P. Buckley Moss was back in Bristol last week, this time for a little “Jammin’ on Piedmont.”
The artist was in town to unveil her second offering in what will eventually be a trio of fine art designs for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
“Last year Moss illustrated a beautiful design called ‘Music on State Street,’” said Leah Ross, executive director of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion/Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. “In it she featured musicians on the festival’s State Street Stage, with Bristol landmarks featured prominently in the background. We were so pleased with it that she offered to do two more fundraisers for us with artwork from the Piedmont and the Country Music Mural Stages.”
Her “Country Music Mural” design will be released next year.
Proceeds from the sale of Moss’ artwork will go to support the non-profit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, held each September in downtown Bristol.
Limited edition giclee and fine art prints of “Jammin’ on Piedmont” are now on sale. Giclee prints (pronounced JEE-clay) are fine art digital renderings made by ink-jet printers; giclees are considered to be the highest form of reproduction of original artwork. Giclee prints are $95; fine art posters of “Jammin’ on Piedmont” are $60 each.
“Jammin’ on Piedmont” will only be made available in giclee and fine art posters. The design will not be used for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s annual poster.
Giclee and fine art posters of “Music on State Street” are also still available for $95 and $60, respectively. Moss’ “Music on State Street” limited edition Christmas ornaments can be purchased for $42 each.
While she was in town last week for the press conference, Moss paid a visit to Deborah Martin’s advanced art students at Bristol’s Virginia High School. Upon her arrival, Moss was immediately struck by the display of artwork adorning the school’s hallways.
“This is good work,” she said. “These kids are learning stuff I didn’t study until I was in college. They’ve got a good teacher.”
Moss stressed to Martin’s students the importance of furthering their education — but never abandoning the signature qualities that make their work uniquely theirs.
A few of Moss’ own signature doodles decorated a couple of students’ papers, which she graciously signed.
“There ya go, kid,” she said to one student, “that’ll get you a couple hundred dollars.” Joking aside, many of Moss’ original paintings sell for thousands of dollars.
“Make [your work] your own,” she advised, as she sketched one of her signature black cats. “When you see this cat, you know it is my design. Put yourself in your work.”
While discussing her travels, a student asked Moss to name her favorite place in the world.
“My studio,” she answered, without hesitation. “I work very hard, but I love it. Make sure when you start working that it’s something you love to do, ‘cause you’ll be doing it for most of your life.”
Despite her academic struggles with dyslexia, Moss is living proof that success can be gained through hard work and perseverance. She’s also committed to sharing her good fortune. Donations of P. Buckley Moss art have raised over $4 million for worthy charities. The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education, formed in 1995, is devoted to promoting the use of art in the classroom, especially as a means to teach children with learning differences.
During her visit to the Tri-Cities, Moss also made a stop at Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, an authorized dealer of Moss’ artwork that carries a number of her framed and unframed prints, some signed, in stock year-round.
Collectors wishing to purchase any of the P. Buckley Moss ornaments or a giclee or fine art print of “Jammin’ on Piedmont” or “Music on State Street” can do so online at www.upagainstthewallgallery.com, or by calling the festival office at (423) 573-4898.