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.

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 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

Make it a Million (Plus)

The next ‘Paint with Kathy’ watercolor workshop will be Monday, February 20, from 10am to noon at the Community Center. No experience is necessary – come and enjoy your creative talents to paint this imaginative group of flowers. All materials are provided, and you’ll bring home a beautiful original painting, matted and ready to frame. Cost is $45, and reservations are needed since the class is limited to 12 people.

All 887-2160 or email if you can join us. All proceeds benefit the library building fund.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000. Please consider this option.

Call for Authors

Call for Clark County authors of children’s stories for the Ridgefield Arts Experience.
Are you an author, or do you know one?
The Ridgefield Arts Experience is a collaborative production which integrates musical, literary and visual arts for school age participants. The experience is open to elementary and middle school students who have the opportunity to make costumes and scenery, compose and perform music, and enact the chosen story all in one day.
We are seeking the use of a story written by local authors for one day in March 2017. The experience will last about 4 hours including a performance of the story. The author will have the opportunity to be present during the production, including a book signing.
Please send a resume and examples of your work to Barbara AW Wright by January 15.

RHS Jazz Winter Concert



Christmas Card Workshop a Success

We had fun!

                                                         We had fun!

Last week’s Christmas card workshop was a big success! The participants each took home five cards that they had created. I was so pleased to see the creativity of the class – many of them had little or no artistic training.

Our next class will be early in January, when we’ll paint sunflowers. If you want to sign up, call me at 887-2160.

The class benefits the library building fund.

Art Show to Benefit Alzheimer’s Research

Sandra Yorke holding a photo of her mother

Sandra Yorke holding a photo of her mother

Twenty -five watercolor and acrylic paintings by La Center artist Sandra Yorke will be on display December 1st through December 31st at Lava Java, 2 South 56th Place, Suite 102.

Yorke, who has been painting for more than 20 years, will donate proceeds from the sales of these paintings to The Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

“I am doing this in honor of my mother, Yvonne Schmidt, who died of Alzheimer’s earlier this year. I wanted to do something different with my art and give back to something I believe in,” said Yorke. “Watching my mother go through the changes brought about by this disease was hard to cope with. She was a very intelligent, engaging person and this disease took that away. She was also an artist and always supported and encouraged me to pursue my art.”

Yorke, who worked in the public health field for 30 years, is now a full- time artist. She paints many subjects, including landscapes, florals and animals, and has won many awards in local art shows, including those of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and the Battleground Art Alliance.

“Working on the paintings was also therapeutic in dealing with the loss of my mother,” Yorke said. “There is a quote I like that describes this well, I think: “Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos,” by Saul Bellows

“I would hope whoever buys a painting from this exhibit would enjoy knowing they not only own a piece of original art which speaks to them, but they also supported a very worthwhile cause,” said Yorke.

The exhibit will be open during Lava Java’s regular business hours December 1st through December 31st.

Open Studios this Weekend


Three Ridgefield artists will be featured at the Clark County Open Studios tour this Saturday and Sunday when 50 artists throughout Clark County will open their studios to the public.

Fabric artist Patricia Thompson wil showcase her very creative wall hangings in her brand new (to her) studio at 322 North Third Avenue right in downtown Ridgefield. I’ll be there helping her on Saturday, so come by and say hello.

Photographer Chris Bidleman is also in a new location: 3716 NW 199 Street.

Painter Jennifer Williams is at 5304 NW 234th Street.

You can pick up a tour guide at any of these locations as well as several stores in the area. There’s a very nice map, showing a suggested route so you get to see as many studios as possible. Make it a day – you’ll be amazed at the artwork being displayed and sold.

Hallowe’en Hall is Ready to Go

I stopped by Abrams Park this afternoon to get a peek at the Hallowe’en Hall decorations, and I think you’ll be impressed by them. Here’s a small sampling:

Duelers will be fighting it out in this scene

Duelers will be fighting it out in this scene

Every haunted house needs a resident flying dragon!

Every haunted house needs a resident flying dragon!

Need milk?

Need milk?

Stop by Abrams Park to see the rest of the scary rooms. It’s open from 6 to 10pm Friday and Saturday. There’s even a hay bale maze for the little ones.


Getting ready for the Halloween Hall.


Members of the high school football team moved the tables out of the pavilion at Abrams Park on Monday, getting it ready for this weekend’s Halloween Hall, sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. Decorating will start tomorrow and continue for the rest of the week.


The event takes place this Friday and Saturday and is geared towards younger children: nothing too scary. It’s going to be fun, so bring your kids and grandkids to the park between 6 and 10pm to enjoy life in our small town. There will be a hay bale maze, music, dance performances, etc. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween Hall this Weekend


Bring your kiddies to the Hallowe’en Haunted House Friday and Saturday October 28 and 29, 6-10pm, at Abrams Park. There will be seven themes:

*Haunted Dining Room


*Dragon, Monster Ward

*Frankenstein’s Laboratory

*Pirates of Ridgefield

*Hansel and Gretel

*Spider’s Lair

The Ridgefield Art Association, Dance Fusion NW and community members have planned a fun evening for us all, with nothing really scary so it’s meant for the whole family.

There will be a special dance performance at the bottom of every hour that surely will “THRILL” everyone in the family. $5 per person, 3 and under are free. Hot chocolate and cider available for purchase, free hay bale maze for small children. Non bloody costumes are welcome!