With the holidays over, I’m back in my studio painting away. I’ll have pictures to show you soon of new prints to come, including a new Valentine’s Day piece. One painting I’m working on now will make its debut March 3-4, when I’ll be showing with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, and Mount Gallery in Tucker, Georgia. The print depicts the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens.
The Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens will be the subject of Pat's print for her shows in the Atlanta area March 3-4.
One print I released this past fall has been very popular in West Virginia and Kentucky. Dreams Never Die is my third print of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall has many loyal alumni and its football team, many faithful fans. This loyalty is at least partly inspired by the tragic 1970 plane crash in which 75 members of Marshall’s football team and coaching staff were killed. There’s even a movie currently playing about it called We Are Marshall. A couple of my Kentucky friends sent me a We Are Marshall shirt, which I will wear with pride.
Dreams Never Die, is the third print Pat has released of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
When I’m not painting or walking, I find gardening very relaxing. I’ve started an herb garden in pots on my patio. I’m looking forward to having fresh herbs again. They have so much more flavor than the dried ones.
Happy birthday to the P. Buckley Moss Society! The Society officially started on January 1, 1987, and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Society’s theme this year will be “Touching Lives for 20 Years.” There will be three birthday parties held throughout the year. The first one will be held the evening of April 28 at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, and I’ll be showing that weekend with Kenneth Paul Gallery in nearby Urbandale, too. The second party will be held at my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, on June 15. The third party will take place in the fall in the Pennsylvania area. Stay tuned for details.
In addition to the raffle, live auction, and silent auction planned for all three parties will be the opportunity to purchase birthday bags for $20 each. Each bag will have a value of no less than $20 and will contain a raffle ticket for a year-long raffle event, a gift certificate from The Moss Portfolio, and assorted other donated items. Only one of the bags will contain one of my miniature original watercolors and will be worth much more than $20! The funds raised at the birthday parties will be divided three ways: Ronald McDonald House Charities, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, and the newly created P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship.
I’m deeply honored that the Society’s Board of Directors has chosen to establish an endowed scholarship in my name this year as part of their birthday celebrations. The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior with a verified, specific, language-related learning disability who intends to pursue a career in a visual arts field. He or she must be accepted to an accredited four-year college or university or a two-year community college. Financial need is also a major component of the criteria.
I’m very excited about this scholarship. I struggled in school because of my dyslexia, which wasn’t understood or diagnosed in those days. The same thing that causes my dyslexia also gives me my artistic ability, so it was very fortunate that my mother found a free high school for me to attend that would teach me four art periods a day. The Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan was a turning point in my education, a place where I could finally be successful. I was also blessed to receive a scholarship to New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Not all learning different children are as lucky as I was. Most good schools with programs for learning different, but otherwise talented, children are very expensive. I’m delighted that this scholarship will benefit students who are in need of assistance.
’Til next week…