It’s great to be on Claytor Lake with my girls and their children! My daughter Becky and her daughters Sofia and Michela are over from Italy, and I’m spending a few days with them, my daughter Ginny and her family, and my daughter Mary and her family—all at Mary’s cabin on the lake—for a few days before going to Waynesboro, Virginia, for my Museum Open House and Barn Show this weekend. We had a very special 4th of July weekend together with family and friends and enjoyed much food and laughter.
We do love pasta!
I’m excited about this weekend’s Open House at the Museum and Barn, because not only will we release my latest print of Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Carrying Honor Forward, but we will also have a fabulous display of gorgeous quilts at the Museum. Carrying Honor Forward celebrates VMI’s long history of preparing young men and women to serve in our armed forces and defend our freedom, for which we are most grateful.
Carrying Honor Forward will be released during my July 13-15 Museum Open House and Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA, and features Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, including the new addition to the Barracks as well as its clock tower. For more information, please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
The quilts in the display have been made by volunteers, incorporating one of my hand-painted centerpieces, to raise money for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. So much care, design, and work go into these quilts, and we are honoring our wonderful volunteer quilters by having a summer-long display of the Foundation’s quilt collection. The quilts will be auctioned or raffled during future fundraising events; but, for a donation of at least $2,000 to the Foundation, interested collectors will be able to obtain one of the quilts on display. My hand-painted centerpiece in each quilt is valued at least at $2,000; so, of course, the whole quilt is worth more than that. The Foundation will use the proceeds to help fund its programs, teacher awards and grants, and scholarships. The demand for the Foundation’s awards and services is ever-increasing, and we would like to help as many people as possible.
One of the Foundation’s very popular programs is its annual Summer Art Enrichment Program for children. This year, the Foundation hosted 70 children, divided into classes by age groups, for week-long sessions focusing on art. The response for six- and seven-year-olds was so large that the Foundation held two classes for that age group. The theme for the six- and seven-year-olds was “Colorful Critters”; eight- and nine-year-olds, “P O P”; and four- and five-year-olds, “Collage-a-Mania”.
Children aged 6 & 7, participating in the “Colorful Critters” classes, created peacocks from watercolors stirred into shaving cream, which was then transferred to paper, forming the body of the peacock. Feathers were drawn using oil pastels and painted over with watercolors. The head of the peacock was drawn, cut out, and pasted to the body, along with the feathers.
I am thanking the Lord for the wonderful rain and the break in the heat wave. “Rain does make the flowers grow and the grass turn green.” After 100 degrees, temperatures in the 80’s feel cool!
After this weekend, my next big event will be our Collectors’ Convention at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa, July 20-21. I am so looking forward to seeing my Iowa friends and celebrating the 25th birthday of the P. Buckley Moss Society . While Convention attendee tickets may be purchased at the door, we do have a deadline of this Thursday, July 12, for ordering tickets to our Saturday night Dinner Dance and Society Birthday Party, so please contact your favorite Moss dealer or P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., right away if you haven’t already ordered your tickets.
See you soon—stay cool!