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Dear Friends:
Guess where I am now?  I’m back in St. Petersburg, Florida!  I came down the end of last week to spend two weeks painting in my Florida studio with the fabulous light.  I’ll return to Virginia the first week of August to attend our summer Dealers’ Meeting in Waynesboro August 7-9.  It’s hot down here, but I go walking every morning with my friends before it gets too hot and then I spend the rest of the day painting.

It was so nice to visit with Bob Smith, who is the Associate Dean of Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  Pictured with Bob and me at the Finn Gallery is Sally Wise of St. Petersburg Beach.  Bob and Sally are cousins, and Bob was in town for Sally’s daughter’s wedding at the Don Cesar.  In 2004 I received an honorary doctorate for public service from Shippensburg.

The 6th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival was held this past Saturday, July 25, at Stuarts Draft Park in Augusta County, Virginia.  I was most honored when the Sweet Dreams Committee asked me to create a special postage stamp cancellation design for the event as well as a commemorative print.  I’ve been told that the Stuarts Draft Post Office has been receiving requests from postmark/cancellation collectors from all over, including one request from France!

L. to R.:  Bonnie Stump, with the P. Buckley Moss Museum; Kevin Blackford, Postmaster at Stuarts Draft Post Office; and Pat Carter, with the Moss Museum.  Museum staff members Bonnie Stump and Pat Carter operated a booth at the Sweet Dreams Festival and sold my commemorative print Delivering Sweet Dreams.  Those who purchased the print could also buy a giclée on paper of the cancellation image.  Both the print and the cancellation image giclée are visible in the foreground.

One of the paintings I’ve been working on is a volleyball scene to benefit Dig Pink teams across the country.  Dig Pink events are organized by college and high school volleyball teams to raise money for breast cancer research and education.

Volleyball teams sponsoring a Dig Pink match may purchase Dig Pink prints from The Moss Portfolio to resell at a profit, raising money for breast cancer research and education.  Teams wishing to participate should contact Tricia Miles at 1-800-430-1320 or

I’m very excited about another thing I’m doing in support of breast cancer research.  I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker on Quilt Camp at Sea’s 2009 New England 9-Night Cruise for a Cure, which is a fundraising cruise to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The cruise sails round-trip from Baltimore, Maryland, August 13-22, and my daughter Mary Donnelly is going with me.  As many of you know, I am a twenty-plus-year survivor of breast cancer, so breast cancer research is very important to me.  To commemorate the cruise and help raise funds, I’ve created two giclées on paper, Quilting for a Cure, and Stitched for a Cure.  The Moss Portfolio will donate $5 from each print sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I’m looking forward to returning to Columbus, Ohio, after the cruise and seeing all my friends again.  I’ll be in town for a show with Gallery Art Center August 28-29, and we’ll release my new print titled Buckeye TraditionBuckeye Tradition celebrates the Ohio State University Marching Band, featuring the drum major’s backbend, the famous “Script Ohio”, and “Dotting the ‘I’”.

Buckeye Tradition will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center in Columbus, OH, August 28-29.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 614-442-1109.

As you know, I’m very proud of the P. Buckley Moss Society and its local chapters.  The chapters consist of amazing men and women who use their talents and energy to raise money to support individuals and groups with special needs within their communities and states.  The chapters have collectively raised well over a million dollars to make a difference in the lives of others.  I think it will be fun to periodically feature a chapter in our newsletter, starting this week.  The chapters will be randomly selected for inclusion, and this week we have Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter from the Charlottesville, Virginia, area.

In the area just to the north and east of Charlottesville, Virginia, you will find some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.  Among the rolling hills and farmland you will also find some of the most dedicated members of the Society.

Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter was organized in June of 1990 and has members from Charlottesville, Gordonsville, Leesburg, Louisa, Mineral, Orange, Ruckersville, Spotsylvania, Staunton, and Warrenton in Virginia and one member from Michigan.  They are dedicated to helping those in need.  Last year they raised $13,305.59 for a seriously ill six-year-old boy, hospitalized in Ohio.
This year the chapter is working to raise money for a ten-year-old boy from Hanover, Virginia, who has a very aggressive form of malignant metastatic thyroid cancer.  Due to the rarity of his cancer, he has to travel back and forth to Houston, Texas, for treatments at Texas Children’s Hospital.  The chapter is sponsoring a year-long raffle and a Basket Bingo/Auction to help raise money for this courageous boy and his family.

Vincent Tickle, pictured with me above during my April Barn Show and Museum Open House, is a remarkable young man.  Last fall he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer and has been waging a courageous and equally aggressive battle ever since.  Vincent is a bright, cheerful, and caring child who has not let his current trials dampen his positive attitude.  He has been an inspiration to his family and all those around him.

Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter has faithfully supported the “World of Moss” by attending Collectors’ Conventions, Chapter Training Sessions, Moss trips, and other special events.  This successful chapter has a lot of fun.  If you are a Society member and would like to join them as a chapter member, they would warmly welcome you.  For more information on Pat’s Blue Goose Chapter and their fundraising efforts, please contact Shirley Collins at 540-872-0294.
It’s time for me to get back to my easel…!

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