My weekend in West Virginia was wonderful! It was great to see so many
old friends and to make so many new ones.
Necessary Things’ show Saturday was held at the Holiday Inn Express
in Winfield, which happens to be the hometown of my new cowboy friend
Frank Addington, Jr.,
whom I met on the airplane on the way to Des Moines a couple weeks ago.
Frank is an archery expert and puts on exhibitions. He was having a
show in South Carolina this past weekend, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting
his lovely wife, mother, and mother-in-law. What a fine family!
Pat was warmly received by the show crew at Necessary Things this
Regional Representative Tammi Stollings receives a print of Our
First Mansion (depicting the first West Virginia Governor's Mansion
which no longer exists) on behalf of WV Governor Joe Manchin, III.
After Saturday’s show, my daughter Patty and I
drove over to White Sulphur Springs for Sunday’s show with Kitten’s
Korner Gift Shoppe. A special treat was a fundraising brunch held at
the new Sporting Club at the famous Greenbriar Hotel. The proceeds benefited
the Main Street USA Program.
Pat with Ruth Miller of Kitten's Korner and the show print Ready
Debbie Alderman, a volunteer at Kitten's Korner, in front of Pat's
print entitled Pat's
First Love. The print is published to raise funds for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. The print is surrounded
by drawings of the children of the Episcopal School in White Sulphur
Springs and on the mat board around the print the children from the
first to third grades have signed their names.
After Kitten’s show ended Sunday evening, Patty
and I drove straight through to our home in Mathews, Virginia, on the
Chesapeake Bay, a five to six hour drive. I needed one day in Mathews
to sign prints before leaving Tuesday morning to return to St. Petersburg,
Florida. I’ll be showing at the Finn Gallery this Saturday and
Sunday, March 18-19.
Sunshine on the Bay, Pat's print edition first released through
Finn Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL where she is appearing this weekend.
For more information, call (727) 894-2899.
After my talk at Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg
next Wednesday, I’ll fly to Italy for three weeks of etching with
my daughter Becky (as well as a little R & R!).
Oh! I have to tell you a fun story. When I was in Des Moines, Iowa,
a couple of weeks ago for Kenneth Paul Gallery’s show, a collector
returned something to me that I had lost many years ago. In 1992 Mike
Dunne, who now lives in Norwalk, Iowa, was working at National Airport
in Washington, DC. A luggage tag from one of my bags had fallen off
during one of my trips, and he found it on the runway. It consisted
of my name and two of my original watercolor goose heads. He kept it
all these years and returned it to me at Kenneth Paul’s show.
Mike Dunne and his wife return Pat's luggage tag - lost on the runway
at National Airport and returned to Pat some 14 years later!
The Prodigal Tag. Should luggage tags be a new Moss product?
Okay, that was the fun news from Iowa; now, the sad news.
I found out last week that vandals have burned the historic Mars Hill
Church near Ottumwa. I published a print edition of this church in 1991
titled Pioneer Church, and I’m working on another one
now. The good news is that residents of the area are planning on raising
funds to restore the church, which luckily still has four walls.
I was also very sad to learn of the passing of one of my dealers last
week. David Alexander, who was only in his mid-fifties, suffered a sudden
heart attack and stroke, followed by another heart attack. David’s
death came as a surprise and a shock to everyone, and my thoughts and
prayers are with his family. David owned the Grey Goose Gallery in Strasburg,
Have regular medical checkups, follow your doctor’s advice, and
take your medicine!
’Til next week…