made for my husband, Monte, showing his military career and medals (and they are colorful!)  Probably the most artistic of any of my quilts -- made completely of leftovers (and titled that). Turned out to be a challenge and fun, and based on Monte's layout-design.”

       She received her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1959 and her masters in radio and television news in 1969 from Michigan State University at East Lansing and worked 22 years as Community and the Arts editor for the Redlands Daily Facts, retiring in 2002. Nelda and Monte, RAA members for more than 40 years, recently published the Redlands photo book titled, "Redlands Movers and Shakers, Centennial to Millennium, 1980 to 2002," with proceeds going to the Museum of Redlands.

PROGRAM Tues 4-26-22 Cultural Arts Commission updates

PROGRAM  Tues, April 26.  7 – 9 pm. RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown. No charge, public welcome.

  Art in Public Places: "Interiorem Pulchritudinem" (Latin for Inner Beauty). Installed on the corner of Vine & Cajon Streets, Civic Center side.
 CONVERSATION WITH DENNIS CHRISTENSEN, one of the Commissioners of the City of Redlands Cultural Arts Commission.

Heard of Art In Public Places?  Redlands Art Association is presenting Dennis Christensen to address that question at their Program on Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM at their downtown Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands. Public welcome – no charge.

Christensen will talk about the Art In Public Places placed throughout the city, how it’s chosen, and who pays for it. He’ll also tell us about the status of the city’s Art and Culture Master Plan, and the newly adopted City Strategic Plan. His program will include a question and answer session.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL THE ARTS IN REDLANDS

Tues, April 26, 2022.  7 – 9 pm  No charge, public welcome.
RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands

Featured Artists

Margaret Goodwood 7-16 to 8-5-22

Margaret is a genius with paper! Designing her art by cutting & pasting, or folding papers to make pictures, animals, etc. etc.

Adele Johnson & Don Britton 6-25 to 7-16-22

Adele Johnson's jewelry has been delighting us at the gallery for years! She uses silver and gold metal with gemstone pendants and beads for her classical necklaces and earrings.

Don Britton's passion is the art of the landscapes of the America west. Ocean shores to lake beaches ... majestic canyons to seeini-forever desert vistas..

Janet Esparza and Marilyn Durham 6-4 to 6-24-22

Open House on Saturday, June 11, 2022

Janet Esparza does her own lapidary work to create Gems out of plain looking rocks! Then she wraps them in sterling silver to showcase the beauty of the stone.

Marilyn Durham will show us her watercolor paintings - showing both the fluid movement and the tight control of the medium.

From Our Fearless Leaders

May 2022

“The beautiful Spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also”. 

Harriet Ann Jacobs

Hello Members and Friends,

Art on State Street happened! The weather was beautiful and the steady flow of people made for an enjoyable day. Whatever the weather, the Redlands Art Association is always busy lately. The Garden show is in full swing and don’t miss the special selection of Janet Edwards framed etchings, unframed etchings and cards. These pieces will be in the gallery until May 13th. Please come in and browse. Please refer to the website and flyers for upcoming programs and Open Houses in May, June and July.

The RAA Board of Directors have discussed re-designing our website for many years now. The pandemic caused a huge delay in this endeavor. However, very soon the new website will be launched. Possibly in the coming week. We are excited about it and hope you will find it improved and refreshing. Please be patient as we continue to update numerous pages and links.

Get ready for “Art in the Park” and “Redlands Festival of Art” happening over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29th. The Youth Art Expo sponsored by the Margaret Clark Arts Education Enrichment Fund (MCAEEF) is set to make its second appearance. The Youth (K-12th grade) are asked to bring their artwork to the RAA gallery from May 23-26th. Please refer to the entry form for all the rules. The artwork will be judged in several different age categories. Awards and prizes will be announced on Saturday, May 28th at 12 noon in the Youth Art Expo tent area. There will be 2 tents. One for displaying artwork and the other for art activities such as painting and printmaking. There are not many juried opportunities for the youth in the area, so if you know young people, please let them know of this fun event.

Please check the website for upcoming Youth and Adult classes. Also, the Redlands Cinema Classics will return April 27through May 19th. Films will be shown at the “Look” theater here in Redlands. Proceeds from your ticket purchase help support Youth Art Education.

One more thing, remember that Potluck we used to do with all RAA members? After 3 years, we are in the early stages of planning a gathering.  Date TBA soon.

Happy Spring All,

Your President,

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke