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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 in Ohio!

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 Cross.

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 1-800-343-8643.
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.

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