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I’m back in America just in time for Halloween!  But, I’m setting off again Thursday, this time for St. Petersburg, Florida, and the grand opening of Finn Gallery’s new location.
I’ll head back up north in time for my show next weekend with my old friend Jon Thames of Thames Fine Arts & Framing in Frederick, Maryland.  Jon and I will release my new print Frederick’s Twin Spires, which features the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The church’s history dates to 1738, and it served as a hospital for wounded Civil War soldiers during and after the Battle of Antietam in 1862.

Frederick’s Twin Spires will be released during my show with Thames Fine Arts & Framing in Frederick, MD, November 9-10, and there will be a limited number of remarques available at the show, too.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 301-663-0707.

My last few days in Italy were glorious; and, as always, the Lord was kind to us with the weather.  The northern and southern parts of Italy had heavy rain, but not where we were!  We seemed to stay in a pocket of brief sprinkles and otherwise clear skies the remainder of our tour.
While we were in Cortona, I did stay at home one day while everyone else went to Assisi.  I wanted to watch my granddaughters Sofia and Michela have their tennis lesson.  I was never a great player, but I really loved it and used to play a lot.  I also worked in my etching studio a little bit.  My daughter Ginny and I walked around the mountain one more time before we left Cortona.  The view of the valley is breathtaking.

This is the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, taken from the fort at the very top of the city.

We held an auction to raise money for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education and raised around $4,000!  My thanks to everyone for supporting the Foundation!  Among the items auctioned were my personal St. Francis porcelain cross, my very own Golden Goose tote bag , and some of my daughter Becky’s etchings of an olive tree.  Well, Becky donated one of them, and I generously offered more when the bidding became so competitive.  Becky is an artist, too, and a good sport.  She managed to print the extra etchings at the last minute before we left town.

I guess you can tell from our smiles how much fun we were having together.  Pictured with me in Venice are my brother and sister-in-law Dan and Carol Buckley.

After Cortona, we took a bus to Venice.  The boat was waiting for our luggage at the bus terminal and took everything to the hotel, which was right near the canal.  However, it wasn’t in the heart of Venice, so we got to walk all the side streets.  I never got to walk around and see a lot of the side streets during my previous visits, and I was really excited when we found the studio of Matteo Lo Greco.  Matteo Lo Greco is the artist who created the sculpture at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia.  I bought Una Ballerina at the New York Expo years ago when Matteo was exhibiting.  I fell in love with his work and wanted everything I saw.  Una Ballerina’s home used to be at my house on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  When we sold that house, we moved her to the Museum grounds.  She is a true conversation piece!

Una Ballerina is a welcoming figure on the grounds of my Museum.

Sofia, Patty, Michela, Mary Morgan, and Becky pose with Una Ballerina’s sister in Venice.

My daughter Mary’s birthday was October 29, and we celebrated with a nice dinner in Venice with family and a few friends.  Happy birthday, “Liz!”

It was so nice celebrating Mary’s (a.k.a. Liz) birthday with so many family members!  Top, L to R:  Patty and Becky.  Bottom, L to R:  Me, Ginny, and the birthday girl.

For all of you who missed this trip, I hope you’ll be able to join me next year for the P. Buckley Moss Society’s group trip with RiverBarge Excursions.  We’ll be taking an eight-day barge trip on the Ohio River, October 16-23, 2008.  This particular tour is called Rare on the River-Fall Foliage and Fillies and promises great fall scenery through Kentucky’s horse country, with stops at historic and interesting places in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  Let’s fill this barge and have a great time!  For more information, please contact Judy Schick at Tidewater Travel, LLC, at 804-725-1222 or 1-866-804-4041,
I’m off to Florida!

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