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January 2003
MUNOZ NEWS

HAPPY NEW YEAR
All of us at Rie Muñoz Ltd. wish you a prosperous, healthy and happy new year. It's an honor to work with all who are so enthusiastic about my mother's artwork. Rie is painting away and will have many beautiful images to share in 2003.


NEW RELEASES

The latest prints are Rie Munoz's "Seal Study", "Pearl" and "Pool", and will be released on February 14, 2003.

MUNOZ FAMILY RETURNS FROM CHILE

ChileJuan, Cathy, and Mercedes returned from a month in Chile, South America. We were taken under the wing of our family in La Serena and spent most of our time in the Andes Mountains in a small village called Cochiguaz. Cochiguaz is at an elevation of about 5000' with desert mountains reaching up another 7000'.

The Cochiguaz River winds its way through the Andes offering ponds to cool off in during the 90 degree days. The seasons are opposite from ours so it was their summer vacation in December. The town has about 100 residents and children ride to school on horseback everyday. There is no electricity up there, but it's not missed much. The main industry is grapes for Chilean wine. Our family is active in the winery business with huge vats of Cabernets and Merlots awaiting shipment. Sampling was one of our favorite pastimes. Dinner usually involved a goat or a lamb, which we would butcher ourselves
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GOVERNER'S INAUGURAL BALL POSTER

PosterThe newly elected governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski, is using the "Northern Lights" image in a poster version to celebrate upcoming inaugural events. The theme is "Alaska's Bright Future," and the 18" x 24" posters will be given to thousands of attendees of the seven inaugural events throughout the state of Alaska. The "Northern Lights" poster will be available February 14th for $20.


NEW ART CARDS

Rie's next release will be April 1 with ten new art cards, replacing ten older card images. New cards will include "The Embrace" and "Scary Sea."


 


INTERVIEW WITH MUNOZ

University of Oregon student Tyler Weston recently asked Rie Muñoz for an interview for his mid-term paper. His class was an Internet based class that discussed art, human values, and the artist's point of view. The following are excerpts from this interview.

How would you describe your work? Would you say it is modern? What genre is it?
"It's only modern from the standpoint that I'm alive. As far as genre-try expressionistic (that's as close as I can come)."

How does your work express your values?
"My values are expressed by the subject matter; beauty in nature, simple life style, honest day's work, real people as opposed to people who put on airs, etc."

What impact has your work had on the culture which you depict?
"When I go to Native Villages to sketch I am always warmly welcomed by those who know me as an artist and simply welcomed by those who don't. "She understands us," one Native villager told a gallery owner. That's about right. I never paint anything I haven't personally seen-except for legends, and the man in the steam bath, although I did see the steam bath.

What is your intention when creating your work? What does it demonstrate?
"I have no intention. All it demonstrates is that these are the subjects I like to paint.

How does the creation of your work affect your lifestyle?
Super Good! I love Alaska, I love going to villages, and I love painting!


RIE MUNOZ LTD AT SEATTLE GIFT SHOW

Rie Muñoz Ltd. will have a booth at the Seattle Gift Show starting Saturday, January 25 and ending Wednesday January 29. Demi Skinas, our bookkeeper, will be running booth #5537 and would be pleased to have you stop by if you are there.


2003 RELEASE SCHEDULE

February 14, 2003
Three Prints
 
April 1, 2003
Ten New Art Cards
 
   

Thank you for your interest in the artwork of Rie Muñoz!

Sincerely,


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