Whew! What a busy weekend I had! It sure was fun, though, to be with
so many wonderful people. I was in St. Petersburg, Florida, for my show
with the Finn Gallery, and I think I met nearly everyone in Pinellas
Thursday afternoon I was the guest speaker for a meeting of the Rotary
Club of Belleair. The meeting was held at the Belleair Country Club,
which proclaims to have the first golf course in Florida. It's a beautiful
and historic place.
Thursday night the Finn Gallery hosted a wine and cheese reception
to raise funds for Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts. This is
a nonprofit organization that provides classes in dance, music, art,
drama, and martial arts to children and young adults with special needs.
The classes improve the health, fitness, coordination, self-confidence,
and social skills of children with disabilities.
Some of the wonderful people I met during the fundraiser for Special
Kids Dance & Performing Arts, L. to R.: Beth Arvilla, Lisa Fultz,
Joy Marks, Linda Steele, Christine Golczewski (behind little girl),
Melissa Steele (little girl), Lily Alcott, and me.
Friday morning before Finn Gallery's show, I talked to a group of
Pinellas County home-schooled children and gave them a tour of my home.
Friday night's show was also a benefit for Patti Thiel, a Perioperative
RN Intern at All Children's Hospital in St. Pete. Patti oversees a very
busy team of open heart staff who performs transplants and open heart
surgery on pediatric patients. Patti has been a lifelong lover of dogs
and has rescued several dogs with her life partner Robert. Sadly, one
of the dogs Patti and Robert had rescued, which had been recovering
from a lifetime of poor treatment, turned on Patti and severely mauled
her. As a result of the attack, Patti's arms and hands are terribly
damaged, and she faces up to a year of rehabilitation and possibly multiple
surgeries and skin grafting. I'm very pleased to announce that Friday
night's fundraising efforts for Patti netted $1,650.
Patti Thiel is the lovely young woman with the cast on her arm,
shown here with some of the many people who came out to support her.
Photo courtesy of Tammy Berk.
Saturday morning I was delighted to meet a group of teachers who are
members of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. They came to my house, and
I gave them a tour and we talked and talked and talked! Delta Kappa
Gamma Society International is a professional honor society of women
educators. The Society promotes the professional and personal growth
of its members and excellence in education. A few years ago I received
an honorary membership in the Society through the IOTA State Organization.
(The IOTA state is Virginia.) This year I created a special print edition
to help raise funds for the IOTA State Organization, titled A Noble
A Noble Profession is available from IOTA
State Delta Kappa Gamma. A portion of the proceeds from the sale
of this print will benefit the IOTA State Organization and its programs.
After the show on Sunday, the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society held their meeting at my house. I was very
pleased to meet Debra Jackson, a teacher at John Hopkins Middle School
in Pinellas County. The Chapter raised over $1,300 to send Debra to
this year's Creative Mind Conference, sponsored by the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. However, when
the conference was canceled, the Chapter decided to help her in another
way. Debra has incorporated art into her curriculum, and the Chapter
is going to donate funds to help her purchase paper, paints, and brushes
for her students.
Last year, the Chapter raised funds to send another teacher, Dara Vance,
to the Creative Mind Conference. Debra and Dara met at a meeting of
teachers who work with "challenging" students. At that time
Debra was attempting to teach her students about life in Colonial times-a
life without computers, video games, and cell phones. The students couldn't
imagine such a world, so Dara printed out photos she took at last year's
conference, which was held at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton,
Virginia, for Debra to show them. The photos were so impressive to Debra's
students that they completed their reading on Colonial life and requested
to learn more about Colonial times.
Also while in St. Pete, I finished the painting for my show with Kitten's
Korner that will be held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs,
West Virginia, December 29-January 1. The Old White features
the Golf Club, which is the clubhouse at which each of The Greenbrier's
three 18-hole championship golf courses begins and ends. Come help me
ring in the New Year at The Greenbrier!
The Old White will be released during my show with Kitten's Korner,
which will be held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, December
29-January 1. For more information, please contact the gallery at 304-536-9206.
I've made it back to Virginia just in time for Thanksgiving with family
in Waynesboro. My daughter Patty and I are setting off on Friday morning
for my show with 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The
show will actually be held at 2nd Floor's sister gallery Gallerie 13,
also in Mechanicsburg. We'll release my new giclée on paper Boiling
Springs Remembered, which features the historic village of Boiling
Springs near Carlisle. Boiling Springs started as a settlement around
the Carlisle Iron Works, which built a blast furnace there around 1760.
Among other things, the iron works produced munitions and ammunition
during the Revolutionary War. The seven-acre, man-made lake dates to
the 1750's when it was dammed to power the iron works. It is fed by
some 30 natural springs which bubble to the surface from subterranean
caves estimated to be 1,800 feet below the surface. The water appears
to be boiling, and that's where the village gets its name. Boiling Springs
was also a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves from
Boiling Springs Remembered will be released as a giclée on
paper during my show with 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pa. For
more information, please contact the gallery at 717-697-0502. Featured
in the painting are the Little Stone House, the Ege-Bucher Mansion,
The Clocktower and Boiling Springs Tavern, and a gazebo overlooking
Happy Thanksgiving, and please remember to say a prayer for our soldiers
who are not with us to celebrate this special day.
On November 19, Dr. Linda Wilson, Secretary of the Board of Directors
of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education and President
of the Moss on the Chesapeake Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society,
represented the Foundation at Thomas Hunter Middle School's (Mathews
County, Va.) "Night of Excellence". Besides sponsoring two
Thomas Hunter Middle School teachers to the 2008 Creative Mind Conference,
the Foundation originated a one-week, free arts program called "Children's
Summer Arts Program" at the Bay School Cultural Arts Center in
Mathews with a $1,500 grant in 2004. The Foundation also gave a $1,000
grant to the Bay School in November of this year to help support the
fifth year of this program.