My weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, started Thursday evening with visiting
a group of artists from all over the country. A friend, Gloria
Bernstein, met me at the airport and said that a friend of hers was
conducting a Creative Coach University Seminar that evening and asked
if I’d like to go. I’m so glad I said yes! We
were only going to stay a little while, but we had so much fun that
we couldn’t leave and ended up staying and having dinner with
them. Many of the ladies were familiar with my work, and it was
a joy to talk with them and a special joy to see the work they were
doing and how excited they were about it.
Look at all the smiling faces! The ladies at the seminar were
such fun to be with.
Friday was an exciting day. I had a live interview
during the noon news with Marcus MacIntosh of KCCI-TV in Des Moines,
which is the CBS affiliate. Then, it was over to Kenneth Paul
Gallery for the Grand Reopening at its new location.
My interview with Marcus MacIntosh Friday at KCCI-TV.
Gallery owner Steve Bump, his staff, and I unveiled my
new print Remembering
the Iowa State Fair. Over half the edition was sold during
the two days I was there. The State Fair is sacred in Iowa, and
everyone tries to get to the Fair at least once while it’s happening.
I’ve heard stories of people who camped for two weeks at the fairgrounds,
and there is a waiting list for camping spaces. The fairground
buildings are magnificent, and the entertainment is great, as I mentioned
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the print during the show
is being donated by the gallery to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation,
which was established by the Fair Board in 1993 to conduct a major capital
campaign for the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State
Fairgrounds. The Iowa State Fairgrounds is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, and the Fair has gained international fame
through the years. It plays a vital role in Iowa’s economy
while upholding the link between Iowa’s work ethic, achievement,
Des Moines is a wonderful city to host the Fair. Unbelievably,
you can find some of the best seafood in America in Des Moines (and
in Story City, Iowa, too).
What a treat! Summerset Winery in Indianola, IA, provided
the wine for the reception. Back row, L. to R.: Steve Bump,
owner of Kenneth Paul Gallery, and Ron Mark, owner of Summerset Winery.
Front row, L. to R.: Steve’s wife JoAnn, me, and Ron’s
wife Linda. Ron began his winery career in Italy, so we had a
lot to talk about!
I was so honored to receive a Certificate of Recognition
proclaiming me an Honorary Iowan from Governor Chester Culver.
It was presented to me during the Grand Reopening Reception by Iowa’s
First Lady Mari Culver. The Certificate mentions the projects,
schools, and charity organizations that have benefited from donations
of my art for fundraising purposes. Please know that I am well
aware that these fundraising events have been so very successful because
of the efforts and involvement of members of the P.
Buckley Moss Society at large and members of the local Society chapters
as well as individual collectors. I am frequently honored with
awards, and I accept them on behalf of all of us who work to help make
better the lives of others.
Iowa’s First Lady Mari Culver, right, presented me with a
Certificate of Recognition, making me an Honorary Iowan. An honor,
Saturday was another full day, starting with breakfast
with the Central Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
It has become a tradition to have breakfast together every time I come
to town for a show and one that I look forward to very much. Many
chapter members volunteer to help with the show, and they are just wonderful.
I also want to thank Karen Baumunk who runs the gallery for Steve.
Karen loves her job and really went all out to get the show ready.
Members of the Central Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society
came to have breakfast with me at the hotel before the show Saturday
morning. We had lots of good laughs. What a great way to
start the day!
After breakfast, I had an appointment to meet a lovely
young lady named Sera Seely. Sera has autism and has been blessed
with artistic ability. I always say that, as in the case with
dyslexia, when a person is given such a challenge in life, the Lord
makes up for it by giving that person a special gift to help balance
it out. Sera is also very courageous, choosing to attend a regular
school instead of one for special needs children. It must be very
hard to attend a school where not everyone understands. She came
to meet me and to talk about overcoming challenges and believing in
oneself. She’s a wonderful girl, and I wish her well.
I hope to see some of her work the next time I’m at Kenneth Paul.
I was delighted to meet Sera Seely, who is graduating from high
school this year. Congratulations, Sera!
This weekend I’ll be in Waynesboro, Virginia, for
my Barn Show and
Museum Open House. Everything will be in bloom, and it will
be just beautiful in the Valley. I can hardly wait.
Valley Mill will be released during my April Barn Show and Museum
Open House, April 24-26. For more information, please contact
the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
Next weekend I’ll be in Princeton, West Virginia,
for my show with my friends at Frameworks Plus on Saturday, May 2.
I’m excited about the new print that we’ll release during
the show. West Virginia University features the Milan
Puskar Football Stadium, Woodburn Hall, and the Coliseum.
West Virginia University will be released during my show with Frameworks
Plus in Princeton, WV, on Saturday, May 2. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 304-327-7111.
Well, I’m off to the Valley!