The weather is glorious! There's such a nice, cool breeze coming in
from the Bay, making up for the 100-degree temperatures Mathews suffered
most of the summer. It's still in the 80's but much less humid, and
there are signs of fall all around. The last several mornings I've watched
flocks of birds come to the creek behind my house to feed. First it's
the mallards, then some swans, then the herons, and finally a flock
of Canada geese. Life is good!
My son John and his wife Maureen were here to visit for a couple days,
and they've now returned to their home in the mountains. John is the
chef at Artisans Grill Restaurant
in Luray, Virginia. If you're in the area, stop in and say "hi."
This weekend I'm off to Berlin, Ohio, for a show with
my friends at Berlin Creek Gallery. I've created a special new print
edition for the show, featuring the Zoar Hotel in historic Zoar
Village. We'll kick-off the weekend with a fundraising event at
Zoar Village on Thursday, September 23, to benefit its ongoing preservation
efforts. There will be a walking tour, a harvest festival-theme dinner
in Zoar's historic schoolhouse, and a ghost tour. The Zoar Hotel is
said to have its very own ghost, known as "George," whom I
included on the front porch of my painting.
Autumn at the Zoar Hotel will be released as a limited edition giclée
on paper during my show with Berlin Creek Gallery September 24-25. For
more information, please contact the gallery at 330-893-2686.
Zoar Village was founded in 1817 by a group of about 200
German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their
homeland. Today, Zoar is a community of approximately 75 families living
in homes built from 1817 to present. Many of the original homes have
been preserved or restored, as have the many buildings and museums maintained
by the Ohio Historical Society. The Zoar Community Foundation also strives
to ensure the preservation of the historical characteristics and heritage
of the village and the surrounding area. For more information on the
September 23 events at Zoar Village, please contact Berlin Creek Gallery
'Til next week...