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
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
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!