I spent Thursday evening at historic Zoar
Village near Berlin, Ohio. It was founded in 1817 by a group of
about 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution
in their homeland, and it is so wonderfully loved and cared for. Restoration
is ongoing, and the proceeds from Thursday evening's dinner and tours
will go for that purpose. It is truly a treasure, with simple, beautiful
buildings and homes-the brick buildings are very straightforward-and
magnificent gardens. The buildings are all numbered, and I could easily
live in house #1. I'm so glad that Nancy Tarzan of Berlin Creek Gallery
asked me to paint the Zoar Hotel for her show print and gave me the
opportunity to experience the village for myself. It was such fun!
Darrel Markijohn and I unveiling Autumn
at the Zoar Hotel. Darrel is on the Board of the Zoar Community
Foundation, which is the organization that handles the preservation
and restoration of the village. We discussed the possibility of doing
another Zoar building next year...I'd love to go back!
Berlin Creek Gallery is a joyous place. The staff members are so involved
and are like a group of sisters who care for one another and respect
A very happy bunch! L. to R.: Berlin Creek Gallery owner Nancy Tarzan,
Alysha Evans, Tracy Shutt, me, Jordan Milburn, and Jenn Benevich.
Breakfast at The Miller Haus B&B. A wonderful place to stay,
and the food is divine (apple pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, homemade
raspberry jam, and scones)!
We just received two beautiful quilts made by volunteers as a donation
to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Childrens Education to be used in future fundraising events.
The quilts were designed around my hand-painted fabric centerpieces.
On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to give a tremendous thank-you
to Gwen Sinclair of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Joyce Grote of La Plata,
Maryland, for their time, talent, materials, and generosity!
Gwen Sinclair of Bellevue, NE, made this gorgeous quilt to be used
in a future fundraising event for the Foundation. Thanks, Gwen!
Joyce Grote of La Plata, MD, made this precious quilt for the Foundation.
This weekend I'll be in Des Moines, Iowa, for a show with my friends
at Kenneth Paul Gallery. I'm very much looking forward to seeing all
my Central Iowa friends and catching up on their news. We're releasing
two special new giclées on paper at the show, which will be held
October 1-2. Des Moines by the River features the Des Moines
skyline, the River Walk Pedestrian Bridge, and a paddle boat on the
Des Moines River. Pride of Iowa features the Iowa State Capitol.
Des Moines by the River, above, and Pride of Iowa, below,
will be released during my show with Kenneth Paul Gallery, October 1-2.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 515-278-4378.
I'm also looking forward to a potluck dinner with the Central Iowa
Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss
Society. The food is always fantastic. It will be held at the home
of chapter member Sharon Cubit, and I'll get to see her little Westie
again. At last year's potluck, we raffled off one of my drawings for
the Foundation. The chapters are always thinking of our teachers and
If you're an educator, don't forget to register for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Childrens Education's 13th Annual Creative
Mind Conference, which will be held on Saturday, October 23, at
the P. Buckley Moss
Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. The theme of this year's conference
is "Voices from the Past, Envisioning the Future". You won't
want to miss the keynote address by John
Almarode on why the Arts are an absolutely necessary and essential
component in the education of young minds. John will provide the latest
research on the links between emotion, creativity, and learning in all
subject areas and how the Arts make it happen. Other great presenters
include Barbara Spillman Lawson, Amy Faulkner, Diana Beam, and Holocaust
survivor David Arban.
For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
The Conference is barely a month away, so please send in the downloadable
brochure and registration form soon.