I am back in Mathews for this week. On Friday Malcolm and I fly to
Panama and I have a lot to get finished before then so this letter may
turn out to be shorter than usual. OK, I can hear some of you sighing
Before leaving St. Petersburg Malcolm and I went to see "The Way
it Goes", a musical play written and directed by Dylan Glatthorn,
a sixteen year old student of the The Gibbs High School, here in St.
Petersburg. We went as part of our mission to support art for the young.
The Gibbs High School, like my own, the now closed down Washington Irving,
in Manhattan, specializes in the Arts. Once again we were rewarded with
a most entertaining evening. The cast were all in their teens and performed
with the confidence and presence of professional actors. It was hard
to believe that they were so young and that the words and music were
composed by a sixteen year old who also played the piano in the orchestra.
Malcolm, Pat, Liw Villagomeza and Reverend Christian Villagomeza.
Apart from my early morning walk with The Street Walkers and the visit
to the musical, this has been a week of intense painting. We did have
a Sunday afternoon visit from The Reverend Christian Villagomeza and
his family. Remember this is the minister who, besides serving his own
church, looks after the seamen in the Port of Tampa. The Reverend and
his wife, Liw, are two inspiring people of God who are having a positive
influence on many lives.
Progress on the log cabin painting for the Tennessee Collectors'
I am showing you photos of the progression of the log cabin painting
and the mill. Thank you, those of you who sent me messages expressing
your preferences as to which should be the Kingsport convention official
print. I am not going to tell you which has the most "votes"
because the choice may change now that both paintings have moved forward.
Progress on the mill painting for the Tennessee Collectors' Convention.
Last week I showed you my current horse painting and talked about the
trust and friendship expressed in his face, a trust and friendship I
have enjoyed with several horses. This week I am showing a photo of
a cat painting I have just finished. Cats are harder to read than horses
and often only the owner knows what the cat is thinking.
A new painting of the University of Tennessee which will be printed
and released at the convention.
I am not going to interpret the look on the face of this cat. I am
leaving you to study Eddie's face and come to your own decision. Eddie
belongs to Ginny and Randy Myers, who many of you know from the presentations
they give at our conventions. Ginny is the editor of The
Art Cart, our Foundation's cyber newsletter for teachers and
Randy is the president of the Foundation.
Painting of Eddie the cat.
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Next week my greeting to you will be "Hola Amigos" because
I will be writing from Panama. Waiting to meet us on our arrival with
be my son John and his girlfriend Mo (Maureen). John is chef at the
Sunset Grill and has the reputation of providing the best food on the
There you are. I said it would be a short letter. Now I must get back
Bye for now.