I’ll be leaving St. Petersburg, Florida, the end
of this week and driving up to Virginia. Next weekend is my summer Open
House at my Museum
and Barn in Waynesboro, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone
again after my month-long break from showing. As most of you know, I’ve
been spending most of my time painting. While I’ve enjoyed the
time in my studio and the chance to rest, my batteries are now recharged
and I’m raring to go!
I’ll have many opportunities to visit with my extended
family this summer and fall. I’ll be attending many gallery
shows around the country, and I hope to see you there, too!
I’ve been previewing many of the paintings I’ve
been working on for show prints in my weekly newsletters, and this week
is no exception. This week I’ve completed a painting for my show
with Woodland Gallery in Davenport, Iowa, that will be held August 5-6
as well as a painting for Kenneth Paul Gallery’s Show Without
Moss that will be held in Urbandale, Iowa, September 30-October 2.
St. Ambrose University will be released at a show at Woodland Gallery,
Pat has completed Our Neighborhood for release at the Kenneth
Paul Gallery show, September 30-October 2.
Not only has my Museum been busy getting ready for the
“Barn Show,” but it has also hosted a two-week preschool
project sponsored by the P. Buckley
Moss Society and implemented by the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Two groups
of children, one group last week and one group this week, participated
in the daily activities from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The theme for this summer’s program is “My
Friends and Me.” Teachers Amy Howard, Leslie Allen, and Lance
Allen are using art and music to teach the children about our friends
on other continents and in other cultures, such as South America, Asia,
the Middle East, and other places. The children are learning how these
people live, talk, wear clothes, and even make music differently than
we do. The children are also learning how to meet new friends, to treat
each other nicely, and to work in teams.
Amy Howard helps the children cut designs that they might see on
artwork from India. Their designs are then printed using a brayer and
I’m so proud of this wonderful program! It is teaching
tolerance and acceptance of others and helping the young ones to understand
that even though people may seem outwardly different, we are still pretty
much the same on the inside. This is a valuable lesson that adults,
not only children, need to learn in this time of global distrust.
Dell Philpott and Lance Allen dance with the children participating
in the "My Friends and Me" program at the Museum.
That’s all for now…I have to go pack the van
for my journey home. Have a happy and safe Independence Day, and take
time to remember our troops!