The Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society held its meeting at my house in St. Petersburg,
Florida, Sunday. In honor of the arrival of the Chinese New Year
(the Year of the Ox) Monday, Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig treated
us all to a Chinese New Year Dinner. We had Chinese food, fortune
cookies, chop sticks…the works! It was loads of fun.
Chapter members have so much fun together, in addition to working
to help others. The Moss Pelicans’ Chinese New Year Dinner
was complete with decorations!
Many of the Moss Pelicans members are in the teaching
profession, and our special project for last year was raising funds
to send a local teacher to the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Annual
Creative Mind Conference. Dara Vance, who is an art teacher for
Pinellas County, Florida, has recently joined our chapter, along with
her boyfriend. Dara has told us what a wonderful, enriching experience
she had attending the conference. She brought all that she learned
and lots of materials from the conference and shared them with her fellow
teachers. She said that everyone is so excited about the material
and ideas that she brought back, and many have expressed interest in
attending this fall’s conference. The Chapter has set a
goal of raising enough money to sponsor two teachers to attend the conference
this year, which will be held in October, dates to be announced.
Monday I went to Beth-El Synagogue’s 36th Annual Art Festival.
They had a whole room designated to show the art of area high school
students, including the work of some of Dara’s students.
I was very impressed with the talent displayed there.
I’d like to give a warm welcome to our newest authorized Moss
Dealer, Willow Vale Gallery in Luray, Virginia. Gallery owner
Laurie Ryman is excited to be a new dealer and is looking forward to
serving the collectors in her area. Last Wednesday Willow Vale
Gallery held the January Business After Hours for the Luray/Page Chamber
of Commerce. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Barry Presgraves
was held to celebrate the opening of the new gallery, which showcases
my work as well as that of other Valley artists and artisans.
The Chamber of Commerce registered 68 in attendance, and Laurie has
told my staff at The Moss Portfolio
that she received many compliments about the showcasing of my work and
the WVPT video The
Lady Behind the Brush, which was played during the event.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at Willow Vale Gallery, 7 Campbell Street,
Luray, VA 22835; Phone: 540-743-1850. L. to R.:
Dave Tong, President of the Luray/Page Chamber of Commerce Board; Mayor
Barry Presgraves; gallery owner Laurie Ryman; and Karen Riddle, Executive
Director of the Luray/Page Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking of Luray, my son John, who is a chef, is restoring
a building there that will hopefully be opened as a restaurant next
year. I’m very excited about John having his own restaurant!
The P. Buckley Moss
Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, was closed Tuesday due to snow and
ice, and I understand that much of the country has been dealing with
similar weather and very cold temperatures. While it’s been
a bit cooler than usual here in Florida, too, this winter, the bougainvillea
outside my bedroom window is in full bloom. Ah! Florida!
Bougainvillea in January!