P. Buckley Moss’ new painting will be on sale when she visits The Finishing Touch Gallery in Carroll on Nov. 10. The painting, titled “Boquets of Love” is of the Prairie Pedlar Garen in Odebolt.
P. Buckley Moss’ new painting will be on sale when she visits The Finishing Touch Gallery in Carroll on Nov. 10. The painting, titled “Boquets of Love” is of the Prairie Pedlar Garen in Odebolt.
Thursday, November 8, 2012

P. Buckley Moss, known for her paintings of Iowa, will be at The Finishing Touch Gallery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, to meet collectors and sign her works.

Moss will be releasing a new painting titled “Bouquets of Love” that features The Prairie Pedlar Gardens in Odebolt.

In an interview with the Daily Times Herald, Moss described her painting as wonderful, bright and happy.

“It’s the Prairie Pedlar Garden, and it makes you feel good,” Moss said.

The painting is of a barn, gazebo and garden shed on the Prairie Pedlar property.

“I think it’s great,” said Susan Rix, owner of The Finishing Touch Gallery.

She said she’s know Moss for 26 years, and this is the first time she was able to be actively involved in a print.

Rix said she was able to see the print during its initial sketch and every step between until it was ready to print.

The painting was done in the spring so the garden’s flowers and trees add color to the picture. Moss said one reason she’s attracted to Iowa is because of the old buildings.

“I like the way they don’t just tear everything down in Iowa,” Moss said. “It’s so nice to see the beautiful old buildings and land and the equipment that has been taken care of.”

Though Moss usually can be found in one of her two homes in Virginia, she can also claim to be an Iowan.

In 2009 Gov. Chet Culver proclaimed Moss an Honorary Iowan in recognition of her work.

“Everyone thinks I’m from Iowa,” Moss said. “I have more friends in Iowa than anywhere else.”

She said she keeps coming back to Iowa because she admires Iowans’ good values.

“I’ve lived in New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida. I have a house in Italy,” Moss said. “But I keep going back to Iowa.”

She said she has a lot of friends in Iowa who she enjoys traveling with.

“Everywhere I go and everywhere I show, everyone says you have to see this and you have to see that,” Moss said.

She said she also appreciates how hard Iowans work.

“I never hear anyone complaining about their work,” Moss said. “This life of ours goes by very quickly, and you must find something you love and work in that.”

She said Iowans seem to be able to do just that.
In addition to her artistry, Moss is also known for her charity work.

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for children’s education was founded in 1995 and has grown to 15,000 members.

The foundation provides innovative methods to use arts in teaching.

Moss has also worked in Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Panama.

She helped get computers to schools in Panama, but Moss said it was a challenge because they have to be guarded.

She said they’ll disappear pretty fast in the rain forest.

Moss has visited Carroll several times before. During past visits she has painted with elementary-school students and held meet-and-greets.

Rix said Moss’ paintings always do quite well in Carroll.

She said the paintings have changed from mostly pictures of the Amish to more landscapes.

Rix said Moss has also done printings of the old library in Carroll, the Stone Pier in Lake View and the German Hausbarn in Manning.

Moss’ Awards

1976: 1st Place, National Arts & Crafts Exhibit, Washington, D.C.

1984: Commendation from the House and Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia

1985: Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts Retrospective Exhibition

1985: Indianapolis Children’s Museum Exhibition

1986: Americana Artist of the Year, International Wildlife, Western and Americana Show, Chicago College, New Jersey

1986: Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia

1986/1991: Consecutive “International Plate Show Awards”; ‘86 “Wedding Joy”; ‘87 “The Christening”; ‘89, “Hello Grandma”; ‘90, “Family Reunion”’ ‘90 “The Wedding”; ‘91, “Tender Hands”

1987: Mammography Unit at Warren Memorial Hospital (Virginia) named the P. Buckley Moss Ward.

1987: “Honorary Tar Heel,” awarded by the Governor of North Carolina

1988: Commendation from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1988: Commendation from the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan

1988: “Sagamore of the Wabash Award” presented by the Governor of Indiana.

1988: Conferred Title of Special Honorary Citizen of Takamatsu, Japan

1989: The Nittany Lion Award, Penn State University, Pennsylvania

1989: “Honorary Kentucky Colonel,” appointed by the Governor of Kentucky

1989: Sight-Saving Chairman for the VA Affiliate of the National Society to Prevent Blindness

1990: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Angel Award, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida

1990: Tokyo, Japan: Metropolitan Museum One Person Exhibition

1990: Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented at the annual convention of the Indiana LDA

1991: Citation, White House Points of Light Office

1991: “Woman of the Year”: Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority

1992: Citation from First Lady Barbara Bush: re. Moss’ contributions to learning disabled children

1992: PBS Documentary “Split the Wind” about P. Buckley Moss and her art

1993: Learning Disabilities Association of America Documentary Video, “A Picture of Success”

1993: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

1994: Designated Easter at the White House Program Artist

1995: Included in Carrie Chapman Catt Plaza of Heroines at Iowa State University: “P. Buckley Moss, The People’s Artist. Through her peaceful artistry we see life as it should be. Through her philanthropic contribution to the welfare of children we see a model to emulate. We honor Pat for her significant contribution to make our world a better place.”

1995: Kermezaar Keynote Artist, El Paso, Texas: October Arts Festival Honoree

1995: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education established

1996: Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia

1996: Distinguished Virginian Award, Virginia Association of Broadcasters

1997: Living Artist Exhibition, March - September, State Island Institute of Art and Sciences

1997: Publication of “Painting the Joy of the Soul.”

1998: Golden Key Award, Daughters of the American Revolution

1998: Artist for the 50th Anniversary of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

1999: Virginia Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award

2000: Italian-American Woman of the Year Award presented by the Italian-American Women of Today (LIADO)

2002: First recipient of the Pinnacle Award presented by the International Dyslexia Association

2002: Recognition by The Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia in appreciation for her tireless efforts to raise awareness of learning disabilities

2003: Women of Distinction Award presented by Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council, Tampa, Florida

2003: Senator George Allen read Pat’s biography on the Senate Floor, thereby making her history part of the Congressional Record.

2004: Received the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award from Roanoke College, Roanoke Va.

2004: Received an Honorary Doctorate for Public Service from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa.

2005: Commendation from the House and Senate of Virginia for her support of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education

2005: Resolution of Appreciation for Supporting Fine Arts Education in Virginia from the Virginia Department of Education

2007: Thursday’s Child, a play inspired by Pat’s life, debuted at the Greenbrier Valley Theater in Lewisburg, W. Va.

2008: One of eight honorees selected by The Library of Virginia for its 2008 Virginia Women in History Award.

2008: The Lady Behind the Brush, WVPT - TV’s documentary about Pat’s life and her art was aired on public television and was released as a DVD

2008: Received the Opening Doors Award from The Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) of Greater Pittsburgh for her “tireless work in support of children and adults with specific learning disabilities.”

2008: Received an award from the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children for her commitment to special education

2009: Received a Certificate of Recognition from Iowa Governor Chester J. Culver, proclaiming her an Honorary Iowan.