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
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