Moss print benefits Children’s Choir

Renowned artist P. Buckley Moss of Waynesboro has created a new painting titled “Making a Joyful Noise,” which was released during the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir Spring concert weekend last April as a fundraiser for the choir.

Prints are available from the SVCC office at $80 each, with half the profit going toward the choir’s operating expenses. For more information, contact Yvette Peake, manager, at 540.432.4650.

Ms. Moss’ new work depicts singing choristers of varying international backgrounds and ages. Wearing their choir uniforms, the choristers are from the Preparatory, Treble and Concert Choirs, all part of the acclaimed SVCC consisting of more than 200 children ages 8-17 from Eastern Mennonite University’s music department.

This is Moss’ second work for the SVCC, her first being “Courthouse Chorus,” which depicted the SVCC singing at Harrisonburg’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Following their appearance at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C., with former president Bill and Mrs. Hillary Clinton, opera singer Placido Domingo and the U.S. Coast Guard band in 1997, the SVCC sang at the Downtown Harrisonburg’s Christmas tree lighting the first weekend in December that year.

Pat Moss is well-known throughout the country for her portrayals of the Amish, nature and children and for her tranquil landscapes. She has achieved phenomenal success in the art world and has spent the last 20 years giving back a measure of that success to the community. Donations of her artwork have raised more than $4 million for worthy charitable organizations across the country. She is helped by the P. Buckley Moss Society, a group of more than 12,000 collector-members.

She has also established the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, which promotes the use of art in the school curriculum as an aid to reaching out to children with learning differences. Moss is dyslexic and grew up at a time of little public understanding of this learning difficulty. Having achieved success in spite of – or, as she says, “because of” – this impediment, she is eager to help reach children in similar circumstances today.

To learn more about Moss and her art, visit The Moss Portfolio website at www.pbuckleymoss.com.

Story by Jim Bishop. Jim can be reached at bishopj@emu.edu.

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