Guess where I am now? I’m back in St. Petersburg, Florida!
I came down the end of last week to spend two weeks painting in my Florida
studio with the fabulous light. I’ll return to Virginia
the first week of August to attend our summer Dealers’ Meeting
in Waynesboro August 7-9. It’s hot down here, but I go walking
every morning with my friends before it gets too hot and then I spend
the rest of the day painting.
It was so nice to visit with Bob Smith, who is the Associate Dean
of Students at Shippensburg
University in Pennsylvania. Pictured with Bob and me at the
Finn Gallery is Sally Wise of St. Petersburg Beach. Bob and Sally
are cousins, and Bob was in town for Sally’s daughter’s
wedding at the Don Cesar. In 2004 I received an honorary doctorate
for public service from Shippensburg.
Annual Sweet Dreams Festival was held this past Saturday, July 25,
at Stuarts Draft Park in Augusta County, Virginia. I was most
honored when the Sweet Dreams Committee asked me to create a special
postage stamp cancellation design for the event as well as a commemorative
print. I’ve been told that the Stuarts Draft Post Office
has been receiving requests from postmark/cancellation collectors from
all over, including one request from France!
L. to R.: Bonnie Stump, with the P.
Buckley Moss Museum; Kevin Blackford, Postmaster at Stuarts Draft
Post Office; and Pat Carter, with the Moss Museum. Museum staff
members Bonnie Stump and Pat Carter operated a booth at the Sweet Dreams
Festival and sold my commemorative print Delivering
Sweet Dreams. Those who purchased the print could also
buy a giclée on paper of the cancellation image. Both the
print and the cancellation image giclée are visible in the foreground.
One of the paintings I’ve been working on is a
volleyball scene to benefit Dig
Pink teams across the country. Dig Pink events are organized
by college and high school volleyball teams to raise money for breast
cancer research and education.
Volleyball teams sponsoring a Dig Pink match may purchase Dig
Pink prints from The Moss
Portfolio to resell at a profit, raising money for breast cancer
research and education. Teams wishing to participate should contact
Tricia Miles at 1-800-430-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m very excited about another thing I’m
doing in support of breast cancer research. I’ve been invited
to be a guest speaker on Quilt
Camp at Sea’s 2009 New England 9-Night Cruise for a Cure,
which is a fundraising cruise to benefit the Breast
Cancer Research Foundation. The cruise sails round-trip from
Baltimore, Maryland, August 13-22, and my daughter Mary Donnelly is
going with me. As many of you know, I am a twenty-plus-year survivor
of breast cancer, so breast cancer research is very important to me.
To commemorate the cruise and help raise funds, I’ve created two
giclées on paper, Quilting
for a Cure, and Stitched
for a Cure. The Moss Portfolio will donate $5 from each
print sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I’m looking forward to returning to Columbus, Ohio, after the
cruise and seeing all my friends again. I’ll be in town
for a show with Gallery Art Center August 28-29, and we’ll release
my new print titled Buckeye Tradition. Buckeye Tradition
celebrates the Ohio State University Marching Band, featuring the drum
major’s backbend, the famous “Script Ohio”, and “Dotting
Buckeye Tradition will be released during my show with Gallery Art
Center in Columbus, OH, August 28-29. For more information, please
contact the gallery at 614-442-1109.
As you know, I’m very proud of the P.
Buckley Moss Society and its local chapters. The chapters
consist of amazing men and women who use their talents and energy to
raise money to support individuals and groups with special needs within
their communities and states. The chapters have collectively raised
well over a million dollars to make a difference in the lives of others.
I think it will be fun to periodically feature a chapter in our newsletter,
starting this week. The chapters will be randomly selected for
inclusion, and this week we have Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter from
the Charlottesville, Virginia, area.
In the area just to the north and east of Charlottesville, Virginia,
you will find some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.
Among the rolling hills and farmland you will also find some of the
most dedicated members of the Society.
Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter was organized in June
of 1990 and has members from Charlottesville, Gordonsville, Leesburg,
Louisa, Mineral, Orange, Ruckersville, Spotsylvania, Staunton, and Warrenton
in Virginia and one member from Michigan. They are dedicated to
helping those in need. Last year they raised $13,305.59 for a
seriously ill six-year-old boy, hospitalized in Ohio.
This year the chapter is working to raise money for a ten-year-old boy
from Hanover, Virginia, who has a very aggressive form of malignant
metastatic thyroid cancer. Due to the rarity of his cancer, he
has to travel back and forth to Houston, Texas, for treatments at Texas
Children’s Hospital. The chapter is sponsoring a year-long
raffle and a Basket Bingo/Auction to help raise money for this courageous
boy and his family.
Vincent Tickle, pictured with me above during my April Barn Show
and Museum Open House, is a remarkable young man. Last fall he
was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer and has been
waging a courageous and equally aggressive battle ever since.
Vincent is a bright, cheerful, and caring child who has not let his
current trials dampen his positive attitude. He has been an inspiration
to his family and all those around him.
Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter has faithfully supported
the “World of Moss” by attending Collectors’ Conventions,
Chapter Training Sessions, Moss trips, and other special events.
This successful chapter has a lot of fun. If you are a Society
member and would like to join them as a chapter member, they would warmly
welcome you. For more information on Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter
and their fundraising efforts, please contact Shirley Collins at 540-872-0294.
It’s time for me to get back to my easel…!