It’s fall in the Valley, and it has been so beautiful at the P.
Buckley Moss Museum. Driving through the Valley is like magic.
The fall color is absolutely perfect, and the next two weeks will be
the best time to visit and see the gorgeous foliage. I’m
so glad that the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Annual
Creative Mind Conference for teachers will be held next weekend
so they’ll be able to see our Museum in its glory.
Fall has arrived in the Valley! Pictured are my Barn home
and studio and the “cottage” next door.
Barn Show and Museum Open House was held this past weekend, and
Waynesboro’s Annual Fall Foliage Festival was in full swing at
the same time. The Museum always sets up a booth at the festival,
and this year my daughter Patty Moss (right) and Museum staff member
Pat Smith (left) ran the booth. I went down early Saturday before
the Barn Show started to see old friends and check out some of the booths.
A couple years ago I created a print edition titled My
Faithful Companion, which was done in honor of companion dogs.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this print will raise money
for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization
that breeds, trains, and places highly skilled assistant dogs with people
with disabilities other than blindness. Most of the companion
dogs are a Lab and Golden Retriever mix. Imagine my delight when
a lovely young woman came to my signing table at The Barn this weekend
with her CCI dog. This was the nicest dog! I fell in love
Nancy Lagasse (in hat), her companion dog Arkin (giving me a kiss),
and me. Nancy, who has MS, told me that Canine Companions for
Independence and Arkin had saved her life. What a difference a
good friend makes!
My quarterly Open Houses at The Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia,
are very special for me. I get to see people who have been collecting
my art for years and who have become friends. Theirs are familiar
faces I look for in the crowd. I love to catch up on the births
of new children and grandchildren and find out all their news.
It’s also exciting to make new friends, and I especially love
it when whole families come to visit.
It was so nice to talk to this lovely young family and get to know
them a bit. The children were a joy!
My son-in-law and Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri, left, presented
one of the special Barn Show prints Heading
Home to Francis Chester, owner of Cestari Farms in Churchville,
VA. Cestari Farms is featured in the print.
I’m off now to Russell, Kentucky, and my show with
Designer Art & Framing. We’ll release my new print Bennett’s
Mill, which depicts the mill and a covered bridge. The mill
no longer stands, but the bridge is still in use in Greenup County,
Kentucky. I have so many friends in the Ashland area, and I’m
looking forward to seeing them all this weekend.
Bennett’s Mill will be released during my show with Designer
Art & Framing in Russell, KY, October 17-18. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 606-833-2962.
I’ll miss the first four days of the P.
Buckley Moss Society’s 2008 RiverBarge trip on the Ohio River,
called Fall Foliage and Fillies; but, I’ll catch up with the group
when the barge docks in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the afternoon
of October 19. I’ll have three full days with the group,
and that will be fun. I think they’ll forgive me for not
being there the whole time. When the trip ends and the barge docks
in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 23, I’ll be picked up by Laura
DeRamus and Kathy Heims, owners of the Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville,
Ohio. I’ll be having a show with them that weekend, and
we’ll release the print One Step Closer and the giclée
on canvas Spring Comes to the Clifton Mill. The evening
of October 23, I’ll attend a fundraising dinner for Madison County
Hospital Foundation’s Breast Cancer Initiative. Laura and
Kathy are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of One
Step Closer during their show to this organization. The evening
of October 25, I’ll attend a fundraising dinner, raffle, and auction
that will benefit the Abilities First organization. For more information
about these fundraising events, please contact Canada Goose Gallery
One Step Closer, above, and Spring Comes to the Clifton Mill,
below, will be released during my show with Canada Goose Gallery
in Waynesville, OH, October 23-25. For more information, please
contact the gallery at 513-897-4348.
I know how busy it gets this time of year, but I hope
everyone will be able to take a look around them at the beauty of the
season and also take the time to have some fun.