I kicked off my weekend a little early last week by attending a wonderful
fundraiser Thursday evening for the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education that was sponsored
by the Moss on the James Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society. The event, which included a dinner and live
and silent auctions, raised a little over $8,000 for the Foundation!-a
HUGE thank-you to Moss on the James and member Bob Almond for sponsoring
and organizing the event, which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in
Excitement at the silent auction table. The gift bags were available
for $25 each and included an assortment of gifts and gift certificates.
One lucky bag included a voucher for one of my miniature watercolors.
Shirley Collins, President of Pat's Blue Goose Chapter, purchased
the lucky bag with the original watercolor.
During the evening, the Foundation presented two inaugural Humanitarian
Awards. One was awarded to Dr. Bob A. Archuleta of Midlothian, Virginia,
and the other to Dr. Harold F. Young, a prominent neurosurgeon with
the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (MCV)
Doctors Harold F. Young and Bob A. Archuleta are the recipients
of the Foundation's inaugural, 2010 Humanitarian Awards.
Dr. Archuleta is the founder of Noah's Children, which is the only
hospice and palliative care organization in Central Virginia and one
of only a few in the nation that works with children's families who
are faced with their child's life-threatening illness. In 1998, I published
a print titled Noah's
Ark, and a portion of the proceeds from the edition was donated
to Noah's Children. Dr. Young holds a reputation for his outstanding
surgery and training of neurosurgeons at the Harold F. Young Neurosurgery
Unit, named in his honor, at MCV Hospital. He is nationally recognized
for his dedication to his patients, interns, and the community. The
work of both doctors is a model for all humanity, and the Foundation
is very pleased to salute the distinguished and dedicated work of these
two individuals who have made and continue to make outstanding contributions
to our society. Their contributions exemplify the mission of the Foundation
to make a difference in the lives of people who are faced with challenges.
Also during the evening, the Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni
Association and the School of Education recognized my charity print
contributions to them over the years, which have raised over $25,000
in scholarship funds. I was most honored to receive several gifts, including
the "VCU Connect, Engage, and Serve" t-shirt shown above and
a certificate for lifetime membership in the VCU Alumni Association.
Pictured above, L. to R.: Dr. Dale Kalkofen, President of the School
of Education Alumni Council; Donna Dalton, President of the VCU Alumni
Association; me; and Stephanie Holt, Chairperson of the VCU Alumni Association
Service Committee. Not pictured at far left was Gordon McDougall, Assistant
Vice President for Alumni Affairs.
Former Foundation executive director Bob Almond and me.
Congratulations to Bob, who organized this very successful fundraising
event for the Foundation. Bob is a former executive director of the
Foundation and a member of the Moss on the James Chapter, which sponsored
the event. Bob received the framed pencil sketch My Favorite Story
from the Foundation in appreciation of his dedication and service.
Bob was convinced the little boy in the sketch is himself as a child-cute
as a button!
This beautiful quilt was made around one of my hand-painted fabric
centerpieces by Charlene Carsrud of Nevada, IA. Charlene is a member
of the Society's Heart of Iowa Chapter. Pictured with me above is my
friend Floyd Boothe of Richmond, VA. Floyd was the high bidder for the
quilt during the evening's live auction. Floyd and I were bidding against
each other for the quilt on opposite sides of the room and didn't know
we were competing against each other. When I figured it out, I stopped
bidding-it's hard to bid against your friends. Floyd is a great supporter
of the Foundation.
My daughter Patty and I spent Saturday with Mark and Meleana Moore
and their friends and collectors at Framecraft in Warrenton, Virginia.
Warrenton is a very special, historic place, and the buildings are so
beautiful. It was great driving into town and seeing Fauquier County
Courthouse, which is featured in Framecraft's show print Warmth
within Warrenton. Everyone loved the print!
John Whichard of Warrenton is the new owner of the original painting
Warmth within Warrenton, hanging on the wall behind us.
On Sunday we drove to Buchanan, Virginia, for a show at Apple Barn
Gallery with Rachel and Alfred Nichols and friends. Buchanan is apple
country and so lovely this time of year. We drove down on Route 11 instead
of the interstate and got to see the small towns along the way. It was
a beautiful day.
The line-up outside Apple Barn Gallery.
Buchanan's Mayor Tom Middlecamp, pictured with me above, presented
me with the beautiful welcome basket, which was made up by Buchanan's
Downtown Revitalization Manager Harry Gleason. Note the wonderful scarf
I'm wearing; it was a gift from Susan Garman of Daleville, VA, who makes
Patty and I drove over to Radford after the show and spent the night
with my daughter Mary in her cabin. We ate dinner together and watched
a movie and laughed a lot. By 10:00 Monday morning, we were in Dublin
to sign for Collector's Showcase. Jeanette & Eddy Stephens and Mildred
Wall are so dedicated to their framing, and it's always a pleasure to
be with them and their collectors.
This weekend I'll be in Kalona, Iowa, with Doris Greiner and friends
at The Village Shoppe. We're releasing Kinnick Stadium during
the show, which features the football stadium at the University of Iowa.
Go Hawks! Kinnick Stadium will be released during my show
with The Village Shoppe in Kalona, IA, November 12-13. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 319-656-3853.
I'm very excited about the P.
Buckley Moss Museum's upcoming special exhibit featuring my smaller
originals. There will be an opening reception at the Museum in Waynesboro,
Virginia, on Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. If you're interested
in attending the opening reception for "Moss in Miniature",
please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
Veterans' Day is Thursday, November 11. Please remember our veterans
in your prayers and deeds.
Another Successful Foundation Conference!
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education hosted its
Annual Creative Mind Conference on Saturday, October 23, at the
P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. The theme of this year's
conference was "Voices from the Past, Envisioning the Future".
Attendees came away with new ideas and information to use in their classrooms.
After the conference, guests were invited for a private tour of the
Museum. What a great way to end the conference!
John Almarode, keynote speaker and member of the Foundation's Board
of Directors, addressing the conference attendees. John spoke about
meeting the emotional needs of our most fragile students through the
arts. Additional workshops throughout the day were presented by Barbara
Spillman Lawson (Shake it Up! Shout it Out! Literacy with a Laugh!),
Amy Faulkner (Turning Oral History into Creative Writing), Johnel
Childress (Teaching History Through Drama, Play, Writing, and Set
Design), and Mrs. Jacqueline Mendels Birn (Surviving the Memories;
Living Life to the Fullest).