Harvest Gold at Old Liberty

Harvest Gold, the area’s premier Neil Young Tribute Band, will be at the Old Liberty Theater Saturday, Nov. 11th, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are $12.00 and veterans and active military get in free. 360-887-7260

There will be a silent auction, with the proceeds donated to the LaCenter American Legion.

Come on down and reminisce, or for your younger kids, dig on some vintage rock & roll.

Open Studios Artists Reception this Friday

The Clark County Open Studios preview and artists reception is this coming Friday, Nov 3rd, 5-9, at the new CAVE gallery, 103 East Evergreen.  Along with the preview to this year’s tour we will be celebrating Clark County Open Studio 5th Anniversary! 

We are having Chris Bidleman’s 3 piece Upfront Band, literally upfront in the window playing music all night, while Trusty Brewery pours special brews in the back black gallery. Oh and we have wine and cheesecake too. A special slideshow, 5 years of CCOS will be playing in the gallery’s video cube

Over the past 5 years the tour has shown over 130 different artists across Clark County and shows just how prolific our art community is.

Halloween Hall Continues Tonight

Take your kids to Abrams Park tonight between 6 and 9pm to enjoy the Halloween Hall presented by the Ridgefield Art Association with support from other community organizations. Here are some pictures of the hay bale maze, which is free.

Entrance to the Hall, where you’ll wander through (not so) scary vignettes, costs $5.  It’s all in fun, and geared toward even the youngest children.



Halloween Hall this Friday and Saturday

The Ridgefield Art Association is hosting its 2nd annual Halloween Hall October 20 & 21, this Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, located at Bennett Hall in Abrams Park. This is a family-friendly event, no blood and gore, with free activities along with $5 admission to the hall. Dance Fusion will dance to Thriller three times each night, there will be a hay bale maze for the little tykes and a professional puppeteer, Whorls of Wonder. Popcorn and cider is available for purchase from the Friends of the Library and we will also have a food vendor, Fire and Ice, with meal and snack options. Non gory costumes are welcome. The Hall will be decorated with different vignettes for touring and the outdoor area will have covered canopies in case of rain.

The Association is still looking for some volunteers to help build the vnignettes, Tuesday through Friday and tour guides for Friday and Saturday evening. Questions call or text Jan Haig, 360-798-6508.


Unleash your creativity!

I will teach watercolor classes in my home studio starting Tuesday, October 10, and running for six weeks. This class will be for beginner through intermediate painters – you do not need to know anything about painting to join us. Classes will be informal and fun, with the stress on fun. We’ll start off each day with a short demonstration, and then you’ll have time to paint. I will work with each student individually.

These will be a little different from the classes I’ve given benefiting the library. It will be a series of six classes, and you will choose your picture, either from my stock or your own, sketch it on tracing paper, transfer the sketch to watercolor paper and then paint it.  I will lead you through each step of the process. We’ll talk about color theory, perspective, lights and darks, etc.

There will be a supply list, and you will need brushes, paints and a palette. We can make a group purchase of supplies after the first class, but you can supply your own materials if you have them. I’ll supply the support and the first piece of paper.

The class will be held in my home in downtown Ridgefield, and meet from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Cost is $99. Please call me if you’re interested as I only have room for a limited number of people. 360-887-2160

Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2012, the Clark County Arts Commission created the Lifetime Achievement Award to formally recognize an artist who lives or works in the county and has made a significant contribution to the field of Arts and Culture during his or her lifetime. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, the deadline date for nominations is October 15, 2017. All applicants will be contacted no later than November 20, 2017 as to the status of the application. Please email information to: bawwrightseta@hotmail.com

Eligibility Requirements:

Current residency in Clark County or previous longtime Clark County resident. Must be 60+ years of age, active or recently retired in one of these major areas of the arts:  visual artist,  dancer, actor, musician, filmmaker, architect, literary artist, graphic artist, art educator, art advocate.

Criteria and Call for Nominations

The nominee(s) is recognized for artistic contributions locally, nationally, and/or internationally. This nomination must include both quantity and quality of descriptions of artistic accomplishments. (Be specific and cogent.)

The individual/group demonstrates a personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Clark County. (Be specific and cogent.)

Submission requirements

Nominee’s relevant biography, as well as addressing each of these four areas:

Distinguishing service impacting local culture, quality and quantity of personal achievements

Arts advocacy work indicating leadership, inspiration, and innovation

Personal qualities of vision

Initiative, implementation in his or her field

Name and contact information of nominating person

One personal reference with contact information

Any relevant supplemental materials such as:  website, brochures, galleries, studios, published books, videos, films

You may include representative photographs only if the artist does not have a website.

Include the nominee’s name, address, phone number and email or web URL.

The selection committee will be comprised of current board members of the Clark County Arts Commission.

Artwork at Union Ridge

Have you seen the new artwork on the building at Union Ridge?

The wonderful artwork is the work of Garth Edwards, Bainbridge Island artist. He designed, built, and installed all the artwork.

The money comes through Washington State Arts Commission; Art in Public Places Program. It was funded through the 1% for art for public buildings in Washington.

The process took over one year. It started with a selection committee headed by Alan Adams, art teacher at UR, and made up of community members, artists, school teachers and staff, the principal and district superintendent. We met with Michael Sweeny from WSAC, and he guided us through a process of identifying our primary goals for the artwork.

We viewed art from about 75 artists who are on the state registry of proven artists, and then narrowed it down to 22 artists. We all agreed on Garth Edwards as our selection. He made several site visits and shared his designs which we altered slightly.

Garth installed the art last week and we will have a dedication with the artist during Birdfest on Saturday, October 7 at Union Ridge. I will know the time on Thursday after a meeting.

South Ridge also has public art and went through the same process.

— information from Barbara AW Wright

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. | karahesse.com

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 www.oldlibertytheater.com.

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 ridgefieldartists@live.com 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.