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September, 2018
Greetings Fellow Artists

I hope you all had a good summer. It was challenging due to the heat and smoke but it seems to be over too quickly. Hopefully you all created amazing art and will bring some of it to the September membership meeting on Sept. 26th.

Our guest speaker for the meeting is Tom Quinn who is always interesting and entertaining. He is a local art teacher and paints in oils with a realistic style all his own.  He is also a very knowledgeable art historian.

Just to recap some of our shows from this year: The Downtown Library Collaboration show was very good and we received many compliments on the show. We had an event at the Origin Church in June that was fun even though not as many people attended this event.  Those of us who did enjoyed ourselves. The Barrister Winery show was one of our best to date.  What a great venue!  At least 7 pieces were sold from this show and congrats to all who sold their work and all who participated in this event.  A special thanks to Denny for helping to set this up.

Now we are getting ready for our October juried show at the Spokane Gallery (members who entered art must take it there Sept. 29th).  This should be a fun event with the reception on October 5th (first Friday) starting at 5pm.  I hope you will all attend and bring friends and family. There will be a lot of beautiful and interesting art in this show because we have amazing artists in RRAFA.  The winners will receive their awards at our October meeting and one of the judges will be there to talk about the criteria they used for judging.

Darrell Wilcox won first place last year with this amazing painting. Denny Carman on the left and Viola Unger on the right.

On September 29th we will be participating in Art on the Avenue on Sprague from 11-6.  RRAFA will have a booth with our canopy and grids.  We have room for about 10 artists maybe more and need help with set-up and take-down and just being there.  You don’t have to spend the whole day but you are the best person to sell your work.  We always have fun at these events talking to the people and each other.  This is the 7th or 8th year for this and it has grown every year. There will be music and plenty of food. Please let me know if you want to participate. (I know this is the day to drop off your entries at Spokane Gallery for the art show.)

In the next couple months we will be talking about next year and seeking a nominating committee for the officers for 2019. We will lose a couple of venues but we have gained a new one which we will talk about at the meeting.

I have a couple of thoughts that I want to share with you. As much as I say that I don’t want to be in charge of many things, someone actually needs to be in charge.  I take responsibility for the disorganization at the Barrister show even though it all worked out well.  All shows and venues should have someone in charge of the hanging. Very rarely do artists get to decide where their art is hung in a show especially if it has many participants.  Shows are hung with the overall visual impact in mind.  It is important for them to flow and it is best if that is done impartially. We are lucky that the Spokane Gallery will be hanging our October show as they will make the decisions about where things go. All shows have different guidelines to make the show as professional as possible, at least that has been Gina’s and my goal. If we make mistakes, which unfortunately happens sometimes, we try to rectify them so please be kind. We are all in this together.

I hope to see you all at the September meeting.

Connie Janney
(With Gina Hoefler)

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 Gallery 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.


September Meeting

10:00 AM Wed., Sept 26th
Program by Tom Quinn

October Meeting

10:00 AM Wed., Oct 24th
Program: Fall show judge on criteria used when judging Prizes awarded to winners at Spokane Gallery show

RRAFA Fall Art Show

   Click on links below for information

  - Information Flyer

  - Entry Form 

   Please Note: Fred Hoefler is handling submissions and fees for show

   Call Fred Hoefler – 509-838-2276 or
   e-mail: fred@photographic-perspectives.com

  Click on poster for pdf

Coming Up

SEPTEMBER: RRAFA Annual Juried Show entries due

Art on the Avenue Sept. 29th. About 1700-1900 E. Sprague

OCTOBER: RRAFA Annual Juried Show

NOVEMBER: RRAFA Board nominations/election for 2019

DECEMBER: RRAFA Annual Holiday Party

Highlights from June Meeting

June meeting program was to feature new artists and art that we had purchased from another artist.

Highlights from the Art Fair

Highlights from May Meeting

Member Darrell Wilcox shared tips for painting that he uses with his students. and Gloria Whitley showed her art as a new member.

Highlights from Winter and Spring Meetings

Art Salvage Reps came in January. Art Salvage is Spokane's first creative re-use nonprofit organization. RRAFA members will donate their unused or gently used supplies to Art Salvage.

Dean Cameron came in March to highlight how his new "Art Chowder" magazine can assist artists in publicity.

Chuck Harmon and Connie Janney helped new member, Betty Gassert show samples of her art.

Spokane has a variety of learning opportunities. RRAFA member, Nancy Huck, told about some of the opportunities available for little cost through the community college.


facebookFACEBOOK: 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




Connie Janney
Gina Hoefler, Assistant

Chuck Harmon

Nancy Huck

Fred Hoefler


Dan Cronyn
Jennene Reagor



Denny Carman (Past President)

Marge Mero

Larry Bergman

Chuck Harmon

Pennie Woods

Viola Unger

JoAnne Henault


Dana Bree


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

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