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Frame Haven’s show this past weekend was huge! The crowd was so large Friday they had to wait over two hours to get to my signing station. Springfield’s (Ohio) assistant fire chief even stopped in to make sure the gallery wasn’t too crowded. Everyone was wonderful and patient, though; and, we all had a fantastic time!

After the show Friday night, Don and Audrey McKanna, owners of the Frame Haven, took me to the nearby Bushnell Banquet Center for what I thought was going to be just a fundraising dinner. It turned out to be a surprise birthday party for me, too, and I was truly surprised! I had so much fun seeing everyone at the show Friday and Saturday and at the party Friday night. It was great being with such terrific people—collectors, Society Chapters, and dealers!

Mayor Warren Copeland proclaims P. Buckley Moss Day in Springfield, OH on Friday, May 20, 2005.

I have received many gifts and many cards, both in Springfield and at my office in Mathews, Virginia. I want to send a personal thank-you to each and every one; but, if I miss someone, please know how much I appreciate your happy birthday wishes!

I returned home to Mathews to find pictures waiting for me of my granddaughter Kate’s prom. Kate is a sophomore at Radford High School in Radford, Virginia.

A Pair of Beauties: Kate and Marilyn at the prom at Radford High School, Radford, VA.

Victoria DeVilbiss, Matthew Turner, Dylan DeHart, and Kate Donnelly (and Marilyn Monroe).

I’m very proud of all ten of my grandchildren, and I can’t resist sharing their pictures and accomplishments. I don’t get to see some of them as often as I do others, so you may not be familiar with all of them. To be fair to my children and grandchildren, I’m going to list them all. My daughter Mary and her husband Dr. Kerry Donnelly have three children: Kate, Sarah, and Sean. My daughter Becky and her husband Roberto Ghezzi have two children: Sofia and Michela. My son Chris and his wife Lisa have three children: Kristina, Diana, and Amanda. My daughter Ginny and her husband Corrado Gabellieri have two children: Pier, or Picco, as he is known, and Chiara. My other two children John and Patty don’t have children of their own. John is a chef, and Patty is a wonderful girl who is good at everything she does!

As proud as I am of my family, I know that they owe much to their teachers and the numerous adult volunteers who have made a difference in their lives. “It takes a village to raise a child” is certainly a true saying, and a good example of this is Picco’s involvement with the Technology Student Association (TSA).

Picco and his Technology Student Association (TSA) group from Stuarts Draft Middle School went on a field trip Thursday, April 28, to the Mariner’s Museum in Hampton, Virginia, and took a boat tour of the harbor. They then competed for two full days at the TSA State Technosphere Competition in Hampton. Picco’s school placed first in the State of Virginia!

Picco (far right, kneeling) and his TSA colleagues at Stuart's Draft Middle School.

Picco and his TSA friends are blessed to have two very dedicated teacher advisers, Andrew Baker and Dan Farrar. They both spend countless hours with TSA students after school encouraging them and guiding them in their endeavors. These two teachers, along with many volunteers in the community who give time to these students, are to be commended. They set a fine example for both adults and children.

Dan Farrar (left), Picco and his trophies, and Andrew Baker. Dan and Andrew are Picco's TSA teacher advisors.

It was quite a weekend for Picco, indeed, because he also had a soccer game to get home for. He chose to miss the TSA awards ceremony in order to be there for his soccer team. (Picco placed first in the communications category and third in the transportation category). The soccer team won 1 to 0. I’m very proud of Picco’s achievements and grateful to his teachers and coaches for teaching him the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
I’m heading to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a month off from showing but not from working! I have a very long list of paintings to complete for shows this summer and fall, so I’ll be busy painting while in Florida!


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Mathews, VA 23109
(800) 430-1320
©P. Buckley Moss 2005


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