I've recently lost two very good friends, Joann Vasquez of Bocas del
Toro, Panama, and Katharine Ann Lake of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Joann was a pillar of the community of Bocas del Toro and also a pillar
of her Methodist Church. Everyone could go to Joann for help or food
or whatever they needed. She read her Bible through every year
from beginning to end; and, when the minister couldn't make it across
the water to do the service, Joann would do it. She raised her children
to have the same values, and Bocas del Toro will never, never be the
same without her. She and her daughter Virginia were the first two friends
I made in Bocas del Toro years ago, and I have always cherished their
friendship. As many of you know, Virginia ran the P.
Buckley Moss Society's program to instruct the native children in
In Katharine Ann, I lost a good friend and dinner pal. She was also
a pillar of the community in St. Petersburg, and she and her husband
Jack were known and loved by everyone here. My mother Gran Liz especially
loved Jack. The day after our arrival in St. Petersburg last week, Patty
and I attended Katharine Ann's funeral. Afterward, we went to dinner
with two of our other good buddies Joyce Wilson and Mary Margaret Winning
to celebrate Katharine Ann's life. Patty really enjoyed our banter as
we remembered good times shared with Katharine Ann.
Patty drove down to Florida with me and helped me change my studio
around. She also did a lot of other things for me that I don't get around
to doing myself before she flew back to Virginia. We enjoyed our drive
down together and had a great time talking and sharing.
My daughter Patty, taking care of some maintenance issues at my
home in St. Petersburg, Fl.
Corrado Gabellieri, the Director of my Museum,
called me from Italy to remind me what he would like me to paint for
the Museum Open
House and Barn Show this April 23-25. We laughed, because every
time he goes on vacation for two weeks he never forgets the Museum.
Corrado is originally from Italy (as if you couldn't tell from his name)
and tries to visit his family at least once a year.
My easels are set up, and I've started painting. I'm very excited about
the new space in my studio. There aren't any comfortable chairs or sofas
in there anymore, just practical space, and I'm finding it much easier
to work in. I look forward to showing you pictures of my work as it
progresses in the weeks to come.
My studio in St. Petersburg after moving out some unnecessary furniture.
Some of the studio furniture found a new home in my bedroom, including
My heart aches for the people of Haiti as they suffer the devastation
of this week's earthquake. It's so very important for us to help our
fellow human beings around the world when disaster strikes. We are blessed,
but we never know when it may be our turn. Let our thoughts and prayers
be with them, and let us help in any way that we can.
Ladye Buckner of the Mossaphile Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society
quilted this gorgeous wall hanging around one of my hand-painted fabric
centerpieces. This is at least the third such quilt that Ladye has completed
to benefit the P. Buckley Moss
Foundation for Children's Education. Located in the Atlanta, Ga.,
area, the Mossaphile Chapter will raffle this quilt during my show with
The Framery in Marietta, Ga., on March 20, and the proceeds will benefit
the Foundation. For more information on the quilt raffle, please contact
Ladye at 770-277-2454. Thank you so much for your generous time and
exceptional talent, Ladye!
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