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Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Off in the distance look for my radical new assemblage artworks coming to Kolva-Sullivan Gallery in Spokane, WA in September, 2019

Cairn Series Available Now at The New Moon Gallery

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

RheaGiffin_ReflectingOnHungerThe last of the rock cairn series is available now at The New Moon Gallery. great art and fun events happening at the Moon! Check it out!

WSU Student Designs Plan to Revamp Pullman Train Depot Into Art Studio, Gallery and Residence

Friday, May 11th, 2012

WSU student, Alyx D. Moen, selects artist, Rhea Giffin as inspiration for her final design project.  To see her fabulous model and plans:



2nd Star To the Right

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Rhea Giffin-"2nd Star to the Right"

Rhea Giffin-"2nd Star to the Right"


















“Mel’s Friend” Moves to Canfield Middle School Library

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Rhea Giffin visits Canfield Middle School

Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene was given the Opal Brooten Purchase Award at the 43rd Annual Art on the Green Festival held on the grounds of North Idaho College.  The school’s selection committee enthusiastically chose “Mel’s Friend,” a mixed-media papier mache cairn sculpture by Rhea Giffin.  The sculpture is an homage to Mel McCuddin’s painting titled “Marker.” Go to the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene or view link:  Giffin waived the amount of purchase that extended beyond the award given by Citizens’ Council for the Arts so that the school could receive the sculpture.

To show their gratitude, art teacher, Mrs. Wing invited Ms. Giffin to give an informal demonstration to Canfield’s 3-d art class students who are working on their own papier mache projects.  Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka also attended. See links: 

Canfield art student admires "Mel's Friend."

Ms. Giffin Demonstrates some techniques Ms. Giffin Addresses Canfield Art Students


Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Rhea Giffin "BeCause"

Rhea Giffin "BeCause"

Here is the ICARE-Faces of Hope mask/artwork I created for the 2010 benefit at the Art Spirit Gallery.

Artist’s note: I was facilitating an art project for juvenile detention students many years ago and was touched by a young boy serving time who shared a story that gave him hope. “The Impossible Flyer.”  It was based on the idea that aerodynamically, a bumble bee should not be able to defy gravity and fly, but amazingly, it does.  This recollection became the base for my inspiration.  Playing with the words Bee; Be; Be Cause.  Because this is a great Cause to Be For, I crafted a simple poem of reason and Be-ingness to affirm what I imagine is at the heart of FACES of HOPE and what families gain from the ICARE programs.  The hand is formed in the American Sign Language symbol for “I Love You.”


     You are you


                I am me


                          There exists


                                                        –Rhea Giffin 2010

Big Disaster, little art auction

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Big Disaster/little art auction This is a little spur-of-the-moment, fly-by-the-seat-of-our pants, if-we-knew-how-to-do-it-better,-we-would-have, still, doing-the-best-we-can-in-this-moment FaceBook on-line art auction featuring three inspiring pastel/paintings by  by Peter Presnail and one papier mache sculpture by Rhea Giffin. 100 percent proceeds go to a reputable organization such as Doctors without Borders to help people in need as a result of the recent earthquakes in Haiti.  Started Monday, January 18th, ends Monday, January 25th, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Open to all FaceBook members. Just select “attending” under the RSVP to bid.  Please let me know if you are unable to follow the link.  Thank you for your participation.

Awards for Papier Mâché/Mixed Media Artworks

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Rhea Giffin’s “Bobbing for Answers” receives the Opal Brooten Purchase Award as well as a cash prize Juried Art Show Honorarium from Citizens Council for the Arts at this year’s 41st Annual Art on the Green.  The artwork selection is being donated to Borah Elementary School.  It is one of three purchase awards that are donated to public buildings in the community.  Judges are internationally renowned artists Terry Lee and Ken Spiering.  Judy Minter, another Northwest Papier Mâché Artists’ Guild member, received two honorarium cash prizes this year.  One for her mixed-media/papier mâché sculpture “100% Natural” and one for a painting titled “Graffitti.”  Judy is also the recipient of a previous year’s purchase award for a papier mâché wall sculpture that was donated to North Idaho College’s permanent collection.  For more information, visit

Creativity Thrives at Barker High School

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Students from Central Valley’s Barker High School went on a field trip to see “A House Divided: The Legacy of Lincoln” and “Mindful Navigation: The POA Series” art exhibits at the Chase and Kress Galleries.  I was invited to their classroom the following week to see the papier mache projects they are working on.  What a treat!  I very much enjoyed meeting these people and talking with them as they worked on their art.  I appreciate all the stories, comments and great questions they had for me.


This Art Has Been Vandalized

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
E-Equals Missing

"Mindful Navigation" - E=mc2 missing!

The following text is a copy of the sign posted at my request beside “Mindful Navigation.”  It is a statement in response to my art being vandalized at the Kress Gallery.




This Art Has Been Vandalized.
Upon entering this exhibit is a sign stating
Touching Harms the Art.
It is not true.  Touching is what makes the art.
As a fellow human being, I am touched by the world around and within me.
As an artist I attempt to interpret and extend what touches me in hope of touching others.
Others are touched by art in what experiences and perceptions they bring to it.
This respectful exchange of energy is a precious gift within a civilized society.
Touching may not harm the art, but vandalizing harms us all,
Most especially the vandalizer.
I wish deep healing for us all.