Ridgefield art makes growing splash

19th annual show and sale lets patrons, artists spend time together over the work

By Mary Ann Albright, Columbian Staff Reporter

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If you go

What: 19th annual Ridgefield Art Association Spring Art Show and Sale, featuring an artists reception, art for sale across a wide range of media and a silent auction.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7.

Where: Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: Free.

Information:http://ridgefieldartassociation.com.

ALSO IN RIDGEFIELD THIS WEEKEND

Downtown Ridgefield will celebrate its monthly First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. May 6. For more information, go to http://facebook.com/RidgefieldFirstFriday.

photo“First Blush,” pastel by Marilyn Hocking.

As she gears up for the Ridgefield Art Association’s annual show and sale, founding member Elizabeth Madrigal reflects on how the event has grown and evolved over the past nearly two decades.

Only three artists participated in the first show, but over time that number has increased to up to 45 artists. Many of them are professionals for whom art is both passion and livelihood.

This weekend is the association’s 19th annual show, with work across a range of media by about 30 Clark County artists.

Madrigal won’t be among the artists showing this year, but she’ll be at the event. It’s a good way to bring artists and patrons together, she said.

“I think the thrill for most people who come to the art show is, they get to actually talk to the artists,” Madrigal said. “(The show) is free, it’s relaxed, everyone is very open, everyone is very enthusiastic, and the artists do make sales.”

There will be an artists reception with light refreshments on the evening of May 6, which is also the date of downtown Ridgefield’s monthly First Friday celebration.

The event also features a silent auction for which artists donated pieces. All the money raised from the auction, as well as corporate sponsorships and a portion of show entry fees, goes to help endow a $2,000 college scholarship for a Ridgefield High School senior interested in the arts.

The nonprofit Ridgefield Art Association, which has about 43 members from throughout Clark County, has offered the scholarship before, but, at $500, the award was smaller. The first $2,000 scholarship will go to a senior graduating in 2012.

Among the artists participating in this year’s show are Ridgefield Art Association President Bruce Crockett and his wife, Patricia Thompson. The couple, who live just outside Ridgefield, work in very different media.

Crockett is a woodworker. He makes wood furniture and turned-wood items such as bowls and cookie jars.

Thompson crafts batik-style fabric wall hangings, as well as functional fabric covers for items including tissue packets, decks of playing cards and electronic-book readers.

Ridgefield’s Marilyn Hocking has art in the show, as well. Hocking works primarily in pastels, though she also does some miniature oil and acrylic paintings. She specializes in still lifes.

“I especially like to take things that are everyday, ordinary household things and make them look a little more special,” she said.

Representing yet another discipline, watercolor artist Kathy Winters will be at the event with original paintings depicting scenes from Ridgefield and her travels. She’ll also have prints, greeting cards and other items for sale.

This will be Winters’ eighth year in the show, and it has become almost like a reunion.

“I’m most looking forward to seeing old friends,” she said. “So many people are so loyal in Ridgefield, and they come to everything. We have a vibrant group of artists living in Ridgefield. Lots of good artists and good people.”

Mary Ann Albright: maryann.albright@columbian.com, 360-735-4507.