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I spent a quiet Memorial Day weekend at my home in St. Petersburg, Florida, mainly working in my studio. When I needed a break, I turned on the TV and saw how other people were celebrating Memorial Day. I also saw on the news the horrors that our brave young men and women are facing in the Middle East region today. I felt both grateful for and humbled by their sacrifice. Their service to this country enabled me to have a peaceful weekend in my home and gave others the opportunity to take a mini vacation or have a cookout with friends and family. They deserve our respect, as well as the soldiers who gave their lives in past wars to keep us safe and free.

I’ve been working on the painting for the small convention print for the Collectors’ Convention that will be held in Roanoke, Virginia, August 12-13. The scene will include a local popular landmark. I’m not quite ready to show you a picture of it yet, but stay tuned! In the meantime, I’ll share a picture of the painting for the large convention print, which depicts a scene from Explore Park, a history museum near Roanoke.

Mountain Homestead is Pat's painting of Explore Park, which will become the large convention print for the P. Buckley Moss Convention in Roanoke, Virginia, August 12-13, 2005. Pat will be at The Hotel Roanoke to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. This print, which retails for a special convention price of $200.00, (normally it would be $300.00), may be ordered from your local dealer before August 14th. The edition size will be determined by the number of orders received by that date. You do not have to attend the convention to buy the print.

We’re planning to have a picnic at one of the pavilions at Explore Park at noon on Friday, August 12. It will also be possible to take a tour of the park. If you’re interested in having lunch with me, please give The Moss Portfolio a call at 1-800-430-1320. My staff will take your name, address, and phone number so we can send you the details when they become available.

The Roanoke Convention is shaping up to be one of our best ever, so please come and join us for fun and fellowship. I would love to see you there!

I know I’ve been bragging on my grandchildren a lot lately, but I have to include Chiara and Sarah’s accomplishments this week. Then I’ll lay off—I promise!

Chiara had a very memorable Memorial Day weekend. She competed in a horse show this past Saturday in Spotswood, Virginia, and won two first place ribbons and one third place ribbon! Although she doesn’t have a horse of her own, she has become very attached to the horses at the stable where she takes riding lessons. Learning to ride and competing has helped build Chiara’s confidence and self esteem—two very important tools for a kid to have nowadays when trouble seems to beckon to them from almost every corner.

Chiara on horseback with riding instructor Angela Shiflett and her son Seth standing beside her.

Sarah was most honored to receive two awards at Dalton Middle School’s Recognition Ceremony. She received the Doug Turpin Citizenship Award and the Bob Young Sportsmanship Award. To receive the Doug Turpin Citizenship Award, students must be nominated by and voted for by the faculty. Likewise, in order to receive the Bob Young Sportsmanship Award, students must play at least two sports and be nominated by and voted for by all the coaches.

Sarah (far right) won The Doug Turpin Citizenship Award at the Dalton Middle School.On Sarah's right are members of the Turpin family (the award is named in memory of a former Dalton student known for his kindness and good citizenship). Standing behind Sarah is Sanjay Keshore, the male winner of the Award.

’Til next week…


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74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109
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