The Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society held its first ever dinner meeting at my house
in St. Petersburg, Florida, this past Sunday. Present was Hunter Hart,
the young man whom the Chapter chose to be the beneficiary of its 2007
scholarship project. Hunter graduated from high school last year and
has already earned thirty credits toward his college degree. Hunter
has overcome numerous challenges as a student who learns differently
through the support of his mother and the opportunities afforded him
through virtual learning. Hunter is really good with computers and is
pursuing a career in computer graphic design and programming. The Chapter
is very proud of him.
Moss Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig presented Hunter
Hart a check for $625 to help with his education costs. The Chapter
held a raffle for a framed print of Pelican
Watch to raise the money for Hunter. Note Bonnie-Lou's special
Moss Pelicans Chapter shirt.
The Moss Pelicans' project this year is to raise funds to send one
or more teachers to the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Annual Creative
Minds Conference for educators. The Conference brings together educators
and presenters to discuss techniques, strategies, and lesson plans for
incorporating the arts into the curriculum of every child and especially
for those who learn differently. The Chapter members all agree that,
by sponsoring one or more teachers for the Foundation Conference, they
can help a lot more children.
St. Petersburg is so beautiful this time of year. It's warm, but not
hot, and the sun shines every day. The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine
Arts is within walking distance of my house, and I love to walk there
to see what's new and take in their programs. Last week I heard a talk
on the life and work of Johannes Vermeer, who was a 17th century Dutch
Baroque painter specializing in domestic interior scenes of ordinary
life. The talk was given by Dr. Arthur Wheelock of the National Gallery
of Art in Washington, DC, and an expert on Vermeer. Vermeer's work was
virtually forgotten for nearly two hundred years, until the art critic
Thoré Bürger published an essay about him in 1866. As a
result, Vermeer is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters
of the Dutch Golden Age and is particularly renowned for his mastery
and use of light in his work.
The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts will open a whole new wing in
a few weeks, but I'll have to miss its grand opening. I'll be busy in
February hosting a meeting of the Society's Board of Directors and also
a meeting of my authorized dealers.
Hallelujah! I'm very pleased that I've completed the illustration paintings
for the book Reuben
and the Balloon, my latest collaboration with author Merle
Good. If the printing process goes according to schedule, the book will
be released at the People's Place Gallery in Intercourse, Pennsylvania,
during my show with them September 19-20. I'm looking forward to seeing
lots of you there to help me celebrate the release of the fourth book
in the Reuben series.
Now that I've finished the book, I've turned my focus to my other painting
projects. One of them is the painting for the large convention print
for my Collectors'
Convention that will be held at the Riverside Casino and Resort
in Riverside, Iowa, (outside Iowa City and Cedar Rapids) April 4-5,
2008. The subject of the print is Clayton County's historic Motor
Mill. The Motor Mill site is hidden in the Turkey River Valley and
features a six-story limestone flour mill and four related stone buildings
dating from the late 1860's.
Iowa's Motor Mill is the subject of this “work in progress”
and will be the large convention print for my Collectors' Convention
April 4-5 at the Riverside Casino and Resort in Riverside, IA. I'm looking
forward to seeing my Iowan friends!
Another piece I'm working on is a quilt painting that will be released
as a print edition during the 21st
Annual Quilters' Heritage Celebration, which will be held at the
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
March 27-30, 2008. I'll be the guest speaker at the luncheon on Saturday,
March 29, and I'll talk about my quilting prints and the meaning of
quilts in my art. The Moss Portfolio will have a booth at the convention,
and the new quilt print will be for sale.
This “work in progress” will be released as a print
edition at the 21st Annual Quilters' Heritage Celebration, which will
be held at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, March 27-30.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in the months ahead!
It is with fondness that I remember Lois K. Musser of Bellfontaine,
and formerly of DeGraff, Ohio. Lois was possibly my oldest collector.
She passed away last week at the age of 105. Her daughters Alice Baier
and Marilyn Parker are also collectors and members of the Appleseeds
of Moss Chapter in Bellefontaine. I had the pleasure of meeting Lois
several times, and she was always such a joy to talk to. A toast to
Lois on a life well-lived!