Library hosts P. Buckley Moss book signing, exhibit

Patricia Buckley Moss

London Public Library will offer two additional ways for the public to get to know P. Buckley Moss, her art, and another cause dear to the artist’s heart—helping children with learn-ing impairments to succeed in school and life.

The opportunities start at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 when the library will host an open house that signals the start of a week-long exhibition of Moss’ art-work in the library’s Hartley Room.

The artwork is on loan from the Canada Goose Gallery, a Waynes-ville, Ohio, gallery that has dealt exclusively in Moss’ work since 1987 and has the largest collection of Moss’ work in the country.

“I think our walls are going to be pretty full. It will be a nice display of her work,” said Mike Hensel, com-munications coordinator for the library.

The exhibit will run Oct. 19-26 and admission is free. For the hours the display will be open, call the library at 740-852-9543.

At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, the artist herself will visit the library to sign her children’s books and a coffee table book featuring her art. The titles that will be available for purchase are: “Reuben and the Balloon” (released last month) and the other titles from her children’s book series—“Reuben and the Quilt,” “Reuben and the Fire” and “Reuben and the Blizzard”—as well as “P. Buckley Moss: Painting the Joy of the Soul.”

At the signing, Moss will talk about the important role art played early in her life as she struggled with dyslexia, a reading and perceptional disorder.

Due to the impairment, Moss was perceived as being a poor student. One teacher saw that she had artistic ability and encouraged Moss’ mother to enroll her daughter in the Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts, a public school for girls in New York City. It was the right learning environment for Moss and the first stepping stone to her career in art.

Since 1995, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has encouraged the use of the visual and performing arts in educational programs, especially those that involve children who learn differently.

To learn more about P. Buckley Moss, go to www.pbuckleymoss.com. For more about the Canada Goose Gallery, call 1-877-LUV-MOSS. London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St., as well as online at www.london.lib.oh.us.

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