Everyone knows I love quilts, and I was in quilt heaven this past weekend
in Omaha, Nebraska. I was in Omaha for a show with my friends
at Ginger’s Hang-Up, and gallery owner Jeff Bosiljevac very thoughtfully
arranged for me to have a tour of the International Quilt Study Center
& Museum and also to see a production of The Quilters at
the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The International Quit Study Center & Museum at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was formed in 1997 as a result of the generous
gift of nearly 950 quilts from the Ardis & Robert James Collection,
along with a substantial pledge of financial support. The Center/Museum’s
mission is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and promote discovery
of quilts and quilt-making traditions from many cultures, countries,
My tour guide Bev Thurber, left, and I outside The International
Quilt Study Center & Museum. Notice the plaques recognizing
The Center/Museum has over 2,300 quilts in its collection, and they
are amazing. Look at the size of this one!
The Omaha Community Playhouse put on a quilt show in
conjunction with its production of The Quilters, which is a
play about the lives of a pioneer woman and her six daughters and the
role that quilting played in their lives, with their quilts reflecting
their life stories. The play was wonderful and the quilts, beautiful!
Betsye Paragas (left), Director of Marketing and Public Relations
for the Omaha Community Playhouse, gave me a most interesting tour of
the backstage area of the Playhouse. The room we’re in is
the Costume Design Department. Isn’t it wonderful!
I’m standing in the middle, and Robin Johnson, with Ginger’s
Hang-Up, is on the far right.
The Playhouse’s quilt show included a quilting demonstration.
I stayed in yet another incredible B&B while I was
in Omaha. This time it was the Cornerstone Mansion Inn.
I was delighted to meet Vice Admiral Van Mauney and his wife Debby who
were also guests at the Inn. They reside on General’s
Row at Offutt Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. Strategic
Command. I’ve been promising to create another painting
and print edition of General’s Row, but I’ve been needing
just the right pictures. Van and Debby have promised to get me
some great ones.
The Cornerstone Mansion Inn in Omaha, NE, is fabulous!
Breakfast at The Cornerstone Mansion Inn. Sitting across from
me are Vice Admiral Van Mauney and his wife Debby.
The show at Ginger’s Hang-Up was such fun, and
it was a joy to see so many friendly, smiling faces. I met a wonderful
teacher for the Omaha Public School System, Linda Hankins, who won the
2009 Alice G. Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. The Alice G.
Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award was established in 1988 by U.S. investor,
businessman, and philanthropist Warren Buffett to honor his aunt.
A passionate, popular, and respected educator in the Omaha Public Schools
for more than 35 years, Alice Buffett inspired generations of students
and fellow teachers to achieve their best.
Linda Hankins, right, and her husband, left, with their print.
There is so much joy in Linda’s teaching. She really cares
about her students, and she’s one of those people you would love
to sit and learn from. What good friends Ginger’s Hang-Up
Linda Hankins, left, with Warren Buffett, right. Warren Buffett
established the Alice G. Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in honor
of his aunt.
I have this weekend off, which is rare for this time
of year; but, I’m looking forward to a few extra days in my studio
in Mathews, Virginia. The weather is finally getting a little
cooler, and there’s a hint of fall in the air. My next show
will be my Museum
Open House and Barn Show in Waynesboro, Virginia, October 9-11.
Those dates coincide with Waynesboro’s Annual Fall Foliage Festival,
and it will be a lovely, fun time in the Valley. Everyone comes
home for the festival weekend.
Reflections of Fall depicts Crabtree Falls in Nelson County, Va.,
which is part of the George Washington National Forest. My children
know this part of the George Washington National Forest very well.
Crabtree Falls is a favorite hiking spot. The falls are approximately
1,200 feet high and supposedly the tallest east of the Mississippi.
The falls feature a 70-foot cascade, as well as a series of five major
cascades with additional smaller ones. Reflections of Fall
will be released during my Museum Open House and Barn Show October 9-11.
For more information, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum (LINK)
I wish to say “hi” to all my friends in Russell,
Kentucky, who will be attending this weekend’s show at Designer
Art and Framing. I won’t be there in person this time, but
I’ll be there in spirit!
Dreams of Glory will be released during Designer Art & Framing’s
Show Without Moss this weekend, October 2-3. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 606-833-1380.
I am very sorry to say that a collector in the Ottumwa,
Iowa, area has been robbed. Among the things taken from her home
were all of her P. Buckley Moss
Society brooches and a necklace. Her membership number is
331; and, if you see any of her brooches come up for sale anywhere,
please let us know (1-800-430-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
On that note, I’d like to share with you a picture of my legal
consultants. I had a meeting with them last week. They really
keep me and my business on the right track!
My legal consultants. L. to R.: Dick Wall, Jessica Darraby,
me, and Kirk Schroder.