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
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
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
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…