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:

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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:

 

 

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:

Find more information on the Ordering page. NOTE ~ The "Fun 'Landmarks'" puzzle is not available at this time.

 

 

 

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