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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 series 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 at 1-800-430-1320.

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 Merle Good.

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 Kate Good.
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 Vendeen.

’Til next week…

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