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Jan, 2019

GreetingS All

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and I hope you are all looking forward to an artful 2019.
Some things are changing for RRAFA this year.  We still have our venues and still need people to either become curators of a venue or at least sign up to show at the venues.

Here’s a recap on business we did at the Holiday Party.  We had about 23 people and lots of good food. I think everyone had a good time.  Thanks to Ellen for doing all the set up work and for anyone who helped her. Most people stayed to help clean up.  We gave Spokane Art Supply a beautiful basket full of goodies from Costco.  They were much appreciative.

1. We had a raffle for a nice, big beautiful basket of goodies. The winner was Toni Razlaff.

2. RRAFA donated $250 to Spark Central, which is an art/learning center at Kendall Yard.

3. RRAFA donated $250 to the Martin Luther King Center.

Our next meeting is January 23rd at 10am.  If you have any art supplies you would like to get rid of or that would help out the Martin Luther King Center after school art projects, please bring to this meeting and Gina will make sure they get them.

Also please bring one or two pieces of your own art to share at the meeting.  That is the program for this month, Show and Tell.  We would also like to know if any members would like to do a demo for one of our meetings.  These demos can be short like 10-15 minutes or as long as 30 minutes. I know a lot of you have things to share that would benefit all of us.

We will also be swearing in the new board at this meeting.

President:  Connie Janney
Vice President:  Gina Hoefler
Secretary: Helen Hansen
Treasurer:  Fred Hoefler
Members at Large: Dan Cronyn, Pat Sanders

I believe that this organization is worth continuing so I hope that some of you will come forward and help with the other volunteer positions we need help with.  Maybe two people could share that jobs making it less work.  Please talk to me if you want to help with something but have limited time.  Most of the things we need take no more than a couple hours a month

I volunteered to be president for one more year because I want to see our organization continue. We do serve a niche market of older or retired artists, some of whom are able to work more on their art now that they are retired and some who are starting out in art and everything in between. We do have some younger members who have flexible jobs and are able to come to our meetings. 

As I look back on the years I have been is this organization, I think of the people that we have encouraged to show their work for the first time and have watched these people grow as artists. It just amazes me that Aaron Smith had never shown his amazing work until he joined our group and was encouraged by many of our members. He is a real talent.  We do have so many amazingly talented people in our group. When we have an art show, like the one we had in October and the one at Barrister Winery, the work of our artists is so impressive and gets so many compliments (and some sales as well.)

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.

Highlights from the Art Fair

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.



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.



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


January Meeting

10:00 AM Wed., Jan. 23rd

Program: To be announced

Highlights from November Meeting

Andrea Tuinstra presented an informative and interesting program about China painting.

Highlights from Annual Fall Art Show

RRAFA Picnic on Sept. 13

RRAFA picnic, Sept. 13 with much thanks to Dan Mollenhauer for offering us his beautiful venue at no charge. Thanks to Ellen Blashke for her work in setting up and clean up.

Highlights from June Meeting

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

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.



Connie Janney

Gina Hoefler

Helen Hansen

Fred Hoefler


Dan Cronyn
Pat Sanders



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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