My daughter Patty and I had a great time at Prince Royal’s show
in Alexandria, Virginia, last Thursday. Gallery owner Marge Peterson
and her friends created a tea party theme for the show, and it was very
nice to talk to friends old and new over tea and treats! Boy, do I love
treats! I’m afraid I’m going to have to do some serious
walking to work them off.
Pat meets Dermot and Margaret Rollinson at Prince Royal Gallery, Alexandria,
I had a delightful conversation with a couple about Italy,
and I told them that I have a place there. I also told them that I’ll
be offering a week’s stay at my Italian home in a fundraising
auction next year. The P. Buckley
Moss Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, and
the main event will be a gala at the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, on June 15. We’ll
have an auction, including the week’s stay in Italy and many other
wonderful surprises, that will benefit the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Head
Pat with Marge Peterson (far right), owner of Prince Royal Gallery,
and Jackie Nelson (second from right) and her grandchildren (from the
left after Pat), Maizie, Joey, and Tai Li. “What a pleasure to
talk to them about their interest in art. Their questions were all great.
I loved being with them.”
After Alexandria, we were off to Roanoke, Virginia, and
my weekend show with Graphics, Etc. It was great to be back in Roanoke
among old friends and to see the Roanoke Farmers’ Market that
I’ve used in so many paintings. The Farmers’ Market was
also the home of my first one-person museum show. The show was put together
by Peter Rippe, who was then the director of the Roanoke Museum of Fine
Arts and later became the first director of my own museum in Waynesboro.
What an honor and a joy to be back!
Roanoke is a city with great food, and I indulged in my favorite grouper
at Awful Arthur’s Restaurant. Delicioso! Fish isn’t fattening,
Graphics’ owner Mary Ann Warren did an outstanding job framing
her show print A
Blessed Day, and her display window looked so wonderful. I
had done several remarques of the print for the show, and it was such
fun to see the differences in them and how she had framed them.
Mary Ann Warren, owner of Graphics, Etc., discusses framing with
I spent a very special Sunday morning at St. Andrew’s
Cathedral, which is the subject of A Blessed Day. Patty and
I attended the 9:00 a.m. mass, and the music was glorious, as was the
inside of the cathedral. It has the most beautiful German stained glass
windows, fifteen of them in the main sanctuary depicting the beloved
saints. Built in 1902, the cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic
architecture, a monument to the City of Roanoke. I also enjoyed the
Monsignor, who delivered the kind of sermon that I love. I felt very
much at home there and look forward to going back when I’m in
I wish to say a special thanks to the Moss in the Valley Chapter of
the Society. Moss in the Valley members hosted the Foundation’s
fundraising dinner at The Hotel Roanoke Saturday night, and it was another
fun evening. Patty and I spent a lot of time running back and forth
trying to outbid one another on the cosmetics. I won! The dinner itself
was, of course, great and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
This weekend I’ll be in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a show with
Tim Finn at the Finn Gallery, and we’ll be debuting a new black
and white print titled Pelican Roost. Then, I’ll be back
in Virginia for Thanksgiving with my family.
Pelican Roost will be released during Pat's visit to Finn Gallery,
St. Petersburg, FL, November 17-19. For more information, call (727)
I am ending this newsletter on a sad note. Patty’s
beloved friend and companion dog Lizzy was accidentally hit by a truck
this week, and we are mourning her loss. Lizzy was the most beautiful
and intelligent dog, and I was very attached to her. She was a great
comfort to me and wonderful company, and we will miss her dearly. Surely,
we will see her again in heaven.