Happy New Year! I was very content to spend New Year's Eve at my home
in St. Petersburg, Florida, listening to the steel band in the park
located between my house and Tampa Bay and watching the fireworks. There
were two fireworks displays, one at 8:00 p.m. (for the children) and
another at midnight. I could see and hear it all from my balcony. Even
the boats came into the harbor and tooted their horns at midnight. Amidst
all the excitement going on across the street, I managed to watch the
ball drop in Times Square on TV.
St. Petersburg goes all-out on New Year's Eve. It's called First Night,
and people can ride the trolleys for free and stop at all the different
places to take in the live entertainment like musical performances and
theater productions. I felt very privileged to have the entertainment
practically come to me. Why go out when so much is going on right across
the street? It was fun.
I've been working away in the short amount of time I've been here, and
I'm excited to show you some of the new prints that will be coming out
Pat has been creating a set of boy prints to join the set of girl
prints released last year. Look for these pieces and more.
As I start a new year, I look forward to it with hope
and eagerness. While there has been much tragedy and loss recently and
so much negativity in the news, I feel blessed to know with certainty
that there is just as much love, caring, and happiness out there. In
my travels I have been so fortunate to meet the kindest people. For
every person we hear about in the news who has gone astray, there is
an equal number who have met life's challenges with faith and grace.
These people are an inspiration to me.
One such person is a very old and dear friend who passed away the week
after Christmas. Lester Borlo, who with his wife and family and business
partner Peter Vatsures owned and ran the Gallery Art Center in Columbus,
Ohio, will be very missed. What a wonderful human being! Lester always
had a smile on his face and had a gift for making everyone he met feel
comfortable. He didn't know a stranger. I'm very grateful that I had
a chance to spend time with Lester and his family this past November
when I was with them for their show. I'm taking this opportunity to
say a special thanks to Lester for his fine example of a life well-lived
and for all the wonderful memories he's left his family and many friends
Lester Borlo, next to Pat at her show at Lester's gallery last year.
We'll miss you sorely, good friend.
Live your life as you want to be remembered.