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
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
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
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
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!