The opening reception for the Third Annual P. Buckley Moss Invitational Art Show on Thursday night was a delight, and I wish everyone could have been there to see the excited and interested faces of all the young people and their parents. It was such fun for my girls and me, who are all involved in art, to see and talk to the students and feel their enthusiasm for what they are doing. The teachers of all these children have given so much of their time and talent, and it is so obvious in their drawing, paintings, sculptures, etc. We stayed late waiting for a group of students who had gone on a field trip and got caught in traffic leaving Washington, DC. We knew they wanted to come and see their things hanging. They even called and said, “Wait for us! We’re coming!”
Jilly Dudley of Waynesboro High School was the Grand Prize Winner. Her chalk drawing of a glass appears behind us. I was the judge for the Grand Prize/Best in Show category, and it was very hard for me to choose just one, so I also gave Honorable Mentions to: Madeline Bender of Waynesboro High School, Justin Scott Sprouse of Highland County High School, Tatayana Bost of Waynesboro High School, Madeline Sherry of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, and Ali Reynolds of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.
Gemma Youngman of East Rockingham High School won First Place in the Sculpture category. Cullen Edwards of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School won Second Place in Sculpture and Autumn DeLuca of Stuarts Draft High School, Third Place. The Sculpture category was judged by Sandra Terry, Leslie Banta, and Jennifer Sands Deane. Sandra Terry holds both an MA and an MFA in Art and works as a painter and printmaker. Leslie Banta is an artist and owns and operates Staunton Art Supply and also teaches at the Beverley Street Studio School and at Blue Ridge Community College in its Continuing Ed Program. Jennifer Sands Deane is a prize winning artist who has shown in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibits in Virginia, New York City, and on the West Coast. She is also a participant in The Carlton Arms Hotel Project in New York City (an ongoing, ever-evolving art project).
The Drawing category was judged by Terri McDonnell, who is a local artist specializing in creating pet portraits, custom paintings, and design. She just started her own business, The Enchanted Artist. The First Place winner in the Drawing category was Olivia Heeb of Fort Defiance High School. The Second Place Winner was Gabrielle Rothacker of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and Brittany Taylor of Waynesboro High School, Third Place.
The Photography category was judged by Sandra Terry, Leslie Banta, and Jennifer Sands Deane. The First Place winner was Sarah Vagnoni of Western Albemarle High School. The Second Place winner was Dylan Slusher of Stuarts Draft High School and Ashley Gale of Western Albemarle High School, Third Place.
The Mixed Media category was judged by Sandra Terry, Leslie Banta, and Jennifer Sands Deane. The First Place winner was Xiaoran Zhu of Western Albemarle High School. The Second Place winner was Leighton Bradley of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and Amelia Herring of Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, Third Place.
The Painting category was judged by my daughter Becky Ghezzi. Becky received her BA in Painting and Printmaking from Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, and received her MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Georgia. She has worked as a Director of Art Workshops for the Cortona Recreational Educational Association in Italy and as a teacher of drawing, printmaking, and book arts for the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Italy. The First Place winner in the Painting category was Mollie Gaines of Buffalo Gap High School. The Second Place winner was Mara Gaykema of Western Albemarle High School and Vail Prior of Charlottesville High School, Third Place.
Jonuyun Brooks of Waynesboro High School was a delight and has such a joy of living, which was evident in his work.
Even though our beautiful Museum will be closing July 14, we will have our invitational art show again next year, either at The Barn or at our new gallery in Downtown Waynesboro. We will continue to support the art students and their teachers and their work.
I hope that all of you who have never been to the Museum will come and visit before July 14. It has been a joy all these 25 years. However, since I am now almost 81, I am transferring the responsibility for the galleries to my children. We have a beautiful building downtown at 329 West Main Street that we’re looking forward to getting into in July and a beautiful gallery in Blacksburg at 223 Gilbert Street. My daughter Ginny and her husband Corrado Gabellieri will manage the new gallery in Waynesboro, and my daughters Becky and Mary will manage the gallery in Blacksburg.
Red Hat Society ladies from Williamsburg, VA, paid us a visit during our May 2-4 Museum Show and Barn Open House.
Museum staff member Marianne Fickling and her friend Lois Driskill volunteered to make a quilt featuring one of my hand-painted centerpieces for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The Foundation and I are most grateful for their time, materials, and talent!
Lois Driskill (left) and Museum staff member Marianne Fickling (right) created this beautiful quilt for the Foundation to use in a future fundraiser.
I’m looking forward to going to the beautiful town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend for my show with King James Galleries of Gettysburg on Saturday, May 10. Gettysburg is a gorgeous place to drive around and look at lovely homes, including the subject of our special print for the show. Spring at the Eisenhower’s depicts the beloved Gettysburg home of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. They purchased the 189-acre farm adjoining the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1950, used it as a weekend and holiday retreat from the pressures of Washington, and retired there after the Presidency. President Eisenhower enjoyed raising Angus cattle there and practicing on his very own putting green.
Spring at the Eisenhower’s will be released during my show with King James Galleries of Gettysburg on Saturday, May 10. For more information, please contact the gallery at 717-398-2034 or 855-855-1863.
Remember all our wonderful mothers this Sunday!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, we are pleased to release Budding Love, featuring a rosebud and my To Love poem. It is available in two different sizes. For more information, please call P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., at 1-800-430-1320 or 804-725-7378.