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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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