Wow! The Olympics are so exciting! I got up in the middle of the night
to watch figure skating. Ah! To be young again! The skaters are so graceful
and artistic, absolutely breathtaking. I also have great respect for
the skiers on the mogul course. That must be really hard on their legs!
Of course, my heart aches for the family of Georgian luge slider Nodar
Kumaritashvili, who lost his life in a training run last Friday-such
a tragic loss!
I've been working on two paintings that I'm very excited about. One
will be offered as both a poster and a print for the Girl Scouts, and
it features the childhood home of the Girl Scouts' founder Juliette
Gordon Low. The other one will be released as my special print for my
that will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, June 11-12. This painting
features the kitchen, garden, and another building on the grounds of
the John Blair House in Colonial Williamsburg.
This image will be featured in a new poster, as well as a print,
to benefit the Girl Scouts.
An early 18th-century construction date makes the John Blair House
(this painting features the detached kitchen) one of the oldest houses
The John Blair house was the home of John Blair, Sr., who was the nephew
of Reverend James Blair. Reverend James Blair was one of the founders
of the College of William and Mary
and served as its first president. John Blair, Sr., was a burgess and
auditor for the Colony of Virginia from 1728-1771. A burgess was like
a modern-day delegate, a representative in the elected lower house in
the legislative assembly of Colonial Virginia. His son, John Blair,
Jr., graduated from the College of William and Mary and served as a
burgess during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he served as a
Virginia representative at the Constitutional Convention and was appointed
to the Supreme Court by President George Washington.
Just think; we can actually go to Colonial Williamsburg and walk the
same streets that Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry (among other of
our Founding Fathers) walked on. I am so grateful to philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who is largely responsible for the preservation
of this remarkable national treasure. The historic buildings have been
lovingly restored and preserved, and the Colonial way of life is likewise
preserved and presented by interpreters. I hope that those of you who
make it to the Convention in Williamsburg will take the time to explore
the Colonial Capitol, as
well as nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. It was truly here that our
country was born.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is another cornerstone in the foundation
of our country. It is where both the Declaration of Independence
and the U.S. Constitution were signed. I'd like to take this
opportunity to give a warm welcome to our newest chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society, which happens to be based in the Philadelphia
area. The Pat's Angels Chapter will hold its very first meeting at 7:00
p.m. on Friday, March 5, at Whispering
Woods Gallery, 295 Buck Road (corner of Rocksville and Buck Road),
Holland, PA 18966. For more information, please contact Sue at the gallery
at 215-364-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat's Angels has room for many more members; so, if you are interested,
please contact Chapter President Mary Holterhoff to RSVP by March 3.
Mary's phone number at Uptown Kitchens is 215-752-0204.
This weekend I'm hosting a meeting of the Board of Directors of the
P. Buckley Moss Society, and next weekend I'll be hosting our annual
winter Dealers' Meeting. Then, I'll fly up to Virginia just for a few
days for the opening reception of my
exhibit at The Cultural Arts
Center at Glen Allen. The exhibit is titled "P. Buckley Moss:
A Progression Through the Years" and will run from March 4 to May
2 in the Center's Gumenick Family Gallery. The opening reception will
be held on March 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and I hope to see you
there! For more information, please contact the Center at 804-261-2787.