What fun it was to have my daughter Patty with me for a few days the end of last week. There was a strong storm system back home in Mathews, Virginia, Friday night that spawned a water spout (tornado that forms over open water) that came ashore and did some damage to the Bavon area of the County. Although my home is not in the Bavon area, the high winds from the storm in general peeled back a section of my metal roof. Back in 2003 when we had Hurricane Isabel, a section of the roof was peeled back on the same side of the house but on the opposite corner. No serious structural damage was done, though, other than needing to get that metal screwed back down.
Thank goodness for the plywood under the sheet metal!
Even though living so close to the Chesapeake Bay gives us lots of wild weather, there is also the privilege of being able to walk out the back door and harvest oysters fresh from the creek, which Patty did when she returned home.
Patty gathering oysters from our creek on low tide.
Another of my joys is the doves in the tree by my dining room window, one of the privileges of living in St. Petersburg, Florida. I really have the best of both worlds!
My feathered friends in St. Pete.
Fallen Heroes, my tribute to three fallen St. Petersburg, FL, police officers will be released during my show with Finn Gallery, March 9-11. The prints will be available in three sizes, and the prices will be $50, $100, and $200. Half of the proceeds from each print sold at the Finn Gallery will benefit the officers’ families via the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. For more information, please contact the gallery at 727-894-2899.
L. to R.: Me & John Sipos of CBS Radio. John interviewed Finn Gallery owner Tim and me on Monday about our show in March to benefit the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association via sales of Fallen Heroes.
The Graceful Lady features The Don CeSar Hotel, which will be released during my show with the Finn Gallery here in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 9-11. For more information, please contact the gallery at 727-894-2899.
On March 24-25, I’ll be with my friends at The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, for a show. Gallery owner Barry Watson and I will unveil my new giclée on paper, Old Mill Waterwheel, featuring the Old Mill at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. We’ll also release Brown Thrasher, which is a depiction of Georgia’s state bird.
Old Mill Waterwheel, above, and Brown Thrasher, below, will be released during my show with The Framery in Marietta, GA, March 24-25. For more information, please contact the gallery at 770-977-8667.
After The Framery’s show, I’ll head back up to Virginia, where I’ll be showing with Framecraft in Warrenton on March 31 and with King James Galleries of Winchester on April 1.
Historic Charm, featuring Brentmoor, also known as The Spilman-Mosby House, will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with Framecraft in Warrenton, VA, on March 31. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-341-0001.
Old Town Winchester Sleigh Ride will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with King James Galleries of Winchester, VA, on April 1. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-869-9025.
See you soon!
The Lady Behind the Brush to Air on Iowa Public Television
The Lady Behind the Brush, the documentary about my life that was produced by WVPT Public Television in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will air on Iowa Public Television on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. (CT). I have created a special fundraising print for them, which will be sold on television that night during the showing of the documentary. Where the Wild Rose Grows features goldfinches and wild prairie roses, which are Iowa’s state bird and state flower.
Where the Wild Rose Grows will be released by Iowa Public Television on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) during its airing of Lady Behind the Brush. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will benefit Iowa Public Television’s educational programming. For more information, contact Patty Foster at Friends of IPTV, 515-242-5403.