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Thirty-seven people representing twenty-two galleries joined members of my staff and me this past weekend at my home in St. Petersburg, Florida, for an informal dealers' meeting. Our group was very excited to have Vivian Kistler as our guest speaker. Vivian is an art and framing industry leader and frequent headliner at trade shows. We were treated to an inspirational and informative session about exceptional customer service and making our galleries more welcoming, followed by an excellent event planning session that will help us make our gallery shows and collectors' conventions even more fun and successful for everyone.

Vivian Kistler, center right, with some of the dealers she came to speak with this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida at a work session for P. Buckley Moss gallery owners.

The weekend was kicked-off with a "welcome reception" on Friday evening. Saturday's program was filled with Vivian's wonderful talks as well as presentations on marketing, future products, and group discussions and idea sharing. Saturday was topped off with a wonderful, fun-filled dinner party. The weekend was wrapped up with a continental breakfast Sunday morning and a final discussion and question session.

Friday evening's reception at Pat's house was a good time for gallery owners to get together and share their ideas and experiences selling Pat's work.

One of the things we announced at the meeting is that we will release two more of my traditional, flat, porcelain ornaments this year. Many of you may be aware that my porcelain manufacturer Cridge, Inc., is getting out of the business of making the type of ornaments that I've been releasing for many years now. As a special favor to me, Peter Cridge has agreed to make just two more this year. The ornaments will be based on my Scarlet Splendor and Bright Eyes prints. I'm very grateful to Peter for doing this for me, and I look forward to working with him on other products in the future. We are working on designs for different styled ornaments, and I'm excited about the opportunity to explore some new ideas.

Bright Eyes (top) and Scarlet Splendor, the images for this year's ornaments.

We also unveiled the image for this year's Society Members' Only Giclée. We plan to handle the release of it a bit differently from last year. This year, the print will be a canvas edition. We will set the edition size at 350, and Society members will be able to order theirs as soon as they receive their redemption cards, which will be on the cover of the April edition of The Sentinel newsletter. The end date to order will be December 31, or while supplies last.

The image for this year's Society giclée, yet to be named.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the weekend such a success, with a special thanks to Vivian Kistler. I wish to also thank my staff for all their hard work in planning, organizing, and setting up the event.

This Friday I fly to Des Moines, Iowa, for a two-day show with Kenneth Paul Gallery. Friday evening I'll be at their new West Des Moines location, and Saturday I'll be at their Urbandale location. We'll be debuting my new print Living History Farm, depicting the general store, the church, and the school at the historic site by the same name near Des Moines. It's a place very near and dear to my heart, holding special memories of past visits and a joint signing of my Iowa poster with Governor Branstad for charity.

Living History Farm, to be released at Kenneth Paul Gallery's show this weekend. Moss dealers and The Moss Portfolio will contribute $5.00 from the sale of each print to Living History Farms. For information, call 515-278-4378.

The following weekend I'll be appearing at two different gallery shows in West Virginia. On Saturday, March 11, I'll be with Necessary Things, showing at the Holiday Inn Express in Winfield. Sunday, March 12, I'll be at Kitten's Korner in White Sulphur Springs. I'm very excited about returning to West Virginia and seeing all my friends there again. I had such a wonderful time when I visited last year!

Our First Mansion, to be released at Necessary Things, March 11th. For information, call (304) 752-0163.

I've created two special print editions to release at the shows. Necessary Things will debut Our First Mansion, depicting the very first governor's mansion in the state; and, Kitten's Korner will debut Ready for Worship, depicting the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Ready for Worship, to be released at Kitten's Korner, March 12th. For information, call (304) 536-9206.

See you soon!


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