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I'm having a great time getting ready for our Collectors' Convention this weekend. Everyone at The Moss Portfolio is excited about my new work, and I'm eager to have collectors see it. I have new pieces depicting scenes from Italy, around The Valley, and all over the country.

I have my outfit ready for our Jimmy Buffett-themed Dinner Dance & Auction on Saturday night. For those of you who haven't been to one before, it's a relaxed atmosphere with lots of laughs. Bring your flip-flops, shorts, and tropical shirts and join us for an evening of fun!

The Convention kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at The Williamsburg Hospitality House in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, closing at 9:00 p.m. that evening. We open back up at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, until 5:00 p.m. In addition to the exhibit, there will be lots of other fun activities going on throughout the day. The Dinner Dance and Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. I can hardly wait!

All Dinner Dance/Auction attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print Tropical Friend.

Colonial Garden is a special giclée on paper that I created for this Convention. It features the detached kitchen at the John Blair House at Colonial Williamsburg. Collectors do not have to attend the Convention to purchase Colonial Garden. Giclées may be ordered from your gallery prior to the event for $200; after June 12 the price will be $300. Giclées per collector are not limited; however, the edition size of this giclée is 250. Colonial Garden will also be available for purchase during the Convention.

Each attendee may purchase two copies of the giclée on paper Garden Visitors ($60 each) for me to personalize at the Convention. After the Convention, this giclée will be available for $80.

All Convention attendees will receive the complimentary black and white print Bruton Parish Church.

The Sir Christopher Wren Building features what is perhaps the most famous building on the campus of The College of William and Mary. This limited edition giclée on paper will also be released during the Convention.

This past weekend I showed with Medlin Art, Ltd., in Leesburg, Virginia, and with Framecraft of Warrenton, Virginia. Framecraft's show was held at St. Thomas' Parish in Hancock, Maryland, in celebration of St. Thomas' 175th anniversary. It is always a pleasure for me to show with Medlin and Framecraft. Both are so caring and creative in framing my art, and it's like receiving a Christmas present when I see what they've done.

Good friends! The Medlin team, L. to R.: Pat Medlin, owner; Steve Hale; Jane Hale; Sherry Reece; Shirley Medlin, owner; me; Cindy Cheng; and Olga Coffey.

Pat and Shirley Medlin, owners of Medlin Art., Ltd., and I with their show print Call to the Hunt. This is the first major hunt scene I've done.

My daughter Patty came along and helped me with the drive to the two shows. We were with Medlin Friday and Saturday and then drove up to Hancock, Maryland, Saturday afternoon. This was my first visit to Hancock, and it was a delight! The C & O (Chesapeake and Ohio) Canal runs through Hancock; and, the church was built in 1835 by Irish and German immigrants, workers hired from the C & O Canal Project, which was also under construction through Hancock at that time. Both the C & O Canal and the B & O (Baltimore & Ohio) Railroad run through nearby Cumberland, Maryland; and, for those of you who don't know, my Grandfather Buckley drove mules on the Erie Canal when he was a boy and locomotives on the B & O Railroad as an adult. It's a small world!

Saturday night we went to dinner at Panorama at the Peak in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, with Framecraft owners Mark and Meleana Moore; Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Jr., of St. Thomas' Parish and his wife Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt of St. Mark's Church in Lappans, Maryland; and several friends of St. Thomas'. Co-owner Patti Miller's mother collected my work, and she was very excited about us coming to her restaurant. The food was out-of-this-world! Panorama at the Peak specializes in "made from scratch" dishes that include ingredients from local farms, so everything is very fresh. I especially enjoyed their appetizers, so much so that I didn't leave enough room for my dinner. I was fascinated by the ceiling beams in the restaurant. I couldn't believe the length and girth of the trees that were used for the beams. They must have truly been huge!

Patty and I stayed at the 1828 Trail Inn, and we highly recommend it. I loved its comfortable, simple dignity and lack of fussiness. Their breakfast was magnificent!

We attended church service Sunday morning before the show. I loved the relaxed camaraderie, friendship, and respect that everyone had for one another. It was a joy to be among such caring and happy people.

This is the Parish Hall at St. Thomas' where my show with Framecraft was held. On the far left of the picture, wearing a green top and khaki slacks, is Darlene Smith, who with her husband Bill owns the 1828 Trail Inn. Bill's head is visible to Darlene's right (our left).

I'm very much looking forward to our Convention this weekend and being with even more caring and happy people!

See you there!


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