It's been hot here in St. Petersburg, Florida, but I've heard that
it's hot pretty much everywhere. Members of my staff in Mathews, Virginia,
have told me that daily temperatures have been hovering around 100 degrees,
with a heat index of around 110. The heat index is a measurement of
how the humidity level makes the temperature feel even hotter. It's
similar to a wind chill factor but for heat instead of cold. I take
my walks in the morning and in the evening and stay inside during the
heat of the day.
I'm very happy to report that so far the St. Petersburg beaches are
clear of tar balls and oil. My youngest son Chris and his family are
here and take daily excursions to the beaches and the area attractions,
and they've reported that everything is still clean and beautiful. They've
collected shells at Sanibel and visited both the John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art in Sarasota and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete.
It's been so nice having them here and seeing how much my granddaughters
Kristina, Diana, and Amanda have grown.
Collection, presented by the Morean Arts Center, is opening up right
across the street from my house and the Finn Gallery. The grand opening
is July 11, and I'm looking forward to it very much. The Chihuly Collection
features the stunning work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
The building at 400 Beach Drive which houses The Chihuly Collection
was designed specifically for that purpose, and the big glass pieces
outside the building have generated a lot of interest. Tim is excited
about all the new people who have been coming in his gallery.
In last week's newsletter
I talked about the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Annual Summer Art Enrichment
Program. This week I have pictures to share from last Friday's art exhibit.
It's such fun to see how many different ways a group of children can
interpret the same subject.
L. to R: Leslie Allen and Sharon Morris, art teachers for the Summer
Art Enrichment Program, are standing in front of the children's interpretation
Cats at Friday night's exhibition of the children's artwork.
P. Buckley Moss
Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri, in the white pants
and blue shirt, with guests at the children's exhibit.
Tune in next week for pictures of some of my newest paintings.
Update on National AMBUCS™, Inc., Online Fundraising
I would like to thank everyone who supported National
AMBUCS™, Inc., in its online fundraising efforts via PepsiCo's
Refresh Everything program. AMBUCS™, Inc., supplies therapeutic
trykes for children and adults with mobility issues. They have won a
$50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant, which will enable them to purchase 100
trykes and fulfill 25% of their National Wish List. Congratulations!