The Finn Gallery’s first big event in its new location at 176
Fourth Ave., NE, in St. Petersburg, Florida, was a fundraiser for St.
Mary Our Lady of Grace Church this past weekend. The
event was catered by the best restaurants in town; and, the food was
set up in my home, which is next door to the gallery.
Gallery owner Tim Finn welcomed the members of St. Mary Our Lady
of Grace Church with open doors and beautiful fall decorations.
The church is blessed with a wonderful congregation.
The members in charge of setting up and organizing everything took such
good care of my home and the Finn Gallery’s new space. Everyone
was so nice to one another and handled everything in such a professional
What wonderful support! Sisters Jane Gradoz, Elizabeth Fuentes,
and Trish Lopez came all the way from San Angelo, TX, to help their
sister Trish Land of St. Petersburg (Yes! There are two “Trish’s.”)
set up the event. Pictured L. to R. are Jane, Trish Land, me,
and Elizabeth. Not pictured is Trish Lopez. I guess I made
a third “Trish.”
Local merchants donated items for the auction, and over
$20,000 was raised for the church’s building renovation fund!
The church was built in 1929.
What a turn out!
My brand new giclée For
Our Sins was a big hit at the show!
While I was in St. Petersburg, my daughter Patty, who
is a member of the Board of Directors of the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, was in Sweet
Briar, Virginia, attending the Foundation’s
Tenth Annual National Education Conference. Each year the
Foundation sponsors a “Creative Mind” Conference for Educators.
The theme for this year’s event was “The Way You See Your
Life, Shapes Your Life.” The Creative Mind Conferences offer
presenters and workshops to inspire teachers to incorporate the Arts
in teaching children, especially those with learning differences.
Patty told me that she enjoyed all the presenters and workshops, but
a particular favorite of hers was a joint presentation given by fellow
Foundation Board member Dr. Robin Fromherz and her daughter Rebecca
Fromherz, Soprano. Their workshop was titled “Opera Is for
Everyone: Stories Told in Song” and explored the world of
opera from a short history lesson to the beauty of sung stories to the
benefit of opera in the classroom. It also explored how opera
can be used to supplement the curriculum of the child with special needs
as well as the regular classroom.
Rebecca Fromherz, Soprano, shared her gifts with the attendees of
the Teachers’ Conference.
Rebecca is a professional opera singer who lives in Vienna,
Austria. During the one and one-half hour workshop, she and her
mother Robin taught the group to perform a twenty-minute opera that
is suitable for school-age children. An extra special treat was
Rebecca’s performance of four different opera songs.
Rebecca’s “students” learned how to perform an
This Friday and Saturday I’ll be in Frederick,
Maryland, for a show with my good friend Jon Thames of Thames Fine Arts
and Framing. Jon and I will release my new print Frederick’s
Twin Spires, which features the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The church’s history dates to 1738, and it served as a hospital
for wounded Civil War soldiers during and after the Battle of Antietam
Frederick’s Twin Spires will be released during my show with
Thames Fine Arts & Framing in Frederick, MD, November 9-10, and
there will be a limited number of remarques available at the show, too.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 301-663-0707.
Frederick is famous for its clustered spires, among other
things. The twin spires of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are
part of that treasured landscape. American poet John Greenleaf
Whittier memorialized the Town’s spires in his poem Barbara
Fritchie, and I included them in my painting and print edition
Clustered Spires of Frederick.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas—can
you believe it? As we share the holidays with our families and
friends, let’s be sure to take the time to say a special prayer
and give thanks for our troops who can’t be home to enjoy this
special time with us.