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Dear Friends:
The rain held off until Sunday, and the grounds of the Museum and The Barn were beautiful for my Museum Open House and Barn Show.  I love sitting on my front porch with my coffee in the morning and watching the deer and the rabbits.  Lots of new collectors attended the show, and it was great fun meeting them and getting to know them a bit.

I was delighted to see my old friend Michelle Dreyer and her family.  They came all the way from Missouri.  What beautiful children!

What a coincidence!  More old friends from Missouri came this past weekend.  L. to R.:  Me, Marcia Hurst, and her husband Dan Hurst.  Dan, who is a DJ, said he wanted to sit at my table and sign something for me for a change.

The special print edition I created for last weekend’s show at the Museum and The Barn was Tinkling Spring Ride, featuring Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Virginia.  Tinkling Spring was founded in 1740 and is one of the oldest churches in the Valley.

The P. Buckley Moss Museum donated a framed print of Tinkling Spring Ride to Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church last week.  L. to R.:  Bob Kuykendall, Clerk of Session for the church; Corrado Gabellieri, Director of the P. Buckley Moss Museum; Jason Whitener, Pastor; and Cindy Corell, Chair of the church’s Historical Resources Committee.

Each summer the Museum hosts “concerts on the porch” in cooperation with the Shenandoah Valley Art Center.  On Sunday, June 29, The Shenandoah Saxes performed their Big Band classics and patriotic favorites for Museum guests.  There will be at least two more summer concerts, one on July 27 at 3:00 p.m. and another on August 24 at 3:00 p.m.  For more information and to see who will be performing, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-343-8643.

The Shenandoah Saxes performing at the Museum June 29.  L. to R.:  Emerson Deitz, Al Winters, Dick Hippeard, and Julian O’Dell.

During the whole month of September, the Museum, in conjunction with the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, will be participating in “Quilts:  Past, Present, & Future”, a regional month-long celebration of the artistic and cultural significance of quilts in our lives, honoring the traditional, historic, and contemporary art quilts.  We are planning an exciting month at the Museum.  A Quilting “B” will be held daily September 8-12 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Women from several local Mennonite churches will be participating, and they plan to donate their quilt to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, which I have supported for many years.  The Foundation for Children’s Education will sponsor two sessions, September 13 and 20, for children aged 10-12 called “Creating an Art Quilt Square”.  Additionally, we will have many quilts on display.  Some will be quilted wall hangings, featuring my painted fabric centerpieces, and some will be actual quilts on loan by their owners/creators.
I am very excited that famous quilt designers Jinny Beyer and Rita Barber have each agreed to loan the Museum one of their quilts for the display in September.  In 1989 I published a poster featuring Jinny Beyer and one of her quilts, and Jinny made me the most wonderful skirt with a crazy quilt pattern.  I wore that skirt to my first show in Frankfurt, Germany, years ago, and I also wore it to Rita’s 21st Annual Quilters’ Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this past March.  It will be part of the Museum’s quilt display in September.
September is going to be a busy month for both the Museum and The Moss Portfolio; because, in addition to the quilt celebration, we’ll be hosting our Collectors’ Convention September 12-13 at The Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia.  I just put the finishing touches on the special painting for the large convention print, and I’m excited to be able to show you a picture of it in its finished state.

Thomas Jefferson honors one of our country’s most gifted Founding Fathers.  In addition to Thomas Jefferson and three of the flags that have represented our country, I have included many of the homes and buildings that he designed.  Top, L. to R.:  the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC; Monticello, Charlottesville, VA; Poplar Forest, Bedford County, VA; and the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA.  Center:  the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.  Bottom, L. to R.:  Farmington, Louisville, KY; and George Divers’ House (Farmington Country Club), Charlottesville, VA.

Next weekend, July 25-26, I’ll be showing with Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, Ohio.  The special print for Berlin Creek’s show is titled Amish Homeland.  I’m looking forward to this show and to staying at the Miller Haus B&B again.  The Miller Haus B&B, an Amish bed and breakfast, is owned by Daryl and Lee Ann Miller and located in the country.  It is so quiet and so lovely!

Amish Homeland will be released during my show with Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, OH, July 25-26.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 330-893-2686.

Have a good week!

The Moss Portfolio
74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109
(800) 430-1320
©P. Buckley Moss 2005

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