Last Tuesday night, Becky and I went down to Virginia Beach to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where I was the guest speaker for the Tidewater Alumni Chapter of Virginia Tech. Led by their president Chris Jennings, they are a great group, with tremendous spirit, giving scholarships and providing a positive influence in their area. What energy they have!
Pictured with Stacy Harvey (Virginia Tech Alumni Association), I’m sporting “spirit fingers,” which are fun gloves worn by Virginia Tech alumni at football games.
L. to R.: Chris Jennings, Tidewater Alumni Chapter President; me; and Kelly Griffin, Tidewater Chapter Liaison for Virginia Tech.
MOCA is a wonderful place, and it is supported by a generous community. Our tour of the museum was such a pleasure. I was fascinated by a wall of woodcuts that was the brainchild of artist-in-residence Steve Prince, who collaborated with community individuals in creating a 3’ by 30’ woodblock print titled Gestalt: Whole to the Part. He created one-third of the woodblock print; the other two-thirds of the blocks were cut into multiple jigsaw pieces and subsequently made by community members into individual artistic creations. The whole was then assembled and printed to form a collective print centered on the Hampton Roads community. The final woodcut was printed with an industrial steamroller (courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach) for the public to witness and is exhibited in MOCA’s Fleming Gallery for the duration of its Multiplicity exhibition.
Gestalt: Whole to the Part was the brainchild of MOCA artist-in-residence Steve Prince. Pictured here are the woodcuts (above) and the woodblock print that was made from them (below). My tour guide was Kate Pittman, pictured with me in the photo above, Director of Operations for MOCA.
The event was catered by Tapped Gastropub. I love meeting chefs, because my son John is a chef at the Blue Rock Inn in Washington, Virginia, which is in Rappahannock County. Chefs love their work as much as I love painting and other people love their work. The food was great!
Next weekend (July 11-13) will be the last chance to visit my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, before it officially closes on July 14. Future shows will be held at our new gallery in downtown Waynesboro at 329 West Main Street and will coincide with my quarterly Barn Open Houses. We have a couple special events planned for our July show, starting with an unveiling of the show 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. The next special event will be a BBQ fundraiser at the Museum for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education on Saturday, July 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. We will have live and silent auctions, music provided by guitarist and soloist Larry Ragland, and a BBQ dinner catered by Hank’s Smokehouse Southern Grillery. Tickets may be purchased from either the Moss Foundation (540-932-1728) or the gift shop at the Museum (540-949-6473). The morning of Friday, July 11, we will start taking bids at the Museum for the silent auction. The winners will be announced Saturday night during the fundraiser.
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.
Vineyard Haven will also be released as a giclée during our July 11-13 Museum Show and Barn Open House.
Happy Independence Day, a.k.a. 4th of July! Let’s remember that it really isn’t about a day off, barbecues, or fireworks. It’s about 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the pursuit of liberty for themselves and future generations. It is our nation’s birthday.
Society Group Trip Update
There are three spots left on our “San Francisco and Wine Country Delights” trip that will run from Friday, August 29, through Friday, September 5. If interested in joining us, please contact Bonnie-Lou Binnig at 727-786-1960 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact our travel professional, Johan van Zyl, President, Curlew Travel, at 727-789-1771 or Johan@CurlewTravel.com.