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It's show season here in Florida, and snowbirds like me are flocking to the art shows and music festivals. This past weekend I went to Beth-El Temple's annual art festival and fundraiser. It was a wonderful, diversified show with blown glass, a sculpture garden, and paintings by artists from all over. I think I even recognized one artist's name from Roanoke, Virginia. They also had a children's art show, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Of course, I've continued to work on my own paintings, and I'm excited to show you the piece I've completed for Kenneth Paul Gallery's show to be held March 3-4 in their two locations in Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa. Living History Farm depicts the general store, the church, and the school at the historic site by the same name near Des Moines. This place holds such wonderful memories for me. Governor Branstad and I signed posters together for charity many years ago at the little yellow general store that appears in my new print.

Living History Farm. The print will be released at Pat's show at Kenneth Paul Gallery in Iowa, March 3-4. For more information, call the gallery, (515) 278-4378.

I've also completed a darling painting of three children in an old fashioned bathtub. The bathtub is the same one that my mother had in her house in Mill Rift, Pennsylvania, until her death in 2001. Prints of Grandma's Bath Tub will be available soon.

Grandma's Bath Tub, a soon-to-be-released print.

Monday I attended a brainstorming breakfast meeting with the Girl Scouts of the Suncoast Council. My friend Mary Wyatt went with me. I was trying to get some good ideas for a Girl Scout poster that I've been wanting to do for Girl Scouts on a national level. I've been thinking about this poster for quite awhile, but I really want to get it right.

Girl Scouts are very near and dear to my heart. I was a Girl Scout, my daughters were Girl Scouts, and some of my granddaughters are Girl Scouts. My daughter Mary is a Scout Leader, and she still has twelve of the original Brownies that she began with when my granddaughter Kate got involved. Kate is now sixteen, so these other girls are around sixteen, too. At the meeting Monday, there were women ranging from around forty to eighty! It really shows what a profound, lifelong impact scouting has on our children. Girl Scouts grow up to be caring, involved members of their communities, and I'm so proud to be able to say that I was a Girl Scout. They have sinfully good cookies, too!

The women at the meeting asked me to bring back pictures of my Italian Girl Scout, my granddaughter Sofia, in her uniform. I'll be going to Italy at the end of March for a visit with my daughter Becky and her family. Scouting is taken very seriously in Italy, and scouts are not allowed to take chocolate or Cokes on hiking trips: no junk! I really love chocolate, so that information has made quite an impression on me!

I'm really disappointed that I'll have to miss the Girl Scouts of the Suncoast Council's Women of Distinction Award Luncheon on April 4, but I'll be in Italy then. The guest speaker will be Madam Jehan Sadat, Former First Lady of Egypt! If interested in attending, please call 1-800-881-4475.

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Scouting Friends

'Til next week...


Please Note: More scouting prints (both girls and boys) can be found on the P. Buckley Moss product website. Just type the word scout in the "search" field (top navigation bar).

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