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January 2009

“Worm Legend” drawing by Eskimo artist George Ahgupuk
“Worm Legend” drawing by Eskimo artist George Ahgupuk


Entitled, Giant Worm Legend, this is Rie’s only Giclee print to date. The painting was done in 1976 and was published in 2008 by Mounier Giclee of Morro Bay, CA. It will be released January 20, 2009.

Munoz plans to release two standard offset lithographs in May.


MexicoRie Muñoz, went to Puerto Vallarta with good friend Ruth Pederson in October for a couple of weeks. They did little of nothing, came back with no pictures, no paintings, no souvenirs. Rie did return looking great, however. Yes, Munoz was tanned, rested, and ready.

Ready for what, you may ask? Rie came back on November 3; a day before the election. This election was of interest to millions, but for the Munoz family (And others) this was a very important election for a more personal reason. Rie's daughter-in-law, Cath Munoz, was running for the Sata House of Representatives against an incumbent.


Cathy and her mother Sally Engstrom
photo by Brian Wallace

Late Tuesday night, Republican challenger Cathy Munoz pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Andrea Doll. “I’m honored to be given the opportunity to represent my hometown,” Munoz said just after the election. Rie had just returned from Mexico the day before and was waving signs on Election Day.

She was with us as the early voting numbers came in and it didn’t look good. Cathy was behind the incumbent 45% to 55%. We had to look at those numbers for more than an hour. Then the first of six precincts reported in and the lead narrowed to 51 %. After another hour of staring at those numbers I had to go to the bathroom. I came out a minute later and Cathy had won with 54% of the vote! She is the only 3rd generation Alaskan legislator, both of her grandparents and her father served in the Alaska Legislature. Thank you to all that helped with our campaign and were rooting for my wife.



Rie Munoz has been a long time proponent of early reading. Recently she has teamed up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program for a local promotion. More than 750 children, 0-5 years old, have enrolled in the program and will receive one book a month. With a co-sponsor match from local businesses, $25 will purchase books for 10 kids. The goal is to enroll 1000 kids. Ten thousand books have been delivered to date in Juneau! The youngsters will have a nice library by the time they start school at 5. There are not children’s books by Munoz on the title list but that doesn’t bother Rie at all!


Seal Hunter

A friend of Rie’s who lived in Juneau but now resides in Gig Harbor donated a large collection of Rie’s work to the local, St. Anthony Hospital. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has contributed 86 Rie Munoz prints and silkscreens valued at over $40,000 to the worthy cause.

What makes this donation even better is that the art is to be framed and hung in the hospital as well as neighboring hospitals in Tacoma, Lakewood and Federal Way. St. Anthony Hospital co-chair Rick Larson said, “The soothing, healing benefits of beautiful art are well known in health care.”

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


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