I received word this past weekend that my Aunt Mary Cassidy passed away.
Aunt Mary was my father’s sister and the last of her generation
in my family. Now, my generation is the oldest. Aunt Mary
and her brother, my Uncle Danny, traveled with the P.
Buckley Moss Society’s group Mediterranean Cruise in 1996.
We saw Greece and Turkey that year, and Aunt Mary and Uncle Danny climbed
the many, many steps of the Acropolis with me. They enjoyed watching
the whirling dervishes perform, and I can still see their smiling faces.
Aunt Mary was my godmother and has been a constant figure in my life,
and it’s a very strange feeling to know that she is no longer
with us. Maybe it’s that, as long as someone from my parents’
generation was alive, I could still feel somewhat like a child.
My brother, sister, cousins, and I are now the matriarchs and patriarchs
of the family. The passage of time brings many changes and many
seasons to one’s life.
I was in historic Frederick, Maryland, this past weekend for a show
with my friend Jon Thames, owner of Thames Fine Arts & Framing.
I also gave a talk at Hood
College to college faculty and faculty from the Frederick County
Public School System. Dr. Roberta Strosnider and Dr. Kathleen
Bands (of Hood College) have developed a program called Project Boost,
which targets children K-elementary or middle school who have been identified
as needing additional help with school. I talked about my experience
growing up as a learning different child and how important it is for
all teachers to learn more about learning differences and how to help
children with them. I also talked about the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education and its goal
to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs,
with a special focus on children who learn in different ways.
Here I am (holding a beautiful vase of black-eyed susans) with founders
and supporters of Project Boost at Hood College in Frederick, MD.
L. to R.: Ellen Sewell, Rev. Stacey Brady, Val Sharpe, Jim Strosnider,
Dr. Roberta Strosnider, me, Marianne Koss, Carol Powell, Sandy Sayko,
and Dr. Kathleen Bands. Roberta and Kathleen are co-founders of
Project Boost as well as faculty of Hood College and members of the
Green Walled Garden Club.
Among the supporters of Project Boost are members of
the Green Walled Garden Club. They gave me a plaque at Thames’
show granting me honorary membership. The Green Walled Garden
Club girls are a cheerful, lovely group of women who care about others,
and they have created a wonderful cookbook to sell to help raise funds
for their various projects, including Project Boost. The fun thing
about the cookbook is that it includes pictures of the Garden Club members
that are loosely based on the movie Calendar Girls. I
admire their sense of fun and daring!
The Green Walled Garden Club and “Cookbook Girls”!
Jon’s show featured two new giclée editions,
the giclée on paper titled Black
Eyed Susans and the giclée on canvas titled Floral
Elegance. Both depict black-eyed susans, which have been
the official flower of Maryland since 1918. The show also featured
many of my prints that depict historic landmarks in Frederick.
Jon Thames (far right), owner of Thames Fine Arts & Framing,
presents the winners of a framed remarque of Floral Elegance
with their prize. The giclée was raffled to benefit the
Green Walled Garden Club and Project Boost. The darling little
girls are Sophie and Brinkley Strosnider, who pulled the winning raffle
ticket. They are the granddaughters of Dr. Roberta Strosnider,
co-founder of Project Boost and a member of the Garden Club.
Frederick has recently completed a beautification project known
as The Carroll Creek Project. Here, I am admiring a metalwork
tree on a bridge that crosses Carroll Creek.
This weekend I’m flying to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
where the Three Rivers Moss Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and
I will be the special guests at a reception hosted by The Association
for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) of Greater
Pittsburgh. The ACLD of Greater Pittsburgh has been the benefactor
of the Three Rivers Moss Chapter’s annual print raffle for the
past twenty years. The Chapter has raised over $60,000 for ACLD!
I’m most honored to be invited to the reception, which will be
held at The Phipps Conservatory. Veronica Nulph, a member of the
Three Rivers Moss Chapter and the owner of The Perfect Picture in Butler,
Pennsylvania, will be there to display and sell my work during the event.
For more information, please contact Veronica at 724-282-4993.
I’ll also be showing this weekend with Jim and Donna Uhrig of
Fast Frame in McMurray, Pennsylvania. We’ll release my new
print depicting Phipps Conservatory during the show Friday and Saturday,
but the print will also be available during the ACLD reception at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory will be released this weekend during the ACLD
reception at Phipps Conservatory Thursday evening as well as during
my show with Fast Frame in McMurray. For more information about
Fast Frame’s show, please contact the gallery at 724-941-2729.
This trip to Pittsburgh will give me another chance to
spend some time with my brother Dan and his wife Carol. They live
in the area, and I’ll be staying with them while I’m there.
The weekend of November 21-23 I’ll be in St. Petersburg, Florida,
for a show with the Finn Gallery. Owner Tim Finn is having a Christmas
show and will feature this year’s Christmas print The
Lord is My Shepherd and the giclée on canvas Follow
Him, as well as a wide selection of my other prints,
giclées, and gift items.
Veterans’ Day was this Tuesday, and I hope that everyone will
keep our veterans and our active duty military in their thoughts and
prayers. They sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom, and
we should honor and respect them and help them in any way we can.
Well, I’m off to Pittsburgh!