2022 "AMERICANA" SUN & FUN Collection From Fine Artist PATTI SIMPSON WARD
NAVIGATION ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages on this edition, plus websites and pdfs with more information on each art image.
WELCOME TO MY "AMERICANA" SUMMER COLLECTION!
400+ PIECE FINE ART COLLECTION (NEARLY 250 SPOKANE &THE INLAND NW) ~ My website features dozens of images created for over 40 years in the "Americana" style. It changes five times annually to reflect the seasons ~ WINTER • SPRING • SUMMER • AUTUMN and HOLIDAY. Each piece is colorful, friendly, and full of detail ~ often taking 40-60 hours to complete.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND ~ The collection honors many places in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon), but you'll also see settings from Utah (this page), Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii and more ~ as well the United Kingdom (Canada, England, Scotland, etc.), Europe, the former Soviet Union and beyond. You'll find portraits of both prestigious and fun landmarks, parks, schools, churches, "Home Sweet Homes," folks of all ages, beloved pets ~ and more. The "Page-by-Page Overview of My Summer 2022 Website" starts further down on this page.
AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST ANNUAL ARBOR CREST ART & GLASS FEST
Saturday, August 20th and and Sunday, August 21st, Arbor Crest Cellars in Spokane Valley, WA is bringing back its beloved Art & Glass Fest! The event traditionally offers a large group of artists and fine crafters, live music, food, and its famous wine and beer at this stunning cliff-top scenic setting. I'll be unveiling several NEW works ~ ALL reflecting the season!
NOTE ~ As Summer progresses, find more on the Art & Glass Fest on my Art Venues page.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO FOLKS AT THE MANITO PARK ART SHOW!
I am SO grateful to all my patrons, friends, family who came by my booth at the June 11th Manito Park art event. Thanks also to my two generous assistants, Maggie Brannen and Mary Anne Sleeth, who helped make the recent 2nd annual festivalt such a greatl success! After a damp, cool Spring in the Pacific Northwest, we were all blessed with a day of gorgeous sunshine. Folks of all ages came out to the park by the dozens. Thank you Mother Nature for smiling upon us! I appreciate everyone's kind interest in my "Americana" art and generous patronage throughout the many hours that June Saturday ~ making this al fresco show one of my most successful ever!
SUMMER ~ Sunshine is here at last ~ and along with hundreds of others, my husband and I are enjoying EVERYTHING this season has to offer ~ time spent at nearby lakes, golf courses, parks, and more with friends and family.
This includes road trips to several National Parks and other destinations like Kanab, Utah's unique Parry Lodge ~ much loved because of its history as a "bolt hole" for famous movie actors and directors who filmed Westerns there from the 1930s to the 1970s. A few years back, Doug and I enjoyed our stay there so much that I painted its portrait which now hangs above the ldoge's front desk. See "Historic Little Hollywood (Parry Lodge)" further down on this page, and learn a little about the lodge and this area's amazing contribution to a beloved genre for many where "on location" filming made all the difference!
SUMMERTIME ~ THREE BELOVED PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYSWe've all circled Memorial Day (the unofficial start of Summer), Independence Day, and Labor Day on our calendars, so in my 2022 "SUN & FUN" Collection, you'll see lots of red, white and blue flags and other patriotic decorations celebrating the good ol' U.S.A. Aren't we lucky to live in a country where "Freedom Rings" on more than just three holidays!?! The "Americana" collection on my What's New page features 24 paintings (three NEW) with six Summer themes divided into four paintings each.
SPOKANE, WA VENUES WHERE YOU CAN FINE MY ART
Anyone who knows me, gets how much I LOVE my home town, Spokane, WA. After years working in Seattle, it's happily my creative base again. Find my "SUN & FUN" collection at these four Spokane & Inland Northwest venues.
• CAROUSEL GIFT SHOP, DOWNTOWN'S RIVERFRONT PARK ~ The glittering vintage Looff Carousel delights folks of all ages every season. Find my art cards and more at this famous merry-go-round's gift shop.
• THE MAC IN BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ Located in Spokane's first residential neighborhood west of Downtown Spokane, the Museum Shopt at The MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) has offered my fine art cards and more since 1997.
• ACE HARDWARE ON SOUTH MONROE (The largest selection of my art items for over a decade!) This is THE store for the busy DIYer. For over 10 years, Ace has offered 90 different card images that revolve with the seasons ~ plus NEW calendars annually, magnet art for your fridge, and collage-style jigsaw puzzles (2 NEW this year of local settings).
