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Shhhh! I’m not supposed to say anything, but Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. In addition to being the home of the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie and the College World Series, Nebraska is also the birthplace of actors Marlon Brando (Omaha) and Henry Fonda (Grand Island).

Pat and Robin Johnson, of Ginger's Hang-Up, outside a restored grand theatre of performing arts for children, The Rose Theatre, in Omaha, Nebraska.

While I was in Omaha this past weekend for Ginger’s Hang-Up’s show, I was treated to a private tour of St. Cecelia’s Cathedral. It was so beautiful, and I was particularly thrilled to see the cathedral’s permanent art collection. Another place I greatly admired is Omaha’s restored grand theatre of performing arts for children, The Rose Theatre. It is absolutely wonderful! The whole outside is made of pink marble. Omaha is really a town that supports The Arts and has a deep respect for history.

Pat takes a private tour of St. Cecelia's Cathedral.

I had so much fun at this weekend’s show! Of course, I have many people to thank for that. Gallery owner Jeff Bosiljevac and his team of staff and friends have such a warm, friendly way with people. I could tell that they truly care about one another and also their collectors. They are like a family, and it makes all the difference in the world. Thank you so much, Jeff and friends, for making me feel like part of your family!

Jeff Bosiljevac of Ginger's Hang-Up and Pat present Michael Smith, Executive Director of The Nebraska State Historical Society, with the framed print Nebraska Prairie. All the buildings depicted in Nebraska Prairie are listed as part of the NSHS preserved landmarks.

I was delighted to see so many wives from nearby Offutt Air Force Base during the show. Offutt is the home of Generals’ Row, lovely brick houses predating 1900, which serve as quarters for high-ranking generals. In 1991 I published a print edition titled General’s Row and in 2002, Gazebo at General’s Row. The lovely ladies from Offutt were all asking if I would consider creating another print edition of the historic brick houses, so keep an eye out…maybe next year!

Last week I showed you a picture of the beginning of my painting for the large convention print that I’m creating for the Williamsburg Convention this September. This week, it’s a little further along. For those of you who missed last week’s newsletter, this painting honors a graceful, historic antebellum plantation house and tidal mill located in Mathews, Virginia, just down the road from The Moss Portfolio. Oh, here’s a bit of trivia I didn’t share in last week’s newsletter: Poplar Grove was once owned by the late Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono!

A Work in Progress: the Williamsburg convention print.

Well, this is my last week in St. Petersburg, Florida, before heading back to Virginia for my July Barn Show and Museum Open House. I hope everyone has a fabulous 4th of July holiday next Tuesday! Please take a moment to remember the true significance of this special day and say a prayer for our troops, who fight to defend the ideals of this country, which was founded 230 years ago.


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