My daughter Patty and I spent a delightful couple of days in White Sulphur
Springs and Lewisburg, West Virginia. We were there for a signing event
with Kitten’s Korner Gift Shoppe and to attend the debut of Thursday’s
Child, a play written about my life and my work on behalf of learning
The play, which was performed in the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg,
was written by Greg Johnson and takes place in a fictional middle school
where I spend a Thursday with three problem students, “Thursday’s
children.” In the play I tell the students stories of my life
and explain that I, too, was a “Thursday’s child,”
but I worked hard to rise above my learning differences to become a
successful artist. The title Thursday’s Child was inspired
by the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Monday’s child is fair
of face…” We Thursday’s children may have “far
to go,” but the journey is worth it in the long run.
The debut of Pat’s print Thursday’s
Child coincided with the premier of the play by the same name
and is dedicated to all “Thursday’s children.”
I had read Greg Johnson’s play, but what a wonderful
experience it was for me to see it brought to life. The actress who
played the part of me was Becca McCoy, and she even died her hair and
included a slight New York accent. The Principal’s part was played
by Betsy Conte, and she really made the character fun and exciting.
The play was directed by Cathey Sawyer, who brought out the best in
Pat loved the play and was delighted to meet the cast. Pictured,
L. to R.: April the Goth, played by Ryan Roddy; Morgan, played by Mary
Spearen; Pat; Thursday’s Child Pat, played by Becca McCoy;
Chappy, played by Ben Isabel; the Principal Mrs. Tarbell, played by
Betsy Conte; and playwright Greg Johnson.
The play was a great enjoyment for adults and young people
alike. My grandson Picco and granddaughter Chiara came to Friday night’s
performance. Chiara’s mouth was open in amazement the entire time,
and I think Picco fell in love with April the Goth. There wasn’t
a sound in the audience the whole time, other than laughter.
We are hoping with all our hearts that this play can be taken to other
theatres so lots of people can see it. Greg Johnson is in the process
of looking into funding to take the play on the road, with the thought
that children could be bussed by their schools to see it. In fact, I
wish it could be made into a film so everyone can see it and understand
about children with learning differences and how important it is to
help them succeed and bring out their talents. This play is very important
to me, not because it is about me, but because of its message. If anyone
would like to help fund future performances of Thursday’s
Child, please contact the P.
Buckley Moss Society at 540-943-5678.
It is always a joy to spend time with my friends at Kitten’s Korner
in White Sulphur Springs. I want to give Kitten and Ruth a special thanks
for supporting the play and for representing my art at the Theatre.
Patty and I returned to Mathews Saturday to get ready for our Dealers’
Meeting this weekend in Waynesboro. After the Dealers’ Meeting
ends Sunday, I’ll fly down to St. Petersburg, Florida, for two
weeks of painting time. Boy, do I have a lot to get done! I’m
looking forward to showing you the finished paintings. I’ll return
from Florida just in time to go to Seattle, Washington, for The Puyallup
Fair. I’ll be there September 7-9 to display and sign my work.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Washington State,
and I’m looking forward to my visit.
Pat has done three paintings that will be released as print editions
in Seattle, Washington, during The Puyallup Fair. Denny Hall (top),
Husky Stadium (middle), and Mt. Rainier (bottom).
’Til next week…
Forever an Angel
Forever an Angel will be released August 23rd
in an edition of 2,500 prints. Pat was first inspired to paint this
subject immediately after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in April. You
might remember seeing it in its original state, bearing the Tech "VT"
emblem in the heart, in the email newsletter Pat wrote at that time.
For very understandable reasons, Virginia Tech has not authorized the
use of their VT emblem on for-profit products, even if some of the proceeds
raised from their sale are donated to one of the Virginia Tech funds.
Pat agreed not to release the piece for sale. However, the interest
in the subject and the demand for a print has not diminished. Pat has
therefore re-painted the piece without the VT image. At the request
of the University, we are not selling it as a memorial to the victims
of the Virginia Tech tragedy. However, from the sale of each print we
will donate $6 to the existing P. Buckley Moss Scholarship fund at Virginia
Tech, $3 from P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd. and $3 from Moss dealers.
The print will retail for $60.