I attended my first Virginia Tech football game last Saturday, and it was such fun to get caught up in the excitement and enthusiasm of the fans. I had to ask my daughter Mary to explain what was going on all the time, but she was very patient with me. It was bitterly cold and windy, but we were nice and warm in the President’s box. I felt very sorry for everyone sitting outside. I always take notice of the beauty and color around me, and I enjoyed seeing the beautiful fall leaves on the trees outside the different corners of the stadium.
Enjoying my first football game!
Pam Vickers, the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for Virginia Tech, invited me to give a talk last Friday morning at the Moss Arts Center as part of the University’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The University hosted an event focusing on disabilities and the arts, and my talk was about how my learning difference of dyslexia has actually proved to be an ability for me and how it shaped my life and my career path.
At Virginia Tech’s ADA Services National Disability Employment Awareness Event on October 31 at the Moss Arts Center with, L. to R.: Pamela Vickers, University ADA Coordinator; me; Mike Kutnak, ADA Specialist; and Sandra Ratliff, Administrative Assistant. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech and Emma Cross, senior at Virginia Tech.
I just received an oak platter from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport for me to paint an image on for their annual fundraising gala. I’ve been doing this for them for several years. Their gala is always held in the spring, and next year’s will be on May 16. Once finished, my painted platter will be on display at Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, Tennessee, until the gala in May. I’ll share a picture of it when it’s ready.
I’ll be showing with Up Against the Wall December 12-13, and we’ll release a special new print of Kingsport’s carousel. The painting is currently a work in progress. The Kingsport Carousel Project has been a volunteer effort to provide a menagerie-style carousel for the enjoyment of the citizens of Kingsport. The animals are all hand-carved by volunteers.
This Thursday, November 6, I’ll be the guest speaker for the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, Virginia. On Friday, November 7, I’ll head over to Leesburg, Virginia, for my show with Medlin Art, Ltd. I’ve been working on a special painting for Medlin that will be printed in the near future. It features Rokeby in Leesburg, which has the distinction of housing the nation’s founding documents when Washington, DC, was burned and occupied in 1814 during the War of 1812. The documents, including The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, were temporarily housed in a vault in Rokeby’s basement. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Rokeby’s important role in history. I’ll have the painting with me during my Friday through Saturday show, and the gallery will be taking orders for the print.
Loudoun Farm will be released during my show with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, VA, November 7-8. For more information, please contact the gallery at 703-771-8696.
This painting is a work in progress that will be printed in the near future. Orders for the print will be taken during my show with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, November 7-8. The painting features Rokeby in Leesburg, which has the distinction of housing the nation’s founding documents when Washington, DC, was burned and occupied in 1814 during the War of 1812. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Rokeby’s important role in history. For more information, please contact Medlin Art, Ltd., at 703-771-8969.
Apple Barn Gallery in Buchanan, Virginia, is having a show November 7-9, and I will be there on Sunday, November 9, to meet collectors and sign prints. Apple Barn Gallery owner Rachel Nichols and I will release my print The National D-Day Memorial, which features its namesake in Bedford, Virginia. The National D-Day Memorial honors and commemorates the sacrifices made during the WWII invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces in their efforts to free Europe from the control of Adolf Hitler. It’s a wonderful, powerful memorial. Proportionally, the Town of Bedford suffered the nation’s heaviest D-Day losses. Recognizing Bedford as emblematic of all communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day, Congress warranted the establishment of the National D-Day Memorial there.
The National D-Day Memorial will be released during Apple Barn Gallery’s show in Buchanan, VA, November 7- 9. I will be there to meet collectors and sign prints on Sunday, November 9. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-254-6677.
Foundation Quilt Raffle
The Foundation is raffling a beautiful quilt titled Cherub’s Perch that was made by Cheryl Foster of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The quilt features one of my hand-painted centerpieces and measures 50½ x 50½ inches. The centerpiece measures 21 x 21 inches. Tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. I will draw the winning ticket on December 7 during my December Barn Show. Tickets are available from the Foundation office at 108 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980; PH: 540-932-1728.