I had the best time in Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa, this past weekend!
Kenneth Paul Gallery’s show and the P.
Buckley Moss Society’s first birthday party in celebration
of its twentieth anniversary were huge successes. It was a weekend of
fun and camaraderie.
Pat at Kenneth Paul Gallery in Iowa, with gallery staff and friends.
Left to Right: Paul Poli (gallery owner), Karen Baumunk, Pat, Roni McFall,
Sandy Moore, and Jean Agan.
Gallery owner Paul Poli and his wonderful staff are so
nice to work with. I spent Friday evening signing at their Valley West
Mall location in West Des Moines and Saturday at their Douglas Avenue
location in Urbandale. Members of the Society’s Central Iowa Chapter
volunteered to help at the shows, and breakfast with them Saturday morning
before the show was a real treat.
at Breakfast with members of the Central Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley
The two show prints Mother
Earth and Our
Little Hawkeye were a big hit, and I was thrilled to meet Paul’s
grandson Nathan who was the inspiration for the Our Little Hawkeye
Pat with the original “Our Little Hawkeye,” Nathan Fackler,
age 7 months, with parents Mike and Gretchen Fackler. Gretchen is the
daughter of Kenneth Paul Gallery owner Paul Poli, and Nathan is Paul's
Pat makes friends with Big Boy the baby squirrel, which was orphaned
when his mother drowned in recent flooding. He was rescued and adopted
by his human parents who brought him along to the show. Moss collectors
are the nicest people!
The birthday party Saturday evening was held at the Blank
Park Zoo, and everyone there had a ball. Some people had traveled from
as far away as Ohio and New York to join in the festivities! Guests
received their bidding number for both the live and silent auctions
when they arrived, and bidding on the silent auction was a fun game
for everyone. We were all running around placing bids and competing
and getting in one another’s way—it was very exciting.
At the Society's Iowa birthday party, the first of three parties,
Society Board Member and party organizer Jean Evenson sells an arm's
length of raffle tickets to Central Iowa Chapter Member Betty Donahoe.
Several Society members donated the most beautiful hand-made
items for the auctions, including a precious baby quilt and matching
pillow. The quilted wall hanging, which featured my quilt square with
a baby bird as the centerpiece, was much sought after and so were my
three hand-painted Easter eggs. I want to give a special thanks to Betty
Donahoe, who not only quilted the wall hanging but also donated the
baby quilt and matching pillow!
Betty Donahoe displays her quilt work that holds Pat's painted centerpiece
and which was auctioned off at the Society's birthday party.
The $20 birthday gift bags were another popular item,
and all forty of them were snapped up right away at the beginning of
the party. Approximately $9,000 was raised during the evening’s
fundraising activities, and the money will benefit Ronald McDonald Houses,
the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education, and the P. Buckley Moss Endowed
Scholarship. While we all had a great evening, it was made even happier
by the knowledge that we were helping to raise money for children.
The Blank Park Zoo and its staff were gracious hosts for the Society’s
birthday party and even shared some of their animals with the guests.
Pictured here is a barred owl, which is rehabilitating at the Zoo after
being hit by a car.
The next birthday party will be held on June 15 at the
P. Buckley Moss Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia. I can’t wait to run around and bid again!
There will be many more special items to bid on and loads more fun.
I’m looking forward to being in Springfield, Ohio, this weekend
for a show with Don and Audrey McKanna at The Frame Haven Gallery. I’ve
created a print edition featuring Springfield High School that will
be released this weekend. The school, patterned after the Capitol building
in Washington, D.C., was built in 1909-1911 and is Ohio’s first
high school. Sadly, the building will soon be retired as a school, because
the City is building a new one.
High School Memories is the second print Pat has published of Springfield
High School. Our
Alma Mater was published in 1994 and is a rare print. For more
information, please contact The Frame Haven at 937-323-9088.
The healing continues…
Pat’s granddaughter Sarah Donnelly is playing varsity softball
at her high school. Her coach is a 25-year employee of Virginia Tech,
and he got Sarah’s team Virginia Tech softball uniforms, which
they have been wearing in their home games as a tribute to the Tech