I can hardly believe it’s almost time for me to leave Florida,
and my heart is breaking. The weather has been perfect, and the
quiet for painting has been wonderful. The end of this month,
I will return to my beloved Virginia in time for spring and flowers.
Spring in Virginia is most beautiful, with the flowers and figs in bloom
and so many other things I look forward to seeing when it’s springtime
in the Valley
and on the Chesapeake Bay. Isn’t spring beautiful everywhere!
It’s difficult to leave one home and go to another. My heart
breaks to leave one place, but when I get to the other I’m happy
there, too, so the cycle starts again.
Next week I’ll host a benefit luncheon at my home here in St.
Petersburg, Florida, for the Stuart Society, a group that raises funds
for the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, and next weekend I’ll
be at the Finn Gallery for a show. Gallery owner Tim Finn and
I will release a special giclée titled On the Dock of the
Bay. The pelicans remind me of the Otis Redding song when
I see them perched on the dock pilings on the other side of the park
across from my house.
On the Dock of the Bay will be released at Finn Gallery’s
show March 14-16. For more information, please contact the gallery
I am most honored to have been selected by The Library
of Virginia as one of the honorees for its 2008 Virginia Women in History
program. March has been designated by Congress as National Women’s
History Month; and, in conjunction The Library of Virginia annually
honors eight women, past and present, who have made important contributions
to Virginia and America. I’ll attend the program on March
27 at The Library of Virginia, knowing that I accept the honor on behalf
of the P. Buckley Moss Society,
the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education, and all who help make the lives
of others better, particularly children.
On March 28-30, I’ll attend the 21st
Annual Quilters’ Heritage Celebration, which will be held
at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
March 27-30, 2008. I'll be the guest speaker at the luncheon on Saturday,
March 29, and I'll talk about my quilting prints and the meaning of
quilts in my art. The Moss Portfolio will have a booth at the convention,
and my newest quilt prints will be for sale. I’ll be at
the booth from about mid-day Friday through Sunday, except when I’m
giving my talk during Saturday’s luncheon, to sign prints and
Blanket of Faith, top, and Morning Star, below, will
be released during the 21st Annual Quilters’ Heritage Celebration,
which will be held at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 27-30, 2008. I will be there
I had the most thrilling experience this past weekend
when I was in the Atlanta, Georgia, area for shows with The Framery
in Marietta and Mount Gallery in Tucker. I was treated to a performance
of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Atlanta’s Fabulous
Fox Theatre Friday night. The Fox Theatre is an amazing experience.
My escorts were Bill and Toni Jernigan, who made sure that I got to
see the ladies’ rooms on each floor. The whole building,
including the ladies’ rooms, is unbelievable and beautifully done.
L. to R., Toni & Bill Jernigan and me in front of Atlanta’s
Fabulous Fox Theatre.
The Fox was packed to the maximum occupancy, but after
the first act I changed my seat to where I would have a better view.
(There was a big head in front of me.) Years ago I had a ticket
to see Baryshnikov dance. It was to have been my “experience
of a lifetime,” but something came up and I had to forfeit my
ticket. The Lord made it up to me with this opportunity.
The dancers had the most beautiful bodies and motion. They were
so graceful, like birds in the sky or fish in the ocean. Their
grace and beauty mesmerized me, as they did the whole audience.
No one coughed. No one’s cell phone rang. It was just
I want to send my friend Peggy Powell a special thanks for setting up
the whole evening for me. She had to have surgery the week before
the gallery shows and wasn’t able to attend either the shows or
the evening at The Fox, but she made sure that I had the time of my
I spent Saturday at The Framery in Marietta with owners Barry and Pam
Watson and their wonderful friends, staff, and collectors. Everyone
there is so professional and at the same time warm, friendly, and cheerful.
They are a joy to be with!
Barry, Pam, and their staff put in long hours to get the gallery
ready for the show, and The Framery’s collectors were not disappointed.
Wow! What a selection!
