My daughter Becky and I spent a wonderful Saturday at my Radford lake house with the Moss in the Valley and Moss in the Country Chapters of the P. Buckley Moss Society. The Moss in the Valley Chapter is from the Roanoke, Virginia, area and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a chapter this year. The Moss in the Country Chapter is from the Daleville, Virginia, area and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Congratulations to all who came—about forty people—and found my house in the woods, which is down a mile-long dirt road with potholes! The Lord gave us sunshine and a beautiful day, and we were able to enjoy our delicious potluck lunch and camaraderie on my deck. Some even braved the stairs down to the water.
Taking a walk on my road.
Members of the Moss in the Valley Chapter are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year.
Members of Moss in the Country are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year.
The Chapters shared their achievements over the years, and it was great to be with people who care and work for the good of others. The Moss in the Valley Chapter has raised well over $69,000 to benefit children and other charities, and the Moss in the Country Chapter has raised approximately $89,913.
The Moss in the Country Chapter assisted the Juvenile Diabetes Blue Ridge Chapter in obtaining a print from the Society’s Charity Print Program to use in a fundraising event. Matthew Butler gave me a beautiful thank-you card for the donation that will help fund research for juvenile diabetes (Type 1).
Linda Markham, who is the past President of Moss in the Valley, led us in some delightful games that kept us on our toes and had us all laughing. The food was divine. Everyone brought their most tempting dishes, and Moss in the Valley member Peggy Rogers brought her famous meatloaf and apple cake. Not a crumb of meatloaf was left! I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon spent with so many friends, many of whom I’ve gotten to know over the years at Museum and gallery shows, conventions, and other events. My thanks to all!
One of the games was to see who could draw the best black cat. I had to wear a blindfold and “draw in my sleep.” The winner was Moss in the Valley’s Linda George.
Rose Martin, who has interviewed me for Blue Ridge Public Television, came with her husband Bob to meet my friends and learn more about the Society and the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. They are wearing hats they borrowed from me.
I’m looking forward to a very busy few months with our final show at the Museum the weekend of July 11-13 and the opening of our new gallery in downtown Waynesboro around the beginning of August. I’ll also attend the grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum August 1-2 in conjunction with Up Against the Wall Gallery of Kingsport, Tennessee. I’ll be showing with Frame Haven in Springfield, Ohio, August 22-23, and after that I’ll be off on our Society group trip to San Francisco and California’s wine country. When I return, it will be September, and my fall show schedule will start. It will be an exciting summer and fall.
CrossKeys Vineyards depicts its namesake in Mt. Crawford, VA, and will be the special release print for our July 11-13 Museum Show and Barn Open House. For more information about the show, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 540-949-6473 or 1-800-343-8643. There will be a special unveiling of the print at CrossKeys Vineyards on Thursday, July 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Prints will be available for purchase, and I will be there to meet collectors and sign the prints. For more information about the unveiling at CrossKeys Vineyards, please contact Nikoo Bakhtiar at 540-234-0505.
This painting will also be released as a giclée during our July 11-13 Museum Show and Barn Open House.
See you soon!
The Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
Announces 2014 Scholarship Awards
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is pleased to announce the recipients of its three scholarships:
The 2014 recipient of the Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship ($1,500, renewable) is Brian Meersma of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, who is a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. The Harbison Scholarship is awarded to one high school senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing post-secondary education. Brian’s learning difference is dyslexia. He is planning on attending Cornell University in the fall to pursue a career related to technology and disabilities. After college Brian would like to develop technologies to help the next generation of students with dyslexia and other learning differences.
Laura Gardocki is the recipient of the 2014 Judith Cary Leadership Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), which is awarded to a student who is working either full-time or part-time toward a special needs certification or undergraduate or graduate degree in the field of special education. She will be attending the University of New Hampshire, pursuing a master degree in special education.
Briana “Andie” Burns, a student at Parkview High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is the 2014 recipient of the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship is awarded to one or more high school seniors with financial need, a certified language-related learning difference, and artistic talent who plan a career in the visual arts. Andie’s learning difference is dyslexia. She has been accepted at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.