2022 "AMERICANA" FALL INTO WINTER 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 details on each image.
WELCOME TO MY "AMERICANA" SEASONAL COLLECTION!
400+ PC. COLLECTION ~ 250 OF SPOKANE & THE INLAND NW ~ This website features images created over 40+ years in the "Americana" style. Two annual themes reflect the seasons ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER and FALL INTO WINTER (the later with Holiday from early November on). Colorful, friendly, full of detail ~ each can take 40-70 hours to complete.
THREE COLLECTIONS ~ Puget Sound and Spokane features Pacific NW settings (Washington, Idaho, Oregon), but you'll also see Utah, Arizona and Connecticut and Hawaii. More Paintings offers scenes of the U.K (Canada, England, Scotland, etc.,) plus Europe, the former Soviet Union, and more.
SUBJECTS ~ These include prestigious and fun landmarks, parks, schools, churches, "Home Sweet Homes," folks of all ages, pets, and more. Find the "Page-by-Page • Overview of My Website " further down on this page.
BACK AGAIN IN 2022! - IN-PERSON HOLIDAY ART FESTIVALS • SPOKANE'S CLIFF HOUSE AT ARBOR CREST~ AND MORE!
CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE AND THE BING CROSBY THEATER'S "HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL" ~ My work will also be featured at two Downtown Holiday destinations.
Click on my ART VENUES page throughout the Holiday Season for all the details on these events ~ and more!
THANK YOU ~ THE MANITO PARK ART SHOW AND ARBOR CREST'S ART & GLASS FEST!
THANKS to all who came by my booth at these two in-person events last season. Great to see you and so appreciate your support of Spokane's local art scene. Weren't we ready to take a break from COVID over the last two years?!? Thanks also to helpers Lori Arpin, Mary Anne Sleeth, and Maggie Brannen ~ and my sweet husband Doug, of course. I couldn't have done it without you! These events were among my most successful to date and I'm so grateful for your generous interest and support.
FALL INTO WINTER ~ As we move through the seaons, COMFORT, JOY, and GOOD COMPANY take over. Thanksgiving, the Christmas Holidays, and New Years fill our days with celebrations spent with family and friends. Thank you, Mother Nature for your scenes of stunning color and blissful pristine white ~ your creativity at its finest!
FINE ART FOR THE SEASONSMy What's New Collection, FALL INTO WINTER, features two-dozen paintings ~ four each in six themes. Five works are NEW.
FIVE SPOKANE, WA VENUES WHERE YOU CAN FIND ITEMS FROM MY COLLECTION
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE my hometown, Spokane, WA. After years in Western WA, it's happily my creative base again. FALL INTO WINTER echoes the work featured throughout this website at these five Inland NW venues.
• ACE HARDWARE ON SOUTH MONROE ~ LARGEST SELECTION FOR OVER 10 YEARS! ~ This is THE store for busy DIYers on the Lower South Hill. For over 10 years, the folks at Ace have offered 90 different card images that revolve with the seasons, SPRING INTO SUMMER and FALL INTO WINTER. Shoppers will find NEW calendars annually, magnets, and recently, six (two NEW) of my 4-image (for the 4 seasons) jigsaw puzzles of favorite Spokane settings. There's also 4 Holiday-imges only puzzle for Christmastime. See more details below below and on the Calendars+ page.
• NEW LOCATION! THE UPS STORE ON 29TH ~ On 29th & SE Boulevard, this UPS now features my work. Look for a great selection of seaonal-themed cards plus three NEW 2023 Calendars. (NOTE ~ The recently purchased UPS Store on 57th & Regal owners chose not to longer offer work by local artists. Thank you to SO many of you who stopped by over the years.
• CAROUSEL GIFT SHOP AND NEW LOCATION! THE ICE RIBBON, DOWNTOWN'S RIVERFRONT PARK ~ The vintage Looff Carousel delights folks of all ages every season. Find a rack of my Winter / Holiday cards and NEW 2023 Calendars at this merry-go-round's gift shop PLUS a second rack of these at the Ice Ribbon entrance sbuilding as well!
• THE MAC IN BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ In Spokane's first residential neighborhood west of downtown, The MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) shop has offered my fine art cards and more since 1997 ~ 25 years at this Spokane venue.
