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Hey, you people up north!  Guess where I am?  I’m back in St. Petersburg, Florida!  My daughter Patty drove me down the end of last week, and I’m pleased to report that spring is headed your way.  The further south we drove, the more developed the buds and leaves on the trees were.  The same kinds of trees that had small buds in the Carolinas had full blooms and leaves by the time we got into Florida, so it’s coming soon.

It’s great to be back in St. Pete.  I love the light, and I love the warmth.  I think this will be my last week on crutches, and I’ll be very happy to be without them.  I feel good, and I love working here.  As you know, I’ve been working on special pieces to release during my show with the Finn Gallery March 11-13, and now I’ve finished another painting of dolphins that will be available at the show as an original watercolor.

This new original watercolor will be available during my show with the Finn Gallery March 11-13.

Deep Blue Sea will also be available as a giclée on paper during the show.

Poised Felines, left, and Gaze of the Greater Cats, right, will be released as giclées on paper during Finn Gallery’s show.  Friday evening, March 11, there will be a fundraising event at the gallery to benefit Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL.  A portion of the proceeds from each print sold will benefit Big Cat Rescue, which is a non-profit educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic cats that have been abused, abandoned, or otherwise exploited, as well as educating the public about the animals and the issues facing them in both captivity and the wild.  For more information, please contact Finn Gallery at 727-894-2899.

This past weekend, members of the P. Buckley Moss Society’s Advisory Council were in St. Pete for a meeting.  Among other things, the Society is making plans for a Chapter Training Session to be held on Saturday, July 9, at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in conjunction with the July Museum Open House and Barn Show.  Similar to our Collectors’ Conventions, the weekend’s events will also include a wine and cheese reception at the Museum on the evening of Friday, July 8, with a special exhibit of my watercolors.  On the evening of Saturday, July 9, there will be a dinner/dance with an auction to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.  Attendance at the Friday night reception and the Saturday night dinner/dance is open to everyone, Society and non-Society members alike.  However, tickets will need to be purchased from the P. Buckley Moss Society for those specific events.

The program for Chapter Training has yet to be determined, but I know it will be a weekend filled with the usual goodwill and fellowship.  We are lucky this year to have the combined talents of Peggy Goodwin and Shirley Collins to run the program.  Peggy is the Society’s past Chapter Chairperson, and Shirley is the new Chapter Chairperson.  Information will be sent to chapter presidents and secretaries as the details are firmed up.

Friends from the P. Buckley Moss Society Advisory Council finished their meeting last weekend and went on a shopping spree to Chico’s, one of our favorite places, and came to visit me and show me their treasures.  I enjoyed visiting with them and laughing about a lot of things and learning that Sally is now looking for an apartment in the area after spending some time in Marlyn’s.  Standing, L. to R.:  Me, Mary Lou McMillin, Marlyn De Waard, and Sally Gobrecht.  In front of us is Ginger Cloonan.

My next show after Finn Gallery’s will be with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, March 26-27.  I’m looking forward to being in the Atlanta area again and seeing all my Mossaphile friends.

Spring on the Square will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with The Framery in Marietta, GA, March 26-27.  For more information, please call the gallery at 770-977-8667.

Following my show with The Framery, I’ll have a show with McGuire Fine Arts in Frederick, Maryland on April 9.

Afternoon at Sugarloaf will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with McGuire Fine Arts in Frederick, MD, April 9.  For more information, please call the gallery at 301-695-6567.

Although I love St. Petersburg, I am very sorry to have missed P. Buckley Moss Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri’s “Cooking with Corrado” demonstration last Sunday night.  Staff members from the Museum and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education were invited to watch Corrado make pasta from scratch like his mother made in Italy.  The only difference was that Corrado has a rolling machine, and his mother only had a rolling pin.  Corrado made four different kinds of pasta, including spinach stuffed ravioli, which I understand was a favorite, and everyone else brought salad, wine, and dessert.

Corrado is a man with many talents!


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