What a beautiful Barn Show weekend we had! It rained just enough Saturday
to make everything fresh and clean, but the sun was out the rest of
the time. Everything was in bloom—the azaleas, the red bud, the
cherry blossoms, the dogwood—and Mother Nature was in her glory!
Bill and Iris McCarthy brought me their breathtaking roses, and Floyd
Boothe brought me a wonderful bouquet of lily of the valley. I kept
both bouquets by my side while I signed. I was surrounded by flowers,
both at my table and through the window behind me. The Lord gave us
a delightful weekend!
Surrounded by flowers outside and inside, Pat signs a print for
Karen Morris at the Barn this past weekend.
I was very honored this weekend to receive a plaque from
the Shriners in recognition of the
Museum’s contributions over the years to their 100 Million
Dollar Club. The Shriners is a very special organization, and the members
do such wonderful work on behalf of children. I’m very grateful
to be able to help them through donations of my art for their fundraising
Christopher Sheap, M.D., President of the Valley Shrine Club, presents
Pat with a plaque in recognition of the contributions of Pat's art made
to the 100 Million Dollar Club. Funds raised through Pat's art have
been donated to the Shriner's Children's Hospital Program.
I’m very excited about a meeting I had Thursday
afternoon with playwright Greg Johnson. Greg is writing a play about
my life and art for The Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West
Virginia. Tentatively titled Thursday’s Child, the project
is in early development and still many months from reality, but it will
focus on my youth and early years as an artist and my work with learning
different children. Thursday’s Child will have its premiere
in Lewisburg and then will be available for other theatres to perform.
The staging will include large screen projections of some my best-known
work, interspersed with episodes from my life. The Greenbrier Valley
Theatre is West Virginia’s only year-round professional theatre
company, and its artistic director, Cathey Sawyer, recently received
an award from West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin for her excellence
as a director and actress. I can hardly wait to see it!
My granddaughter Chiara received an award of her own this Sunday when
her soccer coach gave her the game ball after a travel soccer game for
“never giving up.” She plays offense and was very determined
during the game, even scoring on a cross over! Her coach doesn’t
give game balls lightly, only to those who really earn it. He tells
recipients to sleep with the ball for good luck, and Chiara did just
that. Congratulations, Chiara!
A weekend for awards: Chiara and the Game Ball she earned for "never
giving up" in a recent soccer game.
Chiara also performed in her school play, which was a
production of Annie. The director was fantastic, and the kids
weren’t nervous at all. I could tell that they were really enjoying
themselves and having fun, making the play a joy for performers and
Pat will be appearing at Thames Fine Arts and Framing, in Frederick,
Maryland, April 28-29, where the print Historic Court Square, Fredericktowne
will be released. For more information, call Jon Thames, (301) 663-0707.
This coming weekend I’ll be showing at Thames Fine
Arts and Framing in Frederick, Maryland. I’m looking forward to
being with Jon, Molly, and their wonderful collectors again. We’ll
be releasing a special print at the show titled Historic Court Square,
Fredericktowne, which I think will be a hit.
See you soon!