My daughter Patty and I had such fun this past weekend. We drove up to Warrenton, Virginia, Friday and had dinner with Mark and Meleana Moore, owners of Framecraft, and some friends of the gallery. We ate at It’s About Thyme in Culpeper, and it was wonderful!
Our wonderful dinner at It’s About Thyme in Culpeper. L. to R.: Framecraft owners Meleana & Mark Moore, Jon Whichard, Patty, Bob Towle, Mary Towle, and me.
We had a beautiful day for our show Saturday, and it was good to see so many lovely, smiling faces. You really have to see Mark’s framing to appreciate how well done it is. He takes such care in choosing everything. He donated the framing for a raffle sponsored by the Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society, and Chapter President Shirley Collins and friends sold 300 tickets at the show! The Chapter received a remarqued Cabin in the Hills from the Society’s Charity Print Program, and the proceeds will help the family of a young boy who recently succumbed to cancer with final expenses. Shirley was also my right-hand-girl during the show—thanks for all that you do, Shirley!
I was so excited to see Martha Williams and the gorgeous quilt she made! She came to Framecraft’s show Saturday and delivered the quilted wall hanging she made around one of my painted fabric centerpieces. It is exquisite, and all the girls at P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., in Mathews, have fallen in love with it. However, as tempting as it is to keep it, I am going to do the right thing and donate it. The quilt will go to the Society’s Moss on the James Chapter to be raffled during their fundraising tea at the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia, on May 5. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Massey Cancer Center, and the other half will benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. It is so important to help our teachers and students, especially now with State funds being so hard to come by. All donations to the Foundation are welcome and will be used for grants for teachers and scholarships and programs for students, as well as general operating expenses for administering these programs.
The hummingbird in the center is mine, but the rest of this masterpiece is Martha’s doing!
After Saturday’s show, Patty and I drove over to Winchester, Virginia, for my show with King James Galleries of Winchester. I managed a short nap before attending the open house for viewing originals. The town is beautiful, and Patty and I enjoyed being there and seeing so many familiar faces who know my work. It was a wonderful show, and I look forward to being there again.
It was such fun seeing Greg Locke and his family again. Greg is a Senior Investigator with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and had me do a special remarque of him and his police dog a few years ago on my To Our Heroes print. He brought the framed remarque to the show for me to see. Greg and his dog are a special team. They’ve done some marvelous things, and it’s hard to believe a dog can be such a partner, but he is just that. It makes me appreciate more and more how a police dog in St. Petersburg, Florida, was given to a fallen officer’s family after the officer was killed in the line of duty. While the dog cannot replace a husband and a father, it still is a comforting member of the family.
Greg and his son Brendyn with me and his remarqued To Our Heroes.
Greg and his family bought the original of King James’ show print, titled Old Town Winchester Sleigh Ride. I’m happy to know that it will have a good home! L. to R.: Regina, Brendyn, me, and Greg.
I was also delighted to see Jeannette Dovel, President of the Daughter of the Stars Society Chapter, and other chapter members at the show. They were selling raffle tickets for a Massanutten Ride that they received from the Society’s Charity Print Program to benefit their scholarship fund for graduating special education students. They sold $215 worth of tickets during the show.
The King James team, L. to R.: Don McKenzie, co-owner of King James Galleries of Winchester and Gettysburg; Joe Hynson, co-owner of King James Galleries of Winchester and Gettysburg and owner of King James Galleries of Pasadena, MD; me; Marian Sempeles, Manager of King James Galleries of Winchester; Evelyn Walsh, framer for the Winchester location; and Debra Starry, Manager of King James Galleries of Gettysburg, PA. Look for me in Gettysburg next year!
We drove down to Waynesboro Sunday evening and spent the morning at my beautiful Barn. The Valley was gorgeous, and we drove up to Harrisonburg for a taping session with WVPT-Public Television for this year’s fundraising print I did for them. The Blue and the Gray commemorates the Sesquicentennial Anniversary (150th) of the War Between the States.
The Blue and the Gray is this year’s fundraising print for WVPT.
As many of you know, I’m a fan and a supporter of public television, and I’ve been helping to raise funds for WVPT for over thirty years. The proceeds from the sale of the prints (over $1 million) have helped the station provide culturally enriching adult and children’s programming and some of my favorite shows.
Last month the P. Buckley Moss Museum hosted a special recital and power point presentation by Ellen Schorsch. The program was called “Music Inspired by Art or Artists” and was co-sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. Ellen played the piano and her husband ran the power point program showing works of art that inspired music. The house was full, and the program was wonderful.
Ellen Schorsch, seated at the piano, presented an excellent program on art that inspired music at the Museum on March 11.
I have been told that this Saturday’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Museum has received nearly all the registrations it can handle. That Easter Bunny is a popular guy!
Happy Easter with family and friends, and please pray for our soldiers who cannot be home.