I was delighted to speak to the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce again after 25 years. They are a warm, wonderful group of people who all care about the area. It was a big crowd, and I met representatives from Luray Caverns, Blue Ridge Bank, and Pioneer Bank, among many others. Many of them are collectors, and everyone seemed to have a story to tell of how we’d met before. We had such a good time sharing with one another and laughing.
With Ann Mann and Monty Layman of Blue Ridge Bank, which was a major sponsor of the event.
With Dan Morgan of Pioneer Bank.
With J.D. Cave, member of the Page County Board of Supervisors and former owner of Easy Radio in Luray.
My daughter Becky and I spent the night at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, Virginia, which is where the Chamber event was held. It was great to be there again. It wasn’t at all like I remembered, but it has been beautifully restored. It’s a gracious building that sits atop a hill. It has a lovely dining room with great food and service. My son John used to be the chef there, and we would all go there for Thanksgiving. My friends Wayne and Bebe Alexander were the owners back then. One of our tours for the P. Buckley Moss Society was a bus trip to the Mimslyn. John came out and served us a buffet breakfast and a buffet dinner and talked to everyone.
John will be opening his own restaurant in Luray soon. It will be on Main Street and will be called “Moon Shadows”. I took a tour of the restaurant, and it’s going to be lovely. John will be in his element, doing the kind of cooking he loves to do.
My talk for the Chamber of Commerce was last Thursday night, and Becky and I drove up to Leesburg on Friday for my show with Medlin Art, Ltd. I love the way Shirley Medlin and her team hang my work and represent me. Last week, I told you about the painting I’ve been working on that features Rokeby, which is famous for having sheltered our nation’s founding documents during the War of 1812. I was delighted to meet Rokeby’s current owners Ed and Christine Brennon during the show, and I am excited to report that the painting is finished and prints will be available soon. I’m also excited that my annual Christmas print, Christmas at the Kringle’s, is going to be featured on the front of a section of the Leesburg paper.
Our new, youngest collector. Her grandmother and mother have been collecting my work for years, and I think we can add her, too—she certainly collected my heart. What a precious baby!
Sunday morning Becky and I drove to Buchanan, Virginia, for my show with Apple Barn Gallery. We had breakfast with the Society’s Moss in the Country Chapter at the North Star Restaurant, which is one of my favorite places to eat. Gallery owner Rachel Nichols and I welcomed lots of new collectors who came out for my giclée of the National D-Day Memorial. It was such a pleasure to meet Edwina Dickson. Edwina’s husband Byron is the architect who designed the National D-Day Memorial located in Bedford, Virginia. She extended a personal invitation to tour the monument and meet her husband.
Enjoying breakfast with members of the Moss in the Country Chapter at North Star Restaurant in Buchanan, VA.
L. to R.: Rachel Nichols, owner of Apple Barn Gallery; me; and Linda Alexander, long-time Apple Barn Gallery employee.
On Monday, Becky and I attended the Taubman Museum of Art’s 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon, entitled “Designing Details: Cars, Clutches, and Collections”, with Ruth Waalks, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts and others from Virginia Tech. The Taubman Museum is located in Roanoke, Virginia, and the luncheon was held at the Hotel Roanoke. The luncheon is an annual fundraiser celebrating women, art, and education. The money raised supports the museum’s dynamic exhibition and curatorial programs.
Wednesday evening I’ll be the guest speaker for Virginia Tech’s Richmond Alumni Chapter at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond.
This weekend I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, with the wonderful Gallery Art Center family. I’ll be showing with them on Saturday, November 15, and we’ll release two new prints in my series of Columbus landmarks.
Columbus, Ohio, Landmarks II features the Union Station Arch and will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, on November 15. For more information, please contact the gallery at 614-442-1109.
Columbus, Ohio, Landmarks III features the Ohio Theatre and will also be released during my show with Gallery Art Center on November 15.
Let’s remember our veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for their sacrifices.