We held our Collectors’ Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia,
this past weekend, and it was wonderful! I drove from Mathews to Williamsburg
via the scenic Colonial Parkway, and I want to take that drive again
in a few weeks when the leaves will be showing their gorgeous fall colors.
I am so blessed to live within driving distance of such a beautiful,
historic place. It is truly a treasure!
Ginger Cloonan, owner of Country Framer Gallery in Libertyville,
IL, won the blue ribbon in the the judged framing competition for her
framing of the print Noble
Contemplation. She is pictured here with Pat and Jake Henderson.
Friends came from near and far to join us for a weekend
of camaraderie and fun. The weekend was kicked off with a dinner at
Colonial Williamsburg’s famous King’s Arms Tavern and a
guided walking tour of the historic area with tales of ghosts and other
spirits. The interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg dress and speak so
authentically it’s like traveling backward through time.
Members of my staff and collector-volunteers worked hard all day Thursday
and Friday to have everything ready in time for the Convention’s
start Friday evening. They did an outstanding job, and I thank each
and every one of them.
Pat with family and friends at the Jimmy Buffet-theme dinner/dance.
Seated in front, left to right: Picco Gabellieri, his mother Ginny,
and father Corrado, and in back, Mary Morgan, Patty Moss, Chiara Gabellieri,
Pat and Jake Henderson.
The grand finale was our Jimmy Buffett-theme dinner/dance,
and what a great time it was! The P.
Buckley Moss Society hosted the dinner/dance and decorated the room
with parrots, lighted palm trees, coconuts, and beach chairs. The food
was delicious, the mood festive, and the company marvelous! What more
could I ask?
Art Smith takes a break from the pressures of his job as President
of the P. Buckley Moss Society at the dinner/dance sponsored by the
Society to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education.
The Society is run by a board of volunteer directors who, like Art,
give their time and energy to promote charitable causes through the
use of Pat's art.
We held an auction and a raffle during the convention
to benefit the P. Buckley Moss
Foundation for Children’s Education . I want to thank everyone
for their generosity in both donating items and bidding on them. A total
of $6,000 was raised for the Foundation!
This Friday I’ll be in West Des Moines, Iowa, at the Sheraton
Hotel for another fundraising event for the Foundation. It will be a
dessert reception and auction, and one of the items up for auction will
be one of my famous decorated birdhouses. If interested in joining me
for dessert, contact Foundation Board member Mariann Peterson for tickets
and additional information at 515-314-3619, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday I’ll be with my friends at White’s Woodworking
& Art Gallery in Osceola, Iowa. I’m excited about the print
we’ll be releasing at the show. Saturday Night on the Square
features the Clarke County Courthouse, which was built in 1892 and demolished
in 1955 to make room for a more modern facility. At the turn of the
century, the court square was “the place to go” on Saturday
evenings for people to get together and have a good time. There was
even a bandstand so people could enjoy live music.
Saturday Night on the Square will be released at White's Gallery
in Osceola, IA on September 30th. For more information, call the gallery
at (641) 342-2643.
Sunday I’ll be showing with my friends in Carroll,
Iowa, at The Finishing Touch, where we’ll be releasing The
Gathering Place. Like Saturday Night on the Square, The
Gathering Place features a very special place where community spirit
is abundant. The scene is from Graham Park in Carroll and depicts an
old fur trader cabin and a one-room schoolhouse that were moved to the
park from surrounding rural areas. The park is a popular place for family
reunions, fundraisers, and gatherings before football games.
The Gathering Place will be released at The Finishing Touch, Carroll,
IA on October 1st. For more information, call the gallery at (712) 792-6665.
See you soon…
P.S. Last week I told you about my participation in Lexington, Virginia’s,
annual Deck the Halls benefit for Project Horizon, a local non-profit
organization that is dedicated to reducing domestic, dating, and sexual
violence in the Rockbridge community. I stopped by Creative Kiln in
Lexington on my way to Dublin for last weekend’s show with Collector’s
Showcase and painted a ceramic ornament that will be hung on a Christmas
tree they are donating to the auction. The tree will be fully decorated
with ceramic ornaments fired in their kiln, and one of them will be
mine! The Deck the Halls auction will be held November 18 at Washington
& Lee Evans Hall. For more information about the event, please contact
Judy Casteele, Executive Director of Project Horizon, at 540-463-7861
Jon and Jo Lewis, of Creative Kiln, fired the ornament that Pat
painted for the Deck the Halls benefit for Project Horizon, Rockbridge
from Last Weekend