I had a wonderful, whirlwind visit to Waynesville, Ohio! I arrived Wednesday morning and went to Sinclair University, which is one of only twelve Vanguard Learning Colleges in the U.S. and Canada, so designated for its "outstanding record of achievement in learning-centered education." Also, senior citizens can attend free of charge if there’s room in the class. It was great seeing the art teacher interacting with his students, and they all seemed to love his class.
Some of the students at Sinclair College and their work. Professor Kevin Harris is pictured far left.
My next stop was to the home of Marian Gebele to see her quilting studio. Marian has made three quilts (each incorporating one of my painted quilt centerpieces), including one this year, to benefit both Greenebucs and my Foundation for Children’s Education. I think this year’s is my favorite. Greenebucs is the Greene County Chapter of National AMBUCS™, Inc., which is a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for children and adults with disabilities. We discussed next year’s quilt, and I’m very excited to see Marian’s next masterpiece.
I loved Marian’s studio and enjoyed discussing plans for next year’s quilt with her. Pictured below with Marian and me is Laura DeRamus, co-owner of Canada Goose Gallery.
After my visit with Marian, I had my hair done by Kathy Heims (my personal hairdresser), co-owner of the Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville. It’s great that Kathy is also a hairdresser and has my hair looking so nice just before show time.
Thursday morning, Lebanon Cable TV came out to the gallery, and we did a 26-minute taping that will be aired soon. After lunch, I visited Waynesville High School to talk to a combination of two art classes. The students’ work was really good, and I know several of them have a real future in art. High school kids are always a wonderful challenge, and I enjoyed every minute of my visit.
My visit with art students at Waynesville High School.
After my high school visit, I was much in need of the two-hour nap I took before going to the Greenebucs fundraising dinner, which was held at the Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Dayton. We had a dinner and an auction, and Marian’s latest quilt brought in $2,250 that will be divided equally between Greenebucs and my Foundation. There were three people at my table who wanted the quilt, including me. A well-deserving Laura DeRamus, co-owner of Canada Goose Gallery, who loved the quilt as much as I did, outbid me. It is such a beautiful quilt!
The gorgeous quilt that Marian Gebele made for Greenebucs and the Foundation for Children’s Education.
Greenebucs presented a tryke to Jesse Burns during the fundraising dinner. Pictured L. to R.: Laura DeRamus and Kathy Heims, co-owners of Canada Goose Gallery; Elizabeth Burns & Jerry Burns, parents of Jesse; me; Alan Eakle, Greenebucs member; and kneeling: Joyce Peet, therapist; Jesse Burns on his new tryke; and Jesse’s sister Emily.
Friday’s show started at 10:00 a.m., and it was such fun to see so many friends. Saturday morning, we had a walk that benefited PALS for Life Breast Cancer Support Group, the Dale Bowman Scholarship Fund, and Greenebucs. Participants got to choose how they wanted their registration fee distributed among the different charities. Our walk started at 9:00 a.m., and we walked with umbrellas in the rain and had a ball. I met people whom I only know from Facebook and saw lots of old friends, too. It was great getting to see Joan Schuermann again. She’s a breast cancer survivor and was with us for our first PALS for Life Walk in 1993.
If you want beautiful framing, look at this piece. Laura, top right, framed this. I just love the way it’s done.
L. to R.: Ron & Libby Johnson, Laura, and me. This is a one-in-a-million husband! He planned a surprise trip for his wife to meet me and also arranged ahead to have her damaged print replaced and framed by Laura. It was beautiful.
Pictured with me are Patty & Lynn Simon from Indiana, who have been collectors of my work and friends for years. They stayed in The Ghost Room at the Hammel House Inn. Everyone wants to stay in The Ghost Room.
L. to R.: Stephanie Beitel, owner of The Stetson House, me, and Stephanie’s daughter Kerri. They not only own The Stetson House, but they also now own the original of my painting,October at the Stetson House.
This little girl was so darling. She just smiles and smiles! She is a past recipient of a tryke from Greenebucs.
Before Saturday’s walk, Greenebucs presented a tryke to Rose Edge, pictured with her new tryke and her father Ken. There are ten children in the family!
Almost 100 people joined me for a walk in the rain. Beside me is Gary Unger of Waynesville, who is on Facebook with me.
We wrote names of breast cancer survivors and victims on pink balloons and released them at the end of our walk.
After Saturday’s show we all had a special dinner that was prepared by our very special friend Wilma Grace. She did it “for the girls” last year, too, and it was a lovely evening with beautiful food.
I slept all the way home on the planes Sunday and for two more days afterward, but I’m ready and raring to go to my show this Saturday with my fabulous friends at Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Owners Les and Pat Martin and I will release a new giclée on paper titled Santa’s Cabin, which features Hanover’s beloved seventy-five-year Christmas tradition, affectionately known by the same name. Martin’s Gallery is donating 10% of the sale of the print and 10% of the framing of it until Christmas to the 75th Celebration and future preservation of the cabin.
Santa’s Cabin will be released during my show with Martin’s Gallery in Hanover, PA, on Saturday, October 27. For more information, please contact the gallery at 717-632-3355.