I was so happy to get to see one of my granddaughter Sarah Donnelly’s
basketball games last week. Sarah plays for Radford High School,
and the game was held in Galax, Virginia. It was so much fun to
watch the girls play! What good sports they are and so supportive
of one another! I’m very proud of Sarah. We just found
out that she’s been accepted to Virginia Tech’s engineering
program. Her parents are die-hard Hokie fans, so they’re
ecstatic. Sarah’s mother, my oldest daughter Mary, is such
a big fan that she drove all the way to Florida this past weekend just
to watch Hokie football. She went with two of her friends, and
they stayed at my house in St. Petersburg. I’m so glad Tech
won the game after they drove all that way!
Thursday afternoon, I met the most delightful group of Girl Scouts at
my Museum in Waynesboro,
Virginia. They were members of Junior Troop 800 from Stuarts Draft,
led by Iris Peterson and Gina Conner. They asked wonderful questions,
and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to them. Museum staff member
Marianne Fickling gave them a tour, and I went along with them.
What a joy Junior Girl Scout Troop 800 from Stuarts Draft is!
We’re all standing beside the Museum’s famous dollhouse.
Barn Show and Museum Open House this past weekend was wonderful.
The weather was cold, but beautiful, and it was such fun to see so many
friends. I was so excited to see Carl and Iara Hausler.
I met Carl’s parents George and Catherine many years ago when
George and I were first starting our careers as artists. George
was a sculptor/carver, and he and I traded works. I still have
a bear that George carved at The Barn, which Carl recognized, of course.
Carl and Iara brought one of my original watercolors to the Museum to
be catalogued by curator Bonnie Stump. We like to keep records
on all my originals, so if you have one that hasn’t already been
registered, please contact Bonnie Stump at the P. Buckley Moss Museum
at 1-800-343-8643 or email@example.com.
Iara and Carl Hausler brought one of my original watercolors from
1975 to the Museum to be catalogued. It’s a good example
of one of my early “Valley Style” paintings. Look
at that beautiful frame that was hand-carved by Carl’s father
Sunday morning the Moss on the James Chapter, the Moss
in the Forest Chapter, and the Moss at Monticello Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society and I had our traditional Christmas breakfast
together before the Barn Show began. It’s so nice to get
together with this wonderful group of women. I look forward to
it every year.
How much we look forward to our traditions! Members of the
Moss on the James Chapter, the Moss in the Forest Chapter, and the Moss
at Monticello Chapter join me for breakfast (they actually bring breakfast!)
every December Barn Show Sunday.
This Friday my daughter Patty and I will drive down to
Kingsport, Tennessee, for my show with Mike and Lisa Anne Milhorn at
Up Against the Wall Gallery on Saturday, December 13. On the way
down on Friday, we’ll stop by WCYB-TV, Channel 5, in Bristol for
a live interview at noon. I hope those of you in the area will
be able to tune in and see me on TV. Please let me know if I make
any mistakes! On Saturday, December 13, the Milhorn’s and
I will release a new print and a new poster.
Tennessee Heritage will be released during my show with Up Against
the Wall on Saturday, December 13. The print depicts historic
Place, which I’ve included in two other print editions.
I love the little dog chasing the chicken in this piece. For more
information on the print and the show, please contact the gallery at
The new Tennessee Poster features portions of the new Tennessee
Heritage print and the Netherland
Inn Revisited print plus The
Doe River Bridge print. The poster will also be released
during my show with Up Against the Wall on December 13.
That’s all for now; I have to pack for Kingsport!
Please join me in praying for Bill and Toni Jernigan of
Doraville, Georgia, and their family. I just learned that one
of their precious sons was killed in Iraq the week of Thanksgiving.
To lose a child is heartbreaking, and those of us who know Bill &
Toni are praying that the Lord will be with them and give them peace
and love. Please also join me in prayer for our soldiers who stand
between us and harm’s way.