What an exciting time my daughter Patty and I had at The People’s
Place in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, this past weekend! The People’s
Place is owned by Merle and Phyllis Good; and Merle, as many of you
know, is the author of the Reuben
of children’s books for which I have created the illustrations.
We officially launched the latest in the series, Reuben and the
Balloon, during the show. It was a beautiful weekend to have
the show. I felt like Merle and I signed a million books.
Reuben and the Balloon is available from your favorite Moss
dealer as well as The Moss
Portfolio. For more information, please call The Moss Portfolio
Before the show started Friday afternoon, Patty and I
visited The People’s Place’s Quilt Museum. The quilts
were glorious, and I couldn’t resist buying yet more fabric.
I keep thinking I’m going to be a quilter some day. The
desire is there, but I just can’t seem to find the time.
The fabric is piling up in my house, along with a quilting machine and
patterns and thread…and all the reference material for my paintings.
I would love to have a room dedicated just to quilting; I have it all
planned out in my head just where everything would be. My choice
in life, however, is my painting, and that must come first. I’m
blessed to have so many friends who are gifted quilters and who share
their time and talent with me.
As most of you know by now, the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, is participating in
the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia’s September-long Quilt
Celebration. “Quilts: Past, Present, & Future”
is a month-long celebration of the artistic and cultural significance
of quilts in our lives, honoring traditional, historical, and contemporary
art quilts. The Museum
is extending its display to last through our October
Barn Show and Museum Open House, October 10-12. This past
Saturday, author and quilt designer Camelia Elliott conducted the “Creating
an Art Quilt Square” class for children aged 10-12. The
class was sponsored by the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.
Author and quilt designer Camelia Elliott, standing to the far right,
with the children and their quilt squares.
During Friday night’s show, Merle and I drew the
names of three winning collectors to go up in a hot air balloon with
us Saturday morning. The balloon ride was spectacular! It
was such a beautiful, quiet morning, and we could look down and see
the farmland and the horse-drawn threshers. The view of the countryside
was amazing. My daughter Patty was in the chase truck with its
driver and followed along taking pictures of us. The balloon we
rode in was brand new, too; its maiden voyage.
We were so excited to go up in the hot air balloon! L. to
R.: Balloon owner & pilot Stan Hess, Charles Meredith (Womelsdorf,
PA), Betty Smith (Canton, OH), Stella Harada (Neffsville, PA), me, and
Up, up, and away!
Back on terra firma, and breakfast was waiting for us. It’s
customary to have a champagne toast after a successful voyage, but Merle
and I had orange juice. L. to R.: Betty Smith, me, Charles
Meredith, owner/pilot Stan Hess, Stella Harada, Stella’s husband
George, and Merle Good.
The pictures above were taken by Merle’s daughter
This weekend I’ll be in Columbia City, Indiana, for a show with
my dear friends Ned and Alma Freeman and their gallery Columbia House
Interiors. We’ll be releasing a special print edition during
the show titled Back Home in Indiana.
Back Home in Indiana will be released during Columbia House Interiors’
show September 26-27. For more information, please contact the
gallery at 260-244-7305.
It’s time to show you some more of my new dog paintings.
The prints will be available in a few weeks.
L. to R.: Schnauzer, Too; Dalmatian; Collie; Petit Basset Griffon
’Til next week…