About Rainier League of Arts
Rainier League of Arts and craft
league was started in 1968 by Paul Chalk, Aletha Deuel, Fred Oldfield,
Roseli Souza, Hazel Gibbons and Becky Stol. Many members, like Fred
Oldfield, Norman Butterfield, Mark Downey , Dale Thompson, Alice Larson,
Mary Jarrett, Paul Chalk and Aletha Deuel were professional artists. Fred
Oldfield has a museum at Western Heritage Center, Puyallup, WA. This museum
features his Western Art paintings.
Dorothy Wilhelm also a member became
a popular TV celebrity with her show, “My Home Town”. The membership of the
fledging club was large and meetings were held many places before they
finally settled on the Collins Grange.
In early years, art shows were
used as fundraisers. PLU, the Lakewood Library, Tacoma Little Theater all
hosted our juried shows. The Meeker Mansion and Eatonville Art Festival
featured artwork booths and raffles of our professional artist’ works. The
club also did art festivals in Sumner and Lakewood.
Eventually, the club
underwent a name change eliminating the word “crafts” from the title, and
renaming us the Rainier league of Arts. In the last few years Rainier League
of arts has had shows at the Eatonville Art Festival, Steilacoom Community
Center, Lakewood Library’s Friends Gallery, Roy Community Center, South Hill
Border Books, Peninsula Library, Tahoma City Gallery, Annie Wright’s School
Gallery, Renaissance Narrows Glen Retirement & Community Center Gallery,
Karpeles Library & Manuscript Museum, Windmill Garden’s in Sumner and The
Gibson House Gallery. Some of the members are in local galleries and Artist
Gallery of Seattle. Member’s artwork has been seen in Fine Arts and Hobby
Hall at the Western Washington State Fair, 5 County Juried and 9 juried art
show in Olympia, Karshner Museum in Puyallup, Browns Point Art Show, and
Maritime Art Fest. Blue ribbons were won at the Western Washington State
Fair (Puyallup Fair) on their paintings, glass blown art, hand stamped
cards, and pottery. Members from our club have done private shows at banks,
Hilton Inn, Candy’s Wall of Fame, Belfair, WA. and Galleries in Seattle and
in various libraries in Pierce County.
Glenda Wiffler was the organizer
in 2005 and Rainier League of Arts produced Tall Ships Tacoma Art Show at
the Washington State History Museum. Many of the Rainier League of Arts
members were juried in to this maritime art show. This fine art club shows
10 months out of each year throughout Pierce County.
In 2006 Rainier
League of Arts worked on a joint effort with Pacific Gallery Artists,
Olympia Artists and Peninsula Artists to produce South Sound 4-League
Exhibit at the Bronze Works Studio in Tacoma, WA.
Today we have many
artists who regularly sell their artwork and some who are just beginning to
sell their work. Our group uses various media; from oil, watercolor,
pastels, colored pencil, charcoal, acrylic, wood carvings and glass blown to
RLA meetings, take places the third Tusday
of every month.