I returned to Virginia from my trip to the Atlanta area just in time for yet more snow! I hope this will be the last snow storm, at least until December!
We had a great time in Georgia. I owe many, many thanks to my friend Joy Llewallyn for setting up the Beluga and Friends Encounter at the Georgia Aquarium for us. In the end, I opted not to get in the water after I was told that it was cold. However, my girls really enjoyed swimming with the Beluga whales, and I was delighted to watch them having such fun.
L. to R.: daughters Becky & Mary and granddaughters Sarah & Kate donned wetsuits provided by the Georgia Aquarium for their Beluga and Friends Encounter.
Becky with one of the whales.
It was wonderful seeing my Georgia friends! The Mossaphile Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society sold raffle tickets during both days of my show with The Framery in Marietta. They also helped with the show. Gallery owners Barry and Pam Watson and their family, along with the Mossaphiles, made me and my family feel like we were at home, as always. We all enjoyed one another and the collectors who came to the show.
The Framery “family.”
I pulled the two winning raffle tickets. Mel Abramovitz won the Evening Sky print that had been donated by an anonymous person to raffle for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Mel and his wife Suzanne are dear friends who invite me to stay with them whenever I’m in town for shows. The winner of the Atlanta poster was Lindsay Svetlay, immediate past president of the Mossaphile Chapter. Lindsay is handing over the reins to Toni Jernigan, whom I know will also do an excellent job. The Chapter presented me with a check for $1,000 for the Foundation. I am most grateful to the donors and the Chapter for their generosity!
With my friends Suzanne & Mel Abramovitz, holding last year’s show print Spring in Piedmont Park.
L. to R.: Me, Jeannine McNeill, Pat Ryan, and Joanne Moore. I was excited to see my friend Jeannine McNeill, who came to the show all the way from North Carolina with her friends. Jeannine and another friend, Linda Gorman, have made two quilts for the Foundation featuring my painted centerpieces. Jeannine and Linda are eager to start a third one!
On the drive back to Virginia, we stopped by the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, which is near Bakersville, Georgia. What a wonderful place! Becky’s friend Florence Hardymon is on the school’s Board of Directors, and she gave us a tour. Penland is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center. I really envy their etching studio, which is clean and neat, and the light is fantastic. It is truly marvelous. Becky hopes to teach at Penland one day.
The main buildings at Penland.
This Saturday, March 29, I’ll be in historic Winchester, Virginia, for my show with King James Galleries of Winchester. I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in the upper portion of The Valley, including members of the Society’s Daughter of the Stars Chapter. My daughter Becky is over from Italy and will come with me to the show. It’s so nice to have her here and go to shows with me.
Gallery manager Marian Sempeles and I will release Riding by Strasburg’s Old Mill (left) and Spring at the Spengler Mill (right) during my show with King James Galleries of Winchester (Va.) on March 29. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-869-9025.
Pray for spring-like weather!