I am very happy to announce the recipients of this year's P.
Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship. The Scholarship is administered
by the P. Buckley Moss Society
and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children's Education and is awarded to one or more high school
seniors with financial need, a certified language-related learning difference,
and artistic talent who plan a career in visual arts.
Zachary Hastert, a graduating senior at Buffalo Gap High School in
Staunton, Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School Arts
and Humanities Program, is the recipient of a $1,300 award from the
P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship. Zach also won 1st Place in the
Governor's School's art exhibit "26 Points of View" that was
held at the P. Buckley
Moss Museum a few weeks ago. I juried the show, and I loved the
three-dimensional quality and texture of Zach's work.
Zachary Hastert and me with his prize-winning artwork. Zach will
attend the Delaware College of Art and Design this fall.
Each morning Zach takes courses in art history and appreciation, humanities,
and studio production. Then he returns to Buffalo Gap High School for
afternoon classes. Zach states, "Although I am labeled with a learning
disability, it does not make me a slow learner. I am very well-versed
in current events, have traveled, and love history. I have to get books
on audio and study longer hours. I am a visual learner and have a vivid
imagination. In a unique way, my learning disability has made me a stronger
artist. I work harder on my art to overcome all deficiencies in other
Zach will be attending the Delaware College of Art and Design, where
he wants to experience all mediums, investigating the mix of art and
Fallon Crossman, who will be in her senior year at Mount Ida College
in Newton, Massachusetts, will receive a $500 renewal scholarship. Fallon
has received awards from the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship for
the past three years, making this her fourth such award.
Fallon Crossman is entering her senior year at Mount Ida College
in Newton, Ma., and is majoring in Interior Design.
Each semester, the Interior Design Project at Mount Ida includes a
Design Studio. This semester Fallon says, "Design Studio VI consists
of Institutional Design, History of Furniture, Lighting Design, and
Introduction to Design Theory & Criticism." She will also take
liberal art courses in Major American Writers and History of Civilization
II. Fallon will also have an Interior Design Internship. Fallon states,
"By being placed in the professional work environment, I will gain
first-hand experience in my preferred area of Interior Design."
As in past years, Fallon continues to participate in The Learning Center,
a program which supports students with learning disabilities. Her academic
coach has helped her figure out the best ways to learn and be successful,
such as taking on-line quizzes in paper form.
Fallon will be graduating from Mount Ida in 2011 with a degree in Interior
Design and will have reached her goal of becoming an Interior Designer.
Always aiming high, Fallon is already setting her future goals. She
wants to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
exam. The NCIDQ certificate demonstrates that an individual is highly
qualified through education, experience, and examination to competently
practice interior design.
We support Zach and Fallon in their endeavors and wish them the best
The P. Buckley Moss Society has two other scholarships. The Judith
Cary Leadership Memorial Scholarship is for students who are pursuing
either a bachelor's or a master's degree in special education. The Anne
and Matt Harbison Scholarship is for a graduating high school senior
with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing
post-secondary education. Applications are still under consideration
for these two scholarships, and I'll announce the winners in a future
Convention is shaping up to be great fun, and I'm very much looking
forward to being in Williamsburg and seeing so many of my friends from
Virginia and neighboring states. Some of my friends from as far away
as Georgia and New York will be there, too. It will be held June 11-12
at the Williamsburg Hospitality House, 415 Richmond Road, Williamsburg,
The exhibit will run from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, and there
will be a cocktail and hors d' oeurves reception. At 11:00 a.m. on Friday,
there will be a group tour of the Abby
Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, followed by a Colonial-style
lunch at the King's
Arms Tavern. Tickets for the tour and lunch are separate from the
regular Convention attendance tickets. Please call P. Buckley Moss Galleries,
Ltd., (804-725-7378 or 1-800-430-1320) for more information.
On Saturday, June 12, the exhibit runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
followed by a Jimmy Buffett-themed Dinner Dance and Auction. The proceeds
of the Dinner Dance and Auction will benefit the Foundation for Children's
Education. Tickets for the Dinner Dance and Auction are separate from
the regular Convention attendance tickets. Please call P. Buckley Moss
Galleries, Ltd., for more information.
Throughout the course of the exhibit on Saturday, there will be ongoing
activities to entertain collectors of all ages, including a slide show
about my life and art presented by Moss Museum curator Bonnie Stump,
a costume parade, a hand bell performance by Diane Grant, and announcement
of the framing competition and cross stitch competition winners. I will
be available both days to meet collectors and sign my work. A selection
of my originals, prints, and collectibles will be available for purchase,
including several new pieces that I created to commemorate this special
Colonial Garden is a special giclée on paper that I created
for this Convention. It features the detached kitchen at the John Blair
House at Colonial
Williamsburg. Collectors do not have to attend the Convention to
purchase Colonial Garden. Giclées may be ordered from
your gallery prior to the event for $200; after June 12 the price will
be $300. Giclées per collector are not limited; however, the
edition size of this giclée is 250. Colonial Garden
will also be available for purchase during the Convention.
Each attendee may purchase two copies of the giclée on paper
Garden Visitors ($60 each) for me to personalize at the Convention.
After the convention, this giclée will be available for $80.
All attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print
Bruton Parish Church.
The Sir Christopher Wren Building features what is perhaps the most
famous building on the campus of The College of William and Mary. This
limited edition giclée on paper will also be released during
I've been working on some fun paintings while I've been in Italy, and
I'll bring them back with me when I return to Virginia. You may see
them at the Convention.
These two Madonna paintings are on wood panels.
I'm thinking of doing this cat and mice piece as a large woodcut,
but there may also be a painted version on canvas.
Won't you come and join us for a weekend of fun and camaraderie!
L. to R.: My daughter Becky; me; my son-in-law Roberto Ghezzi; and
Rick Johnson, the Director of the University of Georgia Studies Abroad
Program, at a wine tasting dinner at the Pane e Vino Restaurant in Cortona,
Italy. Even though there are quite a few glasses on the table, we actually
didn't drink that much. The wines we were tasting were Syrah from an
Italian producer, as well as one from France, and a Shiraz from Australia.
We got an education, as well as a good dinner and good wine.
Update on Literacy Council of Kingsport, Tennessee's, Online Fundraising
I would like to thank everyone who supported the Literacy
Council of Kingsport, Tennessee, in its online fundraising efforts
via the Show Us
Your Goodness program, sponsored by riceworks® - Snack Alliance,
Inc. The Literacy Council was selected as one of two secondary finalists
and will receive $5,000.