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,
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
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
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