Three dear friends have passed away from cancer within a week of one another. Last week I told you about Rev. Harold Henning and Mona Flax, and this week I have learned of the passing of Roger Jorn, who together with Rev. Henning served on the P. Buckley Moss Society’s Board of Directors. Roger was a wonderful, caring man who will also be missed.
This picture was taken in February of 2012 at my home in St. Petersburg, FL, during a reunion of former members of the P. Buckley Moss Society Board of Directors, along with their spouses. Back row, L. to R.: George Johnson, Art Smith, Dick Binning (husband of local Moss Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig), Noreen Newman Johnson, Hannes Meyers, and Rev. Harold Henning. Middle row, L. to R.: Marj Meyers, me, Fred McMillin, Mary Lou McMillin, Jean Smith, and Marlene Ham. Front row, L. to R.: Marlyn DeWaard, Ginger Cloonan, and Doris Henning.
Roger Jorn (left) with former Society President Noreen Newman Johnson and her husband George in February of 2010.
As a breast cancer survivor, this hits close to home for me. Over the years, I have created a number of print editions to raise funds for cancer research and patient support, and I came to know Mona Flax very well and count her as a friend through working with her and her PALS for Life Breast Cancer Support Group. I do have some good news, though. My brother is on the mend and supposedly cancer-free! Also, my daughter Becky walked and ran in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Roanoke, Virginia, on Saturday. She participated in my honor as a breast cancer survivor.
With Mona Flax at the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the new breast cancer center at Madison County Hospital in London, OH, in 2008.
My daughter Becky (left) and Janet Frantz (right), Captain of the Bunch of Outrageous Babes (BOOBS) Team. Their team was the second largest fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Roanoke, VA, this past Saturday, raising around $8,533. Becky plans to participate again in next year’s event.
My daughter Patty and I spent a wonderful weekend in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with my friends at King James Galleries of Gettysburg. Gallery manager Debra Starry showed me a part of the borough that I’ve never seen before. I enjoyed seeing all the shops, inns, and restaurants. We had dinner at The Dobbin House, which is one of Gettysburg’s most popular restaurants and also the subject of my special print for the gallery’s show. The food was excellent, and it was very interesting to learn the history of the building, which dates to 1776. For more information on The Dobbin House, please see my April 22, 2015, newsletter.
At King James Galleries of Gettysburg with collectors and friends, L. to. R.: Terri Klinedinst, me, gallery manager Debra Starry, Diane Wagaman, and Betsy Rohrbaugh.
With period reenactors Mike and Shelley Reetz in front of The Dobbin House.
I’m spending this week at my home in Mathews, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s good to be with my daughter Patty and my Mathews staff and enjoy the blossoms on the Bay and the pair of osprey that are nesting within view of my kitchen window. One comes and the other goes, taking turns on the nest.
This Saturday, I’ll be at the Nanking Chinese Restaurant in Richmond with the Society’s Moss on the James Chapter for their Eighth Annual Tea Party Fundraiser. The beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser is Art on Wheels, which brings comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts. We are doing a special early release on one of this year’s ornaments to support Moss on the James’ fundraising effort. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of my new Love’s Duet ornament, which is based on the print by the same name, will benefit Art on Wheels through June 30.
I’m looking forward to being with Moss on the James again when they visit us in Radford and Blacksburg June 27-28. They and members of the Moss in the Valley Chapter will come for a tour of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and see a performance of Madam Butterfly there the evening of June 27. We’ll have brunch together on the patio of my lake house the next day.
This Sunday, I’ll be the guest speaker for the Friends of Claytor Lake’s (FOCL) second annual Spring Splash fundraising event at the Rockwood Manor B&B in Dublin, Virginia. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of my new Morning Sail print will benefit FOCL. For more information on this event, please see my April 15, 2015, newsletter.
I’m very proud of my grandson Picco, who will be graduating from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, on Thursday, May 7, and I’ll be going down with my daughter Ginny and her husband Corrado for the graduation ceremony.
My next show will be with my gallery at 223 Gilbert Street in Blacksburg, Virginia, May 16-17. Our feature print for the show will be Link Bridge, which depicts its namesake in nearby Giles County.
Link Bridge will be released during my show at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery located at 223 Gilbert Street in Blacksburg, VA, May 16-17. Link Bridge is one of three covered bridges in Giles County. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-552-6446.