What fun we had in Williamsburg, Virginia, this past weekend! We danced
until midnight Saturday and laughed at ourselves trying to play the
hand bells. P. Buckley Moss Society
members and collectors in general, alike, have a great time together
at our Collectors'
Conventions. I'm looking forward to our next one (place and date
to be announced) and all the fun things we'll do.
A group of us kicked off the Convention Friday morning with a walk
from The Williamsburg
Hospitality House, where the Convention was being held, to the
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Our tour included their
special exhibit, "Material Witnesses: Quilts and Their Makers".
Wow! I highly recommend that everyone visit this museum. It's super,
and you'll want to go back quite a few times. It also has a wonderful
After our museum tour, we walked over to the King's
Arms Tavern for a Colonial-style lunch. Their chicken pot pie is
divine, and their salad is really great!
Our Convention was also a fundraising event for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. A total of $8,404
was raised from several fundraising activities throughout the Convention,
and I want to give a BIG THANKS to everyone who helped make it possible.
Each person attending the Convention was given a complimentary print
Parish Church; but, for a donation to the Foundation of $10,
they could receive a matted copy of the print. The matting was donated
by Collector's Showcase of Dublin, Virginia, and the Moss in the New
River Valley Chapter of the Society. I am so excited to announce that
the matted prints brought in an amazing $2,240 for the Foundation. Thank
you, Eddy and Jeanette Stephens and Mildred Wall!
Bill and Toni Jernigan and Peggy Powell of the Mossaphile Chapter of
the Society came all the way up from Doraville, Georgia, to sell raffle
tickets on a beautiful quilt made by chapter member Ladye Buckner of
Lawrenceville, Georgia. Ladye has made several quilts for the Foundation-I
think this may be the fourth one-and her quilts are exquisite. The quilt
featured one of my hand-painted fabric centerpieces, and the raffle
drawing was held during our Dinner Dance and Auction Saturday night.
Can you believe that I drew my own winning ticket-I swear it wasn't
rigged! I was so thrilled, I danced around the floor showing everyone
my ticket! The only person I knew who took more chances than I on the
quilt was Mossaphile member Scarlett Justice. Sorry, Scarlett!
The Mossaphile Chapter's raffle had been ongoing for several months
and included not only this quilt but also a framed Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse print, which was donated from the Society's
charity print collection. The drawing for the print was held during
my show with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, this past March, and
the lucky winner was Shirley Childs. The total amount raised for the
Foundation by the Mossaphile Chapter was $2,075. Thank you so much,
my Georgia friends!
Shirley Childs was the winner of the Mossaphile Chapter's raffle
of a framed Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse. The winning ticket was pulled during my
show with The Framery in Marietta, GA, this past March.
Toni Jernigan, seated, and Peggy Powell, standing, along with Toni's
husband Bill, came all the way from Doraville, GA, to sell raffle tickets
at our Williamsburg Convention for the exquisite quilt in the background.
The quilt was made by chapter member Ladye Buckner and features one
of my hand-painted fabric centerpieces.
And the winner is...Me! Can you believe I pulled my own winning
The glorious quilt done in red tones and featuring one of my hand-painted
fabric centerpieces of a horse was auctioned during the Dinner Dance
and Auction for $1,000. The high bidders were my friends Bob and May
Johnson of Yardley, Pennsylvania. My special thanks to Don Bunce of
Hardy, Virginia, who pieced and stitched the quilt. Don is a member
of the Moss in the Valley Chapter of the Society. Don was on the Abby
Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum tour with us Friday morning, and
he was enthralled by the quilt exhibit.
Mary Ann Warren, owner of Graphics, Etc., in Roanoke, Virginia, and
Laura DeRamus of Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio, both entered
framed prints in our Framing Competition. Both entries tied for first
place in the judging, but Mary Ann's won the popular choice vote among
the collectors. Mary Ann chose three of my prints to frame together
as one unit: Perfect
Light as a Thistle, and Nesting
Time. The framed piece was auctioned during the Dinner Dance
and Auction for $525, and the winning bidder made an additional donation
of $125. Laura's choice was Graced
by Spring, which was auctioned for $510.
