WHAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF THE CALENDARS 28 YEARS AGO . . .
It has been a quick 29 years sharing settings I've loved enough to recreate with paint and feature in these special date-keepers. I began designing them at Christmas 1994 when my sis Marilee shared, "We have no more wall space! Instead of giving us prints, why don't you design a calendar with lots of pictures that we can enjoy all year long?"
The first issue featured the Codd House on the cover (image right) ~ a Dutch-colonial built in 1925. It was my favorite home as a youngster growing up in Spokane, Washington. I've painted it five times. The cover showed my family (only five of us siblings at the time) decorating the house with colored lights. All of us helped. I painted my dad Joe on the ladder while Sally Mom kept the lights from tangling ~ a huge frustration for him. My dad passed away in 1988 before I finished this portrait, so it brought tears to my mom's eyes when I shared this artwork. Special memories ...
In 1994, Kinkos (later absorbed by Fed Ex) Store Manager Scott Woodward printed a dozen copies at his Seattle Northgate Mall Store. These days, Rita McIntyre at Berreth-Thomas in the Spokane Valley runs hundreds of them in multiple editions ~ four different editions this year! Both local Spokanites ~ and folks who grew up here, moving away later ~ order these from all over the United States and beyond.
ENTIRE LIST OF CALENDARS BELOW ~ The calendars have come a long way since 1994. Find a pdf with the entire list of past titles plus a handful of past covers further down on this page under "A Quarter-Plus Century of Calendars."
CALENDARS ( $19.99 EACH + TAX, SHIPPING & HANDLING)
AVAILABLE LATE SPRING! 3 NEW 2023 CALENDARS ~ Cover images and "Bold Red Titles" below link you to 5-page Overview pdfs for each including:
- COVERS ~ 4 Different seasonal covers images, including a Holiday offering (Spring images are featured below)
- COLLECTIONS ~ 12 "Thumbnail" images on page 5 (the back cover). NOTE ~ Calendars also includes more of these inside on the "Bio / Credentials" page.
OVERVIEW #1 ~ 2023 "WASHINGTON WHIMSIES (Gazebos, Pergolas, Windmills, and More)" ~ 2 NEW Paintings
SPRING COVER ~ "LEMONADE & LORIENS AT THE PERRY STREET WINDMILL" • The South Hill, Spokane, WA • Painted March 2019
DETAILS ABOUT THE PIECE ~The Cambern Dutch Shop was one of several windmill buildings constructed by Charles Wood, once employed by architect Kirtland K. Cutter. 13 of these novelty commercial structures were designed and 9 built. This one at 1102 South Perry was in immaculate condition when I painted its portrait.
In the mid-1920s, brothers Robert and Cecil Cambern housed their bakery/dairy business in the windmill buildings until they closed in 1934 due to financial failure brought on by the Great Depression. When I created this artwork, Lorien Herbs & Natural Foods had been doing business here since 1977.
In keeping with the vintage theme of this piece, I paired the windmill with pal Linda Ebner’s green and yellow trailer dressed as a friendly lemonade stand. This painting honored Linda’s milestone birthday and she’s pictured with her husband Joe, lifelong pals John and Maria Herbert, and my husband Doug and me.
Highlight ~ Years ago, the Perry Street windmill was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- 12+ SETTINGS ~ A dozen unique, fanciful settings in Washington State, including gazebos, pergolas, windmills, and more ~ plus "thumbnail" images of more related subjects inside on the "Bio / Credentials" page.
