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Christmas Cookie + Ornament Countdown 11/30

Peanut Butter Stuffed Christmas Cookies

+ Amazing Grace Ornament

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Christmas + Ornament Cookie Countdown
by Canada Goose Gallery
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INGREDIENTS
FOR THE FILLING
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c.  powdered sugar

FOR THE COOKIES

Amazing Grace ornament by P Buckley Moss depicts an historic church in Waynesville, Ohio

Amazing Grace Limited edition Porcelain ornament by American artist P Buckley Moss at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio. Ornament comes in its own gift box. Ornaments

1/2 c.  creamy peanut butter
1/2 c.  (1 stick) butter softened
1/2 c.  packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Scoop into small balls (about 1 1/2″) and freeze until ready to use.
  3. Make cookies: In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, and sugars and beat with a hand mixer on medium until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined, then add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined.
  4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough and flatten it into a pancake-like circle. Place the frozen peanut butter ball on top. Bring the edges of the dough around the peanut butter ball and pinch the edges together to seal, adding more dough if necessary to cover the frozen peanut butter completely.
  5. Roll stuffed cookie dough ball in sugar and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used, spacing the cookies about 2” apart.
  6. Bake until the cookies are golden on the bottom,12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Christmas + Ornament Cookie Countdown 11/29

Yin/Yang Christmas Brookies + Alleluia Ornament

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Christmas + Ornament Cookie Countdown
 by Canada Goose Gallery
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INGREDIENTS
FOR THE BROWNIE
1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c.  unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

Alleluia porcelain ornament by artist P Buckley Moss features a horse and sleigh with family and Christmas tree in the sleigh. Shades of rust in the horse, cherry red in the sleigh and blues, white and aqua in the background.

Alleluia limited edition ornament by American Artist P Buckley Moss at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio All Ornaments

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. chocolate chips

Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. solemate-socks-canada-goose-gallery26
  2. Make brownie cookie: In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and cocoa powder. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until glossy. Add flour and salt and whisk until just combined. Refrigerate while you make the chocolate chip cookie dough.
  3. Make chocolate chip cookie: In another large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until just combined, then fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Make brookie: Using a small cookie scoop, form a heaping scoop of each dough into balls. Take one brownie ball and one cookie dough ball and roll them together. Repeat with remaining doughs.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet 2″ apart, then flatten slightly and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until golden around the edges and just set, 10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack, then let cool completely.

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Christmas + Ornament Cookie Countdown: November 28

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
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Christmas + Ornament Cookie Countdown: November 28
by Canada Goose Gallery
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INGREDIENTS
2 1/4 c.  all-purpose flour
1 tsp.  baking powder
1/2 tsp.  kosher salt
1 c.  (2 sticks) butter softened
1 c.  granulated sugar
large egg
3/4 tsp.  almond extract

Red food coloring

Sprinkles

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment), beat
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    “Winter Together” Onrmanet by P. Buckley Moss  All Ornaments

    butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat until incorporated, then add extract. Add dry ingredients and beat until just combined.

  2. Divide dough in half, keeping one half in the mixing bowl. Add red food coloring and mix until the desired color is reached. Shape each dough into a square that is roughly ½” thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Place red dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll into a rectangle that’s about 1/4″ thick. Repeat with white dough. Take a top sheet of parchment paper off of each dough. Place red dough on top of white dough, dough sides facing each other. Gently press on top of the dough to help seal together.
  4. Remove top parchment paper and trim sides to match up evenly. Starting on a long side, use the bottom parchment paper to help roll dough tightly into a log. Roll log on the counter a few times to help seal the edge. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place sprinkles on a medium plate. Using a sharp knife, slice cookies 1/2” thick and roll edges in sprinkles. Place on baking sheets 2” apart.
  6. Bake until edges are set and just starting to turn golden, 10 minutes.

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Let art inspire you with the art of P Buckley Moss at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio.

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Home decor setting with the artwork of P Buckley Moss. The River's Joy limited edition print. Features a man fishing in a river with pant legs rolled, in a background of the view of the river's edge.

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Little Marguerite limited edition print by P Buckley Moss is printed in respect to all P.E.O. groups across the country for their work in assisting women in education.

