The Toilet Paper Art Challenge

Eight of our talented Ridgefield artists submitted entries into the Toilet Paper Art Challenge sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. You can help reward them for their creative work by going to the webpage below and voting for your favorite entry. One vote person please. Voting will conclude and winners will be announced at 1pm on Monday, May 4th.

The City of Ridgefield will award a prize to the ‘People’s Choice Winner’.

Open Studios Tour

Visual artists and artisans living in Clark County working in all media are invited to apply to exhibit in the Clark County Open Studios tour.

Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and to show and sell your work. For the community, Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that will enhance awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.

Open Studios tour: Sat-Sun, NOVEMBER 7-8, 2020, 10 am to 5 pm
Application details at

Paint ‘n Pour at Lava Java

Maureen O’Reilly will have a Paint ‘n Pour class at Lava Java coffee shop, 2 South 56th place suite 102, on Sunday, November 10th from 2-4. This includes one coffee to sip on and all materials needed  to create and take home an 8×10 watercolor painting done by YOU!  Please reserve your place by paying $40 in advance at Lava Java. Space is limited.

Indigenous People’s Day

The ‘Indigenous People’s Day – Honoring Women’s Voices” will celebrate First Nations people through poetry, prose and music at the Old Liberty Theater this afternoon from 4 to 6 pm.

This should be an informative afternoon. Bring the kids.

Getting in the Hallowe’en Spirit

As you drive around town you’ll see all sorts of creative decorations for Hallowe’en. Everyone’s getting in the spirit!

Hallowe’en Hall

The 4th annual Hallowe’en Hall created by the Ridgefield Art Association is happening soon! This is their largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s at Abrams Park.

The dates this year are October 18th and 19th. The Hall will be open from 6-9pm both nights. $5 admission for 3 years and older, under 3 children get in free. All other activities on the grounds are free.

This is a family fun event that will not be bloody or gory. It is meant for the younger age groups in grade school and middle school. Non-scary costumes on children and adults are welcomed and encouraged.

Saturday the 19th, there will be the added attraction of ‘That Damn VW Club’ from Vancouver that will hold a “Trunk or Treat” event starting at 5 pm. Dance Fusion NW will again perform the THRILLER flash mob at the bottom of the hour (3 times a night).The hay bale maze is free for little ones to go through as many times as they wish.

Back again will be the Pumpkin Hunt inside the Hall.  Pumpkins will be hidden within Bennett Hall and a drawing will be held for a winner each night from the correct guesses. Main Street Moolah will be given to the winners.

The Ridgefield Lion’s Club will offer food items for purchase both nights. Ridgefield Library will offer a small craft. We are also happy to have the new Trinkets Tea Room represented.

As with the three previous years, this is a community endeavor. The high school football team kicks off the set up by removing the heavy picnic tables from the building on October 12th. Creating the hall takes place over the next five days and all the work is done by volunteers. A small number of high school seniors volunteer their time along with Ridgefield Art Association members and citizens of Ridgefield that just “love Halloween”. The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and a few employees of City Hall are new additions to the creation team. Returning favorites inside the venue are the Ridgefield Pirates, the blacklight hallway, a large (but friendly) snake and many many spiders. There might even be some stranger things.

The event is posted on our Facebook Page  ​Be sure to click on the event to see the promo video or find it here

Silent Auction to benefit Friends of the Library

Two Great Blue Heron Prints are offered by silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. One print can be viewed at Lava Java Coffee Shop, 2 S 56th Pl Unit 102, Ridgefield and the other can be viewed at Seasons Coffee Shop,115 N Main Ave.

The framed and matted prints measure 31 1/2 X 26 1/2” and would make a good pair since the framing is identical.

The print at Lava Java is by Stoehsler, 1990, and the print at Seasons is by Charles M Frieman, 1995.

On Friday both prints will be available for viewing at Seasons Coffee and will be on display for Birdfest through Monday.

NOTE: The auction closes on Monday, Oct 7 at 3:00 pm so don’t miss this opportunity to buy a beautiful piece of artwork and support your local Library.