Laura DeRamus of Canada Goose Gallery and I with her Framing Competition
entry of Graced by Spring, which brought the Foundation $510
during our Saturday night Dinner Dance and Auction.
Other donated auction items, the goodie bags, and our Chinese Auction
earned the Foundation an additional $1,929 to reach our total of $8,404.
Thank you so much for coming out and supporting the Foundation! There
are so many hands involved in raising funds for the Foundation and,
through it, children and teachers. I am grateful to each and every one.
By the way, third and fourth grade art students at Maybeury Elementary
School in Henrico, Virginia, decorated the goodie bags with patriotic
themes. Didn't they do a great job!
I also would like to give a special thanks to Diane Grant of Roanoke,
Virginia, who entertained us twice on Saturday with her wonderful hand
Hand bell performer Diane Grant of Roanoke, VA, (seated, with the
dark blue, floral print blouse) insisted on having audience participation
during our Dinner Dance. We were all petrified, but I think we did very
well in spite of our stage fright. L. to R.: May Johnson (Society member),
Gay Bowman (Society member), Corrado Gabellieri (Director of the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, VA), Lance Allen (past Executive
Director of the Society), Rachel Nichols (Apple Barn Gallery, Buchanan,
VA), me, and Art Smith (Foundation Board of Directors). Seated on the
very far left is my business partner Jake Henderson.
More Convention Fun
Anne Thornton of Williamsburg, VA, was our Counted Cross Stitch
Competition winner, with her entry of Grandpa's House.
Dot Hiter, left, and Shirley Collins, right, participated in our
Costume Parade. Dot dressed up like the girl in Best in Show, a
special events black and white print from several years ago. Shirley
was every Moss collector's favorite cat Cinders.
Dot and Shirley were such good sports, helping to set up the Convention
displays and helping to take them all down when it was over. We love
our volunteers! It's a tough job.
Past members of the P. Buckley Moss Society Board of Directors were
recognized during the Convention Saturday afternoon by Jake Henderson,
far left, President of P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd. L. to R.: Mary
Lou McMillin; Sally Ann Gobrecht; Thom Smith; me; Peggy Goodwin (behind
Marlyn De Waard); Marlyn De Waard; Hannes Meyers, Jr.; and Lance Allen.
With a restructuring of the Society, Sally Gobrecht, Art Smith (not
pictured), Thom Smith, and Peggy Goodwin are now serving on the Foundation's
Board of Directors. Mary Lou McMillin, Marlyn De Waard, Lance Allen,
Rev. Harold Henning (not pictured), and Ginger Cloonan (not pictured)
will serve on a newly formed Advisory Council to the P. Buckley Moss
Society. What great friends!
This is an Artist's Proof of one of my new etchings from my recent
trip to Italy. I had it framed in time for the Convention.
Jake and Corrado with the girls on the dance floor Saturday night.
I hope you'll be able to join us at our next Convention!
On Friday, June 18, Harrisonburg, Virginia's, public television station
WVPT will host an evening
of art and humor at the Plecker Building located at Blue Ridge Community
College. Each year for the past thirty years, I've donated a special
painting and print edition to WVPT for them to sell and raise money
with. The funds raised (over $1 million) help support WVPT's excellent
family programming, which is much appreciated throughout the Valley.
Area school systems show some of the programs in their classrooms. My
special print for WVPT this year is titled Summer Daze, and
it will make its debut during the June 18 event, which starts at 7:30
p.m. In addition to being able to purchase Summer Daze, attendees
will enjoy a performance by the popular comedy team of Glick and Phillips.
For more information, please contact WVPT at 540-434-5391.
Summer Daze is my special fundraising print for WVPT this year.