Going to Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, Ohio, is so much fun! The joy of living that owner Nancy Tarzan and her team has is precious and infectious. Everyone enjoys being with them. Nancy thinks of everything for her shows and injects energy and enthusiasm into every element. Her framing is something to behold!
Whenever I’ve been in Berlin for a show the last few years, I’ve stayed at the most wonderful B&B, called The Miller Haus. It’s in nearby Millersburg. Each year, more and more friends come to stay at the same time I’m there, and new people say they want to come back and join us the next year. We have such a good time together. Breakfast is divine, and there are always snacks and tea at night.
L. to R.: Kathy Heims, co-owner of Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, OH; Nancy Tarzan, owner of Berlin Creek Gallery; Laura DeRamus, co-owner of Canada Goose Gallery; and Karen Morris, also with Canada Goose Gallery. It’s so nice that my dealers get together and enjoy each other’s shows and work. Kathy, Laura, and Karen drove three hours to be with us during the show.
We released two special show prints during the show that were offered only as a set, Victorian Splendor and Brightman’s Sleigh Ride. Victorian Splendor features the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, which is the home of the Holmes County Historical Society. The house was built in 1902 by L. H. Brightman, an industrialist from Cleveland, for his large family. An unveiling of the paintings and reception was held at the Museum on Thursday night, complete with ladies in Victorian era clothing and a piano player/singer. It was such fun, and I was thrilled with the house, which is so well-cared for. I especially loved the front door, which was four-feet wide—they called it a coffin door. There was such beautiful oak woodwork throughout the house, which included a basement and three more floors.
Alysha Evans, left, and Nancy Tarzan, right, unveiling Victorian Splendor and Brightman’s Sleigh Ride Thursday night at the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, OH. Alysha is Nancy’s daughter and also works at Berlin Creek Gallery. She inherited her mother’s talent for framing.
Larry Wilgus is the innkeeper of the Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast in Berlin, OH, who sang and played the piano for our unveiling and Victorian reception. He is marvelous! I should have given him a gift; but, instead, he gave me a gift of his CD.
This beautiful quilt was made by Jo Chalker, standing beside me. Jo cross-stitched my images shown in the center of the quilt and then incorporated them into the overall quilt design. She asked me to sign it for her, and I was happy to do so. You can see where I signed it if you look closely at the top image of The Parade.
After Friday’s show, Nancy took 27 of us to an Amish dinner, which was delicious. The couple sang hymns to us in German, and it was lovely.
This Saturday I’ll be with my friends in Hanover, Pennsylvania, for a show with Martin’s Gallery. Gallery owners Les and Pat Martin and I will release my newest print of Penn State University.
Penn State University will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, PA, on October 1. For more information, please contact the gallery at 717-632-3355.
Next week will be an exciting one for me. I’m going up to New York City with my daughter Patty and my business partner Jake Henderson to participate in The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum’s Power of One Program. Tuesday night there will be a kick-off event for the Museum’s Disability Awareness Month, and my art will be on display. On Wednesday I’ll be the guest speaker for a group of students, and I’ll talk about how my struggle with dyslexia enabled me to become a successful artist.
I’ll be in Waynesboro, Virginia, next weekend, of course, for the P. Buckley Moss Museum’s Open House and Barn Show. Our special print for the show is Autumn Sanctuary, which depicts the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It’s such a natural and beautiful place—wonderful for walking or reading—and so peaceful.
Autumn Sanctuary will be released during my Museum Open House & Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA, October 7-9. For more information, please call the Museum at 540-949-6473 or 1-800-343-8643.