I had a most wonderful weekend in Collinsville, Illinois,
with The Art Loft Gallery's family and friends. Collinsville is very
close to St. Louis, Missouri, and Carolyn Welch, owner of The Art Loft,
took the time to show me St. Louis' revitalized downtown area, including
the park and fountain that I depicted in the gallery's show print City
Skaters. Visible in the background are the magnificent structures
of the Old Courthouse and the Arch.
Pat and Carolyn Welch, Owner of The Art Loft, (left) enjoy a quiet
moment in Kiener Plaza with the St. Louis Arch and the Old Courthouse
in the background..
Pat's City Skaters.
I was amazed to find out that there are numerous Indian
burial mounds in the area. I never saw them on my previous visits, because
they were hidden by trees that have since been cut down.
I was delighted to have breakfast Friday morning in the Blum House,
which I painted several years ago for a special release print for The
Art Loft. Proceeds from the sale of The
Blum Belle, A Treasured Memory continue to go to the Collinsville
Memorial Public Library Foundation for the benefit of renovating the
Blum House for community use. The breakfast was hosted by P.B.'s Pals,
the local chapter of the P. Buckley
Moss Society, and I was so glad to have the opportunity to visit
with them all.
Breakfast in the Blum House. Pat (right) chats with (from left)
Diane Winkler, Monique Rogier and Carolyn.
Pat is presented with a key to the City of Collinsville by Mayor
Stan Schaeffer. Only three keys have been presented in recent history.
Carolyn's husband Paul is holding the proclamation.
I have been so privileged to have a great group of dealers
representing my work and to have such wonderful, caring collectors.
I often refer to them as my "extended Moss family," and I
truly cherish the friends I have made over the years. As time has gone
by, I've lost a few to age or illness; and, I was saddened to learn
this past weekend that a few more of my friends had passed away. It
made me realize all the more how important it is to value life and to
value our friends and family who give our lives meaning.
This coming weekend I'll be visiting my "extended Moss family"
in the Ashland, Kentucky/Huntington, West Virginia, area. I'm very much
looking forward to being with Designer Art and Framing for a show once
again and to be in an area so rich in history and culture. I've created
a special print edition that will make its debut at the show. Wee
House in the Woods features the home of Jean Thomas, an extraordinary
woman who, among other accomplishments, founded and sponsored Ashland's
annual American Folk Song Festival.
Wee House in the Woods, Pat's painting for the print edition to
be released during Pat's visit to Designer Art and Framing this weekend.
I hope to see you soon!