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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 for them.

John and Marianne Trotter made their way to Pat's Barn from Pommersfelden, Germany.

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 historic theatre.

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 birthday!

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 weekend.

Please continue to pray for our friend Dick Mountjoy. His surgery was extensive.

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