The Ridgefield Art Association
Dedicated to enriching the Arts in our Community  
Sponsorships  Exhibits  Events  Education  Mentoring

About Us
Our History

The Ridgefield Art Association was conceived in 1992 by a group of local artists who were interested in connecting, mentoring, teaching and bringing art to the greater Ridgefield area.   There was a thriving student art scene in Ridgefield, yet the community-at-large, including emerging artists and children, had no local access to exhibits, performances or expanded educational or economic opportunities. 

This small group of charter members hoped that a unifying organization could bring the arts to Ridgefield in a productive and inspiring way. They believed that an organization such as the Ridgefield Art Association would improve the quality of life for every Ridgefield resident as well as those in greater Clark County, Washington. A Washington state non-profit corporation was created in 1993 and a volunteer board was established. The organization remains 100% volunteer run and managed today.  

Since 1993 we have donated 16 art grants to high school students, sponsored the purchase of arts literature and speakers for the local public library, contributed to the first public piece of art in downtown Ridgefield, donated art grants to the elementary and junior high schools, including a 2007 donation towards the Union Ridge Elementary School ceramic kiln as well as sponsoring Art Exhibits every year. Fundraising by the art association along with generous donations from citizens, individual artist members and local businesses have been instrumental in our continuing sponsorship of these events and opportunities. Art is alive and well in Ridgefield and its importance to the community continues to grow.

Although a majority of members are professional artists and artisans, nurturing and building self-confidence in emerging artists has been one of the main goals of our organization. Our arts grants and scholarships have helped validate the talent of many of Clark County's artists today. We have also helped launch many of our adult members from amateur to professional arts careers.

The Ridgefield Art Association's long term goals include increasing accessibility to the arts and we encourage galleries, musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre productions, filmmakers, videographers and other art groups to perform, exhibit, work and locate in Ridgefield.  The Art Association is an inclusive group and its members and supporters strive to help the Arts thrive in all forms.

The Ridgefield Art Association is always looking for volunteers, new members, business sponsors and teachers of the arts.  Please join us.

                                       2013 OFFICERS:                       
President:                Shirlene Dyson/Cyndi Rivers                        
Vice President:         Shirlene Dyson/Cyndi Rivers                                  
Secretary:                Kathy Winters                          
Treasurer:                Patricia Thompson                    

Go here for membership information and here if you wish to donate or sponsor the art association.  We accept new artist and artisan members and welcome art supporters and sponsors!

Contact Us: Contact Shirlene or Cyndi at ridgefieldartists@live.com for more information.

General Correspondence:
Shirlene Dyson & Cyndi Rivers, Co-Presidents  Email: ridgefieldartists@live.com Post Office Box 746 Ridgefield, WA 98642-0746

Dues and Fees Information: Patricia Thompson, Treasurer, Ridgefield Art Association, POB 746, Ridgefield, WA 98642-0746 

Website Updates: Elizabeth Madrigal, Webmaster, ridgefieldartassociation@gmail.com, 31607 NW 44th Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642
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