- 4 COVERS ~
- NEW! SPRING • "Lemonade & Loriens at the Perry Street Windmill" (Pictured here)
- Painting in Progress! SUMMER • "Gathering at the Fox Park Gazebo"
- NEW! AUTUMN • "Campbell Family Garden Gazebo""
- WINTER / HOLIDAY • "The Crescent Window at Christmastime"
- 12 PAINTINGS ~
- FEBRUARY (Manito Park, The South Hill, Spokane) ~ "Snowfall at the Basaltic Rock Bridge" (2020) My.SpokaneCity.org and TheFriendsOfManito.org
- MARCH (Perry District, The South Hill, Spokane) ~ "Lemonade & Loriens at the Perry Street Windmill" (2020) ~ LorienHerbs.com
- APRIL (Issaquahl) ~ "The Liepin's Spring Garden Gazebo" (1999)
- MAY (Manito Park, The South Hill, Spokane) ~ "Romantic Rose Hill (Erna Bert Nelson's Pergola)" (2018) My.SpokaneCity.org and TheFriendsOfManito.org
- NEW! JUNE (Moran Prairie, The South Hill, Spokane) ~ "Gathering at Fox Park Gazebo" (2022)
- JULY (Deer Harbor, Orcas Island) ~ "Scotts Dream Day at Deer Harbor" (2014)
- AUGUST (Roche Harbor, San Juan Island) ~ "Afternoon at Afterglow Vista" (2013) ~ RocheHarbor.com
- NEW! SEPTEMBER (Browne's Addition, Spokane) ~ "The Campbell Family's Garden Gazebo" (2021) NorthwestMuseum.org
- OCTOBER (Redmond) ~ "Ring Around the Marymoor Windmill" (1998)
- NOVEMBER (Pioneer Square, The Downtown District, Seattle) ~ "Pioneer Square Pergola"" (1997) PioneerSquare.org
- DECEMBER (The Downtown District, Spokane) ~ "The Crescent Window at Christmastime" (2009)
OVERVIEW #2 ~ SPOKANE'S MAGICAL MANITO PARK" ~ 1 NEW Painting
SPRING COVER ~ NEW! SPRING PHOTOS AT THE LOVELY LILAC GARDEN" • Manito Park on the South Hill, Spokane • Painted February 2022
MANITO WEBSITES ~ My.SpokaneCity.org and TheFriendsOfManito.org
DETAILS ABOUT THE PIECE ~ Manito's Lilac Garden often finds photographers capturing images for Senior Proms, graduation, engagements, weddings, Easter, Mother's Day ~ and other special occasions.
Developer J.J. Browne introduced Spokane to lilacs in 1906, planting two in his yard. In 2012, Superintendent John Duncan began adding them to the Manito, spawning the trend of folks planting them in neighborhoods.
The he zoo closed in 1938 and the buffalo area became the Lilac Garden in 1941. Spokane began a festival in 1938, adopting the name, "The Lilac City." May's Armed Forces Parade still winds through Downtown.
Highlight ~ "King Ranger" was the zoo's favorite buffalo. When he passed away, the city had him stuffed and added to the taxidermy at the Cheney Cowles Museum ~ now the MAC.
- 12+ SETTINGS ~ A dozen Manito Park paintings in all four seasons ~ plus "thumbnail" images of other beloved Spokane parks inside on the "Bio / Credentials" page.
- 4 COVERS ~
- NEW! SPRING • "SPRING PHOTOS AT THE LOVELY LILAC GARDEN" (pictured here)
- SUMMER • "Picnicking at the Park Bench Café"
- AUTUMN" • "Autumn Splendor at the Japanese"
- WINTER / HOLIDAY • "Lights A-Glow at the Gaiser Conservatory"
- 12 PAINTINGS ~
- JANUARY ~ "Fun & Frolic at the Manito Fireplace" (2006)
- FEBRUARY ~ "Sledding on the South Hill" (2013)
- MARCH ~ "Swans at Mirror Lake (Manito's Duck Pond"
- NEW! APRIL ~ "Spring Photos in the Lovely Lilac Garden" (2022)
- MAY~ "Picnicking at the Park Bench Café (2020)
- JUNE ~ "Romantic Rose Hill (Erna Bert Nelson's Pergola" (2018)
- JULY ~ "The Splash Pad in Summer" (2020)
- "AUGUST ~ "Davenport Fountain at Duncan Garden" (2015) )
- SEPTEMBER ~ "Afternoon at the Admin. Building (Headhouse)" (2019)
- OCTOBER ~ "Autumn Splendor at the Japanese Garden" (2020)
- NOVEMBER ~ "Snowfall at the Basaltic Rock Bridge" (2020)
- DECEMBER ~ "Lights A-Glow at the Gaiser Conservatory" (2019)
OVERVIEW #3 ~ 2023 "KIRTLAND K. CUTTER'S PACIFIC NORTHWEST LEGACY" ~ 1 NEW Painting
SPRING COVER (Painting in Progress!) ~ NEW! "BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE CHANCERY BUILDING" • Ornate vintage Chancery Building that once housed the offices of the Spokane Catholic Diocese (Painting in Progress)
DETAILS ABOUT THE PIECE ~ For decades, the Chancery Building housed the business offices of the Spokane Catholic Diocese. The offices recently moved to what had once been the Logan Neighborhood Public Library near Saint Aloysius Grade School on the North Side.
