My beautiful weekend started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at Virginia Tech for the new Moss Center for the Arts. Everyone gave excellent speeches, but I was especially touched by the talk and tribute given by Laura W. Fornash, Virginia’s Secretary of Education. After Dr. Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech, cut the ribbon, people were overjoyed to tour the new building.
Cutting the ribbon for the new Moss Center for the Arts with Gene Fife, member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Virginia Tech Foundation; Anne Fife; W. Jack Davis (hidden behind Ms. Fife); Sandra Davis; Dr. Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech; Laura W. Fornash, Virginia Secretary of Education; Faye Street; and Nick Street. The Street and Davis Performance Hall within the Moss Center for the Arts is named in honor of Jack and Sandra Davis and Faye and Nick Street for their philanthropic support of the Center’s construction.
After the ribbon-cutting, my daughter Ginny and I had a gorgeous drive through the fall colors to Leesburg, Virginia, where I had an evening show with Medlin Art, Ltd., and also showed with them again on Saturday. We released my new Leesburg print The Laurel Brigade. How great it was to be with Shirley Medlin and all her dear friends! Ginny and I had such a pleasant stay at the Lansdowne Resort, which is where Shirley usually accommodates us each time we come.
I am so fortunate to meet so many friendly faces all over the country who collect my work. I’m also finding that a lot of them have children who attend Virginia Tech, and they are also looking forward to touring the new building. Thank you, God, for all the blessings!
On Sunday, we drove to Buchanan, Virginia, for my show with Rachel Nichols at Apple Barn Gallery. Once again, we were with dear friends and had breakfast with members of the Moss in the Country Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society at the North Star Restaurant, where the food is wonderful and the camaraderie is great. The show print was Mountain Lake, which features Mountain Lake Lodge, where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed. We all had stories to tell about our memories of the movie, the beautiful stonework of the lodge, how good the food is there, and our Santa Claus Bob.
Buchanan’s Mayor Larry Hall presented me with a fabulous gift basket and gave me a very warm welcome.
Waiting for the show to start with Mayor Larry Hall and wonderful friends.
Monday morning I had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at Blue Ridge Community College’s Third Annual “Make Art Your Business” Conference. I enjoyed seeing the work of the participants—all so very different and interesting. BRCC is a wonderful school. My granddaughter took classes there that have proven beneficial to her studies at American University, where she loves the work and the assignments. She also loves being in Washington, DC. Young people like her will help change the world and help it to be a better place.
I’m off to Kalona, Iowa, for a show with the Village Shoppe and my Iowa friends. The Moss Country Friends Chapter of the Society will host a fundraising dinner and auction to benefit local children’s charities and my Foundation for Children’s Education.
Among the items that will be auctioned Saturday evening is this exquisite quilt designed and stitched by Pearl Yoder. This is the fifth quilt that Pearl has designed and stitched, using one of my hand-painted centerpieces.
Gallery owner Doris Greiner and I will release two new giclées on paper during our November 8-9 show.
Autumn at the Octagonal Barn (above) and Memories of the Pentacrest (below) will be released during my show with the Village Shoppe in Kalona, IA, November 8-9. For more information, please contact the gallery at 319-656-3853.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is conducting a fundraising raffle for a quilted wall hanging that features one of my “Fledgling” designs in the centerpiece. This is a quilt I’d love to win. I love the color—it will be absolutely beautiful in a room—and the bird, of course, is very special to me. Tickets will be sold through December 8 (winner to be drawn Sunday, December 8, by me during the December Museum Show and Barn Open House), and the cost is one ticket for $3.00 or two tickets for $5.00. The quilt is currently on display at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
This lovely Fledgling quilted wall hanging measures 34 x 32 ¾ ins. and is being raffled by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Tickets are one for $3.00 or two for $5.00. For more information, please contact the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
2013 Christmas Print
Decking the Halls