This Friday, my daughter Becky and I are heading up to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Dinner of Hope, which will be held at the Eisenhower Inn. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am most honored to be the guest speaker for this fundraising event. In conjunction with my show with Martin’s Gallery of Hanover, Pennsylvania, which will be held this Saturday, we will be releasing a special print titled Ribbons of Love. Martin’s Gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of both the print and its framing during the Friday fundraising event and Saturday’s gallery show. In addition, Martin’s will also donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the print and its framing that are generated by Life Changes through Christmas. Life Changes is a health and healing boutique in Hanover dedicated to serving women who are living with a cancer diagnosis.
Ribbons of Love will be released during the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Dinner of Hope and my show with Martin’s Gallery, October 16-17. For more information, please contact the gallery at 717-632-3355.
Ribbons of Love features three generations of women; a grandmother, mother, and baby. We tend to think of one person in a family having cancer, but it takes its toll on the whole family and can strike all generations and ages, including children. Years ago, I worked with a group of very young children in a hospital, and we drew pictures together. They were so happy to be coloring and drawing, and their parents were so happy to see them having fun and doing something that most children take for granted. How blessed we are to have such wonderful doctors and nurses taking care of families and helping them defeat this terrible disease. We are also blessed to have organizations and individuals who help raise funds for research and treatment and those who provide support and comfort services. I will be spending the weekend with really good friends who have supported cancer awareness, research, and care for years.
On Sunday, we’ll be in Woodstock, Virginia, where I will be the guest speaker for Alpha Delta Kappa’s Founder’s Day event. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding. I have been an honorary member of Alpha Delta Kappa for years.
Last Tuesday, Becky and I drove out to Bluefield, West Virginia, where I was the guest speaker for the Community Foundation of the Virginias’ Annual Dinner. We so enjoyed the beautiful mountains. We stopped in Princeton, West Virginia, first to visit with my friends at Frameworks Plus and do some signing for them. Gallery owner Juanita Swatts is planning a show for next year, and I am looking forward to returning. We followed Juanita over to Fincastle on the Mountain, where the event was held, and I even put in a few words for cancer that night, too. The Community Foundation of the Virginias provides assistance in the areas of education, the arts, health services, human services, and recreation and also provides a number of college scholarships to area students. The organization is comprised of a wonderful group of people who wholeheartedly support and love their community, and it was such a pleasure to be among them. I saw many friends there and also met some new ones, including Dr. Marsha Krotseng, President of Bluefield State College; Senator Bill Cole, III, President of the West Virginia State Senate and currently running for governor; my accountant Stan Hodges; Jeff Forlines with First Bank; and Chef Rick Tabor at Fincastle on the Mountain. Chef Rick provided the most beautiful dinner and sang a rap song to me in front of everyone!
My interview with WVVA TV in Bluefield, WV, during the Community Foundation of the Virginias’ Annual Dinner.
Senator Bill Cole, III, is the President of the West Virginia State Senate and is currently running for governor.
What fun to see so many smiling faces from First Bank!
We had a wonderful show in Waynesboro, Virginia, last weekend. The sun shown beautifully on Saturday and Sunday, and the fall colors were glorious and just about at their peak. Waynesboro’s Fall Foliage Festival is like a Homecoming—everyone comes back to Waynesboro for this festival. My children all enjoy catching up with old classmates, and I saw old friends whom I haven’t seen in many years. It’s a joyous occasion. I slipped out very early Saturday and Sunday morning before my Barn Open House started so I could get a glimpse of the exhibits and what the vendors had to offer.
Corrado Gabellieri, manager and framer at our Waynesboro gallery; me; and my daughter Patty. I came downtown to see our booth and check out the festival before my Barn Show started. I have maintained a booth at the Fall Foliage Festival since its inception. It is a tradition and a joy for me.
Children loved the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s booth at the festival, where they could make their own bookmarks. Manning the booth is P. Buckley Moss Society member Sharon Cubit, who came all the way from Iowa to volunteer.
It was such a pleasure meeting Dwight and Natalia Mersereau and their daughter Emily on Sunday. Emily joined the Society as a junior member. Welcome, Emily!
This magnificent quilt was made for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education by Susan Collier of Grimes, Iowa. Susan is the sister of Foundation Board of Directors President Sandy Moore. Sandy delivered the quilt to us in Waynesboro over the weekend. Many thanks to Susan for her time, talent, and materials!
The next couple of weeks will be gorgeous in the Shenandoah Valley, and next weekend I’ll get to see even more of Nature’s beauty when Becky and I drive to Waynesville, Ohio, for my show with Canada Goose Gallery. Gallery owner Laura DeRamus and I have been raising funds together for PALS for Life Breast Cancer Support Group for twenty-two years, and we’ll have another fundraising event for the group after Friday evening’s show.
Cadenza (one robin), A Due (two robins), and Troika (three robins) will be released during my show with Canada Goose Gallery, October 23-24. In music, a cadenza is an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, and an a due is a musical direction meaning “for two”. A troika means a group or set of three. For more information, please contact the gallery at 513-897-4348.
See you soon!