Tim Finn, owner of Finn Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida, has so many
friends! Together, we entertained three different groups over
the weekend. We were blessed to have the League to Aid Retarded
Children (LARC); members of Delta Kappa Gamma, which is a professional
honor society of women educators and one I am so pleased to have an
honorary membership in; and the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society.
Thursday night we hosted LARC, the League to Aid Retarded Children.
LARC is a group of professional women who are a fundraising arm for
PARC, Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens. The ladies visited
Tim’s gallery and then went over to my house to hold their meeting
and have dinner. I have a large meeting space in my house, which
The Moss Portfolio uses to
hold its annual winter Dealers’ Meeting. I so enjoyed meeting
the members of LARC that I listened in on their meeting. I very
much admire the work and the energy they put into helping those in the
community with retardation.
Here I am, in the pale blue jacket, with the wonderful members of
In 2007 I was invited by UPARC, the Upper Pinellas Association
for Retarded Citizens, to provide the feature artwork for that year’s
annual Festival of Trees, which is its annual five-day celebration and
fundraiser to benefit its programs and services. UPARC’s
services include residential services and employment training as well
as an art studio where artists with developmental disabilities can explore
their talents and receive payment for the works they create and sell.
PARC has similar services. I released a print edition last year
based on the artwork I created for the Festival of Trees titled Purrfectly
Trimmed. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of
this print edition benefits UPARC.
Saturday morning, we were visited by members of the Delta Kappa Gamma
Society. As I said before, I am so proud to have an honorary membership
in this society of women teachers. For someone who struggled in
school, it is indeed an honor. The ladies were such a joy to be
with that I kept them longer than their intended visit! I would
like to give a special thanks to Rose Verheyen, a retired school teacher
and a collector of my work, who was instrumental in organizing the visit.
I’m so glad she did!
The members of Delta Kappa Gamma are a joy to be with.
I have been asked by IOTA State Organization-The Delta
Kappa Gamma Society International to create a print edition for them
to be released next year. It will be a classroom setting, including
a teacher, children, and subtle IOTA-Delta Kappa Gamma symbols.
I plan on working on it this winter in Florida.
Sunday, the Moss Pelicans Chapter visited the gallery and held its meeting
at my house. I’m a proud member of this chapter—what
a fun, caring group of people! This year the Chapter sponsored
a teacher to attend the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s Annual
Creative Mind Conference. Dara Vance is an art teacher for Pinellas
County, Florida, and we were delighted to have her with us. We
got her to draw the winning raffle ticket for a remarqued, framed Sanibel
Lighthouse. The proceeds of the raffle helped to fund
her scholarship and travel expense to the Foundation’s conference.
The lucky winner was Pat Mallett of Weekie Watchie, Florida, one of
the Delta Kappa Gamma members who visited the gallery the day before.
Moss Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig, wearing the apron
and holding the basket of raffle tickets, and teacher Dara Vance, pulling
the winning ticket.
Also during Tim’s show this past weekend, I was
delighted to see Peter Coppola again. Peter is a friend of Moss
Pelicans Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig and her husband Dick.
What a friend we have in Peter! He created a wonderful Santa’s
sleigh, complete with Santa, gifts, and lighted Christmas tree, in his
garage and presented it to me as a gift. All the people who came
to the show commented on it and enjoyed it so much, that I decided to
let it stay in the gallery through Christmas so everyone can enjoy it.
I’m going back up to Virginia this week for Thanksgiving and won’t
be back down until right after Christmas. I’ll take it home
A special thanks to Peter Coppola, pictured with me above, for making
this wonderful Santa and sleigh and giving it to me as a gift.
Speaking of Christmas decorations, I understand that
my Museum in Waynesboro,
Virginia, is beginning to put on its holiday finery. I’ll
be in Waynesboro for Thanksgiving, and I can hardly wait to see what
the staff has done at the Museum. I do have one picture that was
sent to me to share with you below. We’ll start decorating
the Barn this weekend and finish up just before the Barn
Show and Museum Open House, which will be held December 5-7.
We’ll release a special print edition that weekend that I’m
really excited about.
Museum staff members Pat Carter, Penny Field, and Sandy Swartz sure
do look like they’re having fun putting up the Christmas tree
in the Museum’s bay window.
Winter Together will be released during the Barn Show and Museum
Open House, December 5-7, 2008. This print will be available at your
local Moss gallery or from The Moss Portfolio after December 7.
On Friday, November 28, my daughter Patty and I will
drive up to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, for a show with Jeff Van Boskirk
at 2nd Floor Gallery and Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Jeff and I will debut a new giclée on canvas edition of historic
Carlisle Barracks, which is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
I visited Carlisle Barracks years ago and gave a talk to the Army Officers’
Club, and I’m very pleased to have been asked to do a painting
of it. Mechanicsburg will have its annual tree lighting ceremony
right across from Gallerie 13 during Friday night’s show, and
last year it was glorious. It’s such fun to be in a small,
historic town for its tree lighting!
The Carlisle Barracks giclée on canvas will be released
November 28-29, 2008, during my show with 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg,
PA, but I will actually be signing at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg.
For more information, please contact gallery owner Jeff Van Boskirk
On Monday, November 17, my daughter Patty and Dr. Linda
Wilson, Secretary of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s
Education’s Board of Directors and a fellow Mathews, Virginia,
resident, participated in the Mathews County Public Schools’ Mark
of Excellence Program, which was held at Thomas Hunter Middle School.
The Mark of Excellence Program included musical selections from all
three of the county’s schools and a number of student presentations.
It also provided booth space for organizations in the county that support
children’s education, such as the YMCA and 4-H among others.
Patty and Dr. Wilson set up a display on the Foundation and were on
hand to answer questions from faculty and parents.
Dr. Linda Wilson, left, and my daughter Patty Moss, right, represented
the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education at the
Mathews County Public Schools’ Mark of Excellence Program, which
was held at Thomas Hunter Middle School. The Moss Portfolio and
the Moss on the Chesapeake Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society sponsored
two teachers from Thomas Hunter to attend the Foundation’s Creative
Mind Conference November 1-3. Dr. Wilson is President of Moss
on the Chesapeake Chapter, and both she and my daughter Patty serve
on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Before I head off to Waynesboro and Thanksgiving with
my family, I wish all of you and your families a wonderful holiday full
of love, tradition, and happy memories.
One more picture…
What a pleasure it was to meet Bohdan Durkacz at the ACLD reception
that was held on November 13 at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh,
PA. Mr. Durkacz is a member of ACLD’s Board of Directors
and presented the Opening Doors Award that ACLD gave me that evening.
For more information on the ACLD event, please see last