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Dear Friends,

This is my last week in St. Pete before heading back to Virginia. I’ve really enjoyed my studio here, in spite of the hurricane threats; but, I’m ready for fall, now, and looking forward to seeing many of you, either at my Barn Show or at one of the gallery shows I’ll be attending in November. As I mentioned last week, I’ve lost some weight, and I feel great—raring to go!

Pat's latest version of the painting for the therapeutic riding programs.

Those of you who know me well know that I change my mind quite a bit. I like to get things right, and if I’m not satisfied with one of my works I’ll start over. Such is the case with the painting I’ve shown you for the past couple newsletters titled Ready for a Special Rider. After looking at it, I felt that it really needed a special rider in the scene, especially since it will benefit therapeutic riding programs. So, here is the one I think we’ll probably end up printing, titled Walk On.

I’ve also been working on a painting to benefit FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders.

The student organization FCCLA will benefit from this print edition.

This past Sunday the Museum hosted the last of four concerts scheduled for this summer in conjunction with the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. The “Cello Chums” performed many classical works by composers Haydn, Mozart, and Arcangelo Corelli as well as contemporary works by living composers such as Carol Critelli.

I have been told that the Museum staff was overcome with emotion when the Cello Chums played Londonderry Air, which most people recognize as Danny Boy. My mother, whom most of you know as Gran Liz, would play Danny Boy on the grand piano on the main floor every time she was in the Museum. It became her signature song, and we had it sung at her memorial service. Here is a little trivia about the song: it was most likely an Irish harpist from the Irish county of Londonderry who wrote the tune long before the 1800’s, and a poet later added the lyrics that most of us are now familiar with as Danny Boy.

Boo Elkins and Connie Harlow work the phones at the WVPT telethon.

Tonight I’m going to a piano concert at The Palladium Theater just down the street from me. It has a new grand piano that was donated by my friends the Stavros’. Before I leave you to get ready, I want to share with you a picture of Boo Elkins and Connie Harlow manning the phones at WVPT’s telethon this past weekend. Boo is a member of our Foundation’s Advisory Council and the manager of the area’s Virginia Preschool Initiative. Connie is a Head Start teacher in Waynesboro and helps the Foundation with its summer preschool art program at the Museum. This was WVPT’s first telethon to raise funds to support its children’s programs and educational services, and they hope to do another one next year.

Until next week, when I write to you from Mathews.



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