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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 there!

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.


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