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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 the children.

My special prints for spring and Easter, Birth of Spring (above) and Spring Lamb (below).

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 Bay.

On the Dock of the Bay will be released at Finn Gallery’s show March 14-16.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 727-894-2899.

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 and Italy.
’Til next week…

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