The P. Buckley Moss
Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, is hosting an exciting couple events
this month. The P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is sponsoring a Children’s
Art Exhibit at the Museum March 10-25. Children from schools in
Augusta County, Staunton, Roanoke County, and King George (all in Virginia)
will have their work displayed at the Museum. There will be pieces
created in pen and ink, colored pencil, crayon, pastels, and tempera
and watercolor paint for the public to view. There are several
three dimensional pieces as well as mixed media. The ages of the
budding artists range from preschool through high school, and each one
is looking forward to seeing their work displayed in a real art museum.
Ellen (l.) and Sharon (r.) Morris helped set up the display for
the Children’s Art Exhibit. In the background is the Foundation’s
Executive Director Bob Almond. Ellen and Sharon were teachers
for the Foundation’s Summer Preschool Program last year, which
was also held at the Museum.
It fills me with joy for the Museum and the Foundation
to work together to make this display possible. It has been proven
by several studies that children involved in art activities have better
physical and cognitive development; and, scores for SOLs can be improved
when teachers involve art when teaching science, math, reading, and
social studies. Art activities promote creative thinking, better
self-esteem, and an opportunity to articulate in a non-verbal way.
The Museum’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m.
on Saturday, March 22. The event is free and open to the public,
but pre-registration is required. Local Girl Scouts will help
the Easter Bunny hide the eggs, and there will be plenty for all to
find. As a special treat, magician Brian Bence will perform for
My special prints for spring and Easter, Birth
of Spring (above) and Spring
My next Museum
Open House and Barn Show will be held April 18-20, and the special
print edition that will be released during that show has an interesting
story behind it. The print edition is based on a painting I did
many years ago while vacationing in the south of France. I had
been showing in Nice and afterward stayed at the San Michele for a little
while. I had the tower room, which was lovely and had the most
wonderful view. I was delighted when I discovered the garden.
I sat and absorbed its peace and tranquility and painted to my heart’s
content. The result was this painting, which I’ve titled
Secret Garden, because I felt like it was my very own special
place. I often had it all to myself.
Secret Garden will be released at Pat’s Museum Open House
and Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA, April 18-20. For more information,
contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum (LINK) at 1-800-343-8643.
I will always remember that vacation with joy, for the
wonderful view of the Côte d’Azur, that blessedly peaceful
garden, and for the delightful antics of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner.
They were staying at the San Michele, too, and I didn’t know who
they were at first. One day they came up from the pool for lunch,
and I was astonished by the fuss that “the husband” was
making over his very small dog not having a chair to sit in at the table
for lunch. The waiters rushed to find a chair for the dog, which
curled up in it and fell asleep under the shade of his master’s
hat, which had been placed over him. I later learned that the
couple was Gene and Gilda. When Gilda passed away from ovarian
cancer in 1989, I was so sad. She and Gene were both so vibrant
and full of life and fun. It was such a treat to watch them together.
You just never know whom you may meet while on vacation!
This weekend I’ll be at the Finn Gallery here in St. Petersburg,
Florida, to meet collectors and sign my work. Gallery owner Tim
Finn and I will release my new giclée On the Dock of the
On the Dock of the Bay will be released at Finn Gallery’s
show March 14-16. For more information, please contact the gallery
In last week’s newsletter I announced that I would
take questions and answer one every so often in my newsletter.
I should have known what the first question would be! Instead
of a question about my art, several readers asked, “Where is (my
ex-husband) Malcolm Henderson?” My answer is that Malcolm
and I are divorced after a separation of several years. Malcolm
is well and happy and enjoying his life in the rain forest in the Republic
of Panama. I am happy, too, enjoying my life in the United States
’Til next week…