Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful and grateful for. We’re having Thanksgiving at my house in Radford, Virginia, this year, and it is going to be a joy for us. I’ll have a house full, because in addition to my family we’ve invited a number of friends who weren’t planning on going anywhere and will share the holiday with us. Lucky for me, my children will be doing most of the cooking.
Last Friday afternoon, my daughter Becky and I attended a reception and unveiling of my new Bluefield State’s Conley Hall on the Terraced Hills print at Bluefield State College with Juanita Swatts, owner of Frameworks Plus in Princeton, West Virginia, and Angie McCall, President of the Moss in the Mountains Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Bluefield State College is such a lovely place, and Dr. Marsha Krotseng is a great, enthusiastic president. She was a pleasure to be with and so gracious to Becky and me. I also met the College’s Board of Directors.
With Dr. Marsha Krotseng, President of Bluefield State College, at the reception and unveiling for my new print Bluefield State’s Conley Hall on the Terraced Hills.
Afterward, we all had dinner at the Fincastle Country Club, hosted by members of the Moss in the Mountains Chapter. It was a joy being with everyone. My friend Rick Tabor is the chef there, and I met him during one of my early shows with Frameworks Plus. He made me a special birthday cake once, and this time he made me a butter cake with a blue goose on the top for Thanksgiving.
Chef Rick Tabor of the Fincastle Country Club made me this beautiful butter cake for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Chef Rick!
Becky and I thoroughly enjoyed the show with Frameworks Plus on Saturday. Everyone came out to see us, including members of the Appalachian Artists Association. God bless small towns and their warm, friendly people! I love to be home in my studio. I don’t long to go out; but, when I do, it’s so wonderful to be with people who have the same interests and concerns as our Foundation for Children’s Education. Even our drive from Radford, Virginia, to Princeton, West Virginia, was a delight. It only took us a little over an hour, compared to the six hours it has taken when I’ve driven from Mathews on the Chesapeake Bay.
John Asebes is a multimedia journalist with WVVA TV. He interviewed me at the gallery on Saturday.
It was such fun spending time with members of the Society’s Moss in the Mountains Chapter. Front row, L. to R.: Susan Rash, me, & Chapter President Angie McCall. Back row, L. to R.: gallery owner Juanita Swatts, Marlene Belcher, Charlene Hurt, my daughter Becky, Iris Chumbley, show volunteer Doris Akers, & Joann Gaspersich.
It was such a pleasure meeting members of the Appalachian Artists Association. Front row, L. to. R.: Gail Williams, Bonnie Hill, & Linda Landreth. Back row, L. to R.: Evan Sweetser, Gary Nelson, me, Sarah Bowling, Kelvin Seabolt, Barbara Hale, & Iris Pendleton.
I finally got the lights in the studio and ordered vents for the etching acids. We should be able to start working in another six weeks after the vents arrive. I’m looking forward to bringing young people in to see how the etching press works and perhaps inspire them with the process. Everywhere I go and talk about it, everyone wants to see how it works, including the men who have been working on the studio. It’s wonderful how interested people are in a 2,000-pound piece of equipment.
We’re preparing for our Open House at The Barn the weekend of December 5-7. My daughter Ginny is working hard, decorating the Waynesboro gallery and The Barn for Christmas. The ornaments for the big tree at The Barn have been made by the students of Stuarts Draft Elementary School, and we will have a tree lighting ceremony at The Barn for the students and their parents and teachers on Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m. Getting that tree up is quite a job, and we look forward to working together on it.
Lone Spirit will be released during my Waynesboro gallery show and Barn Open House December 5-7. For more information, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Gallery-Waynesboro at 540-949-6473.
The Waynesboro gallery will also feature Frosty Family Cabin the weekend of December 5-7. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-949-6473.
Christmas at the Kringle’s, above, is this year’s annual Christmas print. It will be available from the Waynesboro gallery the weekend of the Barn Open House, along with Sledding Santa, below, and a selection of other new seasonal prints and ornaments. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-949-6473.
Congratulations to Kirsten Thomas, who will reach her twentieth anniversary of working at my distribution center on November 28. Kirsten came on board as we were in the process of moving the distribution center from Falls Church to Mathews. Where has the time gone?
Happy Thanksgiving to all!