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Rio Nido Magic - February 2017

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Rio Nido Magic - February 2017

by Elena Chronis

January Weather
Goodness have we be deluged with some crazy weather this month. I believe this has been the wildest January we have endured in a very long time. The rains have been heavy and non stop, the winds a bit on the scary side in RN and massive flash flooding all around the canyons. Some residents here have had small power outtages lasting a couple of hours while others have been out of power for a day or so. Cable power lines have been down for many with the onslaught of wind and tree branches breaking and falling on the cable lines. It can be rather romantic dining via candlelight and turning off all devices such as phone, tv and internet. Sometimes a break from all social media is refreshing.  I am ready for Spring. Spring in RN is going to be magical. Everything is going to be fresh, green, lush and beautiful.

Featured RN Artist
Donavan is an RN resident who has been painting since he was a child. He is self taught although he went to Chico State for a BA in communications at the Academy of Art University in SF where he studied commercial illustration. He has been working in the corporate world for over 25 years and is currently the Global Creative Director for an internet company in SF. He enjoys painting everything including global issues, people and botanicals. The painting featured is called “Creative Block”. It is a life size self portrait that represents those times in many artists life where they stall creatively and sometimes the solution is to articulate that moment in canvas. This painting currently lives in the home of known art collector Robert Miller.

Art Salon at RNR
The second Art Salon was held on Saturday, 1/14 in the inside patio of the RNR. This event has become exceptionally popular with a waiting list. There were 29 people in attendance with a planned max of 25. Unfortunately, people had to be turned away due to space constraints. I encourage you to sign up in advance to make sure you are on the list. Contact the RNR. Again the class painted a landscape in acrylics, this time a wooded scene from Sea Ranch. Also like the last class, Kathryn Henderson the Instructor was encouraging and helpful along with the class organizer Bevery Bird Misner. This is a two hour event with all  materials provided...canvas, brushes, paint and instructions. The best part is you get to take home your masterpiece. Price is $20.00 plus an additional $10.00 if you would like a glass of vino and small bites to nosh on. The next class is in April. Look for signups at the RNR. Just a few folks in attendance (too many to list): Beverly Bird, Patty Bird, Linda/Jerry Hyndman, Cathy Debrito, Kerri Cardelli, Jackie Gail, Patty Bailey and many more.  See you in April, I certainly cant wait!

Friends of Rio Nido (FRN)
Just a small beautification update for those asking: It’s time to clean the street signs again. The FRN Board will send out an invitation for volunteers. Paint has been already purchased for the RN Fountain. All we need to do is wait for a dry spell and voila, the Beautification of the fountain will begin. How exciting! I remember painting it a few years ago. That was fun.

RN Garden: Please contact Seneca if you can assist with maintenance. The garden has been a bit beat up from our wet winter. 

Rio Nido Pet of the Month
This is Harriet. She lives on Willow Road.  She is a four year old Tabby. Harriet was adopted as a kitten from the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. She was probably born feral, she is a bit crazy but is starting to settle into the pleasures of domestication. She enjoys sitting in front of the fireplace, enjoys playing with her Yoda toy, playing soccer with the foil ball from our local 5 & 10 store, digging in the yard and sitting on laps. Lets all give Harriet a big RN welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Weather:

Goodness have we be deluged with some crazy weather this month. I believe this has been the wildest January we have endured in a very long time. The rains have been heavy and non stop, the winds a bit on the scary side in RN and massive flash flooding all around the canyons. Some residents here have had small power outtages lasting a couple of hours while others have been out of power for a day or so. Cable power lines have been down for many with the onslaught of wind and tree branches breaking and falling on the cable lines. It can be rather romantic dining via candlelight and turning off all devices such as phone, tv and internet. Sometimes a break from all social media is refreshing.  I am ready for Spring. Spring in RN is going to be magical. Everything is going to be fresh, green, lush and beautiful.

Featured RN Artist:

Donavan is an RN resident who has been painting since he was a child. He is self taught although he went to Chico State for a BA in communications at the Academy of Art University in SF where he studied commercial illustration. He has been working in the corporate world for over 25 years and is currently the Global Creative Director for an internet company in SF. He enjoys painting everything including global issues, people and botanicals. The painting featured is called “Creative Block”. It is a life size self portrait that represents those times in many artists life where they stall creatively and sometimes the solution is to articulate that moment in canvas. This painting currently lives in the home of known art collector Robert Miller.

Art Salon at RNR:

The second Art Salon was held on Saturday, 1/14 in the inside patio of the RNR. This event has become exceptionally popular with a waiting list. There were 29 people in attendance with a planned max of 25. Unfortunately, people had to be turned away due to space constraints. I encourage you to sign up in advance to make sure you are on the list. Contact the RNR. Again the class painted a landscape in acrylics, this time a wooded scene from Sea Ranch. Also like the last class, Kathryn Henderson the Instructor was encouraging and helpful along with the class organizer Bevery Bird Misner. This is a two hour event with all  materials provided...canvas, brushes, paint and instructions. The best part is you get to take home your masterpiece. Price is $20.00 plus an additional $10.00 if you would like a glass of vino and small bites to nosh on. The next class is in April. Look for signups at the RNR. Just a few folks in attendance (too many to list): Beverly Bird, Patty Bird, Linda/Jerry Hyndman, Cathy Debrito, Kerri Cardelli, Jackie Gail, Patty Bailey and many more.  See you in April, I certainly cant wait!

Friends of Rio Nido (FRN):

Just a small beautification update for those asking: It’s time to clean the street signs again. The FRN Board will send out an invitation for volunteers. Paint has been already purchased for the RN Fountain. All we need to do is wait for a dry spell and voila, the Beautification of the fountain will begin. How exciting! I remember painting it a few years ago. That was fun.

RN Garden: Please contact Seneca if you can assist with maintenance. The garden has been a bit beat up from our wet winter. 

Rio Nido Pet of the Month

This is Harriet. She lives on Willow Road.  She is a four year old Tabby. Harriet was adopted as a kitten from the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. She was probably born feral, she is a bit crazy but is starting to settle into the pleasures of domestication. She enjoys sitting in front of the fireplace, enjoys playing with her Yoda toy, playing soccer with the foil ball from our local 5 & 10 store, digging in the yard and sitting on laps. Lets all give Harriet a big RN welcome.