The weather in Story City, Iowa, was cold, crisp, and invigorating this
past weekend. I was told there were actually snow flurries the morning
of my Thursday flight to Des Moines. The brisk temperatures didn’t
keep people away from Country Gallery’s show, though; and, I was
thrilled to see people that I’ve met all over Iowa throughout
this year. Country Gallery’s show was my eighth and last show
in Iowa for 2006.
Gallery owner Pat Hill and the members of the Heart of Iowa Chapter
of the P. Buckley Moss Society
made me feel like “one of the girls,” which I love.
The chapter is mostly made up of retired teachers, and they are a joy
to be with. We all went out to dinner together Thursday night. There
were twenty-two of us, and a special guest was JoAnn Zimmerman of Amanda
the Panda. The chapter does a lot of fundraising to benefit Amanda the
Panda, which was started by JoAnn to provide support for children with
cancer and children who are grieving over the loss of a close relative.
JoAnn was my dinner mate, and we laughed a lot.
There are three events happening this weekend, and I’m excited
about all of them. This Friday I’ll be at Frame & Design in
Lexington, Virginia, for a show with Nancy Boggs and her friends. We’ll
be releasing a special print titled Life in a Small Town, which
features the Lexington Presbyterian Church and a Lexington Carriage
Company horse and carriage team. Historic Virginia
Military Institute (VMI) is located in Lexington and is where Confederate
General Stonewall Jackson taught prior to the Civil War. Stonewall Jackson
attended the Presbyterian Church featured in the print.
Life in a Small Town will be released at Frame and Design in Lexington,
VA on October 27th. For information, call the gallery at (540) 463-1855.
This weekend Countryside Gallery in Salem, Virginia, is
holding a major fundraising event called Adopt-a-Soldier to raise funds
for the Jacob’s Light Foundation.
The foundation was started by Dorine Kenney, whose son Jacob Fletcher
was killed while serving in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The foundation’s mission is to send American military overseas
necessities and comforts from home and focuses on soldiers without family
or support. The Moss Portfolio is participating by donating prints of
a new black and white image honoring our military titled Our Heroes.
Countryside Gallery will give a print to individuals and businesses
donating $50 to $100 to the Jacob’s Light Foundation.
For more information about how Our Heroes will be used
to raise funds for Jacob's Light Foundation, call Countryside Gallery
at (540) 389-6829.
The third event this weekend is the P. Buckley Moss Foundation
for Children’s Education’s annual Creative
Mind Conference, which will be held at the Florence Elston Inn in
Sweet Briar, Virginia. The Creative Mind Conferences provide a forum
for sharing innovative teaching methods and how to use the arts in teaching.
Studies have shown that incorporating the arts in education is of great
benefit in teaching the learning different. The theme of this year’s
conference is Art, Reflection, and Creativity in the Classroom.
Be seeing you soon…
I have to share a couple pictures of my son-in-law Kerry Donnelly’s
fiftieth birthday. My daughter Mary and Kerry are faithful Virginia
Tech fans, and the Hokies helped make Kerry’s day extra special
by winning their football game.