This past Friday I attended a most interesting talk and luncheon at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. The talk was given by Professor Michael Francis about the course he teaches on the early history of Florida, which includes Native American history and the exploration and settlement by the Spanish. I will be creating a painting to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Florida’s discovery later this year. I am excited about working on this important piece.
On Sunday I hosted the January meeting of the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society, and our chapter’s first Junior member was our guest speaker. Eighth grade student Gabriella Rokosz is one of eight Pinellas County, Florida, students who have been chosen to have their art featured in the Salvador Dali Museum here in St. Pete, and it’s quite an honor. Gabriella described the inspiration for her artwork, titled “Dragon Fly Daze”, which will be on display in the Museum’s Surreal Exhibit from January to April. Gabriella used Photoshop as her medium.
L. to. R.: Bonnie-Lou Binnig, Moss Pelicans Chapter President; Debra Jackson, teacher at John Hopkins Middle School where Gabriella is a student; Gabriella Rokosz; and me.
I took a tour on the architecture of the Dali Museum on Monday with my friend Joyce Wilson, her daughter, and her granddaughter; and, we had lunch together. There are several tours available at the Dali Museum, and this was one that we were all interested in.
St. Petersburg is a wonderful city, with so much to offer like the Dali Museum and the Chihuly Museum; and, of course, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts is a jewel. Dale Chihuly will visit later next month and bring new pieces to show. I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve received word that yet another exquisite quilt has arrived for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. This one was made by Cheryl Foster of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and will be the subject of a future fundraiser for the Foundation. Cheryl volunteered her time, talent, and materials to create the quilt around one of my hand-painted centerpieces. Thanks, Cheryl!
Cheryl Foster of Harrisonburg, VA, volunteered to make this wonderful quilt to be used in a future fundraising event for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.