What a beautiful surprise and how honored I was that the students at
Virginia Tech printed off copies of my angel from last week’s
newsletter and put them all over their memorials with their friends’
names on them. I am told there were angels everywhere, and I am so flattered.
I’m planning to release the image of the Tech angel as a print
edition, because we’ve received so many requests for it. We’ve
taken hundreds and hundreds of requests. I would like to fund a memorial
scholarship with monies from the print.
Hurray for the kids! They’re back at school—what spirit!
Life will go on, but we’ll always remember.
There couldn’t have been a more beautiful weekend in the Valley
for our Barn Show
and Museum Open House. Everything was in bloom, the lilacs, forsythia,
and redbuds. Corrado, my son-in-law and Museum
Director, had been working on my Barn and the gardens, and it was a
thrill to see what he had accomplished for our show. Of course, our
special show print Springtime
at Meems brought so many friends back to the Barn and the Museum
in this beautiful season.
Pat is at the end of this line, signing for collectors at her Barn
and Studio in Waynesboro.
A couple of survivors from Tech came to the Barn with
their parents. I could still see the fear in the parents’ faces,
more so than in the students’. I’ve heard stories of the
police in Blacksburg and Radford who carried the children out. How grateful
we are for our law enforcement and emergency responders! I’m praying
for them and for the parents of the children to find peace. I’m
also praying for the parents of Seung-Hui Cho. This is such a tragedy
John and Marianne Trotter made their way to Pat's Barn from Pommersfelden,
Last Wednesday night we held the unveiling of The
Wayne Theatre at the Museum for the Wayne Theatre Alliance.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the print will go toward
the restoration of the Theatre. It was great to see so many old friends
supporting the Alliance’s efforts, and having the Theatre functional
again will be such an asset to Waynesboro and its citizens.
Pat and Virginia Ross (left), a supporter of The Wayne Theatre Alliance,
whose $150,000 donation to the group will assist with renovating the
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Playwright Greg Johnson’s
play about my life could be performed there? Thursday’s Child
is about my youth and early years as an artist and my work with learning
different children. It will premier at The Greenbrier Valley Theatre
in Lewisburg, West Virginia, this August 9. I’m excited that Greg
and The Greenbrier Valley Theatre are producing this play about me,
and I can’t wait to see it.
Last Thursday night I was deeply honored to be awarded an Honorary Membership
to The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is a professional
honor society of women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma promotes professional
and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. Two
of the members at the Museum Thursday night work in the local school
system and teach some of my grandchildren. The kids love them and love
learning with them.
Pat becomes an Honorary Member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society
International at a cermony at the P. Buckley Moss Museum.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society has a tradition of passing
down the keypins and vases, when available, of members who have passed
away. I was given the keypin of Carmen Wilkinson, IOTA State President
during the 1989-1991 biennium. Her 47-year teaching career centered
primarily on teaching grades 1-3 in Arlington. I was also given the
vase of Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Neatrour, IOTA State President during
the 1985-1987 biennium. Betty was a professor of Russian at James Madison
University. I will treasure them always.
This weekend I’ll be showing with Kenneth Paul Gallery at their
two locations in West Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa. I’ve created
two very special print editions that will be released during the shows.
Mother Earth is a tribute to the planet and the life it gives
us, and Our Little Hawkeye features a baby dressed in Iowa
Hawkeye (University of Iowa) apparel.
Our Little Hawkeye, (top) and Mother Earth will be released
at Kenneth Paul Galleries in West Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa, April
27-28. Call the gallery for information, (515) 278-4378.
After Kenneth Paul Gallery’s show Saturday afternoon,
I’ll head over to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines for the P.
Buckley Moss Society’s first birthday party to celebrate it’s
twentieth anniversary. There will be three official parties in all,
each in a different part of the country, so that everyone can celebrate
with us and have fun.
I’ve been talking to Mary Lou McMillin, President of the Society’s
Board of Directors; Marlyn De Waard, who is the editor of the Society’s
newsletter The Sentinel; Ginger Cloonan, the dealer representative
on the board; and Mariann Peterson, President of the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, about the
plans for this Saturday and we’re all so excited. The Blank Park
Zoo has a lovely reception area, and we’ll have so many fun things.
There will be gift bags that can be purchased for $20 each. Each one
will contain items worth $20 or more. Only one of the bags will contain
a certificate that will entitle its owner to a framed miniature watercolor
that I painted just for this special occasion. There will also be a
live and silent auction with gift baskets, a quilted wall hanging for
which I hand-painted the centerpiece, three of my hand-painted Easter
eggs, and many more fun and exciting items. All the proceeds will benefit
Ronald McDonald Houses, the Foundation, and scholarship funds. I hope
everyone will come and have fun in the celebration of the Society’s
See you soon!
I’m so happy to be able to give you a good update on our very
own hero Josh Napier, who was seriously wounded while serving in Iraq
on April 10. Josh is home with his family and recuperating nicely. Thanks
so much for all your prayers; they brought him home!
Eleven-year-old Taylor Williams, a friend of the family, had been
writing to Josh while he was in Iraq and got to visit him this past
Please continue to pray for our friend Dick Mountjoy.
His surgery was extensive.