What a weekend! While I was showing with M & J Art and Frame Gallery
in Ottumwa, Iowa, my granddaughters Kate and Sarah Donnelly were keeping
themselves and their mother Mary busy with their prom and after-prom
party. It was Mother’s Day weekend, too! After staying up all
night with the girls, Mary slept on Mother’s Day.
Kate (left) and Sarah in their prom dresses. Not pictured are their
respective escorts, Will Price and Josh Rigney.
Pat’s Mother’s Day gift, a priceless picture from her
grandchildren’s day at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Mary recently attended her 25th class reunion of the MCV/VCU
(Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University) School
of Nursing. At one of the reunion luncheons where fundraising was discussed,
it was announced that my donation of The Nurses Parade prints resulted
in $100,400.00 for the school and is one of the School of Nursing’s
top five all time donations. Nursing is a wonderful, honorable profession
and one for which there is high demand in the job market. I’m
very happy that I was able to help the school through my art.
Gallery owners Bill and Chris Abigt and their excellent staff really
pulled out all the stops to make the weekend successful and fun for
everyone. Their warmth and friendliness made the show and the weekend’s
fundraising events a joy, and their framing was outstanding, too. A
special thanks to all the wonderful Moss Heaven P.
Buckley Moss Society Chapter members who volunteered to help out
with the show and the fundraising events! You were all fantastic!
Pat and friends at M&J Gallery, back row (left to right): Jessie
Greiner, LeeAnn Kjer, Pag and Tom Lazio (with American Home Finding),
Pat, Dizzy the Clown (AKA Desi Payne), and gallery owners Bill and Chris
Abigt. Front row (left to right): Karissa Abigt, Anne Arduser, Jeni
Harter, Jessie Wickencamp, Anna Strube.
Ottumwa’s Race for the Cure was held this past weekend,
and I was honored to be their Grand Marshall and participate in their
1-mile walk with great people who are really doing their best for research.
Later in the day there was a parade of survivors, and we all compared
how many years we’ve survived. For those of you who don’t
already know, I’m a twenty-year-plus breast cancer survivor. I
also attended a fundraising dinner for Race for the Cure at Ottumwa
Regional Health Center during the weekend.
Pat with members of the Moss Heaven Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss
Society getting ready to take part in the Race for the Cure's 1-Mile
Other charities which also benefited from the show were
Dizzy the Clown, American Home Finding, Keoku County Hospice, and Moss
Heaven’s Children’s Fund. By the way, Moss Heaven Chapter
had great success selling their cookbook at the show. I must have signed
hundreds of them! I’m very pleased for them and their charity,
but I must confess that my hands and arms ached and ached afterward
from handling so many of them. I’m afraid that I will have to
decline signing cookbooks at future shows. I’m so sorry to have
to disappoint people who would like me to sign the cookbooks, but I
hope everyone can understand that I need to save my hands and wrists
Around, Pat's print that features Dizzy the Clown.
The finale of the weekend was a special treat for me,
a dinner with Moss Heaven Chapter held at the home and garden of member
Tony Yencsik and his friend Jim Gerrens. Their home was so beautiful
and comfortable, and the garden was breathtaking! The dinner was also
an early, surprise birthday party for me, and I truly appreciate everyone’s
thoughtfulness. A big thank you to everyone!
Pat with the Moss Heaven Chapter at the home of Tony Yenkcsik and
This weekend I’m “on the road again!”—This
time, to Northern Virginia. Thursday afternoon and evening I’ll
be with my long-time, good friends Margaret Moser and her son Michael
in Fairfax at The Moser Gallery. Friday and Saturday I’ll be with
another old and dear friend Shirley Medlin in Leesburg at Medlin Art,
Ltd. Sunday I’ll be with yet more special friends Tim and Marlene
McManus at The Frame Up in Occoquan.
I’ve created two special prints for release this weekend,
Cherry Blossom Spring and King Street, Leesburg, Virginia.
Cherry Blossom Spring features the Jefferson Memorial and some
of the blossoms from the 3,000 cherry trees that were a gift from the
city of Tokyo, Japan, to the people of Washington, DC, in 1912. King
Street, Leesburg, Virginia, pays homage to the historic city’s
joy of life and commerce.
Cherry Blossom Spring
King Street, Leesburg, Virginia, to be released at Medlin Fine Art,
’Til next week…
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