I was so inspired by the Columbus Blue Jackets team and the children
they are helping with their Hats for Heroes Program, which is dedicated
to fighting pediatric cancer. I met them at a fundraising dinner this
past Friday evening at the Fun Times Farm in New Albany, Ohio, which
is owned by the Shepherd family. What a beautiful place and what a beautiful
evening! Those big, tough professional hockey players were so wonderful
with the children—they were like big kids themselves—and
the children were amazing. I saw them facing the challenges their illness
causes them with courage and maturity and still enjoying life and being
I published two special print editions for the fundraiser and Saturday’s
show with Gallery Art Center in Columbus, Ohio. Suzi Campbell and her
fabulous family at Gallery Art Center donated ten percent of the sales
Heroes-Together We Fight and Fun
Time on the Farm to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s
Hats for Heroes Program.
Pat with the Gallery Art Center staff, from top left, clockwise:
Eileen Rumley, Pat, Mary Borlo, Jackie Campbell, and Suzi Campbell.
Together again! Pat and Mary Borlo, mother of Suzi Campbell of Gallery
Art Center, are old friends and were so happy to have the opportunity
to catch up on each other’s latest news.
I met so many generous and compassionate people during
the weekend, but one of my highlights had to be receiving my very own
Columbus Blue Jackets official team jersey, complete with my name and
the number 07 on the back!
Pat was thrilled to receive her very own Columbus Blue Jackets team
jersey, which was presented to her by #45 Jody Shelley (far right) and
his wife Mandy (far left).
Another highlight of my visit was when Brian and John
of Vinyl Hair Salon picked me up Saturday morning before Gallery Art
Center’s show and did my hair and nails! I felt so beautiful all
day and all evening. Brian and John come to see me every time I’m
in Columbus and always say they are going to do my hair one day; this
time they did and I was so glad!
Pat was whisked away to the Vinyl Hair Salon in Columbus to get
her hair and nails done before Saturday’s show at Gallery Art
Center. She got the royal treatment
Suzi, Mary, their business partner Peter Vatsures, and
their staff and volunteers had the gallery looking so nice. I was so
happy to be there and see friends old and new.
Gallery Art Center looked so nice on Saturday.
Dr. Basil Bisca and his Westie Seth came to see Pat at Saturday’s
show. Pat was so taken by Seth when they met two years ago that she
published a print edition of him titled My
West Highland Terrier.
My delightful weekend was topped off with dinner with
members of the Gallery Art Center family and good friends. I’m
so blessed to be in such wonderful company!
The Gallery Art Center Saturday Night Dinner Group.
This weekend I’ll be with my old friends Marcinda
Mers and Jill Whitt at Designer Art & Framing in Russell, Kentucky.
I have many happy memories of the Ashland area, and I’m looking
forward to returning and making more. We’ll release The Good
Ole Days, which depicts the childhood home of Naomi Judd of the
mother-daughter singing group The Judd’s. Naomi’s mother
Polly Judd still lives there and graciously gave me permission to include
her home in one of my paintings.
The Good Ole Days will be released at Designer Art & Framing’s
show August 3-4. For more information, contact the gallery at 606-833-1380.
’Til next week…