Send this e-mail letter to a friend:

Dear Friends:
How beautiful The Valley was this past weekend!  The red bud and dogwood were in bloom as well as the azaleas and all kinds of flowers.  Spring has definitely sprung!
The weekend started early.  Thursday, my business partner Jake Henderson and I met with members of a committee that is making plans for the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary next year.  I’ve been asked to create a special print edition to commemorate the event and also raise some funds for the Parkway.  I am most honored to have been asked to participate.

What an honor it is to be asked to participate in the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary celebrations!  L. to R.:  Jake Henderson, President, P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd.; Lynn Davis, BRP 75th Anniversary Board; me; Elmer Hodge, Vice President, BRP 75th Anniversary Board; and Sue Hodge.

The Barn Show and Museum Open House was such fun.  I love catching up with old friends and talking to new ones and getting to know them a bit.  Our billboard on I-81 brings in so many new people, and it’s a joy to meet them.  I’m so blessed to have opportunities to meet so many wonderful people.

On Friday, April 24, the P. Buckley Moss Museum welcomed its 20th Anniversary Monthly Mystery Winner for the month of April.  Gerald “Jerry” C. Sancoff, our April winner, is pictured with Museum receptionist Pat Carter, who presented him with a $50 gift certificate to the Museum’s gift shop.  For more information on the Museum’s 20th Anniversary Monthly Mystery Winner Program, please see my February 11, 2009, newsletter.

Lynne and Tim Lawton came all the way from Currituck, NC, and purchased the original watercolor that the show print Valley Mill was based on.  They are a lovely couple, and I’m happy knowing that the painting will have a good home.

Vincent Tickle, pictured with me above, is a remarkable young man.  Last fall he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer and has been waging a courageous and equally aggressive battle ever since.  Vincent is a bright, cheerful, and caring child who has not let his current trials dampen his positive attitude.  He has been an inspiration to his family, pictured with Vincent and me below, and all those around him.  Also in the picture below is Shirley Collins, who is a member of Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.  Shirley is standing slightly behind me on the far right.  Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter is conducting a raffle throughout 2009 to help Vincent and his family cover his needs and medical expenses.  The raffle is for a framed Within My Soul print that was donated from the P. Buckley Moss Society’s Charity Print Collection.  The Chapter sold 400 tickets during the Barn Show and Museum Open House.  Their goal is to sell 5,000 tickets at $1.00 each.

When I returned to Mathews, I found the most exquisite, full-size quilt waiting for me.  It features one of my painted fabric centerpieces and was made as a donation to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.  There is a fun story behind this quilt that I want to share with you.  Last fall, I had back-to-back shows with Country Gallery in Story City, Iowa, and White’s Gallery in Osceola, Iowa.  After my show with Country Gallery, owner Pat Hill drove me to the home of Joe and Debbie Frizzell in Ames, Iowa, to meet John and Kay Frizzell.  Joe and Debbie are the brother and sister-in-law of John and Kay.  Kay is a staff member of White’s Gallery, and they met us at Joe and Debbie’s to pick me up and take me to Osceola for my show with White’s the next day.  Debbie gave me a tour of her and Joe’s beautiful home, and I was so excited to find out that she is a fantastic quilter.  With a little arm twisting, I got Debbie to agree to create a quilted wall hanging around one of my painted centerpieces for the Foundation to raffle or auction.  She got a friend, April West, to help her, and it is absolutely beautiful!

Wow!  Talk about kindness, talent, and generosity!  I asked for a wall hanging, and I got a full-size quilt for the Foundation to use in a future fundraiser.  In the orange shirt on the left is Debbie Frizzell, who did all the fabric selection, design, and block assembly.  On the right is April West, who did the quilting.  Both women are from Ames, IA.  Thanks so much, Debbie and April, for your time, talent, resources, and energy!

The Foundation was the recipient of even more generosity this past weekend when Robert and Judy Brod, Jr., of Kennesaw, Georgia, donated an original watercolor.  Bob has been a collector of my art for over thirty years, and we first met in 1979.  Bob and Judy moved last year and downsized their available wall space.  The Foundation and I are most grateful to them for their thoughtfulness and generosity in donating their 1990 watercolor titled Hans Herr House.  The painting will be auctioned at a future fundraising event to benefit the Foundation.  The Foundation is a certified 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and welcomes individual and corporate donations.  Contributions are tax deductible and help the Foundation achieve its goals related to the promotion of integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways.

What generosity!  The Foundation and I are most grateful to Robert and Judy Brod, Jr., holding the original watercolor Hans Herr House, which they donated to the Foundation this past weekend.  Standing with them, right, is Foundation Board President Mariann Peterson.

This weekend I’ll be in Princeton, West Virginia, for a show with my friends at Frameworks Plus on Saturday, May 2.  I’m excited about the new print that we’ll release during the show.  West Virginia University features the Milan Puskar Football Stadium, Woodburn Hall, and the Coliseum.

West Virginia University will be released during my show with Frameworks Plus in Princeton, WV, on Saturday, May 2.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 304-327-7111.

It’s time to answer another question from my collectors.  Lately, I’ve been asked very often how I keep up my pace or my schedule.  The answer is that I walk three miles a day, eat healthy food, and go to bed by 9:00 p.m.
That’s all for now…’til next week.

The Moss Portfolio
74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109
(800) 430-1320
©P. Buckley Moss 2009

Past Issues

Contact us