I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day, and I also hope everyone took a moment to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women, which is what the holiday is all about. I spent the weekend working in my gardens and went to a cookout at my neighbor’s, who lives two houses down from me. The whole neighborhood was there. Some, I only see once a year!
The flower bed at the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education office received a makeover this past week thanks to Hannah Swartz, daughter of Museum docent Sandi Swartz. Hannah is a member of the American Heritage Girls and is at the Explorer level. She is doing community service projects to earn her “Caring for My Environment” badge. Foundation office manager Pat Carter told me how grateful she is to have this flower bed planted and ready for the Foundation’s Summer Arts Enrichment Program, which starts on June 13, as well as the Foundation office’s open house during our Summer Celebration, July 8-10.
Hannah Swartz worked toward earning her “Caring for My Environment” badge with the American Heritage Girls by giving the Foundation’s flower bed a makeover. Thanks, Hannah! It looks beautiful!
I am now getting ready to leave for Roanoke, Virginia, and my show with Graphics, Etc., June 3-4. Gallery owner Mary Ann Warren and I will release two new prints during the show. One is a small landscape and the other features the Old Main Building at The Baptist Orphanage of Virginia/Virginia Baptist Children’s Home in Salem, Virginia, which is now known as Hope Tree Family Services. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Sunny Day at Old Main will benefit Hope Tree Family Services. I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends in Roanoke and Salem!
Peaceful Morn, above, and A Sunny Day at Old Main, below, will be released during my show with Graphics, Etc., in Roanoke, VA, June 3-4. For more information, please contact Graphics, Etc., at 540-982-8441.
Before the show on Friday, June 3, I’ll be having lunch at Virginia Tech and taking a tour of its Center for the Arts construction site with Cherie Durbin and a group who have asked me to paint another commemorative print of Tech. I’m excited to have lunch there and be able to take some pictures to work from.
After my show with Graphic, Etc., I’m going to spend the rest of June painting in my studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. No one visits in the summer, but it isn’t any hotter than it is here.
I’ll return to Virginia just in time for my signing at MAG-The Gallery in Mathews on July 2. “MAG” stands for Mathews Art Group, and I had such fun with my fellow members a couple weeks ago when I attended our annual potluck. I was delighted to meet Nicholas Dease and Grace Shomaker, two college students who are this year’s recipients of the Patty Zierow Memorial Scholarship, which is administered by MAG. Patty was the manager of MAG-The Gallery and a frequent visitor to P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., coming in almost on a weekly basis to pick up orders of my work. We were all saddened by her loss last year, but her spirit lives on through this generous scholarship. Nicholas and Grace each received scholarship awards of $1,000.
L. to R.: Nicholas Dease; Rita D’Amico, Chairman of MAG’s Scholarship Committee; and Grace Shomaker. Nicholas is a rising senior studying Fine Art at Christopher Newport University and intends to go on to graduate school and eventually teach in a small university. Grace will be a sophomore at Appalachian State University, where she is majoring in Art Education. They are among recipients of over twenty scholarships from MAG since 1990. Each year, MAG gives a graduating senior and/or a graduate of Mathews High School who plans to further their education in the Arts a scholarship after reviewing his/her portfolio and application.
The Moss on the Chesapeake Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society has invited me to lunch with them at the Mathews Yacht Club after my signing at MAG-The Gallery. The chapter is re-energized, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting everyone.
The Society’s Moss on the Chesapeake Chapter met at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, VA, on May 22. Seated, L. to R.: Catherine Wilson, Anne Reynolds, Margie Findley, and Cheryl Cranford. Standing, L. to R.: Marilyn Riddle; Rhoda Roberts; Fred Lokay; Marian Lokay; Mac Laird; Linda Wilson, President; and Sandy Steele. Not shown is Steve Wilson, who took the picture.
I’m off to Roanoke—’til next week!