Thanks to Lynda Graham for arranging the showing of the prints and the silent auction. She’s a true supporter of our new library.

Watercolor Class

Sample Student Painting

There is still one space left in the six-week watercolor class I’ll be teaching starting next Tuesday, September 10, so give me a call if you want a chance to challenge yourself and find your creative center. (360) 887-2160.

You may never had held a brush  in your hand, or maybe you want to expand your abilities. Beginning to intermediate students are welcome in this positive, fun class. It’s in my bright and cheery home studio in downtown Ridgefield. Come and be amazed at your talent!

Cost of the class is $60 and there’s a $40 materials fee for new students

Free Diorama Class

The Ridgefield Art Association is offering a free class at our RACC room this Thursday, August 22nd at 6 pm.

We are providing a rustic 12″ x 12″ box and plain cardboard back and an assortment of colored paper. You provide your own fun, decorative ingredients: glue, scissors, etc. The Dollar Tree has some Halloween items in stock.

Open to elementary – adults. Elementary children need an adult to attend with them. It’s is limited to the first 10 people that reply to this email.

It will take place in the RAA room at the RACC. Follow the signs when you get to the entrance of the RACC. 501 Pioneer Street. Please reply to this email here if you would like to participate.


Ticket to ‘Wicked’

A member of our community has a ticket to ‘Wicked’ doe this Sunday, July 16, that she cannot use due to an emergency in her family. She has offered to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the money to Friends of the Library for their building fund.

The play is at Keller Auditorium in Portland, starting at 1:00 and the seat is an excellent one – in the Orchestra, main, row PB #8. Face value of the ticket is $149.

Call Barbara at 916-207-5043 if you’re interested.

Design Camp

LSW Architects is sponsoring a Young Architects Design Camps for children from 8 to 12 years old at two different locations and several weeks this summer.


It’s a program developed to cultivate creativity and exploration in elementary aged children. By placing an emphasis on design-based thinking, imagination, teamwork, and fun, the camp aspires to mold the problem solvers and creative leaders of tomorrow. Each week revolves around a unique central theme that informs a week-long project that culminates in an art walk where campers present their designs. Although the camp emphasizes drawing and building, we do not hesitate to get outside and play a bit too!


Last summer, there were multiple weeks offered where students had the opportunity to participate in various themes of design and creativity, from designing treehouses, spaceships, and more! At the end of each week, campers had the opportunity to present their creations to family and friends. In addition to their projects, the children participated in several other activities, such as sketchbook making, collaborative painting, and working with clay.  The campers were also given fun architecture tours through the Vancouver library as an educational field trip through their city.

The camps will run from 9 am to 3pm and cost $200 per session. Contact for more information.


Union Chapel: 806 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Union Ridge Elementary: 330 N 5th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642

There will be multiple sessions of Design Camp this summer. Register before all of the spots fill up.

Session 1 – Union Ridge Elementary, July 8-July 12

Session 2 – Union Chapel: July 15-July 19

Session 3 – Union Ridge Elementary: July 22-July 26

Session 4 – Union Chapel: Aug 5-Aug 9

Session 5 – Union Ridge Elementary: Aug 19-Aug 23

Click here to register now

Art Association Sale Saturday at Overlook Park

Come to the Art Association’s annual art show and sale at Overlook Park on Saturday, opening at 9 am..

Many types of media will be represented, and it’s a good chance to meet the artists, talk about art, and maybe even take home an article you admire.

Look for the art canopy at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Ridgefield.

Moms and Mimosas at the Art Space

This sounds like a fun event. Email to sign up.

Watercolor Classes Start Tuesday, April 16

A new set of watercolor classes will start Tuesday, April 16 in my downtown studio. Class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students and the size is limited to six people. The morning class is full, but there is still space in the afternoon class, from 1 to 3pm.

You’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot, and discover the artist within you. There’s lots of individual instruction and  lessons make each class a learning experience.

Cost of the six week class is $60, with a $35 materials fee for new students. That includes a palette loaded with paint, one brush, a support and top quality watercolor paper. Please call me to sign up, 360-887-2160, before Monday, as I need to buy the palette.

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