Last week my friend Arlene Yaconelli from California came over to Virginia
to visit her son, and we were able to spend some time together.
Arlene and I originally met in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and we’re
always talking about going back for a visit one day and staying with
our friends David and Margo Carey.
Arlene and her granddaughter Emily met me in Newport News, and then
we drove over to Waynesboro together. My daughter Ginny joined
us Wednesday, and we all went to see Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville. I hadn’t
been there in years—it used to be an annual event to go on school
field trips with my six children. My, how it has changed!
They’ve made a lot of improvements, and it’s a wonderful
Monticello, home of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville,
Va. Thomas Jefferson designed this home himself, along with many
other buildings in Virginia, including the State Capitol.
In addition to being an architect, lawyer, patriot, and statesman,
Thomas Jefferson was quite a horticulturist and designed the beautiful
and unique gardens at Monticello himself.
Upstairs in the rotunda, L. to R.: Arlene’s granddaughter
Emily, my friend Arlene, and me. We were very privileged to be
allowed to go up into the rotunda, which is a restricted area.
I can understand why, as the stairs are very narrow and winding.
It would be very difficult for groups to go up and down them.
Monticello has the most gracious, wonderful hosts and
hostesses and a fantastic, new visitors’ center. I loved
the film they showed, and the gift shop was also a treat. I have
to say, though, that my favorite part was the tour, which was refreshing
and new. We had a marvelous tour guide.
L. to R.: Monticello’s Building Superintendent Steve
Ganoe, me, and our tour guide Bill Des Rochers.
L. to R.: Steve Ganoe, my daughter Ginny Moss (Gabellieri),
me, and Monticello’s Curator Elizabeth Chew. Thomas Jefferson
would be very happy to know that his beloved home is in very good and
On Friday I flew to Columbus, Ohio, for my show with
Gallery Art Center. Shortly after landing, I was whisked away
to the Vinyl Hair Salon to have my hair and makeup done by Brian and
John. Those boys are great and such fun! Poor Peter, my
escort, had to sit for three hours while they tried to make me look
My personal hair and makeup artists for the weekend, L. to R.:
Brian, me, and John at the Vinyl Hair Salon.
Then, we were off to the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove
City for a fundraising event to benefit the Mount
Carmel College of Nursing. The event was in the style of a
tailgate picnic party in honor of Ohio
State’s first game of the season. I was given a #2 OSU
jersey to wear to the fundraiser, and I received lots of “Go Bucks!”
greetings--#2 is the team’s quarterback Terrell Pryor, I found
We released a new Ohio State University print during the show, titled
Buckeye Tradition. Showing off the print at Friday night’s
fundraiser are, L. to. R.: Ann Schiele, President & Dean of
Mount Carmel College of Nursing; me; Suzi Campbell, owner of Gallery
Art Center; and Kathy Walters, nurse and alumna of the college.
Behind me, wearing the red visor, is Delores Bills, a professor at the
Alumnae of Mount Carmel College of Nursing getting into the spirit
of the evening.
Suzi arranged for us to have one of the best MC’s I’ve
ever experienced. Roger Dearwester is wearing the sparkly, silver
jacket. Standing beside him in the grey shorts is Suzi’s
husband Steve Campbell.
Our own attempt at performing Script “O-H-I-O” didn’t
turn out quite as well as the Buckeye’s Marching Band, but we
had fun doing it!
Saturday’s show was a special day for me, too,
and it was a joy to see so many friends. Thank you, Suzi, Steve,
Mary, Peter, and all, for a great weekend!
Signing for collectors at Gallery Art Center on Saturday.
The man in the blue shirt and white collar is Peter Vatsures, my escort
for the weekend and beloved member of the Gallery Art Center family.
We had a full house on Saturday!
In my July
29, 2009, newsletter I announced that I would periodically do a
focus on one of the P. Buckley
Moss Society’s wonderful chapters. The chapters are
to be chosen randomly for inclusion in the newsletter, and it just so
happens that another Virginia chapter was pulled from the hat this time.
The Moss in the Valley Chapter hales from the beautiful Roanoke
Valley of Virginia in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The City of Roanoke is very historic, with much to see and do, including
the new Taubman Museum of Art, which my daughter Patty and I toured
with chapter members earlier this year when we were in town for my show
with Graphics, Etc. Our tour with the chapter was part of their
20th Anniversary celebration, having been organized in January, 1989.
They are currently 41-members-strong. Congratulations, Moss in
the Valley, on twenty years of helping others!
View of the City of Roanoke, taken from the overlook at the 100-foot
During the chapter’s monthly meetings, they hold
an in-house raffle to raise money to provide scholarships for local
teachers to attend the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Annual
Creative Mind Conference. This year the chapter will provide
scholarships for two teachers to attend the conference, which brings
the total to fourteen such scholarships provided through the years.
The teachers who receive the scholarships are asked to present a program
to the chapter on what they have learned and how they will use this
information in the classroom.
When Patty and I toured the Taubman Museum of Art with the chapter,
member Donald Bunce offered to make a quilted wall-hanging around one
of my painted fabric centerpieces for the Foundation to raffle or auction
at a future fundraising event. Don has a reputation as a wonderful
quilter, and I can’t wait to see what he does with the horse centerpiece
I sent him. Thank you, Don, for your time, talent, and generosity!
Moss in the Valley also supports monthly the local Ronald McDonald House,
providing funds and supplies for their daily operational needs as well
as one dinner for the guest of the house during the year. Other
small projects undertaken by the chapter this year include the provision
of thirty bags of personal items to the Salvation Army’s Turning
Point for Battered Women and Their Children and the provision of stuffed
teddy bears for local police to use with children in trauma situations.
Each year the chapter conducts a major fundraiser with the raffle of
one of my prints to benefit a charity in the community. Some of
the organizations that have benefited from past raffles are RAM (Roanoke
Area Ministries), St. Francis of Assisi, Ronald McDonald House, Turning
Point Shelter, Camp Easter Seal, Achievement Center, Roanoke Therapeutic
Riding Program, and the Christmas Store. This year’s beneficiary
is Apple Ridge Farms, which provides outdoor and educational experiences
for at-risk youth.
The chapter visited Apple Ridge Farms in August to learn more about
the work of the charity that the chapter is working to benefit this
year. I have a standing invitation to visit Apple Ridge myself,
and I’m going to stop by one day when I’m in the area.
I admire the energy and caring they put into helping children.
Moss in the Valley meets monthly with interesting and
informative programs. In September the chapter will have a joint
meeting with the Moss in the Country Chapter, and the guest speaker
will be Bonnie Stump, curator of my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia.
I’m so proud of our chapters!