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Little Marguerite and Seven Sisters limited edition art prints by P Buckley Moss,

has been printed in honor of all P.E.O. groups across the country

for their work in assisting women in education.

 

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Etchings

 

Cat Wine Glass by P Buckley Moss. Joyfully decorated with the Moss iconic black cat face.

Wine Glasses

 

Deep Blue Sea limited edition print by P Buckley Moss features dolphins playing under the sea. A blend of turquoise and blues for the waters and light and dark gray for the sea creatures.

Large Square Prints

Cinders tapestry pillow with artwork by P Buckley Moss features her ever popular black cat. Pillow image in shades of blue, white and black.

Pillows

 

 

Original watercolor miniature painting by P Buckley Moss featuring the side view of horse head and neck. Copper horse with brown-black main with background of blended turquoise, rose, tangerine and earth tones.

Original Watercolors

P Buckley Moss Moon Beam Ornament with child sitting on the moon with Pink and blue background.

Porcelain Ornaments

 

Slumber Party limited edition print by P Buckley Moss features a girl's night out together at a overnight stay. Shades of rose, blue, cream and black.

Rare Prints at Issue Price

Rare Prints

 

Purrfect, limited edition print by artist P Buckley Moss features a realistic cat in cream colors on a floor of beautiful blues and background of grays and darker blue/black.   Sisters in Arms is a rare limited edition print that features two girls or sisters embracing each other. Floral border in the form of a pointed arch over the girls.Boxer from the dog collection of artist P Buckley Moss features the boxer breed in colors of brown and white with black muzzle. Background in grays and light blue.

Popular Prints – Cats, Children and Dog Collections.

 

 

Baylor's Mill limited edition print by P Buckley Moss features a mill in Virginia in a landscape of shades of green with rose house building and cream and white barn.     Dawn at the Cape limited editin print by P Buckley Moss features two geese at the beach sheltered by reeds with lighthouse in the background. Colors of rust, tans and golden hues with aqua sky.          Clover Ankle socks by Solmate. Lime, gold, purple and lavender.

Popular Prints – Rural Landscape, Lighthouses and Solmate Sock Collections.

 

Easy Summer Comfort Food

Recipe for Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash Boats

Recipe:
Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash Boats
FOR SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 medium spaghetti squash, halved, seeds removed
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
FOR PRIMAVERA FILLING + TOPPING
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small red onion, chopped

1 orange bell pepper, chopped.Recipe for Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash Boats

1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. lemon zest
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 1/2 c. cooked shredded chicken
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Drizzle cut sides of spaghetti squash with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly. Using a fork, break up squash strands.
  2. Meanwhile, make primavera filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and pepper and cook until mostly tender, 3 to 4 minutes, then add tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, and lemon zest. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and cook 3 to 4 minutes more. Stir in chicken and remove from heat.
  3. Divide mixture between spaghetti squash halves and stir to combine. Top each spaghetti squash with cheese and return to oven to melt, 5 minutes.
  4. Top with Parmesan and parsley to serve.

What we hear in the Gallery…

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When we have events in Waynesville and in our gallery, we always enjoy new people coming in to visit.  This past weekend during our “Back to the 80’s” event,  a lady stopped by and shared that she was a local resident of Waynesville and one of the things she and her son looked forward to during these past few months, was to take evening walks through downtown Waynesville. They loved checking out the window displays of the shops. She said he son was always so excited to see what art we had placed in our window.  He is just two years old and is already noticing what a difference art makes in life.  I love when people share experiences and glad that we are helping her son appreciate art; loving, growing and experiencing what art can do for our minds and soul.  One of our little visitor’s favorite displays was of a very large fish, Shimmering In The Depths
I thought it was amazing that such a small child looked forward to art. At only two years old, he’s already developing an appreciation for art images and looks forward to the joy it adds to everyday life. I thought of the blog from last year about how art is important to children. This blog remains one of our most visited pages of our website.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating America & Waynesville, Ohio’s 223 Birthday…

Free Raffle Tickets With Purchase

 

Our Strength and Beauty limited edition giclee print by P Buckley Moss features an American Eagle in flight with full wing span. Multicolored background of soft aqua, peach pink and white.