• NEW LOCATION! THE CROSBY HOUSE MUSEUM AT GONZAGA~ This museum in the Crosby family home just started carrying my "Bing Crosby's Craftsman" fine art cards. During the Holidays, folks can also find them during the "Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival" benefit put on by the Bing Crosby Advocates, at the Bing Crosby Theater, Downtown Spokane.
FOR MORE ON THESE 5 VENUES ~ See the "Page-by-Page • Overview of My Website" below or visit my Art Venues page.
MY SPECIAL ASSISTANT AND PLUS A NOTE ABOUT ORDERING
THANK YOU! ~ I am so grateful to Lori Arpin who has helped keep my inventory re-stocked in Spokane while my husband and I have traveled back and forth from Houston, TX dealing with his health challenges these past six years. There really ARE Angels on Earth!
NOTE ~ ORDERING DIRECT ~ Although COVID presented some challenges, I've still filled orders and accepted commissions. Call 206.406.1409 (also at the foot of each page) or visit Ordering for details on cards, calendars, puzzles, prints, originals, etc. NOTE ~ If you would like to include my work in your shop or gallery, phone me or visit my Art Venues page.
FALL INTO WINTER ARTWORK ~ My "Americana" Collection of 400+ pieces has lots to offer. These pages 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 a couple times each year ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER and FALL INTO WINTER (including the 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 art products below with a more in-depth description on my Ordering page.
YOUR PRIVACY ~ To be on my VIP List, phone / text 206.406.1409 with details. NOTE ~Your privacy is very important to me. I NEVER share your personal information.
PITTYPAT ART STUDIO ~ CREATING NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART
MY STUDIO ~ This space overlooking the garden is blessed with natural light. It is a beautiful, inspiring place to create my originals ~ and SO much more!
With our move to Moran Prairie and Doug's health challenges, it was time to close my gallery. I'm in my studio more now ~ with several commissions in-progress. Each takes 40-70 hours to create as originals are the diving board for all the other items that I offer.
DOING IT ALL, AND LOVING IT ~ My studio has everything ~ a library of art books, paint, brushes, canvases, mats and frames, etc. plus room for in-person consultations. As I design all items myself when originals are finished (calendars, cards, journals, puzzles, magnets, gift packets, etc.) there's a design center. I also create in-person event signs, banners, business cards, flyers, collection overviews for retail venues ~ plus this website. I'm BUSY!
HELPING MY COMMUNITY ~ Every year, I also donate hours of art direction and design time to local charities who appreciate my professional help. "Putting their best foot forward" in the highly competitive world of fundraising can be a huge challenge for non-profits.
PITTYPAT GALLERY AND I THANK YOU! ~ I'm so grateful to all who visited my PittyPat Gallery over the decades. Your generous patronage was truly 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
GIFTS OF 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 Inland NW. I have also given framed works to fundraisers hosted by Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, Saint Al's Parish, the Holy Name's Music Center, SPA, and more.
CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE (November 30th-December 11th 2022 ~ A beloved benefit I've supported for many years ~ nine years in 2022 ~ is Spokane Symphony's "Christmas Tree Elegance." At the historic Davenport Hotel and Riverpark Square, this year's festivities begin Wednesday, November 30th, culminating with their drawing Sunday, December 11th. My donation this year to Elizabeth C. Raol's "An Inland NW Staycation" is my portrati of the "The Crescent at Christmastime" honoring the beloved beloved department store with special memories shared by every Inland Northwest "baby boomer" from the late 1940s through the 1980s. Elizabeth shared that last year's 2021 donation of "Lights A-Glow at the Manito Conservatory" (pictured left) absolutely deslighted the winners of her "Staycation" tree, and that they were thrilled that my artwork was included with the package.
LIST OF 2022 AND 2021 FINE ART DONATIONS ~ For a complete list of causes, see "Caring About My Community ~ and Beyond" near the foot of my Biography page.
NEW! FINE ART CELEBRATING DOLORES ALLERS' 100TH
A LITTLE HISTORY ON THE ARTWORK ~ In November 2012, my mom's Sally's long-term bridge pals celebrated her 90th birthday. As a memento, I painted a simple winter-themed portrait the home where she raised her famly near Spokane's Manito Park.
WHO KNEW? ~ 10 years later, Dolores Allers hit yet another milestone. With help from her daughter-in-law Tracy (son Jim's wife) who dug out vintage family photos for me, I changed the season to Autumn and added Dolores' husband and five kids to the artwork. She is in a red (with her freshly baked cookies) front and center. Daughters Judy, Arlene and Jackie (right) and sons Nick and Jim with dad Howard (left) have gathered with her.
