Friday, August 14, 2015

Our Annual Wine Tasting and Auction ~ September 12th, 6:30 pm at the Skamokawa Grange!

“A Cornucopia of Wines”

Friends of Skamokawa would like to announce our annual fund-raiser gala, “A Cornucopia of Wines” September 12, 2015 at the Skamokawa Grange. The doors will open at 6:30 P.M. This fun event draws visitors from throughout the Northwest! There will be fine wines to sample with tasty appetizers and delicious dessert treats prepared to appeal to your palette! Catering will be provided by the Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery. Join us for a spirited evening of bidding on a bevy of silent and open auction items including; getaways to great local bed and breakfasts, paintings, ceramics, blown glass, gift baskets, river kayaking, gift certificates to local businesses and much more! Auctioneer Brian McClain will be presiding over the open auction with his friendly, fast paced style. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. This is our main fund-raiser of the year with all funds directed to maintenance and operation of the “River Life Interpretative Center” at the Redmen Hall. There will be a “paddle raise” during the evening to help fund a Memorial Garden on site at Redmen Hall. Here’s your chance to help keep this beautiful historic building standing tall!

Advance tickets for “A Cornucopia of Wines” are $15.00 each or $25.00 per couple and can be purchased at Bank of the Pacific in Cathlamet and The Skamokawa General Store in Skamokawa. Tickets sold at the door will be $20.00 each and $30.00 per couple.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Artists Bob and Jenny Kizziar - Art Exhibit Opening - Saturday, August 8th at Redmen hall from 1:00-3:00 pm

Art exhibit opening, Saturday, August 8th at Redmen Hall from 1:00-3:00 pm!  Artists Bob Kizziar and Jenny Kizziar will be here at Redmen Hall to discuss their work and to share about themselves and their creative process. We will be serving refreshments and all are welcome to come join in the festivities. Redmen Hall is located at 1394 SR4 in Skamokawa Washington. Our hours are 12noon- 4pm, Thursday-Sunday and you can call for information during those hours -360-795-3007.

Bob and Jenny Kizziar have exhibited their work throughout the United States and Europe and have given seminars in art gatherings in the American West, Germany, and Ireland.

Background/Bio-Bob Kizziar-Ceramic/Metal Sculpture:

Since the mid 1970’s Bob has dedicated a great part of his life to clay.  The vessel has been his consistent form of expression.  Bob is a superb craftsman when it comes to the use of the potter’s wheel.  It is the finishes of his work, however, that bring him distinction.  Bob’s pottery surfaces have a design derived from a balance of chance and control in the firing process and his pieces have a presence that is enhanced by the contrast of their rough-hewn forms while the process and the artist’s hand are evident in the elegant finishes.
Bob has had his work accepted in exhibitions across the nation and internationally, and enjoys an extensive national list of collectors. Bob and his wife Jenny Kizziar have conducted and participated as experts in workshops throughout the west and in Ireland and Germany.
Bob has spent many years in various capacities as an Arts Administrator including serving as Chairman of the Art Department at Fresno City College. He was the founding president of the San Joaquin Clay Association, served on the advisory board of the Buyer’s Market of American Craft, Vice President of the California Craft Network, an Artist Facilitator for the State of California, the first Gallery Director and Vice President of the Kings River Arts Council, served on the board of the Stonehouse Artists in Residency and was a full time ceramics instructor at Reedley and Fresno City College. Bob lives in Cathlamet Washington with his wife Jenny and dog Cutter.

Background/Bio-Jenny Kizziar: Weaving, beautiful- wearable natural fiber art pieces:

Jenny originally worked with porcelain producing delicate pots and small pieces, but was always drawn to weaving. Bob bought her a loom 5 years ago and she started producing work that she felt was at last expressing her artistic vision. She uses soft, muted colors and a wide variety of fibers creating elegant pieces of wearable art.  Come on out and support these local artists, Friends of Skamokawa and Redmen Hall. See you there!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Celebrating the History of Redmen Hall and the American Flag throughout the Month of July

July is a very special month for Redmen Hall. This Queen Anne style building, originally Skamokawa’s “Central School”, was designed by Portland architect Allen Riley and dedicated with a 4th of July picnic and public speeches in 1894!
Children through grade eight rowed to school from their homes along the waterways that made up Skamokawa’s “streets” in this Columbia River village.
Throughout the month of July, Redmen Hall and the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation are showcasing a History of the American Flag exhibit on our main floor that has been put together by our archivist, Keith Hoofnagle.
Keith is sharing some of his collection of early American Flags. This is a unique opportunity to view these powerful artifacts in person.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Second Sunday Concert Series for the month of July featuring Layton and Pam Elliott

We're having a show! This Sunday, July 12th at 2:00 pm!
Our Second Sunday Concert series for July features Layton and Pam Elliott! Come on out this Sunday to support Friends of Skamokawa and our local musicians! Snacks and refreshments will be served. The concert will be from 2-4pm at Redmen Hall, 1394 W SR4, Skamokawa Washington. The concert fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Here is some wonderful information about Layton Elliott's musical career from his website:


Layton Elliott began playing the guitar in 1969 and wrote his first song in 1971. A native Washingtonian, Layton spent much time playing in garage bands, blues bands, country bands and Irish bands, and performs occasionally as a solo act in coffee houses and bars. He has a unique finger picking style that he developed on his own; he plays all instruments on his albums and arranges all his works. Layton spent two years studying Music Theory and Composition back in the seventies and is also a published poet (See The Collected Poems of Layton Elliott at He is often described as having "a way with words". Early influences included The Beatles, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, and Neil Young. Layton has a baritone voice and enjoys transposing and rearranging 60's and 70's songs to suite his range and style.

One more link for your enjoyment. Here is a video of Layton and Pam Elliott performing at the Puget Island Farmers Market:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We are having a wonderful History of the American Flag Exhibit on the main floor of Redmen Hall put together by our archivist, Keith Hoofnagle, with some of his collection of early American Flags. We will be open through the holiday weekend and we will be serving cookies and coffee on Saturday the 4th. See you there. Redmen Hall is in Skamokawa, Washington on 1394 SR-4, open Thursday-Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm. Photo courtesy of

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The "Watching the River Flow" exhibit featuring the work of local artist Carol Peacock has been extended through July 4th. This is a beautiful exhibit. Tranquil, peaceful, moving are just a few words that come to mind. Experiencing this work in the Friends of Skamokawa Redmen Hall makes it even more special so come on by if you've not had a chance to see this exhibit. We are open Thursday through Sunday 12:00-4:00, there is easy access into the main floor from the parking lot and the view of the river is truly spectacular!

We would like to let you all know that we have had to postpone our exhibit on the History of Lower Columbia River Commerce until next year. We want to make sure that this exhibit receives the time, attention and planning that it greatly deserves. We've recently realized that realistically, we need more time to properly plan this wonderful exhibit. Please accept our apologies and thank you for your patience. Our current exhibit featuring the beautiful work of local artist Carol Peacock has been extended through July 4th. Thanks so much and see you soon.