I flew into Huntington, West Virginia, for Designer Art & Framing’s
show in Russell, Kentucky, last Friday, and flying down through those
mountains was such a thrill. The mountains are so pretty, and I think
I want to drive out the next time I go there so that I can really appreciate
the scenery more. It truly is gorgeous country.
I was picked up from the airport by Ben Millard, who also provided me
with the reference material for the special show print The Good
Ole Days. Ben showed me around the best parts of Huntington—what
beautiful homes! He also drove me past Polly Judd’s home in Ashland,
Kentucky, which is featured in The Good Ole Days. Polly is
Naomi Judd’s mother and Wynona and Ashley Judd’s grandmother,
and she still lives in the house. I was delighted to get to meet her
at the show, and we had such a good time singing prints together. When
I told her that Ben had driven me by the house so I could see it in
person, she asked why we didn’t stop and come in for a visit.
Everyone I met was so warm and natural, and I felt very much at home.
Pat and Polly Judd had a good time getting to know one another.
The Good Ole Days, Pat's painting of Polly Judd's house in Ashland,
Being at the gallery was wonderful fun. Designer Art &
Framing has recently moved from Ashland to Russell, and their new gallery
is beautiful. I saw an old friend whom many years ago I had challenged
to stop smoking after she told me she had cancer. I had told Anna that
if she stopped smoking I would stop drinking coffee. Anna told me that
she has stopped and started several times since my challenge, and I
had to confess to her that I was still drinking coffee, espresso no
I also got to spend some time with my friends Richard and Jo Biehle.
They are both teachers, and Jo brought her fourth grade class from this
past school year to the gallery to meet me. The children were delightful
and not the least bit shy around me. I had the most interesting conversations
with them. One boy even sang to me!
Pat enjoyed her serenade by Bronson Bush.
Richard and Jo took me to the home of one of their friends,
Carol Gostovich, for breakfast Saturday before the show. It was marvelous!
I couldn’t ask for anything more—good food and good company.
L. to R., Jo-Jo Gawthrop, Carol Gostovich, Pat, Jo Biehle, Gina
Kelliher, and Bev Evans at Carol’s house for breakfast. Jo Biehle’s
husband Richard took the picture and didn’t mind a bit being “one
of the girls.”
This week I’ll be in White Sulphur Springs and Lewisburg,
West Virginia. I’ll be with Kitten’s Korner Gift Shoppe
in White Sulphur Springs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. this Thursday for a signing
in the gallery, and then I’ll be at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre
in Lewisburg at 7:00 p.m. to sign prints there before the play about
my life and work debuts. The play is titled Thursday’s Child
and focuses on my youth and early years as an artist and my work with
children who are "learning different." We’ll be releasing
a special print edition Thursday that was created with the play in mind.
It is also titled Thursday’s Child. I’ll be at
the Theatre Thursday and Friday nights to sign prints, starting at 7:00
p.m. For more information, please contact either the gallery at 304-536-9206
or the Theatre box office at 304-645-6462.
Thursday’s Child will be released at Kitten’s Korner
Gift Shoppe and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre this weekend to coincide
with the debut of the play about Pat’s life that was written by
I hope to see you there!