• THE UPS STORE ON MORAN PRAIRIE ~ Located at the foot of Browne's Mountain on 57th & Regal Road on the South Hill, in addition to shipping, printing and other small business services, this store also features a card rack with over 20 of my local images that revolves with the seasons. Also find NEW 2023 calendars!
MORE INFO ON THESE VENUES ~ You'll find more details on these venues further down on this page under the "Page-by-Page • Overview of My Website" section ~ and on my Art Venues page. I'm truly grateful to these businesses that have supported my artistic efforts for so many years in Spokane, WA and the Inland Northwest.
MY SPECIAL ASSISTANT ~ Thank you to dear friend Lori Arpin who has helped me keep my inventory fresh and re-stocked in Spokane while I'm back and forth from Houston dealing with health issues challenging my husband Doug for past six years. What a blessiing to have this "Angels on Earth" in our corner!
ORDERING DIRECTLY ~ Even though the last two COVID years were a bit challenging, I've still filledl orders and accepted commissions. Contact me at 206.406.1409 (also shared at the foot of each website page) for details. Visit my Ordering page to find all the info on cards, calendars, puzzles, prints, originals and more! NOTE ~ If you own a shop or gallery and would like to include my work, please visit my Art Venues page or phone me at 206.406.1409.
SUMMER-THEME PAINTINGS ~ AND MORE! ~ My "Americana" Collection of 400+ pieces has lots to offer. In addition to originals, prints, dozens of art cards, magnets and more, the pages here share some NEW items.
V.I.P. MAILING LIST
SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ Normally, I send postcards via text, email or print (U.S.P.S.) sharing my schedule of events. If you are on my V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) List, this happens twice a year ~ SPRING • SUMMER and AUTUMN • WINTER • HOLIDAYS.
NEW ART ITEMS ~ Also, I use postcards to introduce NEW items (like puzzles and calendars), and where you can find them in the Inland Northwest. Please phone me about availability at 206.406.1409. See a short list of my art products below, with a more indepth overview on my Ordering page.
YOUR PRIVACY ~ To be added to my VIP List, please phone or text me at 206.406.1409 with your contact information. Your privacy is very important to me. NOTE ~ I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.
PITTYPAT ART STUDIO ~ CREATING NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART
With our move to Moran Prairie and some persistent familyhealth challenges, it seemed the right time to close PittyPat Gallery. These days I'm spending more time in my studio with several commissions in-progress for clients, and focusing more on one-on-one creating.
MY STUDIO ~ Blessedly, this setting receives lots of natural sunlight. It has everything I need for creating ~ a library of historic and technical art books, supplies like paint, brushes, art paper, and canvases in many sizes. There's also a space for meeting with clients.
DOING IT ALL, AND LOVING IT ~ As I actually create many items myself, there's a design center for calendars (29th edition this year), journals (44 images), layouts for jigsaw puzzles and their boxes, art cards, magnets, gift packets, and more. I also design my in-person event signs, banners, business cards, commission flyers, overviews of current collections in the retail venues noted above ~ plus five editions of my website each year reflecting the seasons. I'm a busy gal!
Oh, and did I mention the originals? As each piece of fine art takes 40-60 hours to create, much of my time is dedicated there. NOTHING would happen without them!
HELPING MY COMMUNITY ~ Every year, I also donate hours of art direction and design skills to local charities in need of professional help. "Putting their best foot forward" in the highly competitive world of fundraising can be a huge challenge for volunteer organizations.
PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ SO . . . thank you to everyone who visited my gallery over the decades. Your kind interest and generous patronage were priceless! I love what I do and I'm glad you do, too. Find more studio images at the foot of my Biography page.
FINANCIAL AND FINE ART DONATIONS
FUNDS AND FINE ART DONATIONS ~ I donate a portion of the money I make annually to the Holy Names and Franciscan Sisters retirement funds. I also support The Friends of Manito, The MAC, and many other worthy causes in the Spokane area. I have also given framed works to venues hosted by Providence Medical Center (Sacred Heart), Saint Al's Parish, the Holy Name's Music Center, SPA, and many more.
