Our drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for my show with King James Galleries of Gettysburg this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous. We drove through the Valley, and everything was in bloom. How I love to look at the scenery! Many thanks to gallery manager Debra Starry for a delightful show! It was great seeing so many smiling faces and meeting old and new friends.
This week we are preparing for the opening of our beautiful new gallery at 223 Gilbert Street in Blacksburg, Virginia. Everyone is invited to come and visit this Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 18, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
The gallery is shaping up beautifully, and we are excited about this weekend’s opening!
Members of the Moss in the New River Valley Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society have volunteered to help us during the show, including Jeanette Stephens, who is the former owner of Collector’s Showcase in Dublin, Virginia. Chapter members will provide information on the Society and take applications for new memberships, as well as sell raffle tickets for their annual fundraiser. The raffle prize is a framed original ink drawing depicting a boy and a girl pushing a buggy with cats in it that I did in 1994. The owner donated it to the Chapter for their fundraiser.
The new P. Buckley Moss Gallery in Blacksburg will feature a wide selection of my framed originals and giclée prints. A new limited edition giclée print depicting Sinking Creek Covered Bridge in nearby Giles County will also be featured during the show. The bridge, one of eight covered bridges remaining in Virginia, was built in 1916 and went out of service in 1963 when a new concrete bridge was built nearby. Giles County assumed ownership of the bridge in 1995. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sinking Creek Covered Bridge will be donated for the maintenance of the bridge.
Sinking Creek Covered Bridge will be featured during my opening show at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery in Blacksburg, VA. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-552-6446. My daughter Becky will be managing the gallery, and big sister Mary will be assisting her.
A new book has recently been published that addresses dyslexia on an adult level. Farmer’s Son by N. E. Lasater has been given a rave review by The Huffington Post, and I thoroughly enjoyed it myself. It is available on Amazon.com both in print and ebook. Another book that I highly recommend is Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall. I think you’ll really enjoy that one, too.
Society Chapter Events
My daughter Patty Moss was the featured speaker for Moss on the James Chapter’s Seventh Annual Tea Party Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3. The event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Airport Hotel. Moss on the James’ Sixth and Seventh Annual Tea Parties have been devoted to raising money to establish an Endowed Moss on the James Scholarship, which will be administered by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. The 2013 Tea Party raised $9,600, and the 2014 Tea Party raised $4,930 for a total of $14,530 for the Endowed Scholarship. Patty said, “The Moss on the James Tea Party was a delightful event where everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the silent auction, live auction, and the delicious foods and teas served. It was a pleasure for me to bring greetings on behalf of Mom and to share the new and upcoming ventures of the Moss family and organization. Mom and I are extremely pleased that the Moss on the James Chapter has devoted two years of fundraising to establish an endowed scholarship with the Moss Foundation. I extend thanks to the Moss on the James members and guests who helped make the tea party such a success! I know Mom looks forward to attending the Eighth Annual Tea Party and spending time with our wonderful Richmond friends.”
Members of the Moss on the James Chapter enjoying their Seventh Annual Tea Party Fundraiser to benefit the Moss on the James Endowed Scholarship with the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.
A new limited edition print featuring the Virginia State Capitol was introduced at the Tea Party. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Memorial to Virginia’s Statesmanship will be donated to the Moss on the James Endowed Scholarship.
Moss on the James has been very successful with its annual tea parties, raffles, and live and silent auctions that have raised over $50,000 during the last seven years. The proceeds have gone to selected charities such as Scotchtown (First Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry’s historical summer home in Hanover, Virginia); Riverside School in Richmond (over $22,000 for a SmartBoard and an endowed student scholarship); Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia ($8,400 for cancer research); and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education ($14,530 for an endowed scholarship), as well as several other local charities.
Special thanks to all who worked to plan and sponsor the fundraising event and donated items for the silent auction, as well as the Moss Foundation, which donated a wonderful quilt that was sold in a live auction, and especially to everyone who attended the Tea Party.