I spent Memorial Day Weekend painting and listening to news programs
honoring our servicemen and women. How grateful I am for their bravery
and dedication and for their sacrifices as they defend and protect our
country. So many of us go about our daily lives and have no clue what
happens a world away from us. We live in peace and safety while our
young men and women, all volunteers, live in primitive conditions and
constant danger so that our way of life will be preserved.
Whether we want to accept it or not, the events of September 11, 2001,
changed the world in which we live. Politics aside, our soldiers deserve
our gratitude, respect, and support. I have always been patriotic, but
these feelings were reinforced when the son of a former staff member
(and a dear friend of “the Moss family”) was shot by a sniper
while serving in Iraq in April. The prayers of so many brought him home
to recover, and we should be praying for all of them on a daily basis.
I completed two paintings over the weekend that celebrate our way of
life. Picnic at the Mill features a couple enjoying a romantic
picnic near historic Silver
Lake Mill in Dayton, Virginia. This print will be released at my
Barn Show and Museum
Open House July 13-15 in Waynesboro, Virginia. Happy Days
is an idyllic schoolyard scene, typical of one-roomed schools in rural
Pennsylvania, and will be released at our Collectors’
Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, July 20-21. It will be available
only to those attending the Convention on either of those two days.
Picnic at the Mill will be released at the Barn Show and Museum
Open House, July 13-15.
Happy Days is the small convention print for the convention in Lancaster,
PA, July 20-21.
This Friday, I’ll fly up to Virginia from Florida,
just in time for my granddaughter Kate Donnelly’s high school
graduation. Kate’s is the first of ten high school graduations
I’ll be attending in the years ahead, as my other grandchildren
Kate’s younger sister Sarah, a sophomore at Radford High School,
made All-District Honorable Mention in the Three Rivers District for
shortstop and pitcher. Sarah’s boyfriend Abram Williams is graduating
with Kate this Friday and was First Team All-District as well as Player
of the Year in the Three Rivers District for pitching. He will be attending
Liberty University in the fall and will be playing baseball there as
Sarah and Abie share a love of baseball.
I thought it would be neat to show a couple pictures taken
at my Museum earlier
this spring. A mother bird discovered a hole in the side of one of the
Museum’s wooden trash barrels and decided to make a nest inside
beneath the trashcan liner. Three visitors to the Museum heard a noise
and discovered three fledglings in a nest when they investigated the
trash barrel. My son-in-law and Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri put
a “do not disturb” sign on top of the barrel to protect
the mother and her babies until they were ready to leave the nest. Fledglings
are one of my favorite symbols, so I’m very honored that Mama
Bird made her nest on the Museum grounds.
Three hungry baby birds, top, (with mouths open wide like the living
versions of Pat's fledgling paintings) are quite at home in a trash
barrel at the P. Buckley Moss Museum.
’Til next week…
I hope you have your calendars marked for the P. Buckley Moss Society’s
next 20th Anniversary “birthday
party.” Friends are coming from everywhere to join in the
fun on June 15 at my Museum. The Society’s Board of Directors
will be meeting that weekend, too, so people will have a chance to meet
the Board members and talk to them about what we’re doing.
Maybe you will win this miniature watercolor by Pat and framed by
The Beveled Edge, Glen Allen, VA, if you attend the Society's birthday
party and fund raiser for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation and Ronald
McDonald House Charities. The watercolor will be hidden in one of the
birthday gift bags that can be bought for $20. All the bags will be
stuffed with goodies, including gift certificates to be used on the
pbuckleymoss.com shopping site. Auction items at the dinner include
a week's stay at Pat's house in Cortona, Italy and a weekend at her
condo in Wintergreen, VA. Don't miss this highly original and memorable
Buy your tickets now by calling (540) 943-5678.