I had a lovely show with the Finn Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida,
this past weekend. I saw lots of old friends and met some new
ones. Two very fun couples came all the way from Ohio. John
and Ginger Stewart are from Dublin, Ohio, and Jim and Martha Harrison
are from Granville, Ohio. When I found out that John is a member
of the Dublin A.M. Rotary Club, I took them over to my studio, even
though it’s quite a mess, to see the painting I’ve been
working on for Rotary International. Our current plan includes
releasing the image as an ornament, a print, and a poster.
L. to R.: Ginger & John Stewart, me, and Martha &
Jim Harrison. I hope to see them again the next time I’m
This painting for Rotary International is symbolic of the organization’s
slogan “Humanity in Motion,” bridging the continents and
bringing people together in peace in an effort to help everyone enjoy
better, healthier lives.
After the show I drove over to Melbourne to spend St.
Patrick’s Day with my brother and sister-in-law Dan and Carol
Buckley. My sister Mary, a.k.a. “Honey”, and her husband
Bill Martin were there, too. Dan got us all tickets to a corned
beef and cabbage dinner with all his friends. What started out
being eight couples became fifty couples, so we had a huge Irish party
with half the people being Italian. Of course, Dan, Honey, and
I are half Italian and half Irish, so we blended in perfectly.
We all had a joyous time with Irish coffee, music, and dancing.
There were people there from all over the country who winter in Florida,
and there was such camaraderie, jokes, costumes, and pure fun.
I wish I had taken pictures to share with you, but I got so caught up
in the fun and being with my brother and sister that it slipped my mind.
My daughter Patty serves as my representative on the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s
Board of Directors, and this past weekend she attended a Board meeting
which was held at The Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia. The Board
discussed the Foundation’s goals and plans for this year, including
this year’s 11th
Annual Creative Mind Conference, which will be held October 25-27.
The Foundation holds an education conference each year and invites educators
across the nation to join us as we bring presenters together to discuss
techniques, strategies, and lesson plans for incorporating the arts
into the curriculum of every child. Focus is given to finding
new and original methods in teaching children who learn differently.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Foundations
That Will Last Forever,” and it will be held at the American
Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.
Marsha Owens (seated) from Sandston, Va., was the Retreat Facilitator
for the Foundation’s Board meeting. Standing beside her
is Foundation President Mariann Peterson from Des Moines, Ia.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s
Board of Directors—seated, l. to r.: Dr. Douglas Ball; Mariann
Peterson, President; Peggy Goodwin, P.
Buckley Moss Society Representative; and Patty Moss, Artist’s
Representative. Standing, l. to r.: Dell Philpott, Program
Coordinator; Robert A. Almond, Executive Director; Marion Roark, Treasurer;
Boo Elkins; Christopher Bryant, Vice President; and Dr. Linda K. Wilson,
Secretary. Members not pictured are Dr. Robin Fromherz and Jenny
Patty is going to fly down to Florida the end of this
week so she can drive back up to Virginia with me this coming weekend.
I’ll be back just in time for Easter with my children. Remember,
the P. Buckley Moss
Museum will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday,
March 22. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration
is required. For more information, please contact the Museum at
Next week, on March 27, I’ll attend the Library of Virginia’s
2008 Virginia Women in History program. I am most honored to be
one of their eight honorees this year. The following day I’ll
be in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for the 21st
Annual Quilters’ Heritage Celebration. I’ll be
there March 28-30 to meet collectors and sign my work, and Saturday
I’ll be the guest speaker at the luncheon. The following
week, during April 4-5, I’ll be at the Riverside Casino and Golf
Resort in Riverside, Iowa, for my Collectors’
Convention. Among the many fun events and activities planned
for the Convention will be our famous Dinner Dance and Auction, which
will be held the evening of Saturday, April 5. The theme is “Proud
to be an American.” Patriotic dress is optional, but I’m
looking forward to seeing lots of red, white, and blue! Among
the items to be auctioned is a 30 x 30 inch square hand-quilted wall
hanging. I painted the center block, and Pearl Yoder of the Moss
Country Friends Chapter of the
P. Buckley Moss Society in Kalona, Iowa, is doing the quilting.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education.
The center square for the quilted wall hanging that will be auctioned
during the Convention’s Dinner Dance and Auction.
Congratulations to P. Buckley Moss Museum employee Jason Shea and
his wife Jackie on the birth of their daughter Natalie Louise.
They stopped by the Museum on the way home from the hospital to show
off their precious bundle of joy, to the delight of Jason’s co-workers.