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.
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.