What a fun-filled, busy weekend my daughter Patty and I had in Northern
Virginia! We spent Thursday afternoon and evening with my dear friends
Margaret and Michael Moser at The Moser Gallery in Fairfax. Margaret
and her son Michael are among my oldest dealers, and it was a joy to
spend the evening with them and their collectors. It was like a homecoming.
Pat with Michael Moser, owner of Moser Gallery, Fairfax, Virginia.
After Moser Gallery’s show in Fairfax, it was off
to Leesburg for a two-day show with Medlin Art, Ltd. Shirley Medlin
is another of my oldest dealers and also a dear friend.
Margaret and John Jones are the proud owners of Pat's watercolor
King Street, Leesburg, Virginia, pictured here with Pat and Shirley
Medlin, owner of Medlin Art, Ltd.
Shirley arranged for me to pay a visit to Lincoln Elementary
School before her show started Friday, and the kids and I had a good
time talking and drawing. I told them about my life and how I grew up
with a learning difference, and I explained how important it is not
to treat someone who is different badly. I told them that everyone has
something that they can do very well; they just need to find that something
and develop it. It was neat seeing their expressions as I told them
about all the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen, and
the people I’ve met. I explained that I’m living proof that
someone with a learning difference can be successful.
Pat talked to the children of Lincoln Elementary School, Leesburg,
Virginia, about her experiences growing up with a learning difference.
After Friday evening’s show, I was treated to a
surprise birthday dinner. Oh, boy, was it a surprise! I had been having
such a good time talking with everyone that I completely forgot it was
my birthday until the cake arrived.
I’ve received lots and lots of birthday cards, gifts, and e-mails.
I want to respond with a proper thank-you to each and every one; but,
if I miss someone, please know that I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Sunday was a gloriously beautiful day spent on the wrap-around porch
of the The Frame Up in Occoquan. Marlene and Tim McManus have been representing
my work for even longer than Moser and Medlin, and it was wonderful
to spend such a lovely day with lovely friends.
Pat was delighted to meet up with an old friend of hers, Michael
Cole, and his mother Joan (right) and sister Heather Ganley.
I’m excited to show you a new print I’ve
recently released. Watermen’s Museum depicts its namesake
located on the shore of the York River in historic Yorktown, Virginia.
Yorktown makes up part of Virginia’s “historic triangle”—Yorktown,
Williamsburg, and Jamestown. The Watermen’s Museum is dedicated
to preserving the history of Virginia’s working watermen and their
families who for generations have harvested the rivers and tributaries
of the Chesapeake Bay for its abundant seafood year round.
Watermen's Museum is available from Moss dealers and the Watermen's
Museum in Yorktown, Virginia. $5 from the sale of each print will be
donated to the museum.
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and I hope everyone
will take a moment to remember our troops, both past and present. Without
them, we would not have the freedoms we so often take for granted.
I’ll be spending the weekend with Kay and Darrell
Weddle at The Framer’s Daughter in Galax, Virginia. Like my friends
in Northern Virginia, the folks at The Framer’s Daughter are among
my longest-standing dealers. I’m very much looking forward to
being with them as they participate in Galax’s first Steiff Bear
Festival. I’ve created a special print for the festival titled
Steiff on the Mountain, which is full of symbolism that represents
both the geography and the traditions of the area. I hope to see you
Steiff on the Mountain, to be released during Pat's visit to the
Steiff Bear Festival in Galax, Virginia, on May 27th. For more information
call The Framer's Daughter (276) 236-4920.