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Dear Friends,

 

I had the honor this week of attending a very special retirement party held in Roanoke, Virginia. Native Roanoker and transportation enthusiast, Beverly T. Fitzpatrick retired December 31, 2017 from the Va. Museum of Transportation. He had been executive director of the museum for the past 11 years in what he described as a dream job. Bev said, “I fell in love with cars and trucks and trains and planes when I was just a kid.” His mother, Helen, was a pilot at age 19.

 

Bev was instrumental for the turnaround of the museum’s fortunes. The biggest single thing to help the museum grow was the donation of the famous 611 steam engine by the City of Roanoke. This restored steam engine brings in railroad buffs from across the country.

 

If you have never been to visit Roanoke, Virginia I encourage you to do so. I have met so many wonderful people there.  Over the years I have worked with the local public television station, BRPTV, as well as local civic leaders. The area is beautiful and the city has many diverse venues that have been described as, “a lively metro mountain mix of arts, culture and outdoor fun.”

 


Bev Fitzpatrick outside the Va Museum of Transportation. Photo credit Roanoke Times.

 


Moss Society member Mendy Flynn and guests of honor Shirley and Bev Fitzpatrick are pictured with me and my daughter Becky. The retirement gala was held in the beautiful Hotel Roanoke, a local jewel.

 


Cindy Petersen, Executive Director of the Taubin Museum of Art was my delightful dinner companion. The Taubin Museum offers eleven galleries as part of the Fralin Center for American Art and is a lovely venue in the heart of downtown Roanoke.

 


Full Steam Ahead. I did this painting in 2013 which was inspired by the 611. The 611 steam engine was undergoing its restoration at that time.

 


Soon to be released giclée,
Iron Horses.

 

I continue to enjoy productive time in the studio. I am working on a painting of the Arnheim House in Radford.  It was built in the 1840’s and stands on a hill near the current high school. It was the home of Dr. John Blair Radford, the namesake for the City of Radford. Restoration is planned for this antebellum plantation house by the Radford Heritage Foundation.

 


Work in progress of Arnheim House. Arnheim means “home of the eagle” in German.

 

Next week I will be in Richmond with friends and family to attend the Virginia Commission of the Arts 50/50 celebration. It’s such an honor to be recognized as a longtime contributing artist.

 

Until next week,

 

Love,





 
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