It’s become a tradition for me to watch St. Petersburg’s
annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade from the windows of my home.
The parade happens in the park on the other side of the street in front
of my house. How wonderful it is to live in a country where freedom
of expression and the celebration of our rights are practiced so joyfully!
I’m so proud to be an American! What a joy it was to watch
the inauguration Tuesday and to see the goodwill and unity that was
expressed by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.
The girls at my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia, are getting ready to give the gift shop a facelift.
Every once in a while they like to make a change and paint the walls
a different color. I love to see my paintings hung against the
different colored backgrounds whenever they paint. I’ll
get my chance when I’m there for my Barn
Show and Museum Open House April 24-26. Long-time framer of
my work Jason Miles is helping gift shop manager Jo Cowherd with the
Last Friday Tim Finn, owner of the Finn Gallery, and I were the guest
speakers at a luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg,
Florida. During the luncheon we discussed fundraising opportunities
using my new print Peace
Through Rotary Service. Ten percent of the proceeds from
each print sold will benefit Rotary
International. The print celebrates Rotary’s goal of
promoting world peace by improving the quality of life of others.
I used the peace symbol as an overall design to show Rotary’s
three main projects of polio eradication, water provision, and literacy/education.
I’ve also created a special
poster for Rotary International.
L. to R.: me, Club President Fred Terry, and member (who is
also my good friend) Mary Wyatt Allen. Photo courtesy of the Rotary
Club of St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 2007 I was invited by Dr. Tracy Aitcheson, who was
then the District Governor-Elect for the Rotary District that includes
Waynesboro, to create the poster and print edition to help raise funds
for Rotary International. We also worked with Past Assistant Governor
Jim Ridenour on the project. During Friday’s luncheon meeting
of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, I was delighted to meet District
Governor Russell Miller, who is the District Governor for the area that
includes St. Petersburg. I learned that he was present when the
conversation was initiated about having a special poster and print done.
I always say that I live in a small world! He had just returned
to Florida from a visit with his Rotary counterparts in Waynesboro,
and they took him to visit my Museum. He said that he loved it,
and that made me very proud.
The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, is an enormous group of
people, and I was so impressed with them. I really loved it when
they all stood up as a group and recited Rotary’s Four-Way Test
in unison, “Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial
to all concerned?” What a wonderful creed!
I saw Slumdog Millionaire over the weekend, and it was a really
good movie. I highly recommend it, but I wish I had my own home
theater and could have seen it at home. Whoever was sitting behind
me kept kicking the back of my seat! Manners, please!