Artwork gives the finishing touch to any home decor project. Limited edition print by American Artist P Buckley Moss at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio

P Buckley Moss American Flag Collection

July's Baby, Baby Months of the year series (A child print representing each month) captures the love of artist, P. Buckley Moss, for children and family. Colors of red, white and blue for the flag, white and gray plus tans and rust in the basket.                  Michael's Flag, rare, limited edition print by American artist P Buckley Moss shows the artist's patriotism through the painting of our American flag. Red, white and blue with shades of light and darker aqua and the artist's love of using black.

 

Home of the Brave features American and Confederate flags waving in the wind with bold black iconic tree and canon in a background of a misty morning light.             Home of the Brave limited edition print by P Buckley Moss, framed and hanging in an entryway by the door on caliente walls.

 

Fourth of July P Buckley Moss Goose features the Moss iconic goose on a background of the American flag in red, white and blue.

 

4th of July Food

Salty Banana Pudding

Recipe: Salty Peanut and Banana Pudding

INGREDIENTS
1/3 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 tsp. fine salt
2/3 c. + 3 tbsp. sugar
1 3/4 c. whole milk
4 lg. egg yolks
1 3/4 c. heavy cream divided
1/3 c. Creamy Peanut Butter
3 tsp. pure vanilla extract, divided
50 vanilla wafers
4 med. ripe bananas, sliced
3/4 c. chopped roasted and salted peanuts, divided

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together flour, salt, and 2/3 cup sugar in medium saucepan. Whisk in milk, egg yolks, and 1/2 cup cream. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and a pudding like consistency, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  2. Arrange 25 wafers (slightly overlapping) in the bottom of an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Top with half of banana slices, 1/4 cup peanuts. Cover and chill 4 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Whisk remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/4 cups cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla on medium high with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts.

 

 

Raffle Basket Giveaway Fourth of July Weekend

Canada Goose Gallery basket donation for the 223 Waynesville Birthday event.

Canada Goose Gallery basket donation for the

 

223 Waynesville Birthday event Basket Raffle Giveaway.Canada Goose Gallery Raffle Basket

Handcrafted rope basket with embroidery design.
Rose Colored photo Frame.
Bottle of Wine.
2 P Buckley Moss Geese Wine Glasses.
1 Pair of Solmate Socks.
1 Spray Bottle of Maven Hand Sanitizer. (Mint scented).
1 Red, White & Blue Necklace.
$25 Gift Card to Canada Goose Gallery
Win one of 10 different baskets donated by Waynesville Merchants! Earn one free raffle ticket for every $20 spent! Drawing July 5th at 5:00pm.
BONUS: A cash purchase at the gallery between July 1-July 5 will also enter you in a drawing for one of (5) $25 gift certificates to the gallery.
CALL: 513-897-4348

Fourth of July Cake

Fourth of July Cake recipe

Too pretty to eat!

Waynesville History Cards

I love that Waynesville has been around for 223 years! So much history and resilience.

Ohio HIstory day is celebrated in Waynesville Ohio with a boxed set of history cards

Vintage photos of Waynesville in the early 1900’s and before. The town as it was and the way the town looked then in a 60 card set. Cards sold ($20) to support Waynesville Merchants Association.  Great gifts!

 

Sunday Church – Spring at Callaway Chapel

Let Art Comfort & Inspire with P Buckley Moss Church Architectural Art.

Let Art Comfort & Inspire with P Buckley Moss Church Architectural Art.

 

Spring at Callaway Chapel limited edition print by P Buckley Moss features a small church in a wooded area in colors of soft turquoise, blues and cream with white and black trees.

Address: Spring at Callaway features the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Nestled in a serene forest surrounding Falls Creek Lake, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel was carefully planned by Cason Callaway himself as a tribute to his mother. Inspired by 16th-century Gothic chapels, it is highlighted by a variety of materials native to its region, including fieldstone quartz. Beautifully crafted stained glass windows depict pines, soft woods and hardwoods, as well as the Southern forest in a progression of seasons. The majestic sounds of the chapel’s custom-built Möller pipe organ ring out during seasonal concerts.
Today, the chapel is used for small weddings as well as a Non-Denominational Service each Sunday morning throughout the Summer and during the Christmas season.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 32:7-8

Figurines Collection

Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat.

 

 

Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat.   Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat. Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat.

Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat. Nurse Figurine titled Loving Care is a P Buckley Moss figurine featuring a nurse holding a baby and giving comfort. Colors of lavender, blue, cream, golden for hair and black base and tiny cat.

 

Church Signs

 

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Spirit of Freedom

Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.

 

Spirit of Freedom is a large Giclee print that has garnered extreme interest and popularity with collectors especially those with the wall space to hang this exceptional image. Taken from an original watercolor that once hung in the permanent collection of the P Buckley Moss Museum, the Giclee reproduction process is nearly a perfect recreation of the original. The giclee is a digital process that is produced by a large printer that “spits or sprays” the ink onto the archival paper or canvas recreating both color and texture of the original unlike any other printing process.

Moss’ horses are almost always created with flowing lines which is a characteristic of her style and this work is no exception. The flowing main and flaring nostrils indicate the pronounced power of the horse as well as the symbolism of freedom and sensuality. Early in her career during a show, a person asked her why she didn’t paint nudes and she pointed to one of her horses and said, “Look at that beautiful horse,” to which the gentleman replied, “Touche!”

The soft pastel colors in the background, the indication of landscape in the very minimalist way speak to Pat’s artistic training as a professional artist and lends to a visual style like no other. Those who are not aware of this artist often recognize either her horses or her geese even if they don’t know who she is!

Spirit of Freedom  |  Issued in 2001 |  Giclee on the finest quality paper
Image Size: 44 x 21-1/4 Inches. Paper Size 46 x 23-1/4 Inches | Edition: 250 and 25 Artist’s Proof

 

Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.                 Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.

 

A Fun Visitor

Village of Waynesville, Ohio. Main street with retail shops and restaurants along the street.

On any day in Waynesville, there are visitors that come in the gallery with smiles for the art and curiosity about the treasures inside such a colorful place. One day last week I had a most unusual and delightful visitor who brightened my day and now I hope will brighten yours.

While working at the back of the gallery a young man and his mother walked in and started looking intently at the artwork.  I greeted them and struck up a conversation about the pieces they were looking at together. I was curious about their day in Waynesville and asked how the visit was so far, thinking the boy would come back with a negative response since a day walking around was not anything like video games with friends. To my surprise, his face lit up when I asked about their visit and he said, “This is a great place! I love coming here!” 

Pleasantly surprised, I asked what he liked most about Waynesville. He responded that he loved art, but that he was also excited to visit all the antique stores. Hmmm, I thought.  Here is a ten-year-old boy who loves art and antiques?! 

So, young man,” I said in surprise.  “What do you love about antique stores?”

 

Gallery wall at Canada Goose Gallery displaying the art of P Buckley Moss. Turquoise Treasure is a large turquoise cat on canvasHe thought for a moment and began to tell me how much he loved seeing things from so many years ago.  He loved looking at all the tools, toys, and treasures of an antique store and imagining how they were used and who may have used them.

Well,” I said with a big smile. “It is a rare person indeed who truly appreciates the value of a good antique!” 

 

Before I could continue, he and his mom started telling me how much they liked so many of the P Buckley Moss prints and originals in the gallery.  They were astounded at the different styles and subjects but as I suspected, the print they were the most excited about was Turquoise Treasure which features a standing cat, with such a playful attitude that happened to be painted turquoise.  But then it wouldn’t be a cat if it didn’t have an attitude, right? 

 

Turquoise Treasure is a limited edition print by P Buckley Moss released in several different sizes on paper and canvas

 

 

I too am a huge fan of our Turquoise Cat.  It is one print almost everyone comments on when they peruse our gallery.  And I just love that old art lovers and younger new ones just love how this wonderfully simple and colorful piece can make you smile, even on the gloomiest of winters days!

 

Window display at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville Ohio with art and gifts by P Buckley Moss

They walked around and asked questions about certain pieces that caught their eye.  Before we knew it, they were mindful of the time and wanted to get outside to continue their planned day in town.  Before they left, I asked if he was “On the Hunt” for any antiques in particular and he looks up at me with a big smile and said, “Of course! I collect Pez dispensers.” The gleam in his eye brought a smile to my face and we talked about his Pez collection, although he was quick to point out that it was not technically a real collection since he only had about 100 of these candy dispensers. 

