The weather was beautiful in Columbia City, Indiana, this past weekend.
I left Virginia just as a nor’easter began battering the coast
and was so relieved to find sunny skies and mild temperatures when my
plane landed in Ft. Wayne Thursday. Ned and Alma Freeman, owners
of Columbia House Interiors, picked me up at the airport and took me
to the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Patrick Ball.
Their house, lawn, and garden are so beautiful, just like a picture
in a magazine! We had a delightful potluck dinner with Pat’s
Happy Hoosiers Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society —good food and good friends!
The Chapter gave me a belated birthday gift of a donation to the P.
Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship. I’m so happy that
they thought to do this. Scholarships are so important to those
who really want to learn and need the money to pay for school.
The gallery’s show Friday and Saturday was loads of fun.
Collectors came from near and far to have me sign their prints and to
purchase the new print Back
Home in Indiana, which was a hit and framed so beautifully
by the gallery. It was so nice to see so many smiling faces.
Members of the Trees of Life Chapter came all the way from Defiance,
OH, for the show. Front, L. to R.: Dawn Brandi and Joanne
Bonnett. Back, L. to R.: Colleen Jaski, Deb Weisgerber,
me, and Ruth Block. Trees of Life and Pat’s Happy Hoosiers
are two chapters that have done many fine fundraisers. I’m
so proud of all our chapters and their work on behalf of others.
Members of the Trees of Life Chapter from Defiance, OH, underneath
Columbia House Interiors’ sign. No mistaking where you are
when you see it!
Here, Ned and Alma Freeman and I are standing in the doorway of
Columbia House Interiors. How I wish I could show you a picture
of the inside of the gallery, because it was so lovely; but, I left
my camera at home, and I’ve had to get pictures from other people.
Collectors really loved this framing package, with the name of their
state cut out in black in the matt. We really do love our home
states, don’t we!
I want to give a big thank-you to all the volunteers and
members of Pat’s Happy Hoosiers as well as the gallery staff and
Alma and Ned for all they did to make the show so successful and so
much fun. They are all part of my “extended Moss family!”
The gallery was beautiful, and the framing was exquisite. Please
join me in saying a prayer for Ned, who had knee replacement surgery
on Monday. What a trooper to go from a show to surgery in less
than two days, and he kept a smile on his face throughout the whole
You know how I love quilts! Janet Vesa made this fun Halloween
quilt and brought it to the gallery to show me. That's her husband
Ted in the picture with us. Ted and Janet are good friends
of Alma, Ned, and the gallery and volunteered to help out
at the show.
This weekend I’ll be in Iowa for two gallery shows.
Saturday, I’ll be with Country Gallery in Story City, where we’ll
release my new print Springtime at the Gardens, featuring Reiman
Gardens at Iowa
State University. Friday evening I’ll be at Reiman Gardens
for a special reception to kick off the print. Sunday, I’ll
be with White’s Gallery in Osceola, where we’ll release
my new print Our Carnegie Library. Osceola’s library
will soon celebrate its 100th birthday, and it is one of 1,689 libraries
in the United States that were built with funding from Andrew Carnegie.
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American businessman who made his fortune
in the steel industry and helped finance libraries between 1883 and
Springtime at the Gardens will be released during my show with Country
Gallery in Story City, IA, October 3-4. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 515-733-2262.
Our Carnegie Library will be released during my show with White’s
Gallery in Osceola, IA, October 5. For more information, please
contact the gallery at 641-342-7152.
I’m looking forward to seeing my Iowa friends!
It’s time for more dog prints!
L. to R.: Boxer, Cockapoo, Shih Tzu, and Welsh Terrier.
There aren’t many days left until Election Day,
November 4. I hope you are all planning on expressing your appreciation
for being an American by exercising your right to vote. Remember,
people have given their lives for this right. The least we can
do is show our gratitude by voting.