I’m back in St. Petersburg, Florida, for two weeks of intense
painting time. Although I paint wherever I am, I have to say that
my favorite studio is the one in St. Petersburg. There’s
something about the light here that I just love. Florida is glad
I’m back, because I’ve brought rain with me. Apparently,
it’s been very dry here, at least until my return on Sunday.
When I arrived at my home in St. Petersburg, I found a meeting of the
Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society in full swing. They even had a birthday
party for me to celebrate my May 20 birthday. During the meeting,
the chapter members discussed our plans to send two local teachers to
the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education’s Annual Creative
Minds Conference that will be held this October 23-25 at the American
Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. The Foundation
holds an education conference each year and invites educators across
the nation to join us as we bring presenters together to discuss techniques,
strategies, and lesson plans for incorporating the arts into the curriculum
of every child. There is a focus on finding new and original methods
in teaching children who learn differently.
Celebrating my birthday with the Moss Pelicans Chapter in St. Petersburg.
Thanks, Moss Pelicans!
This year’s plan to send two, an art teacher and
a reading teacher, was the suggestion of the chapter’s 2008 Creative
Minds scholarship recipient Dara Vance. Dara is an art teacher
in an alternative high school in Pinellas County, Florida, and has shared
what she learned at last year’s conference with numerous educators
in Pinellas County following her return. The Moss Pelicans Chapter
is holding a raffle for a framed original watercolor to help raise the
funds to send two this year.
I finally have my very own John Deere! This lawnmower is my
birthday present from my daughter Patty and her friend Mary Morgan.
They have a big, red Massey Ferguson tractor, and I always tease them
about not having a green tractor in the yard. The teasing will
Before leaving for Florida, my daughter Patty and I went
to Warrenton, Virginia, for my show with Framecraft on May 16.
What a beautiful, historic place! Warrenton is in Fauquier County,
which has a rich history dating back to the 1600’s. Named
after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Virginia
from 1758 to 1768, Fauquier County was founded in 1759 from a section
of land previously considered part of Prince William County. Today,
Fauquier is considered the heart of hunt and wine country. On
May 1, 2009, the County officially celebrated its 250th Anniversary.
Many historic figures have called Fauquier and the Town of Warrenton
their home. John Marshall, who was born in what is now Fauquier
in 1755, was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Nancy
Hanks Lincoln, born in Fauquier in 1784, was the mother of President
Abraham Lincoln. She was baptized in Broad Run Baptist Church,
which still retains her baptismal record. Born in Fauquier in
1828, Turner Ashby was a Confederate cavalry general during the Civil
War and served as General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s
cavalry commander in the Shenandoah Valley until he was killed in battle
in 1862. James Markham Marshall Ambler was born in Fauquier in
1848 and was a soldier in the Confederate Army as well as a physician
on the Arctic exploring ship U.S.S. Jeanette. Known as the “Gray
Ghost,” John Singleton Mosby was a Confederate Colonel in the
Civil War and is best remembered for forming and commanding the 43rd
Battalion, Partisan Rangers of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, also known
as Mosby’s Men or Mosby’s Rangers. Col. Mosby lived
for a time in Warrenton and is buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.
His home in the town is now a museum and education center open to the
During the Civil War, the second Battle of Manassas took place about
ten minutes (by today’s travel standards) from Fauquier.
After the battle, about 1,800 wounded soldiers were brought to Warrenton
to makeshift hospitals set up in businesses, churches, and homes.
Additionally, Union General McClennan said farewell to his troops as
Commander of the Army of the Potomac in 1862 from the balcony of the
Warren Green Hotel in Warrenton.
The Warren Green Hotel is no stranger to history and is featured in
my new print Teddy’s
Ride that was released during Framecraft’s show.
In January of 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt made the approximately
100-mile ride to Warrenton and back to Washington, DC, spending seventeen
hours in the saddle, to prove a point. He had been criticized
for issuing an order to the Navy Department that called for a ninety-mile
riding test for officers to be completed within three days. The
President felt the criticism was unjust and declared that he could accomplish
in one day more than he had asked of the officers of the navy to undertake
in three. While in Warrenton, Teddy and his traveling companions
ate dinner at the Warren Green Hotel and later spoke to the crowd that
had gathered at the news of his presence in town from the hotel’s
Will Yurgaitis was one of several town criers participating
in Fauquier’s 250th Anniversary celebration on May 1. He
came to Framecraft’s show to repeat his announcement of Teddy’s
ride just for me. He did a fantastic job, and I’m so glad
Mark and Meleana Moore are the new owners of Framecraft
and relatively new Moss dealers, but they’re off to a wonderful
start. It was such a pleasure to be with them. Their positive
attitudes and enthusiasm are infectious, and they are so gracious with
their customers. I was very impressed with the gallery’s
Members of Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss
Society volunteered to help with the show. The ladies helped Mark
and Meleana with the show and also signed people up for memberships
in the Society. Warrenton was having its Spring Festival Saturday,
and there were throngs of people!
My next show will be held June 4-5 in Roanoke, Virginia,
with my friends at Graphics, Etc. Gallery owner Mary Ann Warren
and I will release my new print Spring Together.
Spring Together will be released during my show with Graphics, Etc.,
in Roanoke, VA, June 4-5. For more information, please contact
the gallery at 540-982-8441.
I’m very grateful to Irene Howard and Charlene
Carsrud of Nevada, Iowa, for their time, talent, and generosity in creating
quilted wall hangings to use in future fundraising events for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. They created
the wall hangings around my hand-painted fabric centerpieces, and they
are breathtaking. Irene and Charlene are members of the Heart
of Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
Charlene Carsrud (left) and Irene Howard (right) displayed their
quilted wall hangings during the Heart of Iowa Chapter’s Annual
Charity Tea on April 26.
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. Please take
a moment to remember and give thanks to our armed forces for the sacrifices
they make for our freedom and safety.
In addition to our military, we should also be thankful for our police
officers and emergency service workers. They put in long hours,
often called away from their own homes and families in the middle of
the night to protect the lives and homes of others. No one knows
this better than Cathy Williams, a member of my staff at The Moss Portfolio
in Mathews, Virginia. Her husband John is a Master Detective with
the Newport News Police Department.
Pictured together at the 16th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony in
Washington, DC, are John and Cathy Williams and their children Brandon
(left) and Taylor (right).
Last week John and his partner Master Detective Larry
Rilee received Honorable Mention Awards at the National Association
of Police Organizations’ 16th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony
that was held in Washington, DC. Together with Special Agent Chip
Banks and Special Agent James Liscinsky with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) and Special Agent Jessica
Farrell with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), John and
Larry solved the homicide of Ensign Cory Voss, U.S. Navy, and brought
his murderers to justice.
Master Detectives John Williams (left) and Larry Rilee (right) of
the Newport News Police Department.
Thank you and congratulations!