As the financial losses were considerable settling cases of dozens of abuses by the Catholic clergy in the Spokane area with help from the Paine-Hamblen firm, the building was ultimately sold to the Cowles family. The Cowles shared their intention to tear down the elegant historic Kirtland Kelsey Cutter structure and replace it with a new one that would blend with others on the block. The Cowles also hoped to add much-needed housing to the East Downtown District.
Highlight ~ I embellished this portrait with gardens filled with red and white geraniums and blue lobelia, picturing folks strolling on the sidewalk, enjoying the afternoon. Included were friends, Greg and Lori Arpin who both spent a lot of time inside the Chancery Building before its sale.
- 12+ SETTINGS ~ A dozen Kirtland Kelsey Cutter architectual settings throughout the Pacific Northwest ~ plus more "thumbnail" images of Cutter's fine work inside on the "Bio / Credentials" page.
- 4 COVERS ~
- Painting in Progres! SPRING • "Beautiful Vintage Chancery Building"
- SUMMER • "Historic Hayden Lake C.C. Clubhouse (Old Bozanta Tavern)"
- AUTUMN "Flying South Over Spokane Falls (Monroe Street Bridge)"
- WINTER / HOLIDAY • "Christmas at the Campbell House (Part of The MAC)"
- 12 PAINTINGS ~
- JANUARY (The Downtown District, Spokane, WA) ~ "Flying South Over Spokane Falls" (2004)
- FEBRUARY (The Downtown District, Spokane, WA) ~ "The Historic Steam Plant" (2016) ~ SteamPlantsSpokane.com
- MARCH (The Lower South Hill, Spokane, WA) ~ "Historic Chalet Hohenstein" (2004)
- APRIL (American Lake, Tacoma, WA) ~ "Enchanting English Thornewood Castlel" (2014) ~ ThornewoodCastle.com)
- MAY (The North Side, Spokane, WA) ~ "Bozarth Mansion in Bloom" (2010) ~ Gonzaga.Edu
- NEW! JUNE (The Downtown District, Spokane, WA) ~ "Beautiful Vintage Chancery Building" (2022) ~ StAlsSchool.org
- JULY (Hayden Lake, ID) ~ "Historic Hayden Lake C.C. Clubhouse (Old Bozanta Tavern)" (2019) HaydenLakeCC.com
- AUGUST (Shoreline, Seattle, WA) ~ "Celebrating at the Seattle Golf Club" (2010) ~ SeattleGolfClub.com
- SEPTEMBER (The Lower South Hill, Spokane, WA) ~ "Gathering at the Glover Mansion" (2013) ~ TheDavenportHotel.com
- OCTOBER (The Lower South Hill, Sokane, WA) ~ "Autumn at Art in Bloom (D.C. Corbin Mansion, now the Corbin Art Center)" (2017) ~ My.SpokaneCity.org
- NOVEMBER (The Downtown District, Spokane, WA) ~ "Dallying at The Davenport" (2008) ~ TheDavenportHotel.com
- DECEMBER (Browne's Addition, Spokane, WA) "Christmas at the Campbell House" (2011) ~ NorthwestMuseum.org
Click here on Past Americana Calendars (1994 to 2023) pdf for a complete list of ALL editions created since I published the first one in 1994. Washington State cities include King County's Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and other Pierce, Snohomish and San Juan County (Roche Harbor) communities as well. The area most frequently featured is the Inland Northwest. Spokane is my beloved home town ~ and where my husband and I currently make our home on Moran Prairie. This piece also includes images of several calendar covers featured throughout the decades.
