I was very happy to see so many of my authorized dealer representatives
this past weekend. They came to my home in St. Petersburg, Florida,
for The Moss Portfolio's Dealers'
Meeting. Over the years so many of them have become dear friends and
members of my extended family, and it was wonderful to see them and
catch up on their lives as well as talk business.
I was delighted that Paul & Carolyn Welch, owners of The Art
Loft in Collinsville, IL, arrived a day early and were able to have
dinner with my daughter Patty and me Thursday night.
L. to R., Laura DeRamus & Kathy Heims, owners of Canada Goose
Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio; me; and Cathy Williams of The Moss Portfolio
staff. It was great fun catching up with old friends.
Doris Greiner, owner of the Village Shoppe in Kalona, Iowa, is excited
about our upcoming Collectors'
Convention that will be held in Riverside, Iowa, April 4-5. She's
been a huge help to my staff in coordinating arrangements for the weekend,
including a bus trip on Friday morning to see the sights and have lunch
We had two excellent guest speakers, Todd Bingham, President of Todd
Bingham Fine Art, and John W. Haffey, President of Wellspring Communications,
Inc., and publisher of Art World News, the trade magazine for
art dealers. Todd, who writes a regular column in Art World News,
treated us to a very informative talk on the history, genesis, and impact
of the giclée. John's talk was geared toward marketing and in-store
representation. John, whose writing has appeared in The Wall Street
Journal and Business Week among other magazines, holds
degrees in finance, marketing, and consumer behavior; and, his insight
was much appreciated.
Todd Bingham, President of Todd Bingham Fine Art, got everyone excited
John W. Haffey, President of Wellspring Communications, Inc., and
publisher of Art World News, provided valuable information
and observations on marketing and in-store representation.
I was excited to welcome two new dealers to our family as well as new
owners of an existing dealership. Jim Beckman of Beckman Gallery, Ltd.,
in Newton, Iowa, is the new representative of my work in Newton and
Grinnell, following the retirement of my dear friend Linda Klepinger
of Klepinger Wildlife Art. Bob Fowler of The Frame Depot Gallery in
Niles, Ohio, is the new representative of my work in his area, following
the closing of Governor Galleries in Cortland. While Bob was unable
to attend the meeting, I was delighted to meet his staff Regi Whitsel
and Patty Lutz. Mark and Meleana Moore are the new owners of Framecraft
in Warrenton, Virginia, following their purchase of the gallery from
former owners (and their friends) Carl and Cheryl Byrd.
Jim Beckman of Beckman Gallery, Ltd., in Newton, IA, will be representing
my work in Newton and Grinnell.
Regi Whitsel is the manager of The Frame Depot Gallery in Niles,
Meleana, pictured on my right, and her husband Mark Moore, pictured
on my left, are the new owners of Framecraft in Warrenton, VA.
I wish to give a big thanks to all those who attended, old friends
and new, as well as our special guests and my staff, for making it such
an informative and fun weekend!
Jake Henderson, President of The Moss Portfolio, pictured second
from right, organized a wonderful meeting and managed to spend some
time with everyone who attended.
This weekend I'll be in the Atlanta, Georgia, area for a show with
The Framery in Marietta on Saturday and with Mount Gallery in Tucker
on Sunday. I have many friends in the Atlanta area, and I'm very much
looking forward to seeing them all. We'll release a special print this
weekend titled Sixes Mill, which features the mill by the same
name, also known as Gresham's Mill, located in Cherokee County, Georgia.
It's the site of an early Cherokee Indian settlement and later a gold
mine in the early 1800's. The mill that stands today was rebuilt between
1878 and 1880.
Sixes Mill will be released March 1-2 during shows with The Framery
in Marietta, GA, 770-977-8667, and Mount Gallery in Tucker, GA, 770-934-7433.
Please contact the galleries for more information.