Sunset in Ridgefield

Isn’t this a great place to live? Liz Suchinda took this photo of a recent sunset.

We put up with a lot of rain and gloom, but when it’s beautiful in Ridgefield it is truly beautiful!

Pictures at Lava Java

I’m happy to report that I’m the Featured Artist at Lava Java this month. Stop by and have a cup of coffee and enjoy a large selection of my new and old paintings. This may be the last major showing of my work as my life is going in a different direction.

Lava Java is in the Heron Gate complex, 2 South 5th Place.

Polyroux Music Festival – a Reminder

Opus School of Music and The Old Liberty Theater present Polyroux Music Festival this Saturday, June 3. There are two performances: 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

The festival showcases up-and-coming artists and bands of any age from Southwest Washington.  All ages are welcome.

Polyroux Music Festival

Opus School of Music and The Old Liberty Theater present Polyroux Music Festival Saturday, June 3. There are two performances: 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

The festival showcases up-and-coming artists and bands of any age from Southwest Washington.  All ages are welcome.

Alex Ashley at Old Liberty

The 71-years-young Old Liberty Theater will serve as the backdrop for an evening of powerful songwriting, impactful storytelling and scorching performances by Bellingham, WA-based roots artist Alex Ashley, along with his full band, on May 20. Opening the night will be special guest, Seattle soul singer, Kara Hesse.

Alex Ashley: “Masterfully weaving the old with the new, Alex Ashley brings fresh eyes and an old soul to the gritty realities of life and love lost,” says Dillon Honcoop, with the Cascade Radio Group. “With an unorthodox approach [speaking of his method of playing upside down and backwards], Ashley delivers heartfelt vocals and wields his well-worn six-string to stir fresh reflection on the human condition in a way only honest American music can. And that’s what he makes: real music of the tortured and fiercely independent West, rooted firmly in the musical traditions of country and rock & roll.”

Kara Hesse: Native to the Wichita plains and raised in Boulder, CO, Kara’s midwestern roots seep through her sultry voice and songwriting with an eclectic blend of soul and rock ‘n roll. In 2010, she opened for the late B.B. King at Red Rocks, alongside Al Green and Buddy Guy, with Denver-based classic rock band, the Groovehawgs. “It’s as if Bonnie Raitt, Sia, & Janis Joplin had a baby.” – Pulse Music TV, San Francisco. |

Clyde Bourbon at Old Liberty

Clyde Bourbon is a widely recognized guitarist who plays musical traditions from around the globe. He combines elements of jazz, Spanish, Latin and gypsy guitar styles into each performance.

He’ll be at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 13. Tickets are $18 to $20.

360-887-2160 or

Rembrandt Award

Patricia Thompson was awarded the Rembrandt Award at the May meeting of the Ridgefield Art Association. The winner is chosen by members of the association and honors the person who has contributed the most to the group during the past year.

Patricia Thompson accepts the award from Barbara AW Wright

Barbara AW Wright, last year’s winner, presented the award after giving a short speech about how receiving the honor has changed her life. She even named it: Remmie.

The statue was created by Tami Main, and is meant to travel through the membership.

The Ridgefield Art Association meets the second Tuesday of the month at Season’s Coffee Shop and welcomes new members. Contact for more information.

Musing on a Sunny Day

Yesterday I sat on the bench in Overlook Park, looking out at all the activities going on. It was a sunny day, the air was brisk, clouds scudded across the sky. I thought back about all the time and work that the building of this park had taken, and the thought came to my mind, ‘Allene was right. This park is truly a heritage for the people of Ridgefield.’

One of the first things I did when I moved to Ridgefield in 2003 was to volunteer on the Overlook Park Committee. At that time it was still a dream in the hearts of a small group of people. They’d been meeting for about a year to come up with a plan for the park. We held meeting after meeting, hashing out what the park should look like. Consultants were used to draw up plans and public meetings were held to find what citizens felt about them. A group of students in Dave Tanner’s class met with us and came up with more ideas.