Kim (l.) and Judy (r.) Pagel admire The Framery’s exceptional
When I arrived in Atlanta I discovered that my suitcase
had been damaged during the trip. It wouldn’t roll anymore;
and, when I mentioned how much I dreaded having to carry it on my return
trip, Framery employee Beth Garrett came to my rescue with one of her
suitcases. She really saved my back! Thanks, Beth!
L. to R., Carol Langford, me, and Mike Langford with a framed Sixes
Mill, the special print for the weekend’s shows.
Sue Brissey, in the gorgeous black hat, and her daughter Joy picked
me up from the airport when I arrived. Sue and I have been friends
for decades, and I have never seen her look less than stunning.
The Mossaphile Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society held two raffles, one at each show, to benefit
the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education. The Framery donated the framing
in Savannah, and Mount Gallery donated the framing for Evening
Sky. Both prints were donated by the P. Buckley Moss
Society. A total of approximately $2,000.00 was raised for the
Foundation. Thank you Mossaphile, The Framery, Mount Gallery,
and all who participated!
Here I am with David Cylc (in the orange shirt), owner of Mount
Gallery, and members of the Mossaphile Chapter at Mount’s new
I spent Sunday with Mount Gallery at its new location
at 2725 D Mountain Industrial Road in Tucker. Gallery owner David
Cylc has a lovely new gallery, and he and his staff put in a lot of
hours getting everything ready for the show. His framing is exquisite,
too. Atlanta is blessed to have two gifted framers like Barry
and David to take such good care of their framing needs.
A fun thing happened at Mount Gallery’s show. Chris Jenkins,
a thirty-year employee of the Coca-Cola Company brought one of my original
paintings to the show for me to sign on the glass for her. What’s
neat is the story behind it.
Years ago I was in Atlanta for a show, and at one point during the show
I took a break to see a female falcon that a collector had told me about.
The falcon was in the care of a bird rescuer, and it had the most glorious
golden crown around its head. When I returned to the show, I was
so excited about the falcon that I just had to tell everyone about it
and hardly paid any attention to a woman who said she was very interested
in some of my originals. She ended up telling me that she was
interested in buying about ten of my originals, and I thought she couldn’t
be serious. She said her name was Jean Austin and asked if she
could pay for them with a check. I told her that she would be
writing the check for a good sum and I didn’t know her.
How could I be sure her check was good? She offered to show me
some I.D. In so many words I told her that her driver’s
license wouldn’t prove that her check was good. I just couldn’t
imagine someone buying ten large originals at once! Finally, she
informed me that her husband was the Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola
Company and the paintings were for the Coca-Cola Company’s collection.
Needless to say, I let her buy the paintings.
I was later invited to visit their home, which was magnificent, but
I fear I put my foot in my mouth once again when they offered me a drink
of Coke, which they had on tap in their kitchen. I quickly refused,
not thinking, and said, “No, I don’t drink that stuff, and
I don’t let my kids drink it, either. It rots your teeth.”
When I realized what I had said, I thought what must they think?!
Nowadays, I do drink it from time to time, because it settles my stomach.
Anyway, Chris Jenkins enjoyed my paintings at Coca-Cola so much that
she ended up with several in her office. As people who had a painting
in their office retired, they would offer theirs to Chris to hang in
hers, knowing how much she enjoyed them. When it was Chris’
turn to retire, the Coca-Cola Company let her pick her favorite to take
with her as a retirement gift. That was the one she brought to
me to sign. Jean Austin told Chris the story years ago, and Chris
told everyone at her retirement party.
Chris and her painting brought me so many wonderful memories of
I hope everyone will be able to visit their local Moss
dealers and learn about the great ideas they picked up from our recent
Dealers’ Meeting. The galleries and frame shops that represent
my art develop special relationships with their collectors, and all
are part of my “extended Moss family.”
I’ve decided to answer one question every once in awhile.
If there is a question you really want answered and you don’t
think we’ll get to meet in person, send it in and maybe you’ll
get an answer. Please send your questions to my assistant Tricia
Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that I won’t be able to answer every single one,
so make it a good one!