My heart is aching for the people of Japan as they deal with not one but three monumental disasters. I have such wonderful memories of my visits to Japan years ago—the places I saw and the lovely people I met. Everyone was so kind and polite. My thoughts and prayers are with them and all those who have gone to their aid. Nature is powerful; and, we should all count our blessings, for we never know what may be in store for us.
Here’s another picture from my daughter Mary Donnelly, still touring parts of Asia with her friend Cheryl Newman. Don’t worry; they haven’t been in any danger from the disaster in Japan, thank God! In this picture, they are posing in front of the Statue of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, which is near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
Finn Gallery’s weekend show and Friday night fundraiser for Big Cat Rescue were fun and successful. It was great to see so many people come out to support the big cats.
L. to R.: Suzanne Lucas; Dick Binnig; Bonnie-Lou Binnig, holding framed Poised Felines; me; Jeff Kremer, Director of Donor Appreciation for Big Cat Rescue; and Joanna and Charles Gaudreau, holding framed Gaze of the Greater Cats. Just a few of the supporters who came out to raise money for Big Cat Rescue. Bonnie-Lou Binnig and the Gaudreau’s are holding their prizes from the auction. The framed giclées were part of package prizes that each included dinner-for-four at Moon Under Water.
It was such fun to meet Tom and Cindy Ferrara, pictured with me above. Tom and Cindy are new collectors of my art and purchased this framed Reflections of Fall during the show.
After the show Sunday, the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society met at my house, and we had our traditional potluck Irish dinner in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (a little early). The Irish half of me got its “fix” of corned beef and cabbage!
Another group of art lovers! L. to R.: Delaine Bowe, Jeanne Welch, me, Mary Wood, Nancy Windingland, and Nicki Hudson.
My granddaughter Kate Donnelly is on spring break, and she and some of her sorority sisters are on a cruise in the Caribbean. Kate and three of her friends spent Saturday and Sunday night with me, and I took them to the ship Monday morning. There are nine of them going altogether, and one of the stops on the cruise is Cozumel, Mexico. They were all very excited and laughed and giggled the whole time they were with me. My grandson Picco Gabellieri had spent his spring break at home in Virginia and flew back down Sunday to go back to college in Sarasota. I picked him up from the airport, and we all went to a Thai restaurant together. It was good to be around their energy and enthusiasm.
Kate, standing beside me, and three of her sorority sisters in St. Pete before going on their spring break cruise. The girls were a total delight, and it was wonderful to have four girls in the house again.
On a sad note, my dear friend Ruth Donn passed away Saturday morning. Ruth’s late husband Ray was a past member of the Society’s board of directors, and I’ve had such fun with them over the years at shows and on Society trips. Ruth was able to go with us girls here in Florida for one last outing before she passed, and everyone enjoyed the day. Ruth and Ray’s son Alan looked after Ruth and loved to see her have a good time. They were a wonderful family.
My next show will be with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, March 26-27, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing all my Atlanta area friends, including members of the Society’s Mossaphile Chapter. My daughter Patty is coming down right before the show to help pack the van and drive up to Virginia via Marietta. I’ll get to follow the arrival of spring (and the pollen) from one place to another.
Spring on the Square will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with The Framery in Marietta, GA, March 26-27. For more information, please call the gallery at 770-977-8667.
I was delighted to see my friend Molly Finneran again this past weekend at Finn Gallery’s show. I first met Molly and her parents at a show in Wadsworth, Ohio, in 1993, which is when the first picture below was taken. The special show print was The Camp, and a portion of the proceeds benefitted Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes. Molly was diagnosed with the disease in 1990 and had attended the camp. She and her parents came to see me again this past September at Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, Ohio, and we reenacted the picture from 1993.
Molly will soon graduate from pharmacy school and hopes to be a diabetes educator and help other people manage their illness. Molly says that Camp Ho Mita Koda was such a positive influence in her life and credits her experience there with giving her the tools and information she needed to successfully live with Type 1 diabetes.
The Finneran’s and me in 1993 and again in 2010 with my print The Camp, which benefited Camp Ho Mita Koda. L. to R.: Dr. Matthew Finneran, Janet Finneran, their daughter Molly, and me.