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Dear Friends:
It’s a beautiful time to travel in Virginia and West Virginia.  My daughter Patty and I drove to Princeton, West Virginia, this past weekend for my show with Frameworks Plus, and the scenery was glorious.  We stopped by my Museum on the way Friday morning, and people are always surprised when I’m there and it’s not a Barn Show.  I’m surprised and happy when people recognize me and know my work, and I enjoy talking with them.
May 10 marks the official 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Museum, and we’re celebrating with a year-long Monthly Mystery Winner Program.  For more information on how you may be the Monthly Mystery Winner, please see my February 11, 2009, newsletter
We arrived in Princeton Friday afternoon and had dinner with gallery owners Mike and Juanita Swatts and some of their family and friends at the Fincastle Country Club.  Everyone was so warm and friendly, and I felt like I’d known them forever.  It was fun meeting the country club’s chef.  Chef Rick Tabor is a big, tall guy like my son John, who is a chef in Luray, Virginia.  Rick has traveled all over and decided that the mountains are the place for him.  He’s a wonderful chef, and people love him and his food.  He even came out and sang for us

Frameworks Plus is blessed with the most wonderful volunteers.  Top picture, L. to R.:  Bevon McDowell, Mira Clark, Sheila Whittington, me, Lisa Caldwell, Patsy Douglas, and Carrie Wyrick.  Bottom picture, L. to R.:  Jean Ewing, Angie McCall, Juanita Swatts (owner of Frameworks Plus), John Davidson, Freda Booher, me, Wanda Davidson, and Marlene Belcher (Frameworks Plus staff).  Not pictured are Brittany Bennett, Linda Cox, Kathy Hawks, Beverly Toney, H. L. White, and Jamie Kidd.

Saturday’s show was terrific.  Frameworks Plus is a lovely gallery, and I was so pleased with the different things they carry.  I wouldn’t hesitate to send people there.  They have a wonderful inventory, and their framing is outstanding.  The special show print was a triptych of West Virginia University, which is located nearby, so there were lots of WVU alumni at the show

It was a joy to meet these three sisters, all collectors, who came to the show.  L. to R.:  Brenda Woodward, Faye Lester, and Grace Glass.

Frameworks Plus donated a framed Homestead Twilight that was raffled to benefit the Princeton Public Library and the Mercer County Opportunity Industry.  Each beneficiary received $457 from the raffle proceeds.  Drawing the winning ticket, L. to R.:  Marlene Belcher, Frameworks Plus; Connie Shumate, Princeton Public Library; me; and Juanita Swatts, Frameworks Plus owner.

As many of you know, I’m a strong believer in the importance of education and have profound respect for teachers.  So, I’m very happy to announce that I’ve created a special print edition for the IOTA State Organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.  International Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary society for key women educators with chapters in every state (the IOTA state is Virginia).  For this print, I chose to show the importance of reading aloud to our children.  A Noble Profession is available now from IOTA State Delta Kappa Gamma and will be available from Moss dealers after July 19.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this print will benefit the IOTA State Organization and its programs, and I encourage those of you who are members of Delta Kappa Gamma to purchase your prints directly from Delta Kappa Gamma.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Noble Profession will benefit the IOTA State Organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

Patty and I are on our way to Hanover, Pennsylvania, for my show with Martin’s Gallery.  We really love going there.  Owners Les and Pat Martin, along with their wonderful friends, make us feel so welcome and comfortable.  They also make it such fun.

Peaceful Silence, a giclée on paper, will be released during my show with Martin’s Gallery May 8-9.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 717-632-3355.

On May 16 I’ll be in Warrenton, Virginia, for my show with Framecraft.  Gallery owners Mark and Meleana Moore chose a print subject with a very interesting history, and I had a lot of fun creating it.  Teddy’s Ride celebrates President Theodore Roosevelt’s historic ride from Washington, DC, to Warrenton to have lunch at the Warren Green Hotel on a bet that he could do so and return to Washington in one day.  He won, of course!

Teddy’s Ride will be released during my show with Framecraft in Warrenton, VA, on May 16.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-341-0001.

That’s all for now…Happy Mother's Day!

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