GARDINER, James Robbins "Bob" - Passed away April 21, 2005, in Grass Valley, California, where he resided from 1991 to 2005. A fifth-generation Californian, born March 19, 1951, in Torrance, California, he spent his youth in Southern California and Reno, Nevada, and attended California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Bob was a multi-talented artist, writer and musician. He won an Oscar and other national and international awards in 1974, for the ground-breaking clay animated short film "Closed Mondays," which he wrote, sculpted, directed and co-produced. Bob's career included art and music shows at venues around the northwest, numerous clay animated commercials and public service announcements, and other art projects in his adopted state of Oregon, where he lived for about 10 years. He worked as a comedy writer with his friend Mason Williams on two Smothers Brothers television specials and also on other writing and clay animation television projects. He created holograms and was a talented painter, cartoonist, songwriter, historian and storyteller. Bob is survived by his daughters, Sarah Ann "Sierra" of New York City and Nicolle Gaia "Nikki" of Portland, OR; and their mother, Kara Evenson, also of Portland; and five siblings: Katharine Hale and Arthur Gardiner of Reno, NV, John Gardiner of Laguna Beach, CA, Ann Gardiner of Berkeley, CA, and Janet Gardiner Leland of SF, CA. His parents, Evelyn and James F. Gardiner died in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Bob was much loved and is already sadly missed. There will be a memorial on April 30, at 12 noon, at the Chapel of the Angels, 250 Race Street, Grass Valley, CA. There will also be a celebration of Bob's art and life in Portland, Oregon, at a date yet to be announced.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2005