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Wow! The Harrisburg-Hershey, Pennsylvania, Collectors’ Convention was a blast! What fun! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everybody and having the chance to catch up with old friends and make so many new ones. I have lots of pictures to share with you, which will help tell the story.

Pat (standing second from right) at the Convention with ladies from theThree Rivers Moss Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Veronica Nulph (far right), owner of Perfect Picture gallery in Butler, PA, designed the hats especially for the Convention and presented Pat with one of them.

Jim Kell is the President of York Graphic Services, the company that has so ably printed Pat's limited editions for well over twenty years. Jim and his wife Shelley enjoyed dinner and dancing at the party on Saturday night. At the auction on Saturday, Jim was the proud winner of one of Pat's much-prized used paintbrushes and one of the framed prints from the framing competition. The paintbrush, and donations of framed prints from the dealers and The Moss Portfolio, raised over $3,100 that night for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education.

Pat presents Les Martin, owner of Martin's Gallery, Hanover, PA, with his two ribbons for his outstanding framing. Les framed the winning piece in the Popular Choice competition and won second place in the Judged Competition. The winning piece in the Judged Competition was framed by Sue Gittlen of Whispering Woods Gallery in Holland, PA. Thanks are due to these two galleries, and the other galleries listed here, who donated their framing to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education: The Framers Gallery, York, PA (winner of third place in the Judged Competition); Canada Goose Gallery, Waynesville, OH; Perfect Picture, Butler, PA; Thames Gallery, Mt. Airy and Frederick, MD; Blue Mountain Gallery, Shippensburg, PA.

I was especially excited to meet four-year-old Tucker Haas and his family. Tucker is a very special little boy, who was diagnosed a couple years ago with sarcoma, a form of cancer. I was very happy to hear that Tucker is now in remission, following a stem cell transplant this February.

Tucker Haas, on his father Chad's shoulders, came to meet Pat at the convention with his sister Taylor and his mother Lisa. On the right is Jackie Markey of The Framers in York, who helped raise funds for Tucker's treatment.

Pat and Tucker take a moment together.

I first learned about Tucker at the P. Buckley Moss Society’s Chapter Training Weekend in 2003. The Moss Roses Chapter of York, Pennsylvania, wanted to do something special to raise money to help Tucker’s family with his medical bills, and I was delighted to create a special painting of Tucker. It is titled Meeting the Challenge and was featured at a show held by Jackie Markey of The Framers in York. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the print at the show, as well as any of the prints sold after the show, will be donated by the gallery to Tucker and his family. Additionally, the Moss Roses Chapter is sponsoring a raffle of a framed Meeting the Challenge (framing donated by The Framers) and a quilt to raise money for the family. The drawing for the print and the quilt will be held at the end of this summer.

Pat's print Meeting the Challenge was released by Jackie Markey of The Framers gallery in York, PA to help raise funds to cover the costs associated with treating Tucker.

The dealers who represent my work and the Society Chapters work together to accomplish so much for those in need, and I am very proud to be associated with these fine people who care for others.

After the Convention I went to Waynesboro to work on a wall-sized painting of a black tree for the Shenandoah Valley Grief Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Grief Center will have its grand opening this summer and will serve people in Augusta, Page, Rockingham, and Shenandoah Counties. People will be able to make a donation to the Center and write their loved ones’ names on individual leaves which can be added to the “Tree of Memories.”

Pat stands back from painting a large black tree for the Shenandoah Valley Grief Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Donors to the Grief Center will have the opportunity to add names to leaves which will be added to the tree.

Our next Collectors’ Convention will be held at The Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia, August 12-13. The Dinner Dance is being sponsored by the Society and will have a Jimmy Buffett theme—laid back, beach clothes and comfortable shoes! I can hardly wait!

Well, I’m off to pack for this weekend’s show in Springfield, Ohio. I’ll be with the Frame Haven Gallery this Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. I haven’t been in Ohio since my Collectors’ Convention in Dayton the fall of 2003, so I’m really looking forward to seeing all my friends.

Until next week…


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