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.

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: ridgefieldartists@live.com 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: www.clarkcountyquilters.org.

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.

Paint ‘n Pour

The next paint and pour class led by Maureen O’Reilly is scheduled for March 23rd at Koi Pond Cellars.  Michelle and Wes are planning to move their tasting room in May, so if you’d like to encourage friends and family to try some wine and painting at the same time opportunities are running out for this location.

The cost is $40 and includes all supplies to complete an 8×10 painting and one glass of wine.

Please pass this info along to friends or visit Kio Pond’s Facebook page (or Paintbrush and Shovel’s Facebook page) to view the “event” for details.  The only way to book a seat is to speak with Michelle and as always, Maureen can only take a maximum of 14 students.

Thank you for supporting the arts in Ridgefield.

Artwork Sought for Overpasses

The Mayor and a Councilor will go to Washington DC to meet with the National Endowment for the Arts program coordinator at the end of March to seek funding for art to be placed on the overpasses in Ridgefield. They are looking for several (as many as people can come up with) rough sketches of possible artwork for both the I-5 overpass at Exit 14 and the new Pioneer Street Overpass that will carry people from downtown to the waterfront.

Here are a few design parameters:

1)      The artwork will be metal (of some sort) and welded to pedestrian screens for both overpasses.

2)      The purpose of the artwork is to create an enhanced sense of place and to tie together I-5 interchange with downtown/waterfront and the Wildlife Refuge.

3)      The total length of the I-5 overpass pedestrian screens (yet to be constructed but based on length of current rail) is roughly 330 feet; we may also only put a pedestrian screen on ½ of the length for each direction.

4)      The total length of the Pioneer Street overpass pedestrian screen will be 125 feet.

5)      The highest point of the pedestrian screens will likely be 10 feet from the rail of the overpass deck.

6)       Please see attached pics and doc that have the following inspiration:

  1. I-84 Dalles Fish Bridge – the Mayor’s initial inspiration for this project.

  1. Wheat decoration at I84 Biggs overpass – another art installation along I-84 in Oregon.

  1. Woodburn I-5

Please let Steve Stuart (887-3557) know if you have any questions, They are trying to get ROUGH sketches that they can take with them on March 21-23 to Washington DC. They do not have to be formal in any way/shape/form, nor are they trying to choose the final concept. They simply want ideas to show the possible funders of this project.

James and the Giant Peach JR

Here’s the cast of the James and the Giant Peach JR production that will play at Ridgefield High School February 17-18 and 25-26.

For more information and play times check out my post of January 12.

James and the Giant Peach JR

Journey Theater Arts Group presents James and the Giant Peach JR at Ridgefield High School, February 17-18 and 25-26.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Performances are February 17 – 26, 2017 at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst, Ridgefield WA, 98642.   Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360.750.8550.  Pre-sale adult tickets are $14.  Youth and senior tickets are $10.  Groups of 10 or more are $9.  Our “family day” performance is February 18th @ 7 p.m. with all tickets $10 in advance.  Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door.

Public Performances

Friday, February 17th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 18th @ 7:00 pm

Friday, February 24th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 25th @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 26th @ 2:00 pm

About Journey Theater Arts Group

Journey is the most dynamic theater arts community in the Portland/Vancouver area, offering dozens of classes in drama, dance, voice and more, as well as producing 12 shows in four locations during the school year and a professional-level community theater musical each summer.   Journey strives for excellence, while providing a welcoming and encouraging environment where kids ages 6 to 18 and their families can build life-long skills and friendships. Journey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, with offices located at 1400 NE 136th Ave, Suite 201, Vancouver WA, 98684.  Contact at 360.750.8550 or www.journeytheater.org.