I'm having a great time getting ready for our Collectors'
Convention this weekend. Everyone at The
Moss Portfolio is excited about my new work, and I'm eager to have
collectors see it. I have new pieces depicting scenes from Italy, around
The Valley, and all over the country.
I have my outfit ready for our Jimmy Buffett-themed Dinner Dance &
Auction on Saturday night. For those of you who haven't been to one
before, it's a relaxed atmosphere with lots of laughs. Bring your flip-flops,
shorts, and tropical shirts and join us for an evening of fun!
The Convention kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at The Williamsburg
Hospitality House in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a wine and hors d'oeuvres
reception, closing at 9:00 p.m. that evening. We open back up at 9:00
a.m. on Saturday, June 12, until 5:00 p.m. In addition to the exhibit,
there will be lots of other fun activities going on throughout the day.
The Dinner Dance and Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. I can hardly wait!
All Dinner Dance/Auction attendees will receive the complimentary
black and white print Tropical Friend.
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
All Convention 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
This past weekend I showed with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, Virginia,
and with Framecraft of Warrenton, Virginia. Framecraft's show was held
Thomas' Parish in Hancock, Maryland, in celebration of St. Thomas'
175th anniversary. It is always a pleasure for me to show with Medlin
and Framecraft. Both are so caring and creative in framing my art, and
it's like receiving a Christmas present when I see what they've done.
Good friends! The Medlin team, L. to R.: Pat Medlin, owner; Steve
Hale; Jane Hale; Sherry Reece; Shirley Medlin, owner; me; Cindy Cheng;
and Olga Coffey.
Pat and Shirley Medlin, owners of Medlin Art., Ltd., and I with
their show print Call
to the Hunt. This is the first major hunt scene I've done.
My daughter Patty came along and helped me with the drive to the two
shows. We were with Medlin Friday and Saturday and then drove up to
Hancock, Maryland, Saturday afternoon. This was my first visit to Hancock,
and it was a delight! The C & O (Chesapeake and Ohio) Canal runs
through Hancock; and, the church was built in 1835 by Irish and German
immigrants, workers hired from the C & O Canal Project, which was
also under construction through Hancock at that time. Both the C &
O Canal and the B & O (Baltimore & Ohio) Railroad run through
nearby Cumberland, Maryland; and, for those of you who don't know, my
Grandfather Buckley drove mules on the Erie Canal when he was a boy
and locomotives on the B & O Railroad as an adult. It's a small
Saturday night we went to dinner at Panorama
at the Peak in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, with Framecraft
owners Mark and Meleana Moore; Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Jr., of St.
Thomas' Parish and his wife Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt of St. Mark's Church
in Lappans, Maryland; and several friends of St. Thomas'. Co-owner Patti
Miller's mother collected my work, and she was very excited about us
coming to her restaurant. The food was out-of-this-world! Panorama at
the Peak specializes in "made from scratch" dishes that include
ingredients from local farms, so everything is very fresh. I especially
enjoyed their appetizers, so much so that I didn't leave enough room
for my dinner. I was fascinated by the ceiling beams in the restaurant.
I couldn't believe the length and girth of the trees that were used
for the beams. They must have truly been huge!
Patty and I stayed at the 1828
Trail Inn, and we highly recommend it. I loved its comfortable,
simple dignity and lack of fussiness. Their breakfast was magnificent!
We attended church service Sunday morning before the show. I loved
the relaxed camaraderie, friendship, and respect that everyone had for
one another. It was a joy to be among such caring and happy people.
This is the Parish Hall at St. Thomas' where my show with Framecraft
was held. On the far left of the picture, wearing a green top and khaki
slacks, is Darlene Smith, who with her husband Bill owns the 1828 Trail
Inn. Bill's head is visible to Darlene's right (our left).
I'm very much looking forward to our Convention this weekend and being
with even more caring and happy people!
See you there!