My daughter Ginny and her children Picco and Chiara, along with my daughter Mary’s daughter Sarah, visited my old stomping grounds on Staten Island and in New York City. My son Chris and his three daughters, who live in New York, gave them the grand tour.
At the port before taking the Staten Island Ferry, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, L. to R.: Chris’ daughters Kristina and Diana, Mary’s daughter Sarah, Chris’ daughter Amanda, and Ginny’s children Chiara and Picco.
This is the Staten Island Ferry, which I took to get to both the Washington Irving High School and The Cooper Union. I had a fifteen-minute walk from my house to the train station, a half-hour train ride, a walk to the ferry, another half-hour ride on the ferry, a walk to the subway, and about another 10-15 minute walk to school. The two schools were within 5-10 blocks of one another. I did that for eight years!
The kids at Times Square.
They also enjoyed a visit to Fire Island, which has no cars. Can you believe it!
This week, Sarah’s brother Sean and several of his friends came all the way from Radford to Mathews to visit before heading to Virginia Beach for a concert. It was fun having teenagers again…for a day!
My daughter Becky, who lives in Cortona, Italy, posted this beautiful picture of sunflowers on Facebook. This is the season for them, and the valley below our house in Cortona is full of them. I can’t wait until I go back for a visit at the middle of August.
I’ve been painting up a storm in my studio, and we’ll soon be ready to release three new prints of New Point Comfort Lighthouse, located here in Mathews, showing three different moods of the Bay. By the way, my daughter Patty and her friend Mary put out crab pots, and we had the best steamed crab dinner the other night!
New Point Calm
New Point Comfort
New Point Light
I have been promising a new General’s Row print for a few years, and I’m excited to say that a new one will be released during my show with Ginger’s Hang-Up in Omaha, Nebraska, October 14-15. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Generals at General’s Row features the officers’ housing at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE. It will be released during my October 14-15 show with Ginger’s Hang-Up in Omaha. For more information, please contact the gallery at 402-391-6440.
I’d like to share this lovely letter and picture that were sent to Society Chapter Chairperson Shirley Collins after our Summer Celebration weekend.
“Here are the pictures of Keeley, Laura, and Hannah. Laura’s eyes were closed on one! Sorry! We just want to thank you for a wonderful weekend. Your kindness and generosity were a blessing to our family. Thank you for lunch and going out of your way to make this trip a wonderful memory for our family. It is so nice to know the businesses you support have such a beautiful spirit in all the individual people. Thank you once again, and we will be back soon! We look forward to our next visit and the girls are already talking about it! We truly appreciate all you have done and look forward to seeing you again!
“In His Love & by His Grace,
Keeley, Laura, Hannah, and Barbara McNamara with me at the Museum during the Summer Celebration