Last weekend was absolutely gorgeous! What a delight to be in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with its beautiful countryside and view of the mountains and old friends.
It was such fun being with my good old friends from the Waynesboro Art Club last Thursday. We spent 3.5 hours together in The Barn talking about our lives and how we’ve all moved on to different things and how we cherish the memories of the times we had together years ago. We laughed and laughed, and it was a total delight. I certainly enjoyed everyone and the wonderful refreshments they brought to share.
I had a ball spending time with old friends from the Waynesboro Art Club.
The opening of the 2nd Annual P. Buckley Moss Invitational Art Show was held at my Museum on Thursday evening, and it was just wonderful. Everyone enjoyed seeing the students’ work that was submitted from schools on either side of the mountain and from up and down the Valley. It was impressive to see such widespread dedication to the arts, and I was delighted that so many students participated and that they received such encouragement from their teachers. Approximately 350 people came out to see the exhibit on opening night, and this excellent exhibit of students’ work will be on display through May 20.
I selected a triptych painting that I thought was outstanding as the Grand Prize Winner. The piece was painted by Seth Robbins from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. My Honorable Mentions were Maryanna Turnage from Buffalo Gap High School, Courtney Wilson from Waynesboro High School, Elijah Page from Waynesboro High School, Evy Luong from Albemarle County High School, and Ryan Wallace from Buffalo Gap High School.
Giving the Grand Prize Winner award to Seth Robbins from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.
The Photography Category was judged by artist and teacher Lynn Conyers. The First Place Winner was Linda Hexter from Western Albemarle High School; Second Place, Hannah Seal from Western Albemarle High School; and Third Place, Haley Gilmer from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. Honorable Mentions were Conor Hannon and Alex Rayle, both from Western Albemarle High School.
The Painting Category was judged by artists Alexander Anufriev and Tanya Anisimova. The First Place Winner was Sarah Huyler Dunn from Charlottesville High School; Second Place, Laurel Cooper from Nelson County High School; and Third Place, Sydney Sheets from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. Honorable Mentions were Seth Robbins and Ashley Roth, both from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.
The Sculpture Category was judged by artist and sculptor Robert E. Bricker. The First Place Winner was Evan Wachter from Broadway High School; Second Place, Susan Spencer from Robert E. Lee High School; and Third Place, Beth Sweet from Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. Honorable Mentions were Anna Joelle Talbot from East Rockingham High School and Brianna Vig from Monticello High School.
Sculpture Judge Robert E. Bricker is a sculptor and also has a foundry in Waynesboro. He explained to me the intricate work that went into this little bug that Evan Wachter from Broadway High School did for the Sculpture Category.
The Drawing Category was judged by artist and professional framer Jason Miles. The First Place Winner was Catriona Techman from Western Albemarle High School; Second Place, Elijah Page from Waynesboro High School; and Third Place, Abigail Wagner from Western Albemarle High School. Honorable Mentions were Evelyn Moran and Liz Thurston, both from Waynesboro High School.
The Mixed Media Category was judged by Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers Marcene J. Molinaro. The First Place Winner was Sophy Schulman from Charlottesville High School; Second Place, Courtney Wilson from Waynesboro High School; and Third Place, Emma Peifer from Harrisonburg High School. Honorable Mentions were Brandon Capistaney from Waynesboro High School and Darby Beck from Stuarts Draft High School.
Friday morning I met the most delightful people from The Falls Run Active Lifestyle Community in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was such fun to be with them and talk about our lives and philosophies.
Members of the Falls Run Active Lifestyle Community at The Barn.
The Museum and Barn Open House was fantastic, as usual. It is always a joy to be with my collectors. I must thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped make the show go so smoothly; my Museum staff, including Director Corrado Gabellieri; and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, which co-sponsored the Invitational Art Show together with the Museum.
Julia Clayton Barrett, my stitcher friend from West Virginia, came to The Barn with a few of her friends, and they also had fun playing with Una Ballerina on the Museum grounds. Pictured L. to R. are Karen Scarpellini, Tammy Walker, and Trina Jackson. Julia is behind the camera. Una Ballerina by Matteo Lo Greco graces the grounds of my Museum in Waynesboro, VA. I bought “Theresa Thunder Thighs,” as I affectionately call her, years ago at the New York Expo when Matteo was exhibiting. Una Ballerina’s home used to be at my house on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg, FL. When we sold that house, we moved her to the Museum grounds, where she is sought out and admired by many.
My son Chris came down from New York, and we left after the show ended on Sunday to drive down to Florida. Chris helped me look for a new condo, because I have sold my big house and gallery in St. Petersburg! The gallery will be open until the end of August.
We found several condos that I like, and I’ll know in about a month which one I’ll choose. It’s difficult to think of moving everything in a place where I’ve lived for so long, and there has to be good light and space. I can’t miss my winters in Florida! I love that warm weather and walking with my friends and being with people whom I really enjoy and can talk with.
After going through condos all day long, Chris and I had dinner with dear friends at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and left the next morning for Virginia. It’s been great having some time to spend with Chris, even if it’s been mostly in the car.
I am now looking forward to Tea at the Tanglewood Ordinary with members of the Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society on Saturday, May 4. For more information, please see my April 18 newsletter.
From Our Society Cruise Coordinator
In order to facilitate the embarkation process in Rome on July 23, please send the following information to Ada at Stacy’s Travel, 12 E. Front St., Monroe, MI 48161; PH: 734-243-6330; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your passport information (name as it appears on your passport & passport number)
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The post-cruise tours in Venice have been finalized. The pre-cruise tours in Rome will be finalized by the end of May; so, if you have not yet indicated your tour preference(s) to either Ada or me, please do so by May 20.