It’s great to get up in the morning and look out of my window
in Cortona, Italy, to see the valley, Lake Trasimeno, and Montepulciano
in the distance. It’s so beautiful here and also rich in ancient
history. As I’ve said before, the valley is where the Carthaginian
general Hannibal came out of the mountains and drove the Romans into
the lake in 217 B.C. Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill
town of exceptional beauty and well known for its fine food and wine.
Pat and her granddaughters Michela, on Pat’s right, and Sofia,
on her left, stopped on their way to Florence to enjoy a field of sunflowers.
The poppies are just about finished, and the smell of jasmine and linden
trees is everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to be in Italy!
It has also been wonderful to spend some time with my
daughter Becky, her husband Roberto, and their daughters Sofia and Michela.
We had a birthday party for Roberto Saturday evening, but he did most
of the cooking. It was divine! Roberto has great friends and family,
and we laughed most of the night. I’m glad the neighbors weren’t
home to hear us.
I’ve been spending lots of time in the etching studio working
on a series of three new etchings. They are all places we’ll visit
this fall on our group tour. One is the Rialto Bridge, or Ponte de Rialto
in Italian. The bridge spans the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is
the oldest bridge across the canal and probably the most famous in the
city. Another is the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. It rises
up today in the place where St. Francis had chosen to be buried. I took
a quick trip to Florence to make drawings of the Ponte
Vecchio, Italian for Old Bridge. I want to be sure to get the detail
just right on my newest etching of it. The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval
bridge over the Arno River, noted for having shops (mainly jewelry)
built along it. During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio was the only
bridge in Florence not destroyed by the Germans during their retreat
on August 4, 1944.
Pat works on an etching plate for one of her new etchings. A proof
of the Rialto Bridge in Venice appears in the background.
This month the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, hosted two sessions
of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education’s 2007 Preschool Program “Who’s
in My Garden?”. Throughout the weeklong course, the children learned
how to plant and care for their own garden in addition to learning about
numerous artists who work with garden-related themes. Projects included
an Eric Carle-style book, written and collaged/illustrated by the young
artists; Moss-inspired tissue paper collage floral paintings; Van Gogh
pastel drawings; and Georgia O’Keeffe watercolors.
Preschool children create their own garden (above) and garden art
(top) at the P. Buckley Moss Museum as part of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation's
ongoing effort to involve children in art.
When I return to Virginia from Italy, I’ll have
a very busy July ahead of me. First, I’ll be going on a short
Disney Cruise in Florida with members of my family, returning just in
time for my July
Barn Show and Museum Open House . The following weekend I’ll
be in Lancaster Pennsylvania for our Collectors’
Convention and the P. Buckley
Moss Society’s third 20th Anniversary birthday party. The
last weekend of July, I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, with my friends
at Gallery Art Center.
Picnic at the Mill will be released during Pat's visit at the Museum
and Barn on July 13-15. For more information contact the Museum at (800)
We’ll be debuting two very special prints at Gallery
Art Center’s show. True Heroes-Together We Fight is in
honor of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s Hats for Heroes
Program dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. The other print is Fun
Time on the Farm. Gallery Art Center will donate 10% of sales
from both show prints to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s
Hats for Heroes Program. For more information, contact the gallery at
A Fun Time on the Farm will be released at Gallery Art Center's
show July 27-28. For more information contact the gallery at (614) 442-1109.
True Heroes-Together We Fight will also be released at Gallery
Art Center's show. This print honors the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s
Hats for Heroes Program dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.
’Til next week…Ciao!
Happy Independence Day next week! I’ll be flying home on the 4th
The convention is just three weeks away. Don't forget
to buy your tickets soon. Tickets to the convention, which start at
$8, are available from your local Moss dealer, from pbuckleymoss.com,
or by calling (800) 430-1320. When you purchase your ticket from a gallery,
that gallery will receive a commission on your purchases at the convention.
Be sure to support your favorite gallery by purchasing your tickets
This new Pennsylvania poster will be released at the convention.