It was so nice to be in a part of the world where people truly enjoy
their work and their lives. The weather in Story City, Iowa, this past
weekend was beautiful, and the turnout for Country Gallery's show was
so large that I had to sign prints in the nearby library. While gallery
owner Pat Hill oversaw the show, the men of her family took advantage
of the glorious fall weather and ran combines to harvest the crops on
their family farm.
Pat pays homage to the hard working farmer in
Sunup to Sundown, available as a limited edition print.
Thursday night I was treated to a wonderful potluck dinner by members
of the Heart of Iowa Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society. The food was delicious, and afterward they
taught me how to play Bunco, a lively dice game with much shouting and
moving around; it was a hoot!
To kick off the long weekend's activities, The Heart of Iowa Chapter
of the P. Buckley Moss Society treated Pat to a potluck dinner and a
game of Bunco.
It was great to see so many friends and to reminisce
about past fun we've shared. We all had happy memories of Mama (a.k.a.
Gran Liz) on the carousel when she was in the area for one of my Iowa
Conventions. Even in her 80's, Mama was a ball of energy and good-natured
Pat receives a visit from the local Red Hat Ladies.
Society members helped with line control and sold cookbooks
to raise money for Amanda the Panda, an organization that provides support
and a summer camp for children who are grieving over the loss of a close
loved one. I loved being able to give a first-hand recommendation for
the cookbook, having sampled many of the recipes the night before. Moss
collectors are fantastic cooks!
I'm taking a break this weekend to recharge my batteries in preparation
for a very busy and exciting November. Two
more shows have been added to my November schedule, so I'll be seeing
that many more of you soon.
Pat's First Love, a painting Pat has just finished for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. Both art and children
jockey for position as Pat's first love. Here Pat has painted herself
(in an outfit familiar to many) indulging one of her favorite pastimes,
painting with children. The print of this painting will be released
as the first annual Foundation print on December 2nd at the Foundation's
dinner in Richmond, Virginia. It will be published in an edition of
2,500 prints, will cost $125.00, and will be available from all Moss
dealers. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each print will be donated
by The Moss Portfolio to the Foundation to help build an endowed fund
to ensure the Foundation's financial strength well into the future.
Halloween and safe trick-or-treating Monday!