It was so wonderful to be back in Kalona, Iowa, with my “Moss country friends” this past weekend. Village Shoppe owner Doris Greiner and Moss Country Friends Chapter member Barb Wiemer met me at the airport in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, and then we went to Coralville for lunch at Monica’s with the Chapter. I had a lovely time seeing everyone before we all got busy with the show. Afterward, we went to see the Oakes/Wood house, where Grant Wood lived in his twilight years. Attorney Jim Hayes lives there now, and he also owns houses behind the Grant Wood home and is turning the area into an artist’s colony for artists from around the world to visit and show their work.
Members of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and I enjoyed lunch and one another at Monica’s in Coralville, IA, on Thursday.
L. to R.: Doris Greiner, owner of the Village Shoppe; me; and Dennis & Irma Altenhofen. The Society donated the remarqued Old River Bridge, and Doris donated the framing as part of a fundraiser to restore the bridge, which was burned by an arsonist this summer.
The Chapter hosted a fundraising dinner and auction Saturday night. Their goal was to raise enough funds to purchase two adapted tricycles similar to the ones provided by AMBUCS® for children and wounded warriors with mobility limitations. The fundraiser was so successful that they may be able to purchase additional adapted equipment and an iPad for more children.
One of the adapted tricycles purchased by the Moss Country Friends Chapter. L. to R.: Me; Doris Greiner; and Barb Wiemer, member of the Chapter’s Philanthropic Committee.
One of the auction items was a quilted wall hanging made by Pearl Yoder. This is Pearl’s fifth quilted piece incorporating one of my centerpieces that she has donated for charity. Half of the proceeds from the quilt will benefit the Chapter’s fundraising endeavor, and the other half will benefit my Foundation for Children’s Education. Former Society Board of Directors member Judy Roe and her husband Leland were there and bid against me for the quilt. Judy, thank you for letting me win this time! I think Judy has three of Pearl’s quilts, and I now have two.
Pearl said this is the most intricate quilt she’s ever done. I love the work in it—the whole image on the front is visible in stitching on the back. I can make out every detail, and it is absolutely beautiful! Blessings to Pearl for this fifth masterpiece! I am absolutely thrilled, and I have another quilt for the quilt room in my log home.
Also during the fundraising dinner, I pulled the winning raffle ticket for the Chapter’s other fundraising effort. The proceeds of the raffle for the remarqued print A Peaceful Place will benefit Sunrise Child Care in Wellman, Iowa, to help them with equipment, training, and supplies.
With Chelsea Campbell, left, and Jill McKeen, right, of Sunrise Child Care. Jill is the director.
It is such a pleasure to be and work with people who care. Everyone is especially grateful for our wonderful auctioneer Dwight Duwa, who worked all day and into the evening and then came as a volunteer to help us. He is like a son to everyone and very precious.
On Tuesday, my daughter Mary and I attended a fundraising luncheon for the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. The luncheon was held at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, and former First Lady Laura Bush was the guest speaker. She was her usual gracious self, and it was a special treat to hear her talk. Mary and I attended with a group representing Virginia Tech, and sitting with them made it great fun.
This weekend, I’m going up to Warrenton, Virginia, for a show with Mark and Meleana Moore at Framecraft. We’ll be releasing a very special print titled Virginia is for Lovers (title used with permission from the Virginia Department of Tourism).
Virginia is for Lovers will be released during my show with Framecraft in Warrenton, VA, November 16. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-341-0001.