OK, only 100?!  I leaned in closer and told him that anytime you have 100 of any one category of items…it would definitely have to be considered a collection!  He smiled and looked up at his mom with pride. But now he had me quite curious.

 

I asked him more about the tiny candy dispensers and he told me that he would expect to pay around $15 to $25 for one of the old Pez dispensers if he was lucky enough to spot one in any of our antique malls. “The really early ones are worth thousands of dollars,” he told me. Who knew? 

Without blinking an eye he said, “My 1979, Tweety Bird!”  

Tweety Bird Pez Dispenser

 

So,” I continued. “What is your absolute favorite Pez dispenser from your collection at home?”

Without blinking an eye he said, “My 1979, Tweety Bird!”  

Of course, it was!  

 

He made sure to also tell me how much he enjoyed the artwork of P. Buckley Moss.  He and his mom promised to come back when they had a bit more time to learn more about her and all the beautiful artwork.  They both agreed that coming into the gallery was a delightful surprise and a reason they would return again. I made him promise to return with his 1979 Tweety so I could see what I missed from back in the day and made a mental note to keep an eye out for “Pez” dispensers when I get around to cleaning my basement. 

Gallery wall at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville Ohio featuring the artwork of P Buckley Moss.

As they headed out the door, I stopped and looked around the gallery.  Through the eyes of a ten-year-old, I was seeing the fun and magic that art brings into our everyday life.  I glanced at the turquoise cat and gave her a wink. There is something for everyone!  

He made my day and I was so very happy they would come to Waynesville to walk around and just enjoy new experiences as a family.  That is what life is all about–exploring, learning, and setting out on a “hunt!”

Art can be so fun!

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Kentucky Derby Red Brings Out the Best in P Buckley Moss Art

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It’s time to start planning your Run For The Roses gathering! I just love that expression and I love the Kentucky Derby.  All the hats and fancy dresses, tiny finger sandwiches, and of course, the excitement of the race!  I haven’t been, but it makes me happy to think of all the fun and excitement of being around horses.  If I had to pick a favorite that Pat Moss paints I would have to say that her horses are some of the most lovely and inspiring images to grace a wall.

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P Buckley Moss ~ Unique Perspective of the world

The Artist P. Buckley Moss has a unique perspective of the world.  One of the things most fascinating about her (and there are many things) is her remarkable memory for details. If you ask her what inspires her to paint she will tell you that the world is rich with details. I have been to her studios through out the years and seen first hand the sketches on paper, tissues, napkins, envelopes….tiny pieces of visual notes to be expanded upon when she finds herself alone with only brush and canvas.

At her recent Barn Show, Pat and I talked about her print, The Barnstormer. Far too young to remember the days when these planes flew around the country, Pat said that over the summer she wanted to be reminded of all the summer vacations gone by, the memories of days long ago, and the vacations that she took with her once small children.  “I thought the essay contest would be a fun way to inspire dinner conversations!” she said.  I think that it is important to try to figure out how to bring these wonderful conversations back into our now, digital life.

         

The Importance of Art and Telling Stories
I suppose that we should start by just telling more stories.  Somewhere I read that kids today are going to return to the days of caveman drawings with all their dependency on emojis.  Now I love a good smiley face as much as anybody, but one of the things I totally agree with Pat on is the “good old dinner-time history lesson-story.”  Thinking about my grandchildren and trying to figure out ways to get them to be inspired by art and perhaps write out a story for me.  I was wondering what you think about “summer memories and children who speak with smiley faces.”

I have a friend who was telling me that almost every night at her dinner table growing up there would be stacks of Encyclopedias brought out to help bolster some story or event going on that day. I thought that it was quite amusing to think about those large heavy books being passed around over plates of spaghetti (yes, my friend is Italian and not only did they discuss history with dinner, but they got to eat pasta every night too!)

This same friend sent me an essay that I must share. It is about the print, Humpback Rock, and I just loved how one image transported her into some childhood memories that were the highlight of her summers.  It got me thinking about my grandchildren and trying to figure out ways to get them to be inspired by art and perhaps write out a story for me.  I was wondering what you all were thinking about summer memories and children who speak with smiley faces.  Read the essay:   Read a great post

Is there hope?  If you have found a secret to telling stories at dinner, then please share it with me.

         

        

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