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May, 2018
Happy Spring

I’m sorry I haven’t been on top of this news page lately.  We have so much going on and I know you all need to be updated on our activities.

Our last meeting went very well and I think most everyone enjoyed hearing from the 3 students that came from The Community School to share their interest in art and how it really helps them. Gina and I so enjoy working with all the kids at this school. I forgot to introduce the principal of the school at the meeting.  Cindy McMahan is a remarkable person and is so supportive of all the students.

Gina and I got together to assemble our Flowers of One Garden collaboration. It came out sooo cool! I just have to put the finishing glaze on it and it will be at our next meeting and will hang in the library show. The one thing we forgot to do was get everyone’s name who submitted flowers for this painting.  Please let me know who you are. Not everyone signed or put their names with their submissions but we would like to honor everyone.

If you weren’t at the last meeting you missed seeing our submission for the Global Art Project for Peace which was sent to a small art group in Australia. It was just awesome. Pictures of it will be put on the website soon.  We did receive our piece from Australia and will show it at the May meeting and hopefully display it is the big art room we use at Spokane Art Supply.

Thanks for all the participation in these projects. It makes such a difference.

Our next show is at the downtown library for the month of June. Mostly this is a collaboration show so I hope you are all ready for this.  Each person who participates will get to hang one of their own paintings along with the collaboration piece. If we need more paintings for this show I’ll let you know at the meeting.  Everyone is to bring their pieces to the meeting and their information about their pieces along with a short artist statement.  We (Gina and I) will be printing up the cards for this show so please have this info taped to the back of your piece:
Artist (s)
price (if for sale)
contact info (email or phone#)

Our next show will be at Barrister Winery on Railroad Ave. for the month of July.  This is such a great venue.  Melissa Cole is hanging there now and Stan Miller does a show there. More info about this will be at this next meeting.  Each person will be given a space of about 4’x4’ so you can hang one large or 3 smaller pieces.  We will need the same information as the library show but you can use the same artist statement cards as the library show if you were in that one.

There will be an open art party and show at Origin Church on June 24th.  This is a one day show on a Sunday afternoon and they are always  a fun way to get together, enjoy food, show art and hear music.  More info for this will be at the May meeting.

Our member, Darrell Wilcox will present the program on May 23rd.  He is an amazing oil painter with a quirky imagination and a style all his own.  This should be a fun and enjoyable program. I’m looking forward to it.

We will then start preparing for our RRAFA picnic and our October juried show.

So, as you can see we have been and continue to be very busy this year. Our association has grown so much over the last few years and we continue to get new members who are just amazing artists.  We also  continue to be an inclusive organization welcoming all artist wherever they are on their artistic path.  Thanks to all of you we have a very vibrant organization that represents the city of Spokane.

Connie Janney
(With Gina Hoefler)

Artist Showings

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.

Some venues are for one month and some for two months. Go to the Venues and Events tab for more information or call/email the Venue Coordinator.

See Venues & Coordinators under Shows/Events/Calendar.  Only Members may show at RRAFA Venues and Members must contact the Venue Coordinator to schedule their art.


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.


Next Meeting

May Meeting -10:00 AM Wed., May 23rd

Coming Up

Due at the MAY general membership meeting: “Two +” collaborations for the “RRAFA Collaborations” Show. Any two or more RRAFA members can get together and create a piece of art using their combined skills, talent and ideas. The art pieces will be exhibited in the “RRAFA Collaborations” Show scheduled at the downtown library for the month of June.

To be completed in JUNE: Wall Mural Collaboration. Collaborate with Gina on a wall mural to be painted in the Garland district inspired by the film, Changing the World, One Wall at a Time. The group is already meeting and working on logistics. Contact Gina Hoefler if you would like to participate.

JULY: An “art activity fair” is being planned for Origins Church

AUGUST: RRAFA Picnic and art fair

SEPTEMBER: RRAFA Annual Juried Show entries due

OCTOBER: RRAFA Annual Juried Show

NOVEMBER: RRAFA Board nominations/election for 2019

DECEMBER: RRAFA Annual Holiday Party

Highlights from April Meeting

Gina Hoefler with the RRAFA book of art pieces by members showing what peace meant to each of them. The book was sent to Australia and RRAFA will receive a book from an Australian art organization.

April new member, Aaron Smith, brought in his original art to show.

Member George Price also showed his colorful art.

The Community School where Connie Janney and Gina Hoefler teach presented a program by the students. Three students presented, each in a different manner of new art with technology and told what art meant to each of them.

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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