CTE ~A beloved benefit I've supported for years is Spokane Symphony's "Christmas Tree Elegance." 2021 marked my 8th year of participation in this. CTE at the historic Davenport Hotel usually begins Thanksgiving weekend and ends with its mid-December raffle drawing. My "Lights A-Glow at the Manito Conservatory" (pictured here) was featured at Tree #6, Elizabeth C. Raol's "An Inland Northwest 'Staycation.'" Elizabeth shared that the winners of her tree were especially desighted that my portrait of the conservatory was included in their package.
Highlight ~ Elizabeth recently reached out to me for fine art for her 2022 CTE entry, so patrons of this year's benefit will find my art of "Cavorting on Cannon Hill Pond" celebrating fols ice-skating this year.
LIST OF 2021 AND 2020 FINE ART DONATIONS ~ For a complete list of causes, see "Caring About My Community ~ and Beyond" near the foot of my Biography page.
A FUN FIND NEAR ZION NATIONAL PARK!
A GREAT FIND ~ In past years, Doug and I drove from the Washington to a vacation spot we love in Arizona. (We're older now, so it's just two-hour flights instead!) When passing through a small community by Zion National Park, we always noticed a large white Colonial with blue shutters on Center Street in Kanab, Utah.
"What is that?" we asked a couple who drove the same route. "Oh don't you know? That's Little Hollywood's Parry Lodge. You have to stop there!" So, the next time we were in the area, we did just that. Desk clerk Tim Cserepes kindly explained the lodge's past, sharing a book of photos and stories (now on a shelf in our library). Doug and I stayed in the "Joel McCrea" cottage that first night.
LITTLE HOLLYWOOD HISTORY ~ From the 1930s-1970s, Parry Lodge (ParryLodge.com) was known as "Little Hollywood." Brothers Chauncey, Gronway and Whit Parry photographed Utah’s majestic, scenic countryside from their little CurtisJN-4 plane, and then traveled to Los Angeles to entice movie mogusls into filming Westerns and other films on-location in Utah.
THE LODGE ~ In 1928, the brothers bought a large Colonial farmhouse, converting it into a comfortable lodge with lots of cottages for the stars, directors and film crews to stay in during film projects. Frequently, locals from Kanab got into the act (some as extras, wranglers and stand-ins), doing everything they could to make things run smoothly for their important guests. Westerns (both movies and TV series) became the town's “bread and butter.”
A FAVORITE IN THE FILM INDUSTRY ~ Famous actors like Tom Mix, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Frank Sinatra, Roddy McDowell, and Robert Redford came here for film projects. Leading ladies such as Dolores del Rio, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Anne Bancroft, and Maureen O’Hara joined them. The area attracted respected directors like George Stevens, John Ford and John Huston because of nearby stunning settings.
FROM THE GLORY DAYS ON ~ When Westerns began losing their audience, Parry Lodge went on to attract folks interested in this well-preserved nostalgic reminder of the glory days of Westerns. Guests could stay in their favorite star's cottages and see free movies every night in the barn ~ once storage for props, equipment and horses ~ Trigger's accommodations when Roy Rogers came to town! Breakfast in the lodge's dining room shared walls lined with autographed photos of actors who had been guests.
HONORING THIS WESTERN DESTINATION ON CANVAS ~ October 2017, I began working with Tim Cserepes on my portrait, "Historic Little Hollywood (Parry Lodge)" featured here. The final step of completion in 2019 was the addition of both friends and family members who had also stayed in the historic setting over the years. When we presented him with the piece, Tim (normally a very low-key guy) was just thrilled, "Oh my God! This is amazing. Look at the detail. You really captured it!" He booked us into the "John Wayne Cottage," luxuriously overlooking the pool area right outside our door. Tim shared that this was indeed where the iconic star stayed when in town for filming.
Highlight ~ On one of his visits, John Wayne made arrangements for a swimming pool to be installed (he paid all the expenses) ~ because he thought the place needed it!
Add Kanab to your list when you visit Zion National Park, Lake Powell or the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! It's well worth the visit!
PATRIOTIC COLORS ~ As I shared above and on my What's New page, this season is all about everything "SUN & FUN"!
"HOME SWEET HOME" ~ From the moment folks enter our door with its flag wreath, patriotic touches welcome you. An iron Uncle Sam bank and antique toy boat sit on the coffee table near plates on the wall with colorful pick-up trucks on each. A huge bouquet of white blossoms and with wicker stars sits on our dining room table dressed in April Cornell linens ~ reminding us how lucky we are to live in the U.S.A.
