I spent a delightful and hectic weekend with all my "pals"
in Waynesville, Ohio, where Laura DeRamus and Kathy Heims of Canada
Goose Gallery and the "Pals for Life" breast cancer support
group hosted me for a show, luncheon and walk. I kept on the run all
weekend long, from the moment my feet hit the tarmac at Dayton International
Airport on Thursday to the moment my head hit my pillow at home at midnight
When Kathy and Laura met me at the airport with their
beautiful, blond hair, I knew instantly that I was in need of a hi-light.
They whisked me off to their beauty salon, The Hair Revue, where Kathy
spent the next hour giving me beautiful blond tresses. After signing
in the gallery that afternoon, I retired to my Bed and Breakfast, The
Hammel House, owned by the Bowmans, where I was treated like royalty.
Patricia and Anthony Sitariano, owners of the Clifton Mill, with
Pat holding the original watercolor of Fall at the Clifton Mill,
which was released at the show as a print edition.
I started the day Friday bright and early with an interview
with a feature writer for Greene County Papers. Then it was off to the
fund raising luncheon sponsored by Canada Goose Gallery and Pals for
Life. We were a big crowd of 160 people and we all had tremendous fun.
It was a pleasure to be around so many positive people and smiling faces.
The auction was a wild success. Three of my mixed media
originals and two remarqued prints of Fall at the Clifton Mill
were auctioned. The auction and additional raffles (with prizes of Pat's
artwork donated by the gallery) brought in $4,740 for Pals for Life
to use in their breast cancer care-giving projects. I am honored to
be part of this enthusiastic team.
The food at the luncheon was delicious and the atmosphere
was fun and friendly. Special thanks go to Laura, Kathy, the Canada
Goose Gallery staff, Joan Schuermann and her Pals committee for all
the time and effort they put into the arrangements.
Friday night's excellent dinner was at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, which
I had painted on a previous visit there, and which is available as a
print from Canada Goose Gallery, your local gallery and on
A few of the fifty enthusiasts who joined Pat to walk for Pals for
Saturday morning we set off on a benefit walk for Pals
for Life. I was picked up by Joan and her husband Dick in a jeep all
decorated in balloons and we listened to Jimmy Buffet tunes on the way
over. Fifty of us took to the streets of Waynesville on a 3K/5K Run/Walk
and had a wonderful time together.
Karen Morris, Patricia Simon, Pat, Joan Schuermann and Dick Schuermann
prepare to depart for the walk a jeep, especially decorated for the
Thanks also to the help of volunteers Randy and Ginny
Myers and Kathie Chapman of Springfield, I showed simultaneously at
Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville and in Dayton at the Fall Home Showcase
at the Dayton Exposition Center. Randy, Ginny and Kathie ran the booth
at the home show for Laura and Kathy while I showed at the gallery on
On Sunday, on the way back to the airport, I made a planned
stop at the home show for a television interview and to meet with the
show attendees. It was so busy, and I so wanted to greet everyone who
came to see me, that I stayed too long at the show and missed my scheduled
flight home. Making matters worse, I had left behind my pocketbook with
my ID and credit cards and had the devil of a time getting through security.
Needless to say, I was one weary traveler by the time I reached home,
yet content and full of happy memories of the weekend.
Next week, I will take off for Iowa to show with Pat Hill
Gallery in Story City. I look forward to a pot luck dinner with
members of the local chapters of the P. Buckley Moss Society and meeting
my Iowa friends there.
Pat's painting of Waldorf College, to be released as a
print at Country Gallery, Story City, IA when Pat visits there this
weekend. For more information, call Country Gallery at (515) 733-2262
or (800) 252-6929
Until next week...