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Dear Friends:
It’s my last week in Cortona, Italy; and, although I wish I could stay longer, I love being in Virginia, too.  I’ll arrive just in time for my show with The Framer’s Daughter in Galax, Virginia, June 13-14.  Galax is the home of the Blue Ridge Music Center as well as the Rex Theater and Old Fiddler’s Convention and part of the “The Crooked Road-Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail”.
The Crooked Road is Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, a driving route through the Appalachian Mountains from the Blue Ridge to the Coalfields Region, following U.S. Route 58.  The trail connects major heritage music venues in the region such as the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, the Country Cabin in Norton, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, and the Blue Ridge Institute in Ferrum, in addition to the venues in Galax.

This poster, The Crooked Road-Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, will be released during The Framer’s Daughter’s show this weekend in Galax, Virginia.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 276-236-4920.

The traditional gospel, bluegrass, and mountain music heard today was passed down from the generations and lives on through a wealth of musicians and instrument makers along the trail.  Annual festivals, weekly concerts, live radio shows, and informal jam sessions abound throughout the region.  A variety of handcrafted woodwork, weaving, and pottery can be found in country stores and small workshops.  I’ll be in my element this weekend!

Mountain Harmony-Along the Crooked Road will also be released this weekend during The Framer’s Daughter’s show.  The band members in the print are based on actual people, and there’s a good chance they’ll be at the show this weekend.  So, come to Galax and meet the boys!

This past week I attended my granddaughter Michela Ghezzi’s piano recital.  I was so proud to hear her play!  The recital was held in a wonderful building that used to be a greenhouse for lemon and orange trees.  The name of it is even neat and sounds a little like “lemonade.”  It’s called the Limonaia and is located at the Melone, which is a hotel, restaurant, and resort.

Look at how focused she is!

My granddaughter Kate Donnelly graduated from Radford High School last year and just finished her first year studying art at the University of Georgia.  Her graduation-from-high-school present was this trip to Italy, which she claimed when she found out I was going.  I’m pretty sure she’s enjoyed her trip, based on the pictures below.

Kate leaping for joy in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy.  The Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares and the principal public space of Siena.  It is where the famous Palio horse race is held in July and August.

Kate and me in front of the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, a campanile or bell tower, in Siena.  The Palazzo Pubblico was originally a palace to house the republican government in Siena but is now the Town Hall and houses the frescoes collectively known as Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government, by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

When in Cortona, we do our “exotic” shopping in Camucia, which has the most wonderful marketplace with beautiful fruit, vegetables, and flowers.  I couldn’t resist the bougainvillea and blue jasmine!

Check out my daughter Becky’s and my cool new Italian shades!

It hasn’t been all play here in Italy.  I’ve worked, too.

I plan to release this etching of the olive tree in my garden in two states; this black and white one and one that will have aquatint.

This is a sketch I did of the steps leading to my garden.

I’ve had a grand time in Cortona embracing my Italian heritage, and now I’ll return to Virginia to help celebrate the Commonwealth’s country music heritage.

My thoughts and prayers go out to my friends in the Midwest as they cope with the terrible storms, with their flooding and tornadoes.  I am especially saddened by the tragedy at the Boy Scout camp in Iowa and ask you to join me in prayer for the survivors and the families of the victims.

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