INSPIRING "APRIL" ~ From 1974 through 2011, I enjoyed a career as an graphic designer, art director and fine artist in the Seattle, WA area. For six of those years, I moonlighted at Canadian textile designer April Cornell's (AprilCornell.com) boutique nearby. Thanks to her generous discount, My linen closet is still stocked with her home goods in stunning seasonal patterns. Thank you so much, April!
MEMORIES ~ Summer's here, so all the framed photos in the hallway share images of good times at the lake, on the golf course, and "Happy Hour" entertaining friends on our back deck. Toy bicycles are tucked here and there in our cottage ~ reminding everyone that Summer is for ALL about SUN & FUN!!
GARDENS & GROUNDS ~ White daisies, red geraniums, and blue lavender and hydrangea blossoms in our front gardens welcome guests. Red wax begonias border everything. The back is filled with nine of Doug's beloved roses. Even though this Spring gave us a record number of wet, cool days, SUNSHINE is our friend ~ a sure thing for July, August and September!
SO LONG LOCUST TREE ~ When we moved into our cottage in 2020, a huge, very messy Locust tree shaded our entire front yard. Aptly named, it dropped tiny leafy branches in bits and pieces well into Winter for over a year before my husband Doug finally shared how much he hated it! My thoughts exactly, so by mid-Summer last year, we replaced it with a smaller, lovelier (and tidier) Ornamental Pear from nearby "Barn and Blossom" (BarnAndBlossom.com) near our home. With so much sunshine in our front yard, the flower beds have exploded. Getting rid of the Locust was the BEST idea! No regrets.Find more images of our patriotic light-hearted decor by clicking on the image here or on the "Sun & Fun Summer Home Sweet Home" pdf.
SALLY MOM • ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION! ~ I must confess that all this Summer (and every other season and holiday throughout the year) decorating has been inspired by "Sally Mom."
For as many of her 95 years (June 10, 2022 we all celebrated her birthday) as my sisters Marilee, Peggy and I can remember, she has done this with grace and style. Sally Mom has always had a fine artistic eye and is a true "artist homemaker" in the most creative sense of the phrase.
AMAZING DIY-ER ~ In addition to her revolving seasonal decor, nothing seemed beyond this DIY-er. She sewed play-sets for us as toddlers. As teenagers, she made most of our date outfits, prom dresses and Cotillion gowns (my sisters and I still have ours!). She slip-covered furniture in her own designs in several of our homes, installing wallpaper and generally placing her talented fingers all over every inch of every residence the Simpsons ever shared. And did I mention, she has a glorious green thumb? Much of this terraced garden in this photo at my brother Bob's property at Hayden Lake is her hardiwork.
A BIG CHANGE ~ After decades at Mountain View Estates in Spokane Valley, Sally Mom moved into a new view apartment further east at Evergreen Fountains. Cold snowy Winters with two flights of stairs open to the elements plus the isolation brought on by COVID ~ helped her come to this decision.
Now in a Senrior Community peppered with longtime friends from Saint John Vianney Catholic Parish ~ plus ammenities like restaurants, social gatherings, water aerobics at the indoor pool, lush gardens (of course, she alreadty has her own pea patch plot) ~ plus the proximity to best pals Carmen Perkins and Rita Drake, Sally has been busy making herself very much at home. We'll all visit often.
OUR BEST INSPIRATION ~ Regarless, Sai is the creative "juice" behind nearly everything my sisters and I have accomplished at our own "Home Sweet Homes." Thank you, Sally Mom!
WHAT'S NEW PAGE ~ SUMMER 2022 "SUN & FUN" COLLECTION
As mentioned above, this fun page is ALL about Summer, some celebrating our three beloved patriotic holidays. See 24 paintings (three NEW!) in 6 groups of 4 paintings each ~ many with RED • WHITE • and BLUE decorations! The collection features six Summer Theses.
"2021 & 2020 ALL NEW ART OVERVIEW" ~ This pdf shares 14 works completed last year and what's on my list so far for 2022. More portraits of Inland Northwest parks and schools are on this year's list to come!
2 AVAILABLE NOW + 1 LATER IN SUMMER ~ NEW 2023 CALENDARS
Click on the Bold Red Titles here for five-page OVERVIEWS) ~ Images include four seasonal covers (SPRING • SUMMER • AUTUMN • HOLIDAY) ~ plus "thumbnails" of all the paintings (page 5) featured in each calendar. NOTE ~ As the year progresses, cover choices are subject to availability.
