The sky is blue, and it’s in the 70’s again—it’s nice to be cool! Springfield, Ohio, was beautiful this past weekend, and I had a wonderful time with my friends at The Frame Haven. It was a great show and a joy to see everybody again—and see how none of us have gotten any older!
I was delighted to see my friend Gesa Eimer again and to have some time to spend with her, catching up. Gesa is a former co-owner of The Frame Haven.
Smiling in line! It is so nice to look up from my signing table and see beautiful, happy faces.
Audrey McKanna, pictured behind my right shoulder in the sleeveless white top, has such a gracious way with her customers. Audrey and her husband Don own The Frame Haven.
The history of the Crabill Homestead, which is the subject of Frame Haven’s show print Country Homestead, is very important to so many people, many of whom worked to help preserve it. The Crabill Homestead was built in Moorefield Township around 1826. Springfield, Ohio, is marvelous about preserving its historic sites. A few years ago, I was delighted to be given a tour of the historic Pennsylvania House, which is now owned and operated as a museum by the Lagonda Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; The Westcott House, which was designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906; and the Richards, Raff, & Dunbar Memorial Home, a funeral home that was originally built c. 1888 as the personal home for American industrialist and two-term Ohio Governor Asa S. Bushnell. I also got to stay at the historic Simon Kenton Inn again. The Inn was originally the home of Simon Kenton, a well-known Indian fighter, Revolutionary War scout, and frontiersman. I especially loved the kitchen, with its huge fireplace.
We had a lovely dinner with collectors and friends at the Simon Kenton Inn after Friday’s show.
I’ll be in Ohio a few more times this fall. September 21-22, I’ll be in Berlin for my show with Berlin Creek Gallery. October 19-20, I’ll be in Waynesville for my show with Canada Goose Gallery. December 7-8, I’ll be in Columbus for my show with Gallery Art Center. I love meeting new friends everywhere and seeing old friends and signing prints they’ve bought through the years.
I so enjoyed meeting Stephanie Shoe, left, and her grandson Camden. Stephanie is a collector of my work, and she told me that Camden learned many words as a tot at her house looking at my art.
This Saturday, September 15, I’ll be at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (Virginia) for a fundraising luncheon to benefit the Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a signing from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission fee for the signing event, but tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person. To order luncheon tickets and obtain additional information, please call 804-261-ARTS (2787). Luncheon attendees will receive a complimentary copy of my print Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA.
This Tuesday marks the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the survivors as they remember the events that changed their lives, and ours, forever. I pray for healing and easing of their grief. I am also thankful that our soldiers are returning home now.