My business partner Jake Henderson and I had an exciting time at the
Puyallup Fair near Seattle, Washington, this past weekend. It
took me several tries before I could pronounce Puyallup correctly:
PEW (like something is smelly)-WALLUP (like you’re going to hit
someone), but I think I have it right now.
Pat with the Board of Directors of the Puyallup Fair. The
Board selected Pat to be the Master Artist at the show, an honor for
which Pat is very grateful. They put on a terrific show and give
a lot of their time to the Western Washington Fair Association’s
Scholarship Fund. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the
sale of originals on the second floor of the Pavilion go to the Scholarship
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Shedd purchased the original watercolor
Spring Cleaning, shown hanging above Pat’s head.
Pictured L to R: Lise Hedegaard, Pat, Maynard Hedegaard, and
Amy. Lise and Maynard purchased two of Pats originals!
We had no idea what to expect, but we found out that
the fair is huge! It’s the sixth largest state fair in the
United States, with approximately 1.6 million people attending it during
the seventeen days that it’s open. Many thousands of those
people visit the art exhibit, and I’m most grateful to Lori Knight
of Knight Visions Gallery in Bothell, Washington, and Bob Farrelly of
Lakewood Gallery & Framing Company in Lakewood. Bob is in
charge of recommending and exhibiting the Master Artist each year.
The Master Artist is chosen from among nationally recognized artists,
and I am deeply honored to have been chosen this year. Bob &
Lori took wonderful care of Jake and me and also my art. It was
set up and displayed so beautifully.
Bob Farrelly and his partner Cindy Johnson did an outstanding job
of taking care of Pat and her art. Pictured L to R: Jake,
Cindy Johnson, Bob Farrelly, and Pat.
Lori Knight, with Knight Visions Gallery in Bothell, is an authorized
Moss dealer and did an excellent job of staffing Pat’s exhibit.
Western artist Fred Oldfield is a long-time supporter of the Puyallup
Fair. Pat had fun meeting him and discovered that they are kindred
In addition to the art exhibit, there were tons of animals,
food, and rides. We saw one ride that catapulted a person up into
the air and back down using something like a slingshot and bungee cords—not
for me! Naturally, my favorite place was the barns, where I could
see the Percherons, Clydesdales, and the 4-H horses. I especially
love the Percherons.
knows that Pat loves horses, and Percherons are one of her favorite
Jake is a great traveling companion. We both love
seafood, so we really enjoyed the fresh Pacific Coast seafood for dinner
every night. We went on sightseeing excursions for a few hours
every day. That area has the most gorgeous scenery. We went
to different bays and ports each day and saw big ships and graceful
sailboats. Jake loves to sail and was in his glory. The
vistas are beautiful, too. It is breathtaking to wake up in the
morning and see
Mt. Rainier rising up out of the fog on the horizon.
Pat had nothing but praise for the volunteers who staffed the art
show. Pictured L to R: Carolyn, Sandy, Pat, and Elizabeth.
We were both delighted to see our friend Laura Bales,
who used to work for us at The Moss Portfolio. Laura left us nine
years ago to go back to school and eventually moved to Seattle, married,
and now has two beautiful little boys. It was fun to have lunch
and catch up on one another’s news.
Sid and Margaret Wimmer are old friends who stopped by to see Pat.
Bob and Nancy Peck have been 4-H leaders for 31 years and are in
the Washington State Hall of Fame and were named Clarke County Leaders
of the Year! They couldn’t resist a framed print of
of the 4-H Emblem.
Jake and I took a red-eye flight Sunday night and arrived
in Richmond Monday morning. We both agreed that the red-eye is
This week marks the sixth anniversary of the tragedy inflicted on our
country on September 11, 2001. How could I ever forget that day?
I flew out of Richmond the day before and was in Panama City waiting
to fly to Bocas the morning of September 11. I was in my hotel
room; and, I could see something horrible happening on the TV, but it
was all in Spanish. I thought to myself, I know those buildings;
that looks like New York! I asked around until I could find
someone who spoke English, and my fears were confirmed. When I
think of the lives that were destroyed and impacted by the events of
that day, I’m even more grateful to our soldiers who make huge
personal sacrifices to keep us safe. God bless America and our