COMING IN 2022 ~ FIFTH EDITIONS OF WASHINGTON STATE AND SPOKANE JOURNALS
Fourth Edition Art Journals are SOLD OUT in both the Spokane and Washington State editions, but NEW fifth editions are currently in the design stage. These include:
- 2 COVERS ~ One for each edition
- 44 FULL COLOR IMAGES ~ Perfect
for folks who want more than just a dozencalendar images
- 12 THEMED COLLECTIONS ~ 3images each with a different ones for each month of the year
- DATE-SPECIFIC HOLIDAY ~ These are listed throughout, i.e. Christmas, but not Easter as its date changes annually
- QUOTATIONS TO INSPIRE ~ Find them at the foot of each date page
- NEW! (Introduced in the fourth edition) HISTORICAL PHOTOS / STORIES ~ Also find background stories and images for each painting
- WASHINGTON STATE ~ Each
of the 12 months celebrates a different community or special theme. Images
are from all over Washington State including the Inland
Northwest, Seattle, Bellevue and other Eastside communities, Snohomish, Port Townsend, Islands in the Puget
Sound and other destinations. Many images are NEW.
- SPOKANE, WA~
Each month offers a regional theme such as landmarks (both prestigious and "fun"), schools (grade schools, high schools and Gonzaga University), churches, parks, waterfront getaways. Many of these images are NEW!
AVAILABLE IN LATE SPRING ~ COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES
2022 JIGSAW PUZZLES ~ 2 NEW SPOKANE SETTINGS ~ "Four Seasons of Gonzaga University" and "Four Seasons of Historic South Hill Churches" plus rerpints of past favorites. Puzzles titles include:
- NEW! "FOUR SEASONS OF GONZAGA UNIVERSITY"
- "The Historic Huetter House"
- "Daffodils in the Rain at DeSmet Hall"
- "The Bozarth Mansion in Bloom (Gonzaga Retreat House)"
- "Classmates at College Halll"
- NEW! "FOUR SEASONS OF HISTORIC SOUTH HILL CHURCHES"
- WINTER ~ "Merry Carolers at Saint Mark's"
- SPRING ~ "Parishioners at First Presbyterian"
- SUMMER ~ "Sunday Best at Saint Augustine's (Original Church, now Cataldo School)"
- AUTUMN ~ "Autumn at Saint John the Evangelist"
- "FOUR SEASONS OF K.K. CUTTERI"
- WINTER ~ "Flying South Over Spokane Falls (Monroe Street Bridge)"
- SPRING ~ "Spokane's Historic Steam Plant"
- SUMMER ~ "Historic Hayden Lake C.C. Clubhouse (Bozanta Tavern)"
- AUTUMN ~ "Dallying at the Davenport Hotel"
- "FOUR SEASONS OF MANITO PARK I"
- WINTER ~ "Fun and Frolic at the Manito Fireplace"
- SPRING ~ "Romantic Rose Hill (Erna Bert Nelson Pergola)"
- SUMMER ~ "The Davenport Fountain at Duncan Garden"
- AUTUMN ~ "Afternoon at the Manito Administrative Building (Headhouse)"
- "FOUR SEASONS OF MANITO PARK II'"
- WINTER ~ "Lights A-Glow at the Manito Conservatory"
- SPRING ~ "Picnicking at the Park Bench Café"
- SUMMER ~ "The Splash Pad in Summer"
- AUTUMN ~ "Autumn Splendor at the Japanese Garden"
- "CHRISTMAS IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST" (Four Holiday Images)
- "The Crescent Window at Christmastime"
- "The Ice Ribbon at Riverfront Park"
- "Kris Kringle Comes to the Cliff House (Arbor Crest Cellars)"
- "The Looff Christmas Carousel"
Find more information on the Ordering page. NOTE ~ The "Fun 'Landmarks'" puzzle is not available at this time.
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