My staff and I had another great weekend, this time with authorized
Moss dealers who had come to the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, to attend our Dealers’
Meeting. Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri, who is also my son-in-law,
and the Museum staff had the Museum and grounds looking beautiful, and
now I’m very glad that I had the driveway at my Barn repaved.
The Lord sent us fabulous weather, with temperatures in the mid-70’s,
and it was so pleasant having both our welcome reception Friday night
and our dinner party Saturday night outside under tents. We also had
the most wonderful music Saturday night, provided by Jimmy Overton,
a.k.a. Jimmy O’, a local singer and guitarist. It was a friendly,
informal atmosphere in which to renew friendships and talk business.
We had two wonderful guest speakers. John W. Haffey, President of Wellspring
Communications, Inc., founder and publisher of Art World News
magazine, talked about the practical and aesthetic aspects of being
an art dealer. I think everyone enjoyed him very much and will benefit
from his informative and motivational talk. Playwright Greg Johnson,
who wrote Thursday’s Child, the play about my life and
work with learning different children, came and shared excerpts from
the play, which made its debut last weekend at the Greenbrier Valley
Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The dealers got many good laughs
out of the play, and so did I, for the third time. Everyone wanted the
play to come to their local area, and Greg said that any local theatre
can use the material. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat (seated in front of where Greg Johnson is standing) and the
Moss dealers enjoyed hearing about Thursday’s Child.
We also discussed the new gift items The Moss Portfolio
will release this fall. We’ll have five new porcelain ornaments
and a new snow globe. We anticipate having all the new items in stock
by early October.
Sweet Land of Liberty ornament
4-3/8 x 2-1/2 ins.
My Country 'Tis of Thee ornament
4-3/8 x 2-1/2 ins.
Let Freedom Ring ornament
4-3/5 x 2-1/2 ins.
And There Were Angels ornament
4-1/8 x 2-3/4 ins.
And the Greatest of These ornament
4-1/2 x 3-7/8 ins.
The 2007 Dancing Santas Snow Globe will retail
for $135, with an edition size of 1,200. It features the song O
Christmas Tree and a star that lights up!
After the Dealers’ Meeting ended Sunday, I flew
down to Florida for two weeks of intensive painting time. I have a huge
list of paintings to complete for fall shows. Tim Finn, owner of The
Finn Gallery in St. Petersburg, picked me up from the airport and showed
me the progress on his new gallery space. I’m having my old etching
studio remodeled to accommodate Tim’s gallery, and I’m very
much looking forward to having him as my neighbor. The etching studio
is located on the property of my home and former gallery on 4th Avenue
in downtown St. Pete. It’s such a good location, and I hope everyone
will come and see it one time or another. I spent Monday morning meeting
with the contractor and discussing which walls should come down and
which walls should stay up. I’m very excited about it.
One painting I can show you now is the piece for my Museum
Open House and Barn Show, which will take place October 12-14.
Blue Ridge Haze will be released at Pat’s October 12-14 Museum
Open House and Barn Show and will retail at $115.
Summer is coming to a close, and a new school year is
about to begin. I wish all students a happy and successful year, and
I hope they are excited about the opportunity to learn new things. Remember
to always do your very best, and don’t be afraid to ask for help
if you need it. Also remember that your parents and grandparents love
you and are willing to help in some way.
’Til next week…
Forever an Angel
Forever an Angel has been released 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.