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I spent Thursday evening at historic Zoar Village near Berlin, Ohio. It was founded in 1817 by a group of about 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland, and it is so wonderfully loved and cared for. Restoration is ongoing, and the proceeds from Thursday evening's dinner and tours will go for that purpose. It is truly a treasure, with simple, beautiful buildings and homes-the brick buildings are very straightforward-and magnificent gardens. The buildings are all numbered, and I could easily live in house #1. I'm so glad that Nancy Tarzan of Berlin Creek Gallery asked me to paint the Zoar Hotel for her show print and gave me the opportunity to experience the village for myself. It was such fun!

Darrel Markijohn and I unveiling Autumn at the Zoar Hotel. Darrel is on the Board of the Zoar Community Foundation, which is the organization that handles the preservation and restoration of the village. We discussed the possibility of doing another Zoar building next year...I'd love to go back!

Berlin Creek Gallery is a joyous place. The staff members are so involved and are like a group of sisters who care for one another and respect one another.

A very happy bunch! L. to R.: Berlin Creek Gallery owner Nancy Tarzan, Alysha Evans, Tracy Shutt, me, Jordan Milburn, and Jenn Benevich.

Breakfast at The Miller Haus B&B. A wonderful place to stay, and the food is divine (apple pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, homemade raspberry jam, and scones)!

We just received two beautiful quilts made by volunteers as a donation to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Childrens Education to be used in future fundraising events. The quilts were designed around my hand-painted fabric centerpieces. On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to give a tremendous thank-you to Gwen Sinclair of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Joyce Grote of La Plata, Maryland, for their time, talent, materials, and generosity!

Gwen Sinclair of Bellevue, NE, made this gorgeous quilt to be used in a future fundraising event for the Foundation. Thanks, Gwen!

Joyce Grote of La Plata, MD, made this precious quilt for the Foundation. Thanks, Joyce!

This weekend I'll be in Des Moines, Iowa, for a show with my friends at Kenneth Paul Gallery. I'm very much looking forward to seeing all my Central Iowa friends and catching up on their news. We're releasing two special new giclées on paper at the show, which will be held October 1-2. Des Moines by the River features the Des Moines skyline, the River Walk Pedestrian Bridge, and a paddle boat on the Des Moines River. Pride of Iowa features the Iowa State Capitol.

Des Moines by the River, above, and Pride of Iowa, below, will be released during my show with Kenneth Paul Gallery, October 1-2. For more information, please contact the gallery at 515-278-4378.

I'm also looking forward to a potluck dinner with the Central Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. The food is always fantastic. It will be held at the home of chapter member Sharon Cubit, and I'll get to see her little Westie again. At last year's potluck, we raffled off one of my drawings for the Foundation. The chapters are always thinking of our teachers and our children!

If you're an educator, don't forget to register for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Childrens Education's 13th Annual Creative Mind Conference, which will be held on Saturday, October 23, at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. The theme of this year's conference is "Voices from the Past, Envisioning the Future". You won't want to miss the keynote address by John Almarode on why the Arts are an absolutely necessary and essential component in the education of young minds. John will provide the latest research on the links between emotion, creativity, and learning in all subject areas and how the Arts make it happen. Other great presenters include Barbara Spillman Lawson, Amy Faulkner, Diana Beam, and Holocaust survivor David Arban.

For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728. The Conference is barely a month away, so please send in the downloadable brochure and registration form soon.


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