My Barn Show and
Museum Open House was such fun! Our parking lot was full of cars
with license plates from all over the country: North, South, East Coast,
West Coast, Florida, New England, and many points in between. It was
so interesting to meet people I've never seen before who collect my
Before I started signing for collectors at The Barn Saturday morning,
I went over to Fishersville to the Daylily and Wine Festival at the
André Viette Farm and Nursery for a little while. I had no idea
I knew so many people in the area! It was so friendly and warm being
there, and I'm looking forward to next year. My favorite vendor sold
homemade biscotti that was divine!
A few issues ago, I promised to share pictures of some of my Italy-inspired
paintings. The two paintings below will be offered as giclées
in the very near future.
This is Le Celle, St. Francis' 13th century monastery just outside
This is a vineyard between Cortona and Montepulciano.
'Til next week...
I thought you may be interested in this letter I received from Doug
Ball, who serves on the Board of Directors of the
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. Doug was at
Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, last month and told me about
his then up-coming vacation to Nicaragua. I asked him to please write
and tell me all about it. I'm so proud of the caring among our Board
members. This is what Doug was doing on his vacation!
July 15, 2010
Thank you for sending me the thoughtful letter-I haven't received
or written an honest-to-God letter for quite a while-in this age of
instant electronic communication it's nice to get a letter. So I thought
I'd sit down & write one back to you.
Mainly I want to tell you how much I enjoyed Williamsburg-I have
a feeling wherever you are there is also music, dancing, laughter, fun
and art. I don't get enough of these so I'll remember the Jimmy Buffet
party in my small collection of memorable social occasions amongst lively
folks like you and the Moss revelers.
I also wanted to tell you how memorable my trip to Nicaragua was-I've
only been home a few days and I'm longing to go back. It was like being
in a beautiful and strange dream-which is why I loved it so much-it
suited my disposition perfectly.
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Americas, but I found
it to be the richest I've ever visited. It is undeveloped, which means
it is still unspoiled by resort over development (like the world of
tourism in Costa Rica). It is a poor, poor country but it is also green.
Managua is a green city. Lakes, active volcanoes, heavenly trees, brahmin
cattle in the roads, tropical song birds, stray dogs, heroic statues
honoring heroes and mothers and martyrs, banana and sugar cane plantations,
mountains, rain, lava fields, blackbirds with long gold tail feathers,
nests that hang like woven socks high in the palm trees. Beaches with
brown shells, red shells and endless high waves. Everywhere memories
of their revolution when the people overthrew a dictator, then the first
thing the Sandinistas did was launch a war against illiteracy-I was
fortunate enough to be able to see an exhibit devoted to that Literacy
Crusade, which was unique in the history of education for illiterate
people (who were intentionally kept uneducated). I could write volumes
about the miracles of this inspirational campaign to teach people to
read and raise their consciousness so they could participate in the
"new day" after the revolution. Progress in Central America
is hardly linear however. After the hope of a new dawn for the people
of Nicaragua after the revolutionary struggle that cost too much in
suffering & sacrifice-change has been slow & often more regressive
than progressive. People earn $2.00 a day-2 million children do not
have access to education. I visited a school in Managua that had no
electricity, plumbing, or sufficient school supplies-Oddly enough the
government spends more on higher education than on primary education.
Students do not have to pay to go to college there. Bravo!
There is no sex education in the schools-so teenage pregnancy rates
are very high as is the incidence of AIDS. We visited a grass roots
program that uses the arts to educate people about health issues-we
met members of a street theatre (young people) who create and perform
clown plays for poor communities. Their plays use humor to entertain
and bring attention to issues such as abstinence, domestic violence,
and drug and alcohol abuse. The young performers themselves are victims
of domestic violence. They need sound equipment for [their] shows-so
I hope they will apply for a grant from the Moss Foundation.
The arts, crafts, music, and folk traditions are very lively there
as you can imagine. People embrace art-I met a wealthy family who had
to flee during the revolution but have unreserved love for the cherished
art songs of the revolution that are still popular and performed. I
also saw some beautiful paintings and sculpture (contemporary art) and
found a book on art from 1948 to 1990-I think you'd like these paintings-mysterious,
dark dreams, strange like Nicaragua.
Basta for now,