It's been beautiful in Florida. I've been working, of course, but I've
also taken the time to go walking with my "Streetwalker" friends.
I hadn't walked in awhile, and pushing the pace has left me aching from
top to bottom. I've been taking Advil, but it's a good kind of hurt.
Wednesday morning, I was interviewed on Studio 10, a local morning
news program, about Finn Gallery's and my fundraising event for Special
Kids Dance & Performing Arts, which was to be held the following
evening at the gallery. The mission of Special Kids Dance & Performing
Arts is to give children with special needs the same opportunities as
other children in the areas of art, dance, and music. I was delighted
to find out that my friend and neighbor Chef Mike from Moon Under Water
was doing the cooking segment on the show.
On the set with my friend and neighbor Chef Mike of Moon Under Water.
The cameraman in the foreground collects my work.
Thursday, I gave a talk at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club for about
200 members of the Palm Harbor New-Comers' Club, followed by the fundraiser
for Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts at the Gallery Thursday
evening. Friday evening, the gallery held a similar event to raise funds
for Dunedin High School Choral. The gallery also held a holiday-themed
show Saturday and Sunday, and I was there to meet new friends and, of
course, old friends.
Some of the 200 members of the Palm Harbor New-Comers' Club at Eastlake
Woodlands Country Club last Thursday. It was my first turkey dinner
of the season.
Members of Dunedin High School Choral outside the Finn Gallery.
They have a great director and such beautiful voices!
It was wonderful seeing my friends Carol and Morrie! They're down
at Weeki Wachee Springs for the winter, and Morrie has promised to fix
While all this was happening, Corrado Gabellieri, Director of my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia, and curator Bonnie Stump were getting ready
for the Museum's special new exhibit, "Moss in Miniature".
This exhibit will be the first to feature my smaller paintings. I'll
get a preview Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone is cordially invited
to attend the opening reception at the Museum on Thursday, December
2, at 6:00 p.m. All friends and neighbors are welcome!
L. to R.: Lily Dreams, Water's Edge, and an untitled still
life with flowers are among the miniatures that will be featured in
the exhibit. These three are a few of Bonnie and Corrado's favorites.
Lily Dreams and Water's Edge will also available as giclées
I'm also looking forward to our December 3-5 Museum
Open House and Barn Show. My daughter Ginny will be in charge of
the decorations on the Christmas tree at The Barn, and the ornaments
this year will be extra special. The students of Ladd Elementary School
in Waynesboro, grades Pre-K through 5, have made the ornaments for this
year's tree! We're going to have a special tree lighting ceremony on
Saturday, December 4, at 10:15 a.m. for the students, their parents,
their teachers, and anyone else who would like to be there. It's going
to be such fun!
Winter Bliss, featuring a chickadee, will be released at my December
3-5 Museum Open House and Barn Show. For more information, please contact
the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
After Sunday's show at the Finn Gallery, I hosted the November meeting
of the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society at my house. Our special guests were Dr. Sandra
Patterson and Debra Jackson, department chairs with the St. Petersburg,
Florida, public school system. The Chapter sponsored their participation
in the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children's Education's Annual Creative Minds Conference last
month. They shared what they had learned and said their trip to Waynesboro
and the Creative Minds Conference was "the most wonderful experience
in their teaching careers." Neither of them had seen mountains
before, and they said how much they appreciated seeing them and the
beautiful Valley. They had some extra time and took the opportunity
to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, too. The Chapter conducted a
raffle for an original watercolor I donated, and the proceeds were used
to send Sandra and Debra to the Creative Minds Conference. The two of
them got to draw the winning ticket during the meeting, and Linda Russell
of New Mexico was the lucky winner.
L. to R.: Dr. Sandra Patterson; me; Bonnie-Lou Binnig, President
of the Moss Pelicans Chapter; and Debra Jackson. The Moss Pelicans Chapter
sponsored Sandra's and Debra's participation in the Foundation's Creative
Minds Conference last month. Debra is holding the framed original watercolor
I donated for the Chapter to raffle to raise funds to send them to the
conference. The lucky winner of the raffle was Linda Russell of New
Happy Thanksgiving to all!