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 on canvas and feature in these special date-keepers. I began designing them at Christmastime 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 growing up in Spokane, WA. I've painted it five times. The cover showed the Simpson family(only 5 of 6 of us kids then) decorating the house with lights. 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 art, so it brought tears to my mom's eyes when I gave her this painting for Christmas that year. 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 ~ three different ones doe 2023. Each year, I not only receive orders from folks who live here, but others who grew up in our community, but moved to far away destinations in the U.S.A. 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."

 

3 NEW 2023 CALENDARS ~ Click on the three 2023 Calendar Cover images below OR the corresponding "Bold Red Titles" to link you to three 7-page Overviews (pdf format). NOTE ~ My website is featuring the FALL INTO WINTERcollection, so these images honor the current seasons!

 

AVAILABLE! OVERVIEW #1 ~ 2023 "WASHINGTON WHIMSIES (Gazebos, Pergolas, Windmills, and More)" ~ 2 NEW Paintings

FALL INTO WINTER COVER ~ "The Crescent at Christmastime" • This cover is a favorite, showing our family and other kids gazing in delight at the animated elves and revolving sweet treats in the Crescent Department Store's window. This magical experience always took place after family photos with Santa • Painted July 2009

 

AVAILABLE! OVERVIEW #2 ~ SPOKANE'S MAGICAL MANITO PARK" ~ 1 NEW Painting

FALL INTO WINTER COVER ~ "Fun & Frolic at the Manito Fireplace" • This cover pictures Mirror Lake (known as Manito Pond when we were kids) ~ a favorite place for strapping on our skates once the pond froze each Winter. In the 1950s-60s, fellows from the fire station a block away on Bernard Street, not only groomed the pond for skaters, but kept a kettle of hot chocolate bubbling in this fireplace • Painted November 2006.

NOTE ~ MANITO WEBSITES ~ My.SpokaneCity.org and TheFriendsOfManito.org

AVAILABLE! OVERVIEW #3 ~ 2023 "KIRTLAND K. CUTTER'S PACIFIC NORTHWEST LEGACY" ~ 1 NEW Painting

FALL INTO WINTER COVER ~ "Flying South Over Spokane Falls (Monroe Street Bridge)" • This is a truly iconic view of Spokane for everyone who not only lives here, but visits as well. The Spokane River had a number of bridges built to span it, but this by far is the most handsome one, decorated with Kirtland Cutter's sculptures of bison heads, reminding all that this area was once the wild western frontier • Painted September 2004

 

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 pdf also includes images of several calendar covers featured throughout the decades.

 

COMING IN 2023! 5TH 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 NOW! ~ 4-IMAGE 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.

 

 

BEST WISHES FOR A TIME OF FUN EVENTS TO REMEMBER ALWAYS!

 

 

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