What a wonderful, early Christmas! I love working with children and
schools, and I had an opportunity to be with three different groups
during last weekend's Museum
Open House and Barn Show. Thursday morning, art students from Stuarts
Draft Middle School came to my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia, for a tour, and I had an opportunity to visit
with them and talk to them. Saturday morning, we held a tree lighting
ceremony at The Barn for students, parents, friends, and faculty of
Ladd Elementary School. The Ladd students made the ornaments for the
Christmas trees at The Barn, and they were full of warmth, fun, and
color. The children were so excited at the tree lighting ceremony, and
their parents were so appreciative-it made my Christmas. Saturday afternoon,
the Augusta County Junior Orchestra performed at the Museum, and they
played so beautifully. What a treat for our guests and staff, as well
as me! We hope they come back every year.
Museum docent Penny Field (standing at right, with red jacket) conducted
the tour for Stuarts Draft Middle School art students. The students
were a joy, and I'm happy to have had the chance to spend some time
on the tour with them.
Students, family, friends, and faculty of Ladd Elementary School
joined us at The Barn Saturday morning for a tree lighting ceremony
in honor of the ornaments made by the students.
My very own ornament-making elves!
The Moss in the Valley Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society and Don Bunce, pictured with me above, gave
me this gorgeous embroidered stole, which Don made. I'm wearing it in
one of the pictures above. Don has a new embroidering machine and had
such fun with it. Don is also a quilter and made one of the quilts that
was auctioned to benefit the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education at our Collectors'
Convention in Williamsburg, VA, this past summer. Don has started working
on a parrot-themed quilt, and I'll show pictures of it when it's ready.
Don is a cheerful guy and loves doing needlework.
The Augusta County Junior Orchestra performed at the Museum Saturday
afternoon. My granddaughter Chiara plays the cello and is in the second
row from the front, third person from the right.
We held the opening reception for the Museum's new exhibit Moss in
Miniature Thursday evening. The exhibit features my smallest originals,
and people were amazed to see how much detail they contain. We're planning
on making a traveling exhibit of my miniatures available to authorized
dealers around the country. If you are interested in seeing the exhibit,
please contact your dealer.
At the opening reception for the Museum's new Moss in Miniature
Exhibit Thursday evening, L. to R.: Gregory Hitchin, Waynesboro's Director
of Economic Development; me; Katie McElroy, Waynesboro's Director of
Tourism; and Katie's husband Tyrel McElroy, Executive Director of Boys
and Girls Clubs of Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County. The City
of Waynesboro has always been so supportive.
Members of the Moss on the James, Pat's Blue Goose, and Moss in the
Forest Chapters of the Society came to The Barn Sunday morning for our
annual potluck breakfast. They brought the most delicious food to share,
and we all enjoyed the camaraderie. This has become an annual event
that we all look forward to.
Our annual chapter breakfast Sunday morning at The Barn.
This Wednesday, December 8, I'm showing with my friends at Up Against
the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, Tennessee, and we're releasing a new
poster and a new giclée on paper celebrating Bristol's annual
Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival. For those of you who don't know,
Bristol is near Kingsport; but, half of it is in Virginia, and the other
half is in Tennessee. I'll have pictures from the show to share with
you in next week's newsletter.
The poster Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, above, and
the print Music on State Street, below, will be released during
my show with Up Against the Wall in Kingsport, TN, on Wednesday, December
8. For more information, please contact the gallery at 423-246-7210.
This Thursday, I'm flying to Columbus, Ohio, for my show with Gallery
Art Center on Friday and Saturday. We'll be releasing a new giclée
on paper featuring snowmen wearing OSU Buckeye colors and forming the
letters "O-H-I-O" with their stick arms. Ohio loves their
O-H-I-O will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center
in Columbus, OH, December 10-11. For more information, please contact
the gallery at 614-442-1109.
The new Society cookbooks are flying out the door at The Moss Portfolio.
If you haven't received your order yet, it's on its way to you. To keep
shipping costs down, we've been shipping the books through the postal
service via media mail, which can take up to 21 days. If you are placing
an order now for cookbooks to give as Christmas gifts, we can ship it
to you via UPS, starting at $10. Just let the staff know your shipping
preference when placing your order.
It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!