Thank you, all my Iowa friends! I spent this past weekend in beautiful Kalona, Iowa, and met some wonderful people who supported both my show with the Village Shoppe Gallery and the fundraising dinner for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education that was held on Saturday night. It always feels like I’m going back to family when I visit Iowa. The hugs never stopped, and I love hugs. I also met some great teachers who work with learning different kids. This month is the perfect month to meet them, because it’s Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.
Joe and Ellen Waterbury of Fairfield, IA, built the famous dollhouse that now resides in the window of my new gallery in downtown Waynesboro, VA. It’s about 10 feet tall by 19 feet wide. Joe did all the construction and made the furniture, while Ellen did the decorative touches like the quilts and the flower arrangements. They have a similar one in Iowa that people come to see. It was great seeing them again and catching up. I discovered that Ellen is a P.E.O. sister in Iowa! P.E.O. is a women’s organization that raises money for various projects that promote and/or support women’s education and continuing education. The organization sponsors various scholarships for women seeking higher education. My daughter Mary, granddaughter Sarah, daughter Becky, and I are also members.
Village Shoppe owner Doris Greiner’s framing is unique and beautiful. The show was a joy, and I enjoyed shopping in Kalona and eating breakfast in the little restaurant called the Kalona Bakery. The food is always wonderful in Iowa. I would like to give a special thanks to the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society for their support of both the show and the Foundation’s fundraiser. The Chapter is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. We’ve been working together for twenty years—can you believe it!
My daughter Patty flew out to attend Village Shoppe’s show and the Foundation’s fundraiser. Sandy Moore, who is a member of the Central Iowa Chapter of the Society, is the President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is an excellent leader and conducted the fundraiser beautifully. We all had such fun bidding against one another, as usual. (It’s very hard to bid against friends.) The event raised over $2,300 for the Foundation. Thank you, my Iowa friends!
The Foundation’s fundraising dinner received so much support from my Iowa friends. Sandy Moore, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, is pictured standing, top left.
Sandy Bauer, a member of the Society’s Central Iowa Chapter, was the high bidder for this exquisitely made quilt, which was designed and pieced by Jeannine McNeill and stitched by Linda Gorman.
When I returned to my home in Mathews, Virginia, I learned that a dear neighbor had passed away over the weekend. Sheddie Armistead was such a good friend to all. I called him the official welcomer to our Peary neighborhood. He’d ride his bike out to the beginning of our road, where the old Peary Post Office building is, and wave at everyone who passed. He was quick to help anyone with a job or project, and he suffered a massive heart attack while cleaning seaweed from the shoreline for a neighbor. He was a gentle giant, and he will be greatly missed.
Someone in the Peary community set up this memorial to Sheddie in front of the Peary Post Office building (which has been closed for years and I purchased it when I first moved to Mathews). This is where Sheddie would sit on his bicycle and greet people as they passed by. In front of his bicycle are his waterman’s boots, filled with beautiful fall flowers. It’s a lovely and touching tribute to a man who was a friend to all.
This weekend is the grand opening of our beautiful new gallery in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia. The gallery is located at 329 West Main Street, and the phone number is 540-949-6473. I hope you’ll join us for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 10. The grand opening coincides with Waynesboro’s famous Fall Foliage Festival and my October Barn Show. After the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, I’ll head over to The Barn to sign for collectors. I’ll be signing at The Barn Friday and Saturday (October 10-11), 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday (October 12), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please be sure to stop by our beautiful new gallery for refreshments and a tour. You’ll also get to see the famous dollhouse the Waterbury’s made for me in its new home in the gallery’s display window. I’m so proud of my daughter Ginny, her husband Corrado, and Jo Cowherd (who managed the gift shop at my Museum) for their talent and hard work in getting the new gallery up and running. It is a delight, and we’re all so proud of it.
The Foundation is raffling a beautiful quilt titled Cherub’s Perch that was made by Cheryl Foster of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The quilt will be on display this weekend at the Waynesboro gallery, and raffle tickets may be purchased there, too. Tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. I will draw the winning ticket on December 7 during my December Barn Show. Tickets are also available from the Foundation office at 108 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980; PH: 540-932-1728.
The Foundation is raffling this beautiful Cherub’s Perch quilt. The quilt features one of my hand-painted centerpieces and measures 50½ x 50½ inches. The centerpiece measures 21 x 21 inches. Tickets are one for $3 or two for $5, and the winning ticket will be drawn on December 7. The quilt will be on display this weekend at my new Waynesboro gallery, and tickets will be available there, too. For more information or tickets, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
Trail to Humpback Rock will be released during the grand opening of my new Waynesboro, Virginia, gallery located at 329 West Main Street the weekend of October 10-12. For more information, please call P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd., at 1-800-430-1320 or the Waynesboro gallery at 540-949-6473.
To commemorate our October 10-12 grand opening, the Waynesboro gallery will give a special commemorative gift of Jefferson’s Treasure to those who make a purchase of $100 or more. Limit one per customer.
I’m very happy to announce that the new Memorial Walkway and Patio area is ready and a special Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held immediately following my Barn Show on Friday, October 10, at 5:00 p.m. Please join us at The Barn at 18 Providence Lane in Waynesboro, Virginia, for refreshments and the dedication of our new Memorial Walkway and Patio. Come celebrate the whole weekend with us!
Absentee Bids to Be Taken for Moss Quilt
When I go to Waynesville, Ohio, for my show with Canada Goose Gallery October 24-25, I will also be attending a fundraising dinner for Greenebucs, which is the Greene County Chapter of National AMBUCS™, Inc., a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for children and adults with disabilities. The fundraising dinner will take place on Thursday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m. The fundraiser will include a live auction, and one of the items to be auctioned is another beautiful quilt by Marian Gebele. I believe this is the fifth quilt that Marian has made to benefit both Greenebucs and the Foundation (the proceeds from the quilt will be divided equally between Greenebucs and the Foundation).
This hand-painted quilt centerpiece is featured in Marian Gebele’s fifth quilt that will benefit both Greenebucs and the Foundation. The quilt will be auctioned during a fundraising dinner on October 23, 2014.
For dinner reservations or to place an absentee bid on this featured quilt, please call Canada Goose Gallery at 513-897-4348, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at