It was such a beautiful day for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new gallery in Blacksburg, Virginia, last Thursday. I’m very grateful for the support of the Town of Blacksburg, the Virginia Tech community, and my fabulous collectors. I want to give a special thanks to members of the P. Buckley Moss Society and the Moss in the New River Valley Chapter, in particular, for their support throughout the weekend’s show. Marion Roark, Treasurer of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Board of Directors, was also with us the whole weekend, representing the Foundation. My daughters Becky and Mary have done a wonderful job of hanging and arranging everything. They are excellent hostesses, and I hope you will come and meet them.
Ron Rordam, Mayor of the Town of Blacksburg, and I cut the ribbon for the P. Buckley Moss Gallery-Blacksburg located at 223 Gilbert Street on Thursday afternoon. Gathered with us were family, friends, Town officials, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and members of the Virginia Tech community.
L. to R.: Krisha Chachra, Vice Mayor of Blacksburg; me; Ranjana Chachra; and my daughter Becky Ghezzi, manager of the Blacksburg gallery. Ranjana gave me my first “bindi”, which is an Indian blessing that is usually a dot of color worn on the forehead.
My friend and PEO sister Kylene Hilton played the piano for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It was a joy to see so many old and new friends for the grand opening of our new gallery in Blacksburg, VA.
Our grand opening celebration coincided with the installation ceremonies for Virginia Tech’s new President Dr. Timothy Sands, taking over the reins from Dr. Charles Steger, who retired earlier this year. Dr. Sands comes highly recommended from Purdue University, where he served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Acting President. Friday morning, Brian Lamb from CSPAN conducted an interview with Dr. Sands on stage at the Moss Arts Center in front of the Virginia Tech community and opened the floor to questions from the students. Dr. Sands responded wonderfully, and it was clear that Virginia Tech is in good hands.
With Dr. Timothy Sands, new President of Virginia Tech, and his wife Dr. Laura Sands at a dinner held in his honor over the weekend at Virginia Tech.
L. to R.: David & Teresa Ehrlich, me, and Janet Steger, wife of past Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. David Ehrlich and his wife Teresa run the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, which is the oldest, largest, and most established non-profit community music school in southwest Virginia. Founded in 1993, the RMA offers serious study for ages two through adult. David is also a Fellow of Fine Arts at Virginia Tech. He played the violin and Teresa, the piano, at the reception before the dinner for Dr. Sands. The violin David is holding was made in 1725 by Carlo Bergonzi, a student of Antonio Stradivari. Stradivari, of course, is famed for his Stradivarius violins.
I was delighted and honored when students of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia performed at my gallery in Blacksburg over the weekend. They played the gallery’s piano, along with the violin and cello, and they were magnificent. The acoustics in the gallery are great, and it was a joy to hear them play.
This week I’m off to Waynesville, Ohio, for a show with my friends at Canada Goose Gallery, and I’ll also attend fundraising events for PALS for Life Breast Cancer Support Group, Greenbucs (the Greene County Chapter of National AMBUCS™, Inc.), and the Glendower Mansion. We’ll also release a special print during the weekend’s show that features the Glendower Mansion in Lebanon, Ohio. Glendower is owned by the Warren County Historical Society, which maintains it as a museum.
Colors of Glendower will be released during my show with Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, OH, October 24-25. For more information, please contact the gallery at 513-897-4348.
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall!