Monday, September 10, 2012

Reuben and the Quilt

   ‘Reuben and the Quilt’ written by Merle Good, illustrated by P. Buckley Moss, introduces her readers to the Amish and their simple yet sometimes painful way of life. Reuben’s neighbor is struck by a car while driving his buggy. He is hurt badly and so an action must be held to raise money for the hospital bills. Reuben’s large family works together to make a lovely quilt for the auction. Read more to learn how the Amish live, give and find hope in those that they suspicious of. 

More About The Illustrator:
      Patricia Buckley Moss, also known as P. Buckley Moss (born May 20, 1933), is an American artist. Reared in Staten Island, New York, she is known for her portrayals of rural landscapes and life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
      Born Patricia Buckley (called Pat) on Staten Island in New York City, she attended Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan. She had dyslexia and struggled with some of her classes in high school, but was good at art. She received a scholarship to study art at Cooper Union College.
      Soon after graduating in 1955, Buckley married Jack Moss, a chemical engineer. They had six children together.
      In 1964, Jack Moss' work took the family to Waynesboro, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. Appreciating the rural scenery, Patricia Moss began portraying it in her art. She was particularly drawn to the Amish and Mennonite people who farmed in the countryside and has portrayed their figures in iconic ways. She also frequently features Canadian geese.
      Selling out a one-person museum exhibition in 1967, Moss started to market her work more seriously. The subtle stylings and calm nature of her work drew widespread acclaim. Her art has been collected by people in Europe and Japan as well as by Americans. She signs her work as "P. Buckley Moss."
The P. Buckley Moss Museum opened in Waynesboro in 1989. It has grown to attract roughly 45,000 visitors each year. In the marketing of her artwork and museum, Moss is called "The People's Artist," a term used by the journalist Charles Kuralt about her in 1988.
      In 1995, Moss founded the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education to aid children with learning disabilities.
       2008, the Library of Virginia honored her as one of the eight "Virginia Women in History" selected annually.

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