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April 2019

Greetings and Happy Spring


Our juried show will be held at Avenue West gallery, on Boone, this year.  It is a great co-op gallery and we are fortunate to have it for a venue. The prospectus will be on the website soon and handed out at the April membership meeting.  This is a show of small works, 48” around the perimeter of the frame or canvas if not framed. I hope everyone will enter.  We have room for about 60 pieces so depending on the participation, your 3rd piece will be hung.  As usual, all mediums are accepted.

The reception for the show will be held on July 12th at 5pm.  We will have fliers for the show to hand out to friends and display. Our members are asked to bring finger food to the reception.

Our next membership meeting will have the presenter Kitty Beudixenpark.  She is a very enthusiastic artists working in hand built clay sculptures and watercolor.

We also encourage everyone to bring a piece of their work for a short show and tell during the meeting.

RRAFA Challenge:
At our last meeting Dan Cronyn and Aaron Smith talked about painting when color blind.  It was a very interesting talk and they both showed pieces they are working on and shared their techniques for handling color when they don’t see all the colors we see or see them differently. Aaron brought up a technique the Dutch Masters used to save on using colored oil paint since they were rare and expensive.  It’s called “grisaille”.  I hope I spelled that right.  The artists paints their pictures in black, white and grays to set all the tones of the painting.  They then use many layers of colored glazes over tonal picture.  So… Our challenge is to paint a tonal picture in blacks, whites and grays for the May meeting. Then do your color over it and bring the finished piece to the June meeting. 

I hope that many of you will take up this challenge.  You may already use this technique. If so that will be easy.  We will have some examples at our April meeting.

Help needed:  We have a member that lives in Spokane Valley and can’t drive in town so could use a ride to the meetings.  If any of you live in the Valley and would like to help her out please let me know.

Thanks Everyone and hope to see you on April 24th.

Connie Janney

Artist Showings

RRAFA members have sold several pieces of their art at the RRAFA venues around town.  Congratulations!

Many RRAFA artists are showing at our current RRAFA sponsored venues. Each venue coordinator is responsible for seeing that a quality show is put up and that hanging guidelines, bios, etc. are taken care of. RRAFA members may sign-up for the venues and talk to the coordinators at the meetings.


Our ongoing goal is to  recognize all members on our website.  If you need help contact a Board Member. Even if you, personally, do not have internet access, a Board Member can help get you set up. This is a great opportunity for all members and visitors to the RRAFA website to get to know you and your work. 

We would like an artist statement or bio from all members for the website, along with 4 digital pictures of your work (make sure the images are at least 500 pixels wide - Larger is better.) Let Dana know if you want to include your email address as well as your personal website link.

Check your name on artist page to see what we have for you.

NOTE: You must still submit images for the official website.

Email Dana dbree007@mac.com  with bio and images.



We have a lot of contributions to our facebook group page at River Ridge Assoc of Fine Arts Spokane. It is a site that all of you can use to post shows, info, pictures of new work or info you want to share with the group.



If anyone knows of a member who is ill or has passed away, please contact our Sunshine gal JoAnne Henault. You can e-mail her at: Zeldaanne@comcast.net


June Meeting

June 26th 10 am - 12 noon


Prospectus for upcoming Members Only Juried Show at Avenue West Gallery for the month of July

Download Prospectus and entry labels here

Highlights from May 22nd General Meeting

Craig Marshall, Spokane Art Supply, brought in a cart of new art supplies to show us.  They now have a great variety of journals and more markers.  He showed a chart with some of the criteria for markers.

Aaron Smith gave more detail for grisaille painting and members brought theirs to show.  Gina Hoefler's is on the table by Aaron.  Connie Janney, Connie Hickman and Amy Conner along with Marge Mero (no photo) and Bernice Janney (no photo) showed theirs.  Next month, they should return with color added.  (The three single grisaille photos are: Connie Janney-stencil, Connie Hickman-building, Amy Conner-water)

Show and Tell by various members.

Highlights from April Meeting

The RRAFA members were treated to Kitty Bendixen-park showing and telling about her art. She said art shows beauty and beauty is personal, subjective and historically varies culturally.  We create meaning from within ourselves. Anyone can experience inspiration, some wait and some just start.  Kitty quoted Georgia O'Keefe 'I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way -- things I had no words for.'  Kitty's story of her raku head which cracked deeply during the process and fell apart, leaving only the face, was fascinating as it evolved from a broken piece to one of beauty for her. She says to assist inspiration, try to be in an environment free from pressure and stress. Gather your materials and information and let your unconscious transport to creating art. Kitty also showed slides of her watercolors.

Lilac Bloomsday Run has been an annual event for over 40 years. It is a 12 km (7.46 miles) run on the first Sunday of May. Joyce Wilkens has run that race for over 25 years and instead of racing in 2019, she is preparing a painting of herself as a contestant. She brought the painting in its early stages, wore her Raggedy Ann costume, and carried her Raggedy Andy doll to show RRAFA members.

Show and Tell by various members.


Highlights from March Meeting

 The March 27th meeting program by Dan Cronynand Aaron Smith drew a lot of Q&A.  Both men are color blind and go about achieving a finished piece of art without ever being able to really see the colors those who are not color blind can see.  Anyone looking at one of their finished pieces would never imagine that a color blind person did the art.  Of course they shared some fun little stories of being color blind that gave credence to the fact that there could be some real surprises when they miss on a color.  Be sure to go to each of their "Artist" pages to see some of their beautiful work.  Marge's camera did not catch the colors very well on the two examples shown here.....maybe it is also color blind.  

New Member:  Bobbie Wieber showed her two pieces of art to complete the requirements to become a member of RRAFA.  She is an accomplished watercolor artist.  

Show and Share:  Art was shown by various members.  A very talented group of artists. There was quite a variety of mediums used.  Some are experimenting with new mediums/technique. Marge didn't get photos of all that was shown.


Connie Janney

Gina Hoefler

Helen Hansen 

Fred Hoefler

Dan Cronyn
Pat Sanders


Connie Hickman

Larry Bergman

Gina Jackson

Gina Hoefler

Barbara Hoisington

Ken Smith with others


JoAnne Henault

Marge Mero

Dana Bree

River Ridge
Association of Fine Arts
PO Box 4153
Spokane WA 99220

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