HOW IT ALL STARTED ~ When my newlywed folks Joe and Sally joined Saint Augustine's and my mom, the Altar Society, a delightful group of women welcomed her. Soon mom and dad became part of a legendary group of couples who played bridge, dined and danced, partied together on New Year's Eve, spent weekends at our family lake cabin, became God-parents for each other's children ~ and were there for each other during times of trouble. The Allers, Eugenes, Fays, Lundquists, Maloneys, Robinsons, and Rouses were a huge part of our lives growing up.
THE LAST THREE ~ Decades went by, and one by one, these great friends passed away, each one very missed. Finally, just three women remained ~ my mother Sally (95 when I finished this art), Geneva Maloney (92), and Dolores Allers (99).
Highlight ~ I created this colorful heartfelt painting as a special gift for the Allers family (all here today except Howard) for Dolores' milestone birthday. CONGRATS, BIRTHDAY GIRL!
MOTHER NATURE'S PALETTE ~ Who doesn't love Autumn's brilliant colors. Whether your walking through a nearby park or taking a cozy Sunday drive through the countryside, this season is breathtaking!
"HOME SWEET HOME" ~ From the moment folks enter our front door with its pile of pumpkins and Black-eyes Susan-stuffed wreath, friendly roosters welcome you! In all sizes and shapes ~ and created from everything you can image ~ most of these birds are gifts from friends and family. Yes, Doug and I live in "Roosterville"in Autumn!
All this obsession with these barnyard birds came about over 25 years ago when I purchased placemats, napkins, and tablecloths from the "Cock-a-Doodle-Do" collection created by gifted Canadian textile designer, April Cornell (AprilCornell.com).
INSPIRING "APRIL" ~ April truly IS an inspiration. From 1974 through 2011, I enjoyed a career as a graphic designer, art director and fine artist in the Seattle area. For six of those years, I moonlighted at her nearby charming boutique. Thanks to her generous discount, my linen closet is still stocked with her home goods in stunning patterns that reflect every season. I have a couple other rooster patterns, but "Cock-a-Doodle-Do is still my favorite. Thank you so much, April!
FUN "BIRDSONG" FIXTURES ~ Decades ago when April Cornell's Seattle area shop closed its doors, the manager there offered me April's wrought-iron collection of "Birdsong" fixtures at a deep discount. It turned out that these heavy pieces would have been just too expensive to ship back to Canada.
Her two tri-fold screens hold nine of my 11x14-inch paintings, with four larger works sitting on her easels. Other smaller fixtures display calendars, puzzles, cards, magnets, brochures and business cards. How lucky was I to be in the right place at the right time!?!
April's Birdsong ties together the artwork in my booth in a whimsical, yet very sturdy way. Find the image of my Arbor Crest Holiday Art display at the top of the Art Venues page. Once again, Thank you, Apri!.
Highlight ~ See more of our seasonal decor by clicking on the image here or on the "Home Sweet Autumn Home" pdf. Find the NEW "Home Sweet Holiday Home.pdf here as we get closer to Christmastime.
SALLY MOM • ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION! ~ I must confess that all this Seasonal and Holiday decorating throughout the year has been inspired by "Sally Mom."
For as many of her 95 years as my sisters Marilee, Peggy and I can remember, she has done this with grace and style. She was blessed with a fine artistic eye and is a true "artful homemaker."
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 designed and slip-covered furniture in several of our homes, generally placing her talented fingers all over every inch of every place our family shared life in. And did I mention, Sally has a glorious green thumb?
A BIG CHANGE ~ After years at Mountain View Estates in Spokane Valley, she moved into a view apartment further east at Evergreen Fountains. Icey Winters with two flights of lethal outdoor stairs ~ plus isolation caused by the possibility of getting COVID ~ brought her to this brilliant choice.
Now in a Senior Community peppered with longtime friends from Saint John Vianney Catholic Parish ~ plus amenities like restaurants, social gatherings, water aerobics at the indoor pool, lush gardens (yes, she signed up for a pea patch) ~ plus the proximity to best pals Carmen Perkins and Rita Drake, Sally's made herself very much at home and is enjoying visitors.
THE CREATIVE "JUICE" ~ Regardless, Sai is the creative "juice" behind nearly everything my sisters and I have accomplished in our own "Home Sweet Homes." Thank you, Sally Mom!
