Last week I promised you a photo of the finished Ames
Convention painting. I’m pleased with the light in this piece,
and I think the children playing hide-and-seek among the haystacks give
it a sense of fun.
The Iowa Convention painting is now complete.
I also promised photos of the finished July
Barn Show paintings. Working on these two pieces brought me much
pleasure. McCormick’s Mill and Wade’s Mill reflect the rich
history of the Valley, and I have great respect for heritage and history.
Wade's Mill, Raphine, VA and McCormick's
Mill, Raphine, VA are the next Barn Show prints.
This past Friday I enjoyed a visit from Margaret Moser and her son
Michael of The Moser Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia. The Moser’s
have represented my art in Fairfax for around twenty years. They came
to Mathews to have me sign orders from their show.
Margaret and Michael Moser of The Moser Gallery visited Pat on Friday.
I celebrated Memorial Day with my friends Robert Roland and Janice
Hudgins of Mathews. They hosted a potluck dinner in their garage, and
most of the men there were veterans. Robert’s nephew-in-law Jeff
Clark, a retired Navy Commander, asked the blessing and gave thanks
for our troops and the ones who have served before them who have enabled
us to enjoy summer cook-outs, days at the beach, and everything else
we often take for granted. Please include them in your prayers, too.
Pat enjoyed a Memorial Day "cook-in" because of rain with
friends and neighbors in Mathews.
If your summer plans include a visit to my museum, you will get to
see thirty new artworks that have been added to the exhibit in the main
gallery to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of the P. Buckley
Moss Museum, which was May 12, 1989. In addition to the new paintings
on display, the museum grounds have been spruced up with the planting
of new roses, delphiniums, and daylilies.
Museum docent Carol Simonton is showing a watercolor titled Winter’s
Image to visitors in the main gallery of the museum. This particular
piece was painted in 1979 and printed as a limited edition lithograph
but has never before been shown in the main gallery.
Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri and Retail Shop Manager Jo Cowherd
decide where to plant the new flowers.
Because of the huge success of the ’50’s dance at the Kingsport
Convention, we have asked the P. Buckley Moss Society to sponsor the
Saturday night dinner dance at the Ames Convention. We will have another
“Rock Around the Clock with Pat” theme. Tickets for the
dinner dance will be $37.50 and include dinner, complete with root beer
floats, dancing, a live auction to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education, and a free black and white print! Anyone
wearing a ’50’s costume will receive a free raffle ticket
for a special prize to be given at the dance. Dinner dance tickets are
available now at the Society office (540) 943-5678. Tickets are limited
and should be purchased early. Everyone had a great time in Kingsport,
and we are sure that Iowa will be even better!
Suffer Them to Come to Me, a large watercolor which hangs in the
main gallery, is Pat’s memorial to the victims of September 11,
2001. This painting has great emotional impact on many visitors to the
The theme for this year’s Chapter Training, scheduled for August
6-8 in Charlottesville, is “Red, White, and Blue & Moss, Too.”
It is shaping up to be extra special, because we will focus on patriotism
and will highlight some of our country’s heroes. The opening event
on Friday night will be a “Moss Rally,” including members
sharing their “Star Spangled Ideas.” There will be a new
event at Chapter Training this year. It is a children’s art exhibit
at the museum entitled “My Country.” Each chapter is being
asked to visit a school(s) to find five pieces of children’s artwork
to send to the Society
office by July 23. The art will be matted and put on display at the
museum during the weekend of Chapter Training.
Next week I’ll write to you from Cortona.