The father of my children passed away Friday after a long illness. He was a very good, kind man, and he will be missed.
This picture of Jack and me with our children was taken at our son Chris’ wedding in 1992. Standing, L. to R.: Patty, Ginny, Mary, me, Becky, John, and Jack. Sitting in the front is Chris, the groom.
On a happier note, my granddaughter Michela Ghezzi was confirmed, along with a whole group of kids from Cortona, Italy, this past Sunday. I would have loved to have been there.
The Bishop of Arezzo, confirming my granddaughter Michela with her madrina (godmother), her cousin Martina Maringola. The confirmation was held at the Duomo of Cortona.
The crew from Iowa Public Television was with me last week, busily filming for a follow-up documentary to WVPT’s The Lady Behind the Brush. They filmed me when I was showing with The Finishing Touch Gallery and White’s Gallery in Iowa last November and also came out to my Museum and Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia. Iowa Public Television will air the new program the first week of March, with a new fundraising print featuring a family of eagles. I’m still working on the eagle painting and not yet ready to share a picture of it, but maybe I’ll have it ready by next week’s newsletter. Last year, Iowa Public Television aired The Lady Behind the Brush and released Where the Wild Rose Grows, a giclée on paper I created to benefit their educational programming. For more information on Where the Wild Rose Grows, please contact Patty Foster at Friends of IPTV, 515-242-5403.
I’ve enjoyed doing these pieces for public television, which is so important to us all. Think about the shows we all love like Antiques Roadshow, Downton Abbey, and wonderful music like The Tenors. As funds are being cut necessarily by the government, we have to support this wonderful programming.
I love the crew who came to do the filming at each location. They told me that they loved the people who collect my work and commented on how warm and friendly they were. The crew even filmed me walking with my friends here in St. Pete, and we were lucky enough that day to see the porpoises surfacing in St. Petersburg Bay and the many, many water birds. The weather was perfect for them to film. I’m looking forward to seeing it, as do my friends.