We had a great weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia, for my last show of the year. It was cold and snowy, which put everyone in the holiday spirit. Lots of local people came to our Open House and celebrated the season with us. It has been such fun to meet so many new people in Blacksburg. Working alone in my studio, I really enjoy getting out and meeting people.
Talking art with a collector—it’s such fun meeting people.
Members of the Renaissance Music Academy (RMA) of Virginia performed at the gallery both days, and the music was wonderful! Musicians from four-years-old to adult performed for us. The children were so serious and adorable as they played their instruments.
Ben Wyatt and his four-year-old son Charlie were a delight. Ben is a member of the Viva Musica Group and teaches at the Renaissance Music Academy.
These talented young ladies will be going off to college next year. All are members of the Renaissance Music Academy. L. to R.: Megan Carlier, Jessica Wang, me, and Valory Hight. Click here for a video of Megan playing her cello.
It was such a treat to hear these classical guitarists perform for us. They are also members of the Renaissance Music Academy, and their teacher is Justin Craig.
With guitarist Emerson Dove.
We met a delightful man during the show who is a professional opera singer. From nearby Christiansburg, Virginia, he has performed in New York, Germany, and Milan. He invited us to attend one of his performances, and we’re looking forward to going.
So many people have experienced the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and have given talks and performed there, and they are so grateful to have it. It’s great to meet others with careers in the arts.
Our dear, dear friend Karen Holt passed away last Friday, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Karen was the President of the Moss Heaven Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society for many years, and she made a quilt with one of my hand-painted centerpieces for a fundraiser a few years ago. She and her husband Ronne were a wonderful, warm couple. When their daughter Kristi and her husband wanted to adopt a child, they ended up adopting three brothers. Karen’s love and warmth will live on through her family.
In last week’s newsletter, we included a picture of me with Jim Conrad, a reporter with WCYB TV, which serves Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee. Sadly, Jim passed away suddenly last Tuesday. He had interviewed me a number of times over the years, and he was such a dear man. He will be missed!
I am very happy to be able to say that my brother is doing well after his surgery last week. So far, so good! Thank you so much for your prayers, and please keep praying for all our friends and relatives who need prayers at this time. We are so grateful for our health and all the soldiers and police officers who make sacrifices for us and risk their lives every day.
My love and best wishes to all for a wonderful Christmas,