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Greetings Fellow Artists,

It’s kind of hard these days to know if it’s winter or fall.  One day its fall and the next day it snows.  It sure keeps us on our toes.

At our September meeting we asked for volunteers to be the nominating committee for next year’s officers. Dan Cronyn and Darrell Wilcox are the nominating committee. If anyone is interested in any of the board positions, please contact them. We will be voting on the new board at the November meeting.

We still need a couple of committee positions; Larry Bergman, who has done a great job as venue coordinator is stepping down for next year. This has worked out very well so we are looking for someone to take Larry’s place. This job doesn’t require more than a few hours a month but you need to have some computer skills.

As you all know, our Publicity person, Barbara Hoisington, passed away.  We need someone to do publicity for RRAFA.  It is one of the ways we let the public know about our meetings and events to encourage new members.

Our December meeting will be our Holiday/Christmas party and more info about that will be coming up.  We always have a gift basket raffle and give money to some worthy cause that deals with art. I welcome ideas for our donations so please contact me if you have some ideas or know of a worthy cause.

As usual I hope you all will bring a piece of your art work for show and tell.

Hope to see you at the next meetings on December 18.

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.


Next Meeting: January 22

December Holiday Party

By Marge Mero

December 18th was full of laughter, fun, art, and food.  Members brought potluck items to complement the ham provided by RRAFA and members loved it all.  Ellen Blaschke is always willing to step up and chair the holiday party for the group and does not disappoint anyone.   Of course, she has a few "elves" volunteer to help.  Tables are decorated, raffle basket is set out to accept donations, and the process to exchange "art" gifts is identified.  A little holiday music in the background and the party begins.  Everyone enjoyed the variety and quality of the handmade gifts in the exchange.  Each person had a number and was able to choose their wrapped gift in random number order.  

A few photos of the party are shown here.  RRAFA gave Spokane Art Supply's Craig Marshall a gift to thank him and Spokane Art Supply for being supportive of RRAFA and its needs.  Rebecca Tifft won the raffle basket of member donated items of chocolate, wine, and other good things.  Gina Jackson received the kusadama ball made by Marge Mero.  A local Japanese woman had shown her how to make these many years ago.  Gina Corkery's original art went to Marge.  Gina Hoefler shows off the art made by Ed Bower's mother.  Ellen Blaschke is shown by the food table. 

In addition, a big hand and thank you was given to President Connie Janney.  She has stepped up to take the President position many times when no one else would.  She loves art and loves getting others excited about it too.  Denny Carman volunteered and was elected to be President in 2020.  He has been President before, so he is ready.  That will give Connie more time to create her own art.

Connie recognized Marge Mero as "Outstanding Service Member" for her assistance the last two years.  She had been given the title in January 2019, but Connie wanted to let the members know that she appreciated Marge's assistance and presented her with the certificate intended to be given last year.  Connie Janney is also an Outstanding Service Member for her many years of service.


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


Dennie Carman

Brandy Seistrup

Helen Hansen 

Chuck Harmon

Ling Bower
Pat Sanders


Connie Hickman


Gina Jackson


Chuck Harmon

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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