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I’m so proud of our U.S. Olympic Team!  Each and every one of them deserves a big congratulations for their sportsmanship and excellent representation of our country.  Of course, Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, and many others have excelled in their particular sports, and they have been so exciting to watch.
The Chinese people are so warm and friendly and have been such gracious hosts for the Olympic Games.  I’m very glad that the media has focused on China’s rich culture and heritage and its contributions to civilization as well as its more recent progresses.  The opening ceremony on August 8 was breathtaking and showed off China’s talents in all areas of the arts.  I was amazed and thrilled.
The Olympic Games are more than just athletic competition on an international level.  They are also an opportunity for people of all nations to learn more about one another and to find a common ground and respect for one another.
This past weekend I was in Waynesboro, Virginia, for The Moss Portfolio’s biannual Dealers’ Meeting.  Our Dealers’ Meetings are an uplifting experience for me.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to spend time with my authorized dealers in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  Many of them have become close friends, and I am very proud to have them representing my art.  They are good people who care about others and play a vital role in the “world of Moss.”

Waynesboro’s own South River Grill provided the catering for the Dealers’ Meeting.  They were excellent!  Both the food and its presentation were out-of-this-world.

This was our view from the tents behind the Museum.  The moon was full for our Dealers’ Meeting weekend, but the picture doesn’t do it justice.  It was just beautiful!

Our reception Friday night was a wonderful opportunity to mingle and get “caught up” with everyone.  Around the table, clockwise from bottom left:  Sally Case with Vivian’s Antiques & Collectibles, Columbiana, OH; Mildred Wall & Jeanette Stephens with Collector’s Showcase, Dublin, VA; me; Roger & Mary Kay Van Hooser with Mint Spring Frame Shop & Gallery, Staunton, VA; and Lois Marsho with Lodan Fine Art & Framing, Midlothian, VA.  Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri and Museum Retail Manager Jo Cowherd are in the background.

I was so pleased to meet my new representatives in the Chicago area.  Yvonne (left) and John (right) Timony own Curtis Frame and Gallery in Libertyville, IL.

We were very fortunate to have John W. Haffey as our guest speaker again.  John is President of Wellspring Communications, Inc., the founder and publisher of Art World News.  With over twenty years of experience in the art and framing industry, John has worked with hundreds of galleries, publishers, and artists to help them become more successful.  As an expert in the industry, John’s comments and observations have been featured in Business Week; The New York Times, Inc.; The Wall Street Journal; and other publications.  He gave us a very good talk along the theme of the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, which is about the power of positive thinking.  I read it while I was in Italy earlier this summer and thought it carried a good message.

Above and below:  Dinner under the tent at the Museum Saturday night.


I was thrilled that my dear friends Margaret Moser (middle) and her son Michael Moser (far left) were able to join us for the weekend.  Margaret and Michael represented my art in Fairfax, VA, at The Moser Gallery for over twenty years, until their retirement last fall.  They are still part of my extended family and have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

Our Dealers’ Meetings are a time for friends and fellowship.  L. to R.:  Mary Ann Warren with Graphics, Etc., Roanoke, VA; Pat Martin with Martin’s Gallery, Hanover, PA; Jon Thames with Thames Fine Arts & Framing, Frederick, MD; Les Martin with Martin’s Gallery, Hanover, PA; and Cathy Williams with The Moss Portfolio, Mathews, VA.

I was excited to show the dealers the painting for this year’s annual Christmas print.  The Lord is My Shepherd will be available soon.

In addition to this year’s Christmas print, I’ve been working on a number of paintings for gallery shows and the long-promised dog series.

These paintings of favorite dog breeds will be available soon.  I am working on more and will show them as they are completed.  L. to R.:  Beagle, Schnauzer, Bull Terrier, and Cairn Terrier.

This weekend I’ll be showing with my dear friends at Gallery Art Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Gallery owner Suzi Campbell and I will release a very special print edition at the show, featuring the beloved landmarks of Ohio State University:  the Victory Bell, the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and the Lane Avenue Bridge.

Buckeye Landmarks, depicting the campus of Ohio State University, will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center in Columbus, OH, August 22-23.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 614-442-1109.

My Collectors’ Convention in Roanoke, Virginia, is just around the corner, and I’m getting so excited.  We have something extra special planned for this event, which will be held September 12-13 at The Hotel Roanoke.  Before the start of the Convention on Friday, we’ll have an authors’ luncheon and book signing.  I’ll be there and so will Merle Good, the author with whom I’ve collaborated on the Reuben series of children’s books.  Our latest collaboration, Reuben and the Balloon will be available for purchase.  Other authors participating in the event include Camelia Elliott, Sharyn McCrumb, and Logan Ward.  Proceeds from the luncheon and book signing will benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.  For more information, please contact the Foundation at 540-932-1728.
Camelia Elliott is not only an author but also a quilt designer.  She has donated her time and talent in the making of a fabulous quilted wall hanging which includes one of my painted fabric centerpieces.  This unique wall hanging will be auctioned during our Dinner Dance Saturday night.  Proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Foundation.  For more information on the Dinner Dance and auction, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Society at 540-943-5678.

Author and Quilt Designer Camelia Elliott is holding her quilted wall hanging, which will be auctioned during our Saturday night Dinner Dance.  I’m very grateful to Camelia for creating this piece to benefit the Foundation.

I have to go pack for Columbus!  ‘Til next week…!

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