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
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.