Everyone who came to my Barn
Show and Museum Open House this past weekend loved the huge Christmas
tree at the Barn. Everyone was in a festive mood, and we all had a lot
of fun. A huge thank you to all who came to see me and to the volunteers
who staffed the Barn and wore my red cat T-shirts.
I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends who volunteer to
keep things running smoothly during my Barn Shows.
I was sorry to learn that this was the last Barn Show
for David and Terry Mawyer for a while. David and Terry have been organizing
the parking and the volunteers at the Barn for several years now, and
they have done an excellent job. They are taking a leave of absence
to care for elderly parents, and I will miss them very much. They've
promised to come back whenever they can, though.
David and Terry Mawyer have been my right arm and right hand at
the Barn for several years, keeping everything running smoothly.
My Barn Show weekend started with a delightful visit
by Valerie Sobanko's class from North Fork Middle School in Shenandoah
County, Virginia. They met me at the Museum
Thursday morning for a tour and a talk. Valerie's students are learning
different like me, so I told them about my experience growing up with
undiagnosed dyslexia and how learning different children are often blessed
with other talents like being naturally artistic, musical, mechanical,
or athletic. We talked about how important it is to help children find
and develop their natural gifts.
After our visit at the Museum, I climbed aboard the kids' school bus
and we rode over to the Barn. I put on my Andrew Lloyd Weber tape, and
the kids were dancing and having a fantastic time. Then, I told them
to sit down and listen quietly to the next song, because I didn't think
they would have heard it before and may never hear it again. It was
Andrew Lloyd Weber's second wife Sarah Brightman singing The Kyrie.
I've never seen such lively children be so still and enraptured. Some
of their parents were even in tears, it was so beautiful.
I had a wonderful visit with Valerie Sobanko of North Fork Middle
School and her students and their parents. They loved my tree, too!
I was so happy to see some of the people who came on the trip to
Italy with me in October. We had a mini reunion.
Sunday morning before the Barn Show started, we had our
annual Christmas breakfast with the Moss on the James, Moss at Monticello,
and Moss in the Forrest Chapters of the P.
Buckley Moss Society. Bob Almond, Executive Director of the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education, was there and
said grace while we all held hands.
Good food and good friends. What a great way to start the day!
Monday morning my daughter Patty and I were up bright
and early to set off for Kingsport, Tennessee, and my show Tuesday,
December 4, with Up Against the Wall Gallery. Along the way, we stopped
by several galleries in the Valley to sign their special signature requests.
After stopping by Apple Barn Gallery in Buchanan, Virginia, Patty and
I went to one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast, the North Star.
They have the most sinfully delicious country breakfast!
North Star Restaurant owner Debbie Painter and I posing with Santa.
Then it was off to Graphics, Etc., in Roanoke and Countryside
Gallery in Salem. While we were in Salem, we also visited my dear friend
Ida Clemons, who is a charter member of the P.
Buckley Moss Society and a founding member of the Moss in the Valley
I enjoyed reminiscing with Ida Monday. She has been a great supporter
of learning different children.
Our final stop before Kingsport was Collector's Showcase
in Dublin, Virginia.
Here I am signing away at Collector's Showcase in Dublin. L. to
R.: Edy Stephens, Mildred Wall, me, and Jeanette Stephens.
Patty and I had the most fun with Up Against the Wall's
owners Mike and Lisa Anne Milhorn, their staff, and collectors.
L. to R.: Mike & Lisa Anne Milhorn, owners of Up Against the
Wall; staff member Melissa Campbell; me; volunteer Liza Harmon; staff
member Chris Herring; and volunteer James Bond.
Just a few of the staff of Kingsport's Cardiac Cath Lab who came
to see me at Up Against the Wall. They came after work, and more of
their coworkers came later when their shift was over.
I'll be at The Art Loft in Collinsville, Illinois, this
Friday and Saturday with my old friends Paul and Carolyn Welch. I'm
looking forward to being with them again and releasing my new print
Apples to the Levee-Eads Bridge. The Eads Bridge in St. Louis,
Missouri, is a National Historic Landmark and was built in 1874. At
that time it was the largest bridge ever constructed, and it was the
first bridge in the world to be constructed of alloy steel, which marked
the end of the iron age. The bridge was designed so that on its upper
deck people could walk across while horses and carriages drove across,
and railroad trains could travel on its lower deck.
Apples to the Levee-Eads Bridge will be released at my show with
The Art Loft in Collinsville, IL, December 7-8. For more information,
please contact the gallery at 618-344-1212.
'Til next week...