Today I'm writing to you from Waynesboro, Virginia, where we have snow
on the ground! It's absolutely beautiful, and I hope there's still some
around for this weekend's Barn
Show. I'm really getting into the holiday spirit, and we've had
so much fun decorating The Barn.
Maxine Chittum, Pat, Jimmy and Dot Hiter and Mary Jo Hopkins return
to the Barn this year to decorate the tree before this
weekend's show at the Museum.
I've created a special print edition that will be released
this weekend titled Scarlet Splendor, which will go nicely
with its mate Bright Eyes. I hope you'll like this festive
little cardinal, which is holding a sprig of red berries in his beak.
Scarlet Splendor - Available on the web or from your dealer
next week - call your dealer for detail
Also available from the P.
Buckley Moss Museum this weekend and Moss
dealers everywhere is my annual Christmas print A Child is Born.
Child is Born, this year's Christmas print.
It was a joy to see so many of my friends at the three
galleries I visited this past weekend, as well as at the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's fundraising dinner
in Richmond, Virginia. Thank you, Medlin Art, Ltd.; Framing Art, Inc.,
Gallery; and Lodan Fine Art & Framing for giving me the opportunity
to wish so many friends "Happy Holidays" in person!
Mutual admirers, Mark Levin and Pat, at Medlin Art, Leesburg, Virginia.
Pat signing at Framing Art, Inc. Gallery
The Foundation's fundraising dinner was loads of fun,
and I was very happy that several of my family members were able to
attend as well as many of my "extended Moss family." My daughters
Becky, Patty, and Ginny were there as well as Patty's friend Mary and
Ginny's husband Corrado and children Picco and Chiara. I was thrilled
to see my dear friend Peter Rippe, who helped us get the Museum started
and was its first director. Peter also wrote my biography Painting
the Joy of the Soul. It was wonderful seeing him again and spending
some time with him. It was also terrific to see my good friends from
Richmond's Riverside School, who came out to support us.
Pat's First Love, the first fund-raising print for the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation, is now available from your local Moss gallery. Please
contact your gallery for details.
A total of $12,000.00 was raised for the Foundation. I
wish to thank everyone who participated in and supported the event,
with a special thanks to Foundation Executive Director Bob Almond; Program
Coordinator Dell Philpott; President Randy Myers and wife Ginny; Beverley
Mann, President of Moss on the James Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society; and many others too numerous to list for all
their hard work in making the evening such a success. I would also like
to thank Dan and Lois Marsho of Lodan Fine Art & Framing Gallery
and John Ficor of The Beveled Edge for helping to organize and coordinate
the event. Lois also put together the very nice gift bags that were
given to each person there.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction's Proclamation recognizing
Pat Moss for outstanding contributions to art education in the Commonwealth
of Virginia. The award was presented by Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Deputy
Supreintendent, Virginia Department of Education,(left); Mrs. Cherry
Gardner, Fine Arts Specialist, Virginia Department of Education (next
left) and Bob Almond, Exectuve Director of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation.
During the event I was most surprised and honored to
be presented with the Superintendent of Public Instruction's proclamation
recognizing me "for outstanding contributions to art education
in the Commonwealth of Virginia." Even though I was named in the
proclamation, I feel that it belongs to all of you, for without your
support and caring for others none of it would be possible. Thank you
for being the best "elves" ever!