|Rosa G, Dempsey, and Rosa's niece Marrgaret G.|
|Rosa G, Dempsey, and Rosa's niece Marrgaret G.|
Just to send a heartfelt thank you for the lovely “Serenity” and “Tranquility” prints. The first cousins remaining in my maternal grandparents family met on Saturday evening in Alamance County to celebrate the holiday season. We seldom see each other but have fond memories of our grandparents’ old farm, where I grew up just outside of Greensboro. We were all seated in the living room after dinner, when my brother and sister-in-law gave each of us a beautifully wrapped little square. Each of us opened the gift, to find either “Serenity” or “Tranquility.” As you can imagine, there were looks of complete surprise and gasps. We had not seen the little china pattern in years. It was my grandmother and grandfather’s routine every day to have that on the kitchen table and she always made his coffee and used the creamer and pitcher and a cup and saucer--not a lot of pieces of it, even then. I must say that I cried because this was the first cup I ever had “coffee” out of. It was really cow’s milk with just a little bit of coffee so that I could be “big” and sit at the table with my “Papa” before he went outside to work on the farm. My grandmother cherished those dishes and she had very little. They lived a meager but very happy existence and we have such wonderful memories. Your artwork brought a flood of memories and wonderful conversation. ( With permission from Pamela F.)
“And this is a gift for my friend Andrea,” Susan I. shared at the front counter today and low and behold up walks Andrea B.who was shopping in the gallery and overheard her name. Neither knew the other was present. Thankfully Andrea did not see what her good friend Susan had selected for her.
|The Essick Seal of Approval|
When Alex Young was in Mrs. Byerly’s 4th grade class he created Dempsey this beautiful thank you note. We saved it because we were impressed with the shape of the bird’s beak as well as its overall coloration. Move over Dempsey, Artist Alex is coming!
|It caused a snow flurry when these guys came to shop.|
Wynn Snider came into the shop today clutching a crumbled piece of newspaper and was elated to find that she could get the art work pictured in the ad. “I have held on to the clipping for 9 months knowing that my mom wanted this print and now I have the opportunity to give it to her. Wynn’s mom, Judy, recently suffered a near death experience and the family is so thankful that she will here be here to celebrate Christmas. We think Wynn is an exceptional daughter who loves her mom a lot.
|Dempsey shows Wynn the hidden hummer.|
|The scrap paper was wrinkled and worn.|
|Dempsey and Brad share a laugh.|
|Cindy loved Dempsey's snowman image.|
Wings I & I and Charleston Stroll are in our bedroom
A Bloody Nurse and a Prissy Peacock surprised Dempsey on Halloween and thankfully he had candy corn on hand to satisfy their sweet tooth. We think Dempsey should have dressed up like a hummingbird….maybe next year.
|Wendy the Nurse, Dempsey the Artist,|
& Courtney the Peacock
Audrey Edwards came in not to buy our most popular scarf but wearing it. This animal print accessory comes in browns, blacks, blues and greens. It is lightweight, airy and you are guaranteed to love it best. “When I open the drawer, this is the scarf I reach for. I wear mine all the time.” ($13.50)
|Audrey and Scarf|
|Items in our ladies' section|
|Dama shows Dempsey the tiny image on her cell.|
|Kathy fell in love with our Ruby's Daylily I & II|
“I am a great niece of Irena McCormick, whose home was depicted in your painting of "Springtime at Irena's". We knew her only as Aunt Rena when we visited her at Covesville, Va. My Aunt Shirley and Uncle Tommy McCormick rented a small home at Covehill Farm down the road where Aunt Rena lived. She was the sister of my grandmother, Linnie Agnes Berry Shipp, and we usually visited Covesville during the summer months. My husband and I rediscovered Aunt Rena's home on a trip to visit Monticello recently. The house is now painted gray and is not quite as well kept as when Aunt Rena had it, but I am eternally grateful to you for the memory of her home that you have preserved through your prints and the information about her on your website.”
Linnie Shipp Donahue
(shared with permission)
Dempsey visited the Workshop of Davidson County recently and helped the adult students with their art projects. “They loved me being there but I loved it more. They are so enthusiastic and eager to learn,” Dempsey shared. Their art was sold at an Art From the Heart fundraising dinner last month where Dempsey was the guest speaker.
Beth Leonard’s greenhouse is the ‘go to’ spot in Welcome. Beth is best known for bedding plants, geraniums and ferns but she offers so much more. She mixes her own potting soil, creates funeral baskets, and her succulent dish gardens are a must have... Ninety eight percent of what Beth offers she grows herself. Dempsey has recently created a beautiful painting featuring an assortment of Beth’s zinnias with an old 1940’s watering can (a hand me down from Beth’s mom), a faded garden sign, and two visiting goldfinches.