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Dear Friends:
The P. Buckley Moss Society’s Chapter Training Weekend was glorious.  It had a Cortona, Italy, theme that made it festive for everyone, and the Museum and its grounds were looking better than ever.

The P. Buckley Moss Museum was sporting an Italian flag over the porch railing this past weekend in keeping with Chapter Training’s Italian theme.

While I often show pictures of the front of the Museum, I don’t think I’ve ever included a picture of the back of it.  From the back of the Museum, you can see a portion of the Valley as it meets the mountains, which are beautiful.

Una Ballerina by Matteo Lo Greco graces the grounds of my Museum in Waynesboro, VA.  I bought “Theresa Thunder Thighs,” as I affectionately call her, years ago at the New York Expo when Matteo was exhibiting.  Una Ballerina’s home used to be at my house on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg, FL.  When we sold that house, we moved her to the Museum grounds, where she is sought out and admired by many.

Friday’s docent training was done by Museum curator Bonnie Stump.  Bonnie is very knowledgeable about art in general as well as my art in particular, and she did an excellent job.  She also gave a presentation on Saturday about my art.

Bonnie Stump is the Museum’s curator and gives an excellent presentation about my art.

Friday night we had a “Light the Night” walk along the Museum’s Commemorative Walkway to remember loved ones who have been touched by cancer.  It was so moving to walk along the Commemorative Walkway and read the names on its brick pavers and to also read the names on the luminaries placed along our route that lit our way and honored our loved ones who have been stricken by cancer.  Proceeds, about $600.00 from the sale of the luminaries, benefitted the American Cancer Society.

I’m in the yellow jacket, and Kathy Smith is on my immediate left (your right).  We were asked to lead the “Light the Night” walk, and I was so honored to be walking beside Kathy.  Kathy is a member of the Moss at Monticello Chapter and is currently fighting her third battle with cancer, each time a different form of it.  I greatly admire her courage and positive attitude.

Saturday we heard talks from Kathy Smith and Bonnie Stump; and, we also had sessions on the importance of framing art properly; chapter events, fellowship, and fundraising; and the work of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

Society Board member Ginger Cloonan, seated in wheelchair, gave a wonderful framing seminar.  Ginger is the dealer representative on the Society’s Board of Directors and owned The Country Framer Gallery in Libertyville, IL, for many years.

What would any Moss gathering be without good food?  Moss in the Forest Chapter provided breakfast Saturday morning, Moss on the James Chapter hosted a “Grillin’ on the Grounds” picnic for Saturday’s lunch, and we had a wonderful “Taste of Cortona” Italian menu for dinner Saturday night.  Dinner itself was catered by Scotto’s Restaurant, while Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter decorated and set everything up, Moss in the Highlands Chapter served, and Moss in the Valley Chapter provided homemade desserts.

My Italian son-in-law Corrado Gabellieri, who is also the Director of my Museum, prepared and served the most divine crustinis.  He is an excellent cook!

When I arrived at the Museum for Chapter Training, I was happy to see a display of children’s art that had been created during the summer art programs hosted by the Museum and sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.  I enjoy looking at the children’s artwork and seeing the world through their young eyes.

The Palmer family, L. to R.:  Shaina, father Shane, Daulton, young artist Mikala, me, mother Janice, and Brianna.  The Palmer family came to see Mikala’s artwork that was on display at the Museum.  They are a wonderful, supportive family, and I was delighted to meet them all.

This weekend I’ll be back in Waynesboro for The Moss Portfolio’s biannual Dealers’ Meeting.  I’m looking forward to seeing so many of my authorized dealers in one place; it’s like a family reunion.  I was very sorry to find out, however, that one of my dealers (and a dear friend) is sick in the hospital and won’t be able to attend the Dealers’ Meeting.  Please join me in praying for Alfred Nichols of Apple Barn Gallery.

It’s time for me to answer another question.  My staff have told me that they receive numerous calls each week about the meaning of IS and PS on The Moss Portfolio’s website, relating to print sizes.  “PS” stands for “paper size,” and “IS” stands for “image size.”  The paper size is the size of the entire print, the colored image plus any white space or margins surrounding it.  The image size is just the colored portion of the print.  We include both measurements, because they are useful to framers in determining matt sizes for a particular print.

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