This weekend I’ll be hosting a meeting of the P.
Buckley Moss Society’s Board of Directors. The Board members
are all wonderful people who care about others and the future of the
Society. Among the things we’ll be discussing are plans for the
Society’s 20th Anniversary celebrations, the first of which will
be held at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 28. It’s
shaping up to be loads of fun, and I’m very much looking forward
I’ve been painting away here in St. Petersburg, Florida. I love
the light in my studio down here. I wish I could bottle it up and take
it with me everywhere I go.
One of the pieces I’ve been working on is the special release
print for my spring Barn
Show and Museum
Open House, which will be held April 20-22 in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Springtime at Meems features one of my favorite subjects, the
Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, which is located between Mt. Jackson and
Pat's earlier prints, Morning at Meems Bottom Bridge (top)
and Winter at Meems Bottom Bridge, both of which are now sold
Pat's new painting of Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, Springtime
at Meems, is due to be released at the Museum and Barn Open House,
April 20-22, Waynesboro, Virginia.
The current bridge was built in 1894 by Franklin Wissler
to provide access to his apple orchards at Strathmore Farms. The 204-foot,
single-span, Burr arch truss bridge is the longest remaining covered
bridge in the state. It was burned by vandals in 1976, but the original
timbers were salvaged and the bridge was reconstructed and eventually
undergirded with steel beams and concrete piers. At least two earlier
bridges occupied the site. Records show that one bridge was burned in
1862 as Confederate General Stonewall Jackson went up the Valley ahead
of Union General John C. Fremont, prior to the battles of Harrisonburg,
Cross Keys, and Port Republic. Another was washed away in a flood in
Another painting I’ve just finished is The Wayne Theatre.
The Theatre was built in 1926 and was an important part of Waynesboro’s
downtown. It closed in 1999, but the Wayne Theatre Alliance is working
to restore it to its former glory. Once restored, the theatre will be
used as a venue for plays, music festivals, historic lectures, and classic
movies, and will be the home stage for many presenting organizations
based in Waynesboro. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this
print edition will be given to the Wayne Theatre Alliance. The edition
will be released on April 18 during a special event at the P. Buckley
Moss Museum. Please contact the
Wayne Theatre Alliance at 540-943-9999 for more details.
Pat's eponymous painting of the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Virginia.
The print will be released at a special event at the P. Buckley Moss
Museum, April 18th.
It is Ash Wedesday and with Lent just starting I am looking
ahead to Easter, which is one of my favorite Holidays because it puts
me in a contemplative and less frantic frame of mind. For this very
reason I especially enjoy painting subjects for Easter, and I leave
you with one here.
is one of Pat's Last Supper portrayals and is among the several
subjects available in print.
That’s all for now…’til next week.