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It's been hot here in St. Petersburg, Florida, but I've heard that it's hot pretty much everywhere. Members of my staff in Mathews, Virginia, have told me that daily temperatures have been hovering around 100 degrees, with a heat index of around 110. The heat index is a measurement of how the humidity level makes the temperature feel even hotter. It's similar to a wind chill factor but for heat instead of cold. I take my walks in the morning and in the evening and stay inside during the heat of the day.

I'm very happy to report that so far the St. Petersburg beaches are clear of tar balls and oil. My youngest son Chris and his family are here and take daily excursions to the beaches and the area attractions, and they've reported that everything is still clean and beautiful. They've collected shells at Sanibel and visited both the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete. It's been so nice having them here and seeing how much my granddaughters Kristina, Diana, and Amanda have grown.

The Chihuly Collection, presented by the Morean Arts Center, is opening up right across the street from my house and the Finn Gallery. The grand opening is July 11, and I'm looking forward to it very much. The Chihuly Collection features the stunning work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The building at 400 Beach Drive which houses The Chihuly Collection was designed specifically for that purpose, and the big glass pieces outside the building have generated a lot of interest. Tim is excited about all the new people who have been coming in his gallery.

In last week's newsletter I talked about the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Annual Summer Art Enrichment Program. This week I have pictures to share from last Friday's art exhibit. It's such fun to see how many different ways a group of children can interpret the same subject.

L. to R: Leslie Allen and Sharon Morris, art teachers for the Summer Art Enrichment Program, are standing in front of the children's interpretation of Pat's Cats at Friday night's exhibition of the children's artwork.

P. Buckley Moss Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri, in the white pants and blue shirt, with guests at the children's exhibit.

Tune in next week for pictures of some of my newest paintings.


Update on National AMBUCS™, Inc., Online Fundraising

I would like to thank everyone who supported National AMBUCS™, Inc., in its online fundraising efforts via PepsiCo's Refresh Everything program. AMBUCS™, Inc., supplies therapeutic trykes for children and adults with mobility issues. They have won a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant, which will enable them to purchase 100 trykes and fulfill 25% of their National Wish List. Congratulations!

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