Fall is here at last! After unusually summer-like weather this
month, the forecast is for cooler, fall-like temperatures just in time
for Waynesboro, Virginia’s, Annual Fall Foliage Festival and my
October Barn Show
and Museum Open House this weekend. I’m looking forward
to seeing all my old friends, meeting some new ones, and releasing my
new print Blue Ridge Haze. This year’s Christmas
Star to Guide Them and my new snow globe, Dancing
Santas will also be available as well as this year's new porcelain
ornaments. The new ornaments will be available from your local Moss
gallery by the end of October.
My special print for this weekend’s Barn Show and Museum Open
House is titled Blue Ridge Haze. For more information,
please contact the P.
Buckley Moss Museum at 540-949-6473.
Sweet Land of Liberty ornament
4-3/8 x 2-1/2 ins.
My Country 'Tis of Thee ornament
4-3/8 x 2-1/2 ins.
Let Freedom Ring ornament
4-3/5 x 2-1/2 ins.
And There Were Angels ornament
4-1/8 x 2-3/4 ins.
And the Greatest of These ornament
4-1/2 x 3-7/8 ins.
Last weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, was full of excitement
and pleasant surprises. Ginger’s Hang-Up Gallery’s
owner Jeff Bosiljevac and his wonderful family of staff, friends, and
collectors made my visit so much fun.
Jeff and I shared many laughs.
What a wonderful chemistry this group of staff, family, and friends
has! Pictured L to R are Frankie Kopecky, Robin Johnson, Tim Smith,
Mark O’Leary, me, Jeff, and Katrina Swanson.
Friday’s show wasn’t scheduled to start until
3:00 p.m., so gallery assistant Robin Johnson and her husband John took
me to the most breathtaking church. The Holy Family Shrine is
located on a high hill in the bluffs overlooking the Platte Valley.
From the distance it looks a little like a huge corncrib on the top
of a hill, but it is truly one of the most architecturally interesting
buildings I have ever been in.
This church is truly amazing. The black line in the middle
of the sidewalk is actually flowing water that is symbolic of the Holy
The visitors’ center features a sheet metal sculpture
hanging from above. It represents the shroud of Christ, and water
drips from it into a pool below. From the pool the water, symbolic
of the Holy Spirit, flows northward and seems to exit the building.
It flows through a forecourt to the chapel and on into its interior,
all the way to the altar, where it forms a pond. The altar appears
to float above it. It is so lovely!
Here you can see a portion of the sculpture that drips water into
the pool below. Standing with me are L to R: shrine docent
Anna Louise Micek and Ginger’s Hang-Up’s Robin Johnson.
The idea for this church originated with Anna Louise after she visited
the Cooper Chapel in Arkansas.
This picture really doesn’t do the interior of the shrine
justice. Not visible is a beautiful image of the Holy Family etched
into the large window above the cross.
The flowing water and the light, airy atmosphere together
with the breathtaking view from atop the hill make this shrine to the
Holy Family a truly serene and peaceful place for worship and reflection.
I didn’t want to leave!
One of my very happy surprises, that wasn’t really a surprise
because they are so faithful and come to so many of my events, was that
Scott and Tami Buchwalter from Highland, Illinois, came to the show.
Scott takes wonderful pictures and is responsible for most of the ones
that have been in my newsletters lately, including this one.
Scott and Tami Buchwalter are like a couple of my kids--#7 and #
I can truthfully say I never autographed a car’s sun visor
until now! I was delighted when the car’s owners Tom and
Roxie Ullrich of Sloan, Iowa, asked me to autograph the driver’s
side sun visor. Tom had the honor of driving Rudy Giuliani when
he was campaigning in Iowa recently, and he autographed the passenger’s
side visor! So, my signature was in very good company.
Another special treat for me was going to Robin and John’s
house to look at the stars and the planets through his wonderful telescope.
John is the Outreach Coordinator for the Omaha Astronomical Society,
and he told me so many amazing things about our solar system and our
universe! One of my favorite things was getting to see Jupiter
and its four bright Galilean Moons. After seeing constellations,
double stars, and a dying star and learning about light years, we all
went inside for carrot cake and strawberry-rhubarb pie—yum!
I had the most fun stargazing! Pictured L to R are Robin,
Tami, me, and John.
I made another four-legged friend at Robin and John’s house.
Their darling Chihuahua is named Aja.
When I returned to Mathews this week, I got to see my
dear friends Margaret Moser and her son Michael. They closed The
Moser Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 30, and I’m so
glad I was here to see them when they came to return some originals
they had on consignment. After 35 years in business, Margaret
deserves to retire. Their excellent customer service and framing
will be missed very much in Northern Virginia, but they will always
be part of my extended Moss family!
There are no goodbyes among friends!
After this weekend’s Barn
Show and Museum Open House in Waynesboro, I’m off to Italy
for a group tour with collectors and friends. I’ll be there
for just over two weeks, and I hope to have plenty of pictures to share