Rie Muñoz is, was and will always be a part of the Juneau community, of the Southeast Panhandle and, for that matter, all of Alaska.
She painted and sketched us. She talked, walked and frolicked with us.
We were in Rie’s art throughout her life, and she was in our life through her art.
We became each other.
From the day she stepped off the steamship Princess Louise, not even halfway through her planned Seattle to Skagway sailing, Rie became Alaska.
In less than an hour she had secured a job and a place to stay.