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Dear Friends:
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!

Stay warm!

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