I am blessed to have so much beauty in my life. The world around
me is a great source of inspiration, and I love sharing it with people.
The Shenandoah Valley was glorious this past weekend during my Museum
Open House and Barn Show. Everything is blooming both there
and here in Mathews, Virginia, at my home on the Chesapeake Bay.
The many subtle shades of color are a delight to me.
This was my view all weekend long at The Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia.
My home in Mathews is also surrounded with the beautiful colors
My weekend was exciting and fun, and I was surrounded
by friends. I was delighted to see Camelia Elliott again.
She came to The Barn the day before the show started and surprised me
with a wonderful gift of a hand-quilted wall hanging that she designed
and made herself just for me. Camelia
is a quilt designer and author. Her book Nestled in the Blue
Ridge Mountains will be released soon and contains an endorsement
by me. Camelia shares my love of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and
her book tells stories of Virginia culture, traditions, and everyday
living common to all mountain families. I’m looking forward
to its release.
Camelia Elliot designed and quilted this wall hanging herself.
What a precious gift! Note the Museum,
the Memorial Walkway, and the two geese.
My special treat Thursday evening was going to see my
granddaughter Chiara sing in a regional chorus of all the schools in
the district. I went with my friend Al Sandstrom. Many of
you know Al from Barn Shows, Conventions,
Society trips, and gallery shows. Al is a wonderful friend, not
only to me but also to the “World of Moss” in general.
He never hesitates to lend a helping hand or donate something special
to one of our fundraising auctions. Thanks for everything, Al,
but especially for being you!
Among the students on the stage was my granddaughter Chiara.
What wonderful voices they all had!
I’m very excited about the new poster I’ve
been working on for Rotary International.
The organization is dedicated to many humanitarian projects around the
world, including the eradication of polio and the provision of clean
drinking water, disaster relief, and other forms of aid. The poster
will help raise funds for Rotary International, as will a print, an
ornament, and possibly a plate based on the round inset image that is
included within the poster. Dr. Tracy Aitcheson of Waynesboro,
Virginia, is the District Governor-Elect for the Rotary district that
includes Waynesboro, and he invited me last year to provide the artwork
for this fundraising project. I was delighted to be able to participate.
We met this past weekend at the Museum in Waynesboro, and I showed him
my progress on the paintings. These two paintings, along with
the illustrations for Merle Good’s book Reuben
and the Balloon, took a large portion of my winter painting
time in Florida.
L. to R., Corrado Gabellieri, Director of the P. Buckley Moss Museum;
Dr. Tracy Aitcheson, Rotary District Governor-Elect; Judy Aitcheson;
me; and Past Assistant Govenor Jim Ridenour.
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. It will be released as a poster.
Peace Through Rotary Service will be released as a print, an ornament,
and possibly a plate. It shows Rotarians in action around the
world as they fulfill their mission to eradicate polio, provide clean
water, and promote literacy. This image also appears as the round
inset in the poster.
Saturday morning we held the unveiling of this year’s
special fundraising print for WVPT.
WVPT is Harrisonburg, Virginia’s, public television station, of
which I am proud to say I am a supporter. For the past 27 years
I have donated a special print edition, and the proceeds from the sale
of the prints (over $1 million) have helped the station provide culturally
enriching adult and children’s programming. Mama, a.k.a.
Gran Liz, said how much the programming meant to her while she was living
in the cottage next door to The Barn in Waynesboro.
WVPT General Manager David Mullins and I at the official unveiling
of this year’s special fundraising print Winter’s Peace.
The unveiling was held at my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia.
WVPT will celebrate both its 40th anniversary and my
75th birthday this year with a live broadcast and airing of its documentary
about my life and my art, P. Buckley Moss: The Lady Behind
the Brush. The event will last from 7:30-11:00 p.m. on May
15 and will include the airing of the documentary, live appearances
by myself and others, and an auction of this year’s print Winter’s
Peace. For more information, please contact WVPT at 540-434-5391.
’Til next week…