COMING IN 2022 ~ 2 NEW 5TH EDITIONS OF SPOKANE AND WASHINGTON STATE JOURNALS ~ NEW 5th editions of these popular perpetual-shelf-life journals are in-progress. Find out more on the Calendar+ page. Features include:
2022 COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES IN 6 EDITIONS ~ 2 ARE NEW!
This year's puzzles feature four images on each Inland Northwest setting divided by season (except for the Holiday edition). The two NEW puzzles celebrate Gonzaga University and historic churches on Spokane's South Hill. The finished 504-piece size is 16x20-inches ~ perfect for standard-sized frames. Artwork titles included for each puzzle are listed below. Find more information on these on my Calendars+ page.
During my many decades as an "Americana" fine artist, as shared above I've created 400+ paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three website pages feature images that revolve and complement the current seasons. You'll find lots of seasonal-themed artwork in each collection.
ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ At the BEGINNING of the artwork groupings on each page are pdfs with images plus stories for ALL the pieces created for that collection.
THE BIG LIST ~ Click on "The BIG List" graphic footer at the bottom of the Puget Sound, Spokane or More Paintings pages to link you to an alphabetical list of titles and descriptions of all the art created for each of the three collections. In some cases, you'll find a few pen and inks and pastel sketches included as well. Red bold type titles link you to the page where the artwork is featured throughout this website.
COMMISSION PAGE ~ My favorite genre, I’ve re-created private residences (this page if filled with them) and other settings for clients all over the U.S.A. and beyond ~ making many friends in the process. For the last decade, I've also offered portraits of kiddos and critters. Filled with personal detail, commissioned pieces are cherished mementos.
DOZENS OF SAMPLE IMAGES ~ This page shares over two-dozen works completed for clients as well as a step-by-step guide for commissioning artwork. Highlight~ I frequently include paintings commissioned by my clients in calendars.
2022 IN-PERSON ART EVENTS ~ So far this year, I've appeared in my first event in a quite while, late Spring's Manito Park's Art Festival. I'm scheduled for later this Summer at Arbor Crest Cellars Annual Art & Glass Fest. This page shares all the details on in-person art events inlcuding a photos of the settings. After two years of cancellations due to COVID challenges, my calendar Is filling up again! Please visit this page to see more as events are added througout the year.
NOTE RE: CANCELATIONS ~ As shared on this site, in addition to COVD concerns, many of you know my Doug has been dealing with persistent health challenges during the past six years. 2021 was particularly tough, and I cancelled all my Holiday festivals to support him with a new clinical trial at Houston's M.D. Anderson. Blessedly, he is in BEST hands on the planet with the most amazing, caring team of doctors and support staff ~ all working hard (even partnering with other facilities) to give him the very BEST quality of life, regardless of what state we are it. We both are so lucky ~ and very grateful
FOUR LOCATIONS WITH MY WORK IN SPOKANE, WA ~ As shared above, my Art Venues page has complete details plus photos of these four Spokane, WA venues. NOTE ~ I update this page when venues open, close, change hours of operation ~ and when life intervenes. Blessedly, I have a handful of very kind friends who help me stay on-track when challenges arise.
Also, as I shared above, I closed PittyPat Gallery to focusing more extensively on my studio and less on in-person appearance, so please call me directly at 206.406.1409 with questions ~ or just to say "Hi!" This page shares details about originals, framed canvas reproducitons, fine paper reproductions, print / card gift packs, art journals, calendars, collage jigsaw puzzles, cards and more. I accept most major credit cards and on occasion, personal checks.
This is my “life story” page. It shares my background growing up and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" fine artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with my inspiring teacher Sr. Rita Mae Fischer) to the present. You will also find several pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included a list of charitable causes I've supported ~ past to present ~ including 2022's Spokane Preservation Advocates "Sparkle & Spend" Benefit and the annual " Christmas Tree Elegance" fundraiser mentioned above. The "Financial and Fine Art Donations" on this page shares all the specifics.
After wedding "hiccups" due to COVID, couples are scheduling their once-in-a-lifetime ceremonies again. Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Most of the art on this page was commissioned by clients who also used their images on invitations. I shared above that I'm also an accomplished art director / digital graphic designer with decades of professional experience, so this process is an easy one for me.
You'll find samples of creative text-only samples as well as image-based materials on this page. I also offer collateral items like R.S.V.Ps, shower invites, ceremony programs and more. If you are interested in this one-of-a-kind personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.
BEST WISHES FOR A SUMMER FILLED WITH FUN!
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