WHAT'S NEW PAGE ~ 2022 "FALL INTO WINTER" COLLECTION
My What's New page features 24 paintings (some NEW) with four seasonal themes divided into groups of four paintings each.
"2022 & 2021 ALL NEW ART OVERVIEW" ~ This pdf shares 20 recent works completed last year and in 2022. Look for a few more pieces to be added to this list soon.
AVAILABLE NOW! THREE NEW 2023 CALENDARS
Click on the Bold Red Titles here for seven-page calendar OVERVIEWS) ~ Pages 1-4 share the four seasonal covers (SPRING INTO SUMMER & FALL INTO WINTER). Page 5 has "thumbnail" images of all the art. Page 6 gives historial details for each setting. Page 7, my biography and credentials, plus more images from that featured collection. PLEASE NOTE ~ As the year progresses, cover choices are subject to availability.
COMING IN 2023 ~ TWO NEW 5TH EDITIONS OF SPOKANE AND WASHINGTON STATE JOURNALS ~ 5th editions of these popular perpetual-shelf-life journals are in-progress. Find out more on the Calendar+ page. Features include:
AVAILABLE NOW! SIX 4-IMAGE JIGSAW PUZZLES ~ 2 NEW!
This year's 4 puzzles feature four images on each Inland Northwest setting divided by season (except for the Holiday edition which has four beloved Christmas and Winter destinations). 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 puzzles 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 and 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 ~ A genre I love, I’ve re-created private residences (this page is filled with them) and other settings for clients all over the U.S.A. and beyond ~ making many friends in the process. In 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 my calendars.
2022 IN-PERSON HOLIDAY ART FESTIVALS
LOCAL INLAND NW VENUES ~ So far in 2022, I've appeared in two in-person art festivals ~ the first in June at Manito Park and the second at Arbor Crest's Annual Art & Glass Fest held at the end of August. Both were very successful and proved how much folks want to get out, mingle and see what's new in the local Inland NW art scene!
This year, as shared above, I have three Holiday Art Fests on my calendar so far.
NOTE RE: CANCELATIONS ~ As shared above, in addition to lingering COVD concerns, many of you know my Doug has been dealing with health challenges these past six years. Even though last year brought some unwelcome festival cancellations, Doug's health and recovery is simply everything! At this point, I'm still signed up and hope to see you at a Holiday art event, but cancellations (if any) will be posted on my website here and on my Art Venues page. We appreciate ALL your prayers more than you know. Thank you to the "Angels on Earth" at Spokane's Summit Cancer Center and M.D. Anderson in Houston, TX. We are SO grateful!
FIVE LOCATIONS WITH MY WORK IN THE INLAND NW
FIND MY ART LOCALLY ~ As shared above, my Art Venues page has complete details and photos of these four Spokane, WA venues. NOTE ~ I update this page when venues open, close, change hours of operation ~ and when my own personal life intervenes. Blessedly, I have kind friends who help me stay on-track when challenges arise.
NOTE ~ Once again, the new owners of the UPS Store on 57th and Regal have made the decision to no longer feature work by local artists. Thank you to so many of you who stopped by that shop to purchase my artwork over the last many years. I appreciate your interest and patronage so much!
Also, as I shared above, I closed PittyPat Gallery to focusing more extensively on my studio work and commissions ~ and a little less on in-person appearances. Please call me directly at 206.406.1409 with questions ~ or just to say "Hi!" This page shares details about originals, framed canvas reproductions, fine paper prints, 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, highlighting 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 ~ now in her nineties and sharp as a tack) to the present. You will also find pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included 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" section shares all the specifics.
After wedding "hiccups" due to COVID, couples are scheduling their once-in-a-lifetime ceremonies again. On a personal note, this includes my lovely niece, Stephanie Simpson's wedding celebration scheduled for February 2023 in San Diego near Coronado. CONGRATS, STEPH AND RYAN!
PERSONAL PORTRAITS ~ Visit this page if you are interested in having a fine art wedding portrait created for your event. Most of the examples on this page were commissioned by clients, and some used their images on invitations. I'm also an accomplished art director / digital graphic designer with decades of professional experience, so custom creating is within my real of expertise.
TEXT ONLY INVITATIONS ~ You'll find samples of creative text-only samples 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.
MAY THIS YEAR'S FALL INTO WINTER SEASONS BE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE, JOY & WONDER!
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