This was the last public viewpoint over the Refuge in downtown Ridgefield, and we wanted to do it right.

Now all that work was done and we could enjoy the park. The Farmers’ Market was busy. The Art Association was there, presenting their 25th annual show and sale. There was music from Opus School of Music. The Maypole was still up from that morning’s Maypole Dance, celebrating the first of May.

Kids were playing on the bear and balancing on the beach rocks. Others were running along the stone benches at the overlook. Imagine! A place where kids could run and tumble and not be chastised.

A big thanks goes to all the community members who had a part in building Overlook Park. I’m not going to name you, because for sure I’d leave someone out, but you know who you are.

We done good.

Quick Draw

The Ridgefield Art Association celebrated its 25th anniversary  last night at the Community Center. It was the second annual Bruce Crockett Memorial Quick Draw, and a small crowd helped raise money to buy a pug mill for the high school art department.

Nine artists created new work during the evening and it was auctioned off at the end of the evening. 3 Peaks provided wine and food centered around Cinco de Maya.

Members of the art association will be at Overlook Park this morning during the Farmer’s Market – stop by and see what kinds of artwork your friends and neighbors are creating.

Quick Draw

Ridgefield Art Association Show and Sale this Weekend

Saturday, May 6th the Ridgefield Art Association will hold its 25th Art Show and Sale outdoors under three tents at Overlook Park. This is a chance for you to buy original art from local artists and chat with them. Medallion Art School will have a table with a free art project and Bricks and Minifigs will have a table for playing with legos and for selling their wares.

The bronze eagle and mallard ducks donated to the City by Dan Raterman will be on display as well.

The Farmers Market, Maypole Dance and other activities will be happening in the park as well. If the weather cooperates there should be lots of folks in the park that day.

The Garden Club sale will take place at the school maintenance building, Third and Pioneer, starting at 9am. You’ll have time to do both.

It’s going to be a full day!

News from the Art Association

It’s time to take a walk downtown and visit the Sportsman’s to see the new Ridgefield Art Association exhibit, which was installed on Friday.

We are excited to feature the work of Sandra Bierscheid, a new RAA member, in the dining room. Sandra’s mixed media art looks terrific on the large wall! Her creations will be on display through June.

Janice Weber Ferguson‘s recycled vintage art is featured in the exhibit hall, where you’ll also find art by Ena ShipmanMerrilee LeeChris Bidleman and Nancy Jacobson.

We hope you’ll get a chance to share the exhibit with friends and family.

Don’t forget two important upcoming art events in Ridgefield:

1) Friday’s (May 5th) Quick Draw, a fundraiser for the school art grants! Please contact Patricia Thompson for tickets. Money raised at this event will go towards the purchase of a pug mill, which allows recycling of clay.

2) Spring Art Show and Sale is Saturday May 6th at Overlook Park from 9 am-2 pm.

Thank you for your support of the arts in Ridgefield!

Come to the Quick Draw!

You are invited to the Ridgefield Art Association-sponsored Bruce Crockett Memorial Quick Draw Friday, May 5th, at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 Main Ave.

You will be able to watch eight artists create original artworks while you enjoy food, beverages and live music. A caricature artist will draw portraits, and there will be interactive art and both live and silent auctions.

Tickets are: general admission: $25, RAA members, $10,  and students: $15.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ridgefield High School Art Department.

You may buy tickets from any Ridgefield Art Association membeR, or call Patricia at: 360-931-9573. You may also email the Ridgefield Art Association at: to purchase tickets.

This is going to be a great opportunity to see artists in action and get to know your Ridgefield neighbors. Newcomers to town are especially welcome.

Clark County Quilters Show

“A Walk on the Wild Side” will be the theme of the 42nd annual quilt show at the Clark County Event Center Fairgrounds, April 6-8. Barbara Shapel is the featured quilte. Check their webiste for more information:

Student Art in Businesses

There is one week left to view student art in the above area businesses. The Ridgefield Youth Arts Month committee wants to thank all the supporting businesses for displaying student art.