I’ve had another busy, fun-filled weekend, which
actually started Thursday. My daughter Mary, my granddaughter Kate,
and I visited my long-time friend Ida Clemons in Salem, Virginia. Ida
has been a member of the P.
Buckley Moss Society since its formation in 1987 and is a founding
member of the Moss in the Valley Chapter. She bakes the most wonderful
cakes and has them sent to me at the Barn
Shows, if she doesn’t bring them herself. She’s had
to miss the last couple Barn open houses; and, since we happened to
be in the area, we dropped in to see her. We had great fun talking and
Ida Clemons and Sadie the cat. Pat visited Ida, a friend of many
years, in her home in Salem, Virginia.
Later Thursday evening, Mary, Kate, and I paid an unscheduled
visit to The Cottage Gate in Hardy, Virginia, which is near Smith Mountain
Lake. I had created a special print for Cottage Gate’s show, titled
Double Dippin. The print is based on “The Ice Cream Boat”
that Bill Burke built for his sons Travis and Ryan, whom I first met
a few years ago at The Achievement Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Bill
asked me to come to The Cottage Gate so I could see how much the boys
have grown and sign their prints. We had a lovely visit, and I learned
how the boys use “The Ice Cream Boat” for their summer job.
We also have an open invitation to take a ride on the boat. We’re
all looking forward to that!
At the Cottage Gate Gallery in Hardy, Virginia: front row, from
left, Allen Tolley (gallery owner), Pat and her granddaughter Kate,
and Beth Shearer. Back row, from left, Twila Tolley (gallery owner)
Cathy Martin, Pam Burgess, Connie Hodges, Pat's daughter Mary, and Tempril
Pat with Travis (left) and Ryan Burke. Pat is holding a print of
the ice cream boat built for the Burke brothers by their father.
Friday I drove up to Frederick, Maryland, for a show with
Thames Fine Arts and Framing. Jon Thames and Molly Pollasch really know
how to show my originals and etchings to an advantage, and I am very
proud to have them representing my work in Frederick.
Pat with Molly Pollasch and her husband Jon Thames, owners of Thames
Fine Arts and Framing in Frederick, Maryland, where Pat showed this
On my way back to Mathews after Thames’ show, I
stopped in Woodbridge, Virginia, where my granddaughter Sarah’s
basketball team was competing in the Girls 14 AAU State Tournament.
The New River Valley Hoopsters won fourth in the state! I was very happy
for Sarah and her teammates.
Sarah (front left) with her basketball teammates, the New River Valley
Hoopsters (Virginia), who won fourth in the state in the Girls 14 AAU
Sarah’s team lost the game I watched, but I was
happy for the other team, too. Those girls were so excited, and I could
tell how much their victory meant to them. It really made me realize
how important it is for parents to practice good sportsmanship at their
children’s games. Everyone wants to win, but not everyone can.
It is so much better when both the winners and the losers are gracious
about the game, children and adults alike. That way, everyone can feel
good about themselves.
This weekend (May 6-7) I’ll be in Leesburg, Virginia, for a show
with Medlin Art, Ltd. I’m very much looking forward to being in
this historic town again.
The Loudoun County Triptych: (left to right) Lightfoot Restaurant;
Loudoun County Courthouse; Norris House Stone House Tea Room. Pat
painted these landmarks of Leesburg, Virginia for her show at Medlin
Art this weekend.
The following weekend, May 13-14, I’ll be in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, for our Collectors’
Convention. Come join us Friday and Saturday at The Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey.
You’ll be sure to have fun and meet many friends, old and new.
See you soon!