My daughter Patty and I had a great time in Marietta, Georgia, and a great show with The Framery. I wish I had a camera as we were pulling away from the gallery. Everyone came outside and did “the wave.”
The Mossaphile Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society held a raffle drawing during the show for two framed prints: a framed, remarqued The Good Road, Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary, which was donated to the Chapter by the Society via its Charity Print Program, and a framed Twilight Run, which was donated by Barry Watson of The Framery. Barry also donated the framing for The Good Road. The raffle raised $1,205, which will be donated to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The Chapter donated an additional $50 in my name to the Foundation, and Dianne Hopkins of Cumming, Georgia, also donated $50 to the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship, which is administered by the Foundation. Thank you to all who donate to the Foundation! The children are truly grateful, especially in these times when scholarships are absolutely necessary to get through school.
L. to R.: Lindsay Svetlay, Mossaphile Chapter President; Peggy Powell, Mossaphile Chapter Vice President; Joanne Haskell; me; and my daughter Patty Moss. Joanne is a friend of my daughter Becky. They attended the University of Georgia together. Joanne now works for the City of Atlanta and finds funding for inner city children to attend college. The Mossaphile’s next fundraiser will benefit Joanne’s program.
The Framery’s wonderful team! In the very front, kneeling, is Beth Garrett and beside her is Lindsay Svetlay. Back row, L. to R.: Emily and Caroline Watson, daughters of Barry and Pam Watson; Suzanne and Mel Abramovitz, Patty’s and my wonderful hosts for the weekend; Peggy Powell; Pam and Barry Watson, owners of The Framery; me; my dear friend Sue Brissey; and my daughter Patty.
In last week’s newsletter, I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire that claimed the life of my grandmother Providencia Panno and 145 other people. My cousins Frank Panno of New York City and Salvatore Cirroni of Italy attended the memorial and sent a few pictures for me to share. Note the alternate spelling of Grandma Providencia’s name on the signs in the pictures. The middle name on my birth certificate is “Providence” in her honor.
The local union came out to remember the lives lost in the factory fire so many years ago. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company was a typical sweatshop. The owners of which had vigorously resisted their workers’ pleas for better conditions, including unlocked exit doors and sprinklers.
My cousin Salvatore Cirroni came all the way from Italy for the anniversary and proudly represented my grandmother in the memorial. The shirt he is carrying not only represents my grandmother but is also a replica of the kind of shirt she would have been sewing in the factory.
My cousins Frank Panno and Salvatore Cirroni.
I have this weekend off, so I’ll be raring to go by next weekend when I’ll be in Frederick, Maryland, for a show with McGuire Fine Arts on Saturday, April 9. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all my friends in historic Frederick.
Afternoon at Sugarloaf will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with McGuire Fine Arts in Frederick, MD, April 9. For more information, please call the gallery at 301-695-6567.
I am also looking forward to all the fun events the P. Buckley Moss Museum has scheduled for April in addition to hosting the Virginia Chapter of the World Organization of China Painters (WOCP) for its 2011 Exhibition and Convention: Artistry on Porcelain, April 8-9. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m. In addition to the actual hunt for Easter eggs, a puppet troop from the Augusta County Library called Puppet Pandemonium will perform two plays with songs and stories in between. A local Girl Scout troop will help with hiding the eggs and “crowd control.” This event is free to the public, but space is limited. The Museum will start taking reservations two weeks before the event; please call at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473. The Museum will once again host the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Visual Arts Department’s annual exhibit, and the opening of the show is Thursday, April 28. I had such fun jurying the show last year that I have agreed to do it again this year. The Museum’s Open House and Barn Show will be held April 29-May 1.
Country Memories will be released as a giclée on paper during my April 29-May 1 Museum Open House and Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA. For more information, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
Did you know that you can now follow Pat on Facebook? There is a P. Buckley Moss Fan Club page and a P. Buckley Moss Galleries page. We anticipate that the fan club page will evolve into the social page and the P. Buckley Moss Galleries page into more of a product oriented page. We hope you will feel free to comment on the fan page about Society activities, chapter endeavors, Pat Moss stories, etc. On the galleries page we will post the latest prints and give advance notice of future products, gallery shows, etc. Some P. Buckley Moss galleries have set up Facebook pages. You can search for your gallery by typing the gallery name in Facebook's search box.