Oh! To be with the Borlo-Campbell family again was wonderful! If you want a family atmosphere and lots of fun, visit Gallery Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, which is owned and operated by a wonderful Greek family. I love the diversity of different cultures, and this family is so happy and close. I am blessed that they have included me in their family for many years. What a wonderful way to absorb the Christmas spirit, being with these wonderful friends!
The family at dinner after Saturday’s show, top row, L. to R.: Eileen Rumley (sister of gallery co-owner Suzi Campbell) and Steve Campbell (Suzi’s husband). Bottom row, L. to R.: Suzi Campbell, Mary Borlo (Suzi & Eileen’s mother), me, and Peter Vatsures (Borlo-Campbell family partner).
Friday night we had a fundraising dinner to benefit the Stynchula Family Foundation for Autism, and we released my new Autism Awareness Poster during the event, which was held at China Bell restaurant. The enthusiasm and love of the attendees was contagious. The weekend before, we had a tree lighting ceremony Saturday morning at my Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia, for the children of Westwood Hills Elementary School, their parents, and their teachers. The children had made the ornaments for our Christmas tree at The Barn. On Friday morning, a group of autistic children came with their parents and teachers, and they loved the ornaments and were very excited about making some themselves. The more we become familiar with the work people are doing for autism, the more we want to become involved. Thank you to everyone who came to the fundraiser! I enjoyed talking to everyone, old friends and new ones, too.
Furry friends also visited the gallery. These beautiful, well-behaved dogs have been specially trained to be service dogs for people with autism.
Suzi Campbell is an excellent designer, and her husband Steve and their partner Peter Vatsures are great framers. My beautiful hair dressers Brian and John of the Vinyl Hair Salon came to see me during the show Saturday. Brian was there all day, and John came after work. Brian couldn’t resist tweaking my hair during the show, and John gave his approval when he saw it.
Brian of the Vinyl Hair Salon gave my hair a tweak in the gallery’s back room.
Peter Vatsures helping the ladies—all the girls love Peter! Peter is a fantastic business partner, framer, and my personal escort and tour guide when I’m there.
I’ll be in Kingsport, Tennessee, this Saturday for a show with my friends Mike and Lisa Anne Milhorn of Up Against the Wall. We’ll release the third in my series of prints and posters for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and I’m tickled with the way the image turned out. This time, I put some Amish kids playing instruments in a tree. What fun! This year I’ve taken the Amish to Rockefeller Center in New York City (in Christmas at the Center), as well as the Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Music at the Mural will be released during my show with Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, TN, on Saturday, December 15. For more information, please contact the gallery at 423-246-7210.
I’m very pleased to announce the winner of the Sweet Companion quilt that was the subject of a year-long raffle and on display at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. The drawing was held on December 4, and the lucky winner was Rebecca Lamb of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The winning ticket was purchased the Saturday after Thanksgiving of last year (2011), when Rebecca was here visiting her mother Sally Frederickson, who lives in Ft. Defiance, Virginia. Sally is a twenty-year member of the P. Buckley Moss Society, and Rebecca is a one-year member. Rebecca collects anything with a lamb theme because of her name, and she fell in love with this beautiful quilt, which was designed and stitched by Gwen Sinclair of Bellevue, Nebraska, as a donation to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The raffle generated a little over $650 for the Foundation. Thank you to everyone who supported the raffle, and an extra special thanks to Gwen Sinclair. To view a picture of the quilt, please see my October 26, 2011, newsletter.
On Sunday, December 16, I’ll be back at my Museum in Waynesboro, signing from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you!