The beautiful Florida weather followed me to Atlanta this past weekend
for my show with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia. Their azaleas weren't
blooming yet, but the mock cherries and flowering pears were so lovely!
My friend Peggy Powell, a member of the Mossaphile Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society in the Atlanta area, e-mailed my assistant
Tricia on Monday and said that it was snowing there! That's March for
I had dinner with members of the Mossaphile Chapter Friday night at
the home of member Scarlett Justice and her husband Tom. She and Tom
were so gracious to have us all there, and dinner was divine. During
the show, the Chapter held the drawing for their raffle of a framed
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse print, which was donated from
the Society's charity
print collection. Raffle tickets are still being sold for a quilted
wall hanging made by member Ladye Buckner around one of my hand-painted
fabric centerpieces. The wall hanging will be on display and tickets
for it on sale at my Collectors'
Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, this June 11-12. The raffle
for the print and the quilt have raised $1,431.00 so far, and the proceeds
will go to the P. Buckley Moss
Foundation for Children's Education. Thank you Mossaphile members!
Members of the Mossaphile Chapter gathered at the home of member
Scarlett Justice and her husband Tom for a wonderful dinner and camaraderie.
On the right side of this picture, you can see the quilted wall
hanging that was made by Mossaphile Chapter member Ladye Buckner. The
raffle for this beautiful wall hanging is ongoing and will continue
through my Collectors' Convention in Williamsburg, Va., this June 11-12,
where it will also be on display.
It was a fun surprise for me when Dick and Bonnie-Lou Binnig came to
the Mossaphile Chapter dinner. Bonnie-Lou is the President of the Moss
Pelicans Chapter in St. Petersburg, Florida. Several of us talked about
trips we've taken together and where we're going to go next.
While I was in town for the show, I stayed with good friends Mel and
Suzanne Abramovitz and their two beautiful dogs. Mel and Suzanne are
excellent hosts and so easy to be with.
The team that made The Framery's show such fun and so successful;
L. to R.: Gallery owners Barry and Pam Watson; Carolyn Yarborough, caterer;
Nick Stansilo; Cathy Stanislo; Beth Garrett (kneeling); me; and my wonderful
hosts Suzanne and Mel Abramovitz.
How exciting to see that Barry Watson, owner of The Framery, had painted
the whole gallery for the show! It was gorgeous, and the framing was
marvelous. It was a beautifully successful, wonderful, uplifting show.
Last Wednesday, I gave the Clearwater Questers a tour of my home in
St. Petersburg and talked about my art. They also toured the Finn Gallery,
and gallery owner Tim Finn and I had a great time with them. We also
had a lovely catered lunch. They were a most interesting group of ladies.
Members of the Clearwater Questers and me at my home last week.
I'm in the yellow jacket.
My daughter Becky Ghezzi, who lives in Italy with her husband Roberto
and two children Sofia and Michela, sent me a picture of Sofia and two
of her friends on a class trip to Slovakia, Poland, and Austria. They
left Cortona, Italy, at 5:00 a.m. Monday morning and won't return until
Friday around 11:00 p.m. They spent Monday night in Bratislava, Slovakia,
and will spend two nights in Cracovia, Poland, where they will tour
the city and take a day trip to visit the Auschwitz Memorial. On their
way back they will spend the night in Vienna, Austria, and take a tour
of the city.
L. to R.: Francesca Adreani, Irene Menci, and my granddaughter Sofia
Ghezzi. The photo was taken as they were leaving Cortona, Italy, at
5:00 a.m. Monday morning to go on a class trip to Slovakia, Poland,
and Austria. Sofia and Francesca wrote a poem to earn their places on
the trip. It was inspired by the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,
which they watched while studying the Holocaust. The poem appears
below. The lines are written in Italian first, followed by English.
"AMICO MIO FRIEND OF MINE
"Queste tempestose giornate These tempestuous days
dove i bambini Where the children
affamati e stanchi Hungry and tired
muoiono sotto la pioggia Die under the rain
senza neanche un amico Without even one friend
ma per fortuna io ho trovato te It is lucky that I found you
mio nemico dovresti essere My enemy you should be
Ma con il cuore amico mi sei But with the heart, my friend you are
"La nostra infanzia viene Our childhood is
Sfasciata e uccisa Picked apart and killed
da unomin crudeli By cruel men
Senza Ritegno Without limits
Mentre altre bambini While other children
Giocano con il pallone Play with a ball
Noi veniamo maltrattati We are abused
E Fucilati And Shot
"Un amico e indispensabile A friend is indispensible
Vederlo quando ne hai bisogno To see him when you need to
trovarlo in ogni caso To find him anytime
ti consola He consoles you
Ti giova He lifts your spirits
ìE un leggero vento He is a light breeze
Quando fa caldo When it is hot
E un focolare He is a fire
Quando fa freddo When it is cold
"Amico Mio Friend of mine
La vita e monotona Life is monotonous
Senza di te Without you
Un giorno ci ritroveromo One day we wll find each other again
Fuori da questo incubo Away from this nightmare
"Amico Mio Friend of mine
Ci divertiremo We will have fun
correndo per prati Running in the fields
di rose Of Roses
e viole And violets
guardando il sole Looking at the sun
che prima no c'era That was not there before
"Amico mio Friend of mine
mentre qui While here
in questo orribile posto In this horrible place
sono Costretto a lavorare I am forced to work
invece che stare con te Instead of stay with you
"Amico mio Friend of mine
La sera quando penso a te In the evening when I think of you
resco a sorvolare I succeed in flying over
ogni confine Every barrier
ogni filo spinato Every barbed wire fence
ogni timore Every fear."
My time in Florida is winding down, and I'll return to Virginia just
before my show with McGuire Fine Arts in Frederick, Maryland, on April
17. McGuire Fine Arts is my new authorized dealer in Frederick. They
were granted the dealership after Thames Fine Arts closed last year.
I'm very much looking forward to showing with owner David McGuire and
launching my newest print of the area, titled Springtime Spires
at Carroll Creek.
Springtime Spires at Carroll Creek will be released as a limited
edition giclée on paper during my show with McGuire Fine Arts
on April 17. For more information, please contact the gallery at 301-695-6567.
The weekend after my show with McGuire Fine Arts, I'll be in Waynesboro,
Virginia, for my Museum
Open House and Barn Show. My April Open Houses are often my favorites,
because the Valley is so fresh and green, with everything coming to
life. The birds are singing and building nests, and the flowers are
blooming-pure joy to see!
Appalachian Spring will be released during my April 23-25 Museum
Open House and Barn Show. Come celebrate spring with me! For more information,
please contact the Museum at 540-949-6473 or 1-800-343-8643.
The P. Buckley Moss
Museum, in conjunction with the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's
Education, will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3,
at 1:00 p.m. Magician Brian Bence will be there to entertain children
of all ages, and there will be a special guest appearance by the Easter
Bunny himself! Pre-registration is required, so please call the Museum
for more information and to pre-register at 540-949-6473 or 1-800-343-8643.
I'm off to Italy after April's Museum Open House and Barn Show. I can
hardly wait to give Sofia a big hug and a kiss for that excellent poem!
Fundraising Opportunity for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children's Education
Pufferbellies Toys and Books for Children, located at 15 W. Johnson
Street in Staunton, Virginia, (Ph.: 540-886-3516) is offering their
charitable program called "Shop Sundays for a Cause" in March
to the Foundation. If you shop at Pufferbellies Toys and Books during
any Sunday in March, they will donate 10% of the Sunday's sale to the
Foundation. Please visit this wonderful and unique shop on a Sunday