My daughter Becky and I had a wonderful evening this past Friday at the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Dinner of Hope, which was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a beautifully organized fundraising event, thanks to its sponsors, which included the Adams Cancer Center, Martin’s Gallery, and Life Changes. Life Changes is a health and healing boutique in Hanover, Pennsylvania, dedicated to serving women who are living with a cancer diagnosis. The owner of Life Changes is Diana Klunk, one of the organizers of the event, who used to work for Martin’s Gallery and established Life Changes after surviving breast cancer. It was great to see Diana again, looking vibrant and healthy. Nearly all the people there were survivors. The food was lovely and the company, great. Becky won a Halloween decoration in the auction that has been a source of much laughter in our family. It was a fun evening.
It was an honor to be the guest speaker for the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Dinner of Hope this past Friday evening in Gettysburg, PA. My message is to go on with your life and not dwell on negativity. Instead, focus on friends and loved ones. Find joy in life, and laugh and love a lot.
Dear friends and table mates at the Dinner of Hope.
With Diana Klunk, owner of Life Changes and one of the organizers of the wonderful evening.
Before my show with Martin’s Gallery in Hanover the next morning, we had breakfast at the Dutch Country Restaurant with members of the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. This has become a tradition when I’m in town for a show with Martin’s, and I look forward to it. It’s great seeing all my Lake Marburg Moss friends, including May and Bob Johnson whose wonderful daughter Judy drove them over two hours to have breakfast with us and visit.
Enjoying breakfast Saturday morning with members of the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
It is always a joy being with “family” at Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, PA. This great group pitches in to help every year and makes the show such fun. L. to R.: Cathy Gorsuch; Pat Martin, co-owner of Martin’s Gallery; me; Sharon Goldstein; Sally Gobrecht, President of the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter; and Nancy and John Dixey. Not pictured is Larry Hamm, who always brings me beautiful flowers and is such a pleasure to talk to.
Payton Martin is the granddaughter of Les and Pat Martin, owners of Martin’s Gallery. Here, Payton was spelling her name for me so I could write it on her name tag. Payton brings so much joy to us all and especially to her family.
After Saturday’s show, we drove over to Woodstock, Virginia, for Alpha Delta Kappa’s Founder’s Day event the following day. I was honored to be their guest speaker. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding. We so much admire the work they are doing for education.
Signing the raffle print for Alpha Delta Kappa.
This coming weekend, Becky and I will once again be driving out at this wonderful time of year when the scenery is so beautiful. We will be going to Waynesville, Ohio, for a fun-filled weekend with our friends at Canada Goose Gallery. I’ll be showing in the gallery on Friday and Saturday, and we will release three new prints that form a set and incorporate the colors of fall.
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.
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. PALS for Life provides mammograms, wigs, prostheses, counseling, and sleeves for breast cancer patients. After five years, we will return to Keepin’ It Country Farm in Waynesville for the fundraiser, where we will be entertained with country music by the Richard Lynch Band. Keepin’ It Country Farm is owned by Richard and Donna Lynch. Richard is a country music star who shares his home and gives his time and talent to raise funds for PALS for Life and other groups. The evening’s events will also include the live auction of a quilt incorporating one of my hand-painted centerpieces, silent auctions, and a raffle of ten baskets. Food by Poor Eddie’s will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds from the food sales will also benefit PALS. For more information on the show and the fundraising event, please contact the gallery at 513-897-4348.
Next weekend, October 30-31, I’ll be in Kalona, Iowa, for a show with The Village Shoppe and a fundraising event with the Society’s Moss Country Friends Chapter.
Old Brick (left) and Days Gone By (right) will be released during my show with The Village Shoppe in Kalona, IA, October 30-31. For more information, please contact the gallery at 319-656-3853.