Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We all have so much to be thankful for: our families, our friends, our armed forces, our country, and all the conscientious people in the world who care. We must remember to give thanks every day but especially on Thanksgiving.
The weather was beautiful for my show at the Finn Gallery last weekend, and everyone was out and about. I met lots of new friends. On Friday night, the Finn Gallery hosted a fundraising event for Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts. The group held a silent auction, and gallery owner Tim Finn donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to them as well.
L. to R.: Moss Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig, Peter Coppola, me, and Dick Binnig. Such dear friends! Peter gave me the darling Santa in the sleigh, and I can’t wait to take it to Waynesboro, VA, with me to use as a centerpiece for my fireplace. It will be on display during my Museum Open House and Barn Show the first weekend of December—come and see it!
On Saturday thousands of runners went past the Finn Gallery as they participated in a fundraiser for cancer research. I kept looking for the end of the runners, but there seemed to be no end. What great support! Every town and city in the country has its own way of supporting fundraising for cancer research, and it is just wonderful to see how caring and giving our country is.
I get to meet so many interesting people! This is Bob Cromwell, a retired FBI agent who now works with the Innocence Project of Florida, Inc., which is a non-profit organization that uses DNA testing and other evidence to help innocent people obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives.
After the show on Sunday, the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society met, and our special guest was Hunter Ian Hart, who was the recipient of the Moss Pelicans Chapter’s very first scholarship in 2007. Hunter is currently enrolled in an accelerated Masters Degree program in Orlando through the University of Central Florida, designed for extremely gifted artists with extraordinary skills in combining a variety of methods of art, computer graphics, and technology, including animation among others. He graduated from the University of South Florida in May of this year with a 3.85 GPA, excelling in spite of numerous learning differences and physical health issues.
L. to R.: Moss Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig, Hunter Ian Hart, and me. Hunter shared with us his self-portrait, comprised of words describing himself. The artwork was featured on the cover of the 2011 Johnson Scholarship Foundation Report.
I’m getting ready for my December Museum Open House and Barn Show, which will be held December 2-4 in Waynesboro, Virginia. This year students from Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School in Waynesboro have made ornaments for the Christmas tree at The Barn, and we will have a special tree lighting ceremony for the students, their teachers, and their parents at 10:00 a.m. the morning of Saturday, December 3. I can’t wait to see what the children have made! Last year students from Ladd Elementary School made the ornaments, and we had a tree lighting ceremony for them, too. It was such fun, and I’m very much looking forward to this year’s. The ornaments are so precious that I hate to part with them, but the children will get them back so their families can enjoy them throughout the years to come.
Winter Tryst will be released during my December 2-4 Museum Open House and Barn Show in Waynesboro, VA. For more information, please call the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.