I spent Memorial Day weekend at my home in Mathews, Virginia. It was
peaceful and quiet, and I took the time to "reclaim" my house
after being away so much the first half of the year, first in Florida
and then in Italy.
I am so excited about my Collectors'
Convention that will be held in historic Williamsburg, Virginia,
June 11-12. It's going to be such fun! Friends are coming in from all
over; Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, the Carolinas, New York, and Maryland, to
name a few. Williamsburg is such a treasure, and we in Mathews are blessed
to be so close by.
I'm especially looking forward to our Jimmy Buffett-themed Dinner Dance
and Auction that will start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. We're
going to have a barbeque buffet, music, dancing, and auctions. There
will also be a hand bell performance by Diane Grant. We'll also have
goodie bags that can be purchased for $20 each. All the bags will contain
donated gifts and P. Buckley Moss gift certificates. One lucky bag will
contain a certificate entitling the bag's purchaser to one of my framed
miniature originals, which may be redeemed during the Dinner Dance.
Proceeds from the Dinner Dance and Auction will be donated to the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education.
This exquisite quilt was made by Don Bunce, left, of Hardy, Va.,
who is a member of the Moss in the Valley Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society. The quilt features one of my hand-painted
fabric centerpieces, and it is one of the items that will be auctioned
during the Dinner Dance to benefit the Foundation.
Tickets for the Dinner Dance and Auction are $45 each and available
from The Moss Portfolio, 1-800-430-1320.
Please let us know soon if you would like to join us for a night of
fun and camaraderie, as we have to give The Williamsburg Hospitality
House a head-count for the buffet. All Dinner Dance/Auction attendees
will receive the complimentary black and white print Tropical Friend,
To make the Convention run smoothly, we are requesting the help of
Moss collectors. We are welcoming volunteers to assist with walk-in
ticket sales, staff the information and sales tables, sell raffle tickets,
and any other unforeseen tasks. Any volunteer who fulfills his or her
commitment will receive a special black and white print as a thank-you.
We have always had a lot of fun with our volunteers; and, if you are
interested, please contact Cathy Williams at 1-800-430-1320 or 804-725-7378
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be available throughout the Convention hours to sign purchases
and meet collectors. I'm very much looking forward to meeting everyone.
We'll also have a slideshow presentation about my life and art that
will be given by Bonnie Stump, Curator of the P.
Buckley Moss Museum; a costume parade-dress up like a character
or scene from your favorite Moss print; a framing competition; a cross
stitch competition; and a second hand bell performance by Diane Grant.
I can hardly wait!
Colonial Garden is a special giclée on paper that I created
for this Convention. It features the detached kitchen at the John Blair
House at Colonial Williamsburg. Collectors do not have to attend the
Convention to purchase Colonial Garden. Giclées may
be ordered from your gallery prior to the event for $200; after June
12 the price will be $300. Giclées per collector are not limited;
however, the edition size of this giclée is 250. Colonial
Garden will also be available for purchase during the Convention.
Each attendee may purchase two copies of the giclée on paper
Garden Visitors ($60 each) for me to personalize at the Convention.
After the convention, this giclée will be available for $80.
All attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print
Bruton Parish Church.
The Sir Christopher Wren Building features what is perhaps the most
famous building on the campus of The College of William and Mary. This
limited edition giclée on paper will also be released during
In the meantime, I'll be showing this Friday and Saturday, June 4-5,
with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, Virginia, and with Framecraft of
Warrenton, Virginia, on Sunday, June 6. Please note that Framecraft's
show will not be held in Warrenton. Instead, it will be held at Saint
Thomas' Parish in Hancock, Maryland. The show is being held in celebration
of Saint Thomas' Parish's 175th Anniversary.
Call to the Hunt will be released as a limited edition giclée
on paper during my show with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, Va., June
4-5. For more information, please contact the gallery at 703-771-8696.
Winter at St. Thomas' will be released as a limited edition giclée
on paper during my show with Framecraft, which will be held in the Parish
Hall of St. Thomas' Parish in Hancock, Md. For more information, please
call Framecraft at 540-341-0001.
Andrew the Church Cat will also be released as a limited edition
giclée on paper during my show at St. Thomas' Parish. This print
is in honor of the life and dedicated service of Andrew, who lived at
St. Thomas' and was a much loved member of the church staff and congregation.
I am so proud to be able to announce the recipient of this year's Anne
and Matt Harbison Scholarship. This scholarship is administered
by the P. Buckley Moss Society and awards $1,500 to one high school
senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is
pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship
is near and dear to my heart, as I have struggled my whole life with
dyslexia. As a result, I understand how important it is to recognize
and reward the achievements and hard work of children with learning
This year's recipient is truly a remarkable young man. Taylor Bohon
is a senior at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia, who plans
to major in pre-law at Hampden-Sydney College. Taylor has long-term
goals of becoming a lawyer, running for elected office, and possibly
becoming President of the United States one day. Of his future plans,
Taylor says, "I want to bring my history, my passion and my determination
to my career. Today, so many are apathetic with our leadership. I can
certainly see why. There is a selfishness that leads and divides our
representatives. I think this is the greatest country in the world and
I want to only carry the agenda of the people, not my own. Many told
me all my life, that college would never be possible for 'someone like
me'. I beat those odds and I believe that 'someone like me' can become
the leader of this great country."
Taylor has been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and an additional
disability that relates to visual perception (1 of 9 diagnosed in the
country). Although he does not have any physical sight issues, Taylor
sees in mosaic and does not see letters and numbers in their entirety.
This combination of learning differences led to Taylor's being misunderstood
by many of his teachers.
Taylor Bohon is the 2010 recipient of the Anne and Matt Harbison
Instead of giving up hope or losing faith in himself, he worked hard
to succeed. Taylor has developed coping skills and uses computer programs
to assist in writing, spelling, and reading. He learns largely by what
he is taught verbally. Taylor has a strong work ethic, dedication, and
perseverance. Among his achievements are membership in The Beta Club
(a club for students with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher), a
current grade point average of 3.9, a ranking among the top 8% in the
country on the ACT test taken by seniors to submit to colleges for admission
consideration, and induction into The National Society for High School
Scholars (this organization recognizes "superior academic success").
Taylor has served for two years as captain of his school's cross country,
indoor track, and outdoor track teams. Taylor credits running with relieving
his stress and anxiety from the academic school day. Participation on
the teams and serving as their captain have taught him strong leadership
skills and ethics. Taylor works full-time in the summer and part-time
during the school year at a cattle farm and has worked there for four
years. He loves spending time with his family, enjoys church, and values
opportunities to help his elderly neighbors and spend time with them.
Taylor's role model is his grandfather, who valued honor and integrity
in people above wealth and position. "He reminded me daily of how
wonderful I was. He saw my weaknesses, but taught me that honor would
be obtained in how I allowed it to limit and define me...One doesn't
buy honor, you have to earn it by the way you live your life...I intend
to grow and live my life with honor and strive to never compromise my
morals or integrity."
We wish Taylor continued success in all his endeavors-he has my vote!
I'd like to share with you a poem that was written for my birthday
by my friend Frances Dunn of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Thanks,
Birthday Doors for Pat!
May 20, 2010
are open for you!
for each one!
With a glow
you pass on through
like a butterfly
on its skyward run!
Have a lovely Birthday, Pat!
Frances Y. Dunn