Friends in Art and Life

The first day of spring is March 20th– only three weeks away… But with two feet of snow still outside my front door, the Winter of 2014 seems like it will never end here in Massachusetts.

Nevertheless, it’s been a really productive time and I’m really excited to announce the re-design of my web site, www.WestWindFineArt.com.

I’m also extremely happy to announce several new events I’ve planned for 2014 with a few of my close friends in Art and in Life.

The first event is scheduled from April 9-12 and is being produced by Sheryll and Douglas Reichwein, the founders of www.aucoeuracademy.com

They are dedicating this event to BEAUTY AT THE HEART OF THE CULTURE. And, they’ve selected NANCY GUZIK as the recipient of the first annual “BEAUTY IN CULTURE AWARD” for exemplifying beauty’s essential qualities and making exceptional cultural contributions. The award ceremony will take place on April 11 at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. For more information go over to their web site listed above.

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Nancy & Zorro  | Photo © Tia Surle

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve been invited by The Oil Painters of America to be a part of their 23rd National Exhibition and Convention held at the Bennington Center for the Arts, June 4th to 8th, 2014. I’m scheduled to give a talk on Friday, June 6 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Bennington, Vermont.

My digital talk is titled:  How To Present Your Most Professional Self–Inspiring Ideas to Help Take Your Art to the Next Level– A topic near and dear to my own heart, because one of my greatest desires is to assist Artists in achieving fulfillment and greater success in their Fine Art careers. For more information and to register please contact, Kathryn Beligratis, Executive Director at 847-277-1721 or visit www.OilPaintersofAmerica.com

Then this autumn, I’m extremely happy to announce a very special event:  DANIEL J. KEYS -ONE PERSON SHOW -September 13- 21, 2014. I’ve leased a beautiful gallery space in Boston located at 162 Newbury Street on the 2nd Floor. The Artists reception is Saturday, September 13th from 4-7 pm.

In addition, I’m delighted to announce that Kathy Anderson has accepted my invitation to represent her paintings. Please go over to my new web site to view her paintings and to read all of the artists up-to-date bios.

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Kathy Anderson, Myself,  & Daniel J. Keys | Photo courtesy West Wind Fine Art

I do have a few other wonderful surprises in the planning stages and as soon as the dates and venue are all set, I’ll let everyone know. However the show will include new paintings by some of my closest friends, Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik and Kathy Anderson with Bronzes by George Carlson.

Here’s to an early spring filled with beautiful Art and lots of laughter with good Friends!

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Nancy Guzik, Daniel J. Keys,  Richard Schmid, and myself.

Selfie Photo ©Nancy Guzik Nov. 2013

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My Fascinator Hat, and Our Exciting Fall Season

Reflections on an incredible summer
As autumn begins in earnest, I can’t help focusing some light on my excellent adventures during the summer of 2013.

In case, dear reader, you have not seen this exceptional photo, here’s the story of my Fascinator Hat!

When I first purchased my Fascinator Hat, I thought I’d only wear it one time at Abbotsford during the Royal opening of the New Visitor’s center. I wanted to dress appropriately to meet one of the Royal VIP’s, but I never imagined I’d be presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Richard Schmid’s emissary!

For more on the subject, scroll down to read, Excerpt from Jeffrey Carlson – Contributing Editor, Fine Art Today.

Richard Schmid Painting Presented to Queen Elizabeth II
Melrose Scotland, July 3, 2013
During the Royal Opening of Abbotsford – The Home of Sir Walter Scott

Kristen  Queen Elizabeth as Ricahrd Schmid's emisary

Kristen Thies presenting Abbotsford House oil 30” x 50”

by Richard Schmid to Queen Elizabeth II

I’m quoted as saying, “ I will cherish this honor for the rest of my life…”
Needless to say, it was a once in a life -time event!

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However, I did have the opportunity to wear “The Fascinator Hat” again during a Downton Abby inspired Garden Party at Elm Bank, the home of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, Massachusetts during the last weekend of summer.

I’m really proud to be a member of this great society, beautifully run by a dedicated group of Master Gardeners who organized this fundraiser to assist the Garden to Table Program.

Grow Your Own Food-Start with a seed. End with a meal. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table Program offers the Public an opportunity to come together in a beautiful and welcoming setting to learn about growing, cooking, and preserving healthy food.

Mass Hort. is uniquely situated to help in this effort. Since 1829, Mass Hort. has been a leader in learning and teaching about horticulture. With their Garden to Table program, they’re offering their knowledge of plants to enhance the well-being of the community. They also support Food Pantries by growing food that is donated to the Wellesley and Natick Food Pantries.

Last year, their gardens produced nearly 4,000 pounds of produce to help families in need. They also recently embarked on an exciting partnership with the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. They created an organic garden in the sun-filled lobby, and are donating the vegetables grown there to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Visit: http://www.masshort.org/Garden-to-Table-Program.

Here are a few shots I took during a recent Photography class at Elm Bank’s exquisite gardens.

Garden at Elm Bank by KT

 Photo Credit: Kristen Thies © 2013

KT Nasturium Photo from Elm Bank

Photo Credit: Kristen Thies © 2013

Which is a perfect Segway to announce my Small Treasures Show featuring paintings,
such as Richard Schmid’s “ Nasturtiums Sketch,” oil 9” x 12.” His new landmark book,
Alla Prima II and The Landscapes book will also be available for sale.

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3011_Nasturtiums Sketch ©  Oil Richard Schmid 9″ X 12″

The Small Treasures Show is really a celebration of beauty, joy and friendship.
The Opening reception is on Saturday, November 31 in Boston, MA from 3-5 pm.

My friend Bill Craig, owner of Haley and Steele and my company, West Wind Fine Art are joining together to usher in the Autumn season of Thanksgiving and will present small paintings and sculpture by the artists I represent as well as the artists in his gallery which is located on the 2nd floor at 162 Newbury, one of Boston’s most historic and fashionable streets.

I’ve curated a wonderful selection of small paintings by Clyde Aspevig, like his plein air 11” x 14”  Oil titled, “Mary’s Lake- Naushon Island” just off the southern coast of Cape Cod.

Mary's Lake Clyde Aspevig

Mary’s Lake ©   Oil Clyde Aspevig 2013

And this delightful oil, “Sunrise Espresso” oil by Nancy Guzik,
in a 22 karat gold leaf frame from Guido Frames.

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Sunrise Espresso ©   Oil by Nancy Guzik 2013

West Wind Fine Art will also feature paintings by Carol Guzman, Daniel J. Keys, Judy Stach and guest artists, Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, Ryan Mellody and Douglas Reichwein.

For more details please go over to the News/Exhibitions link http://www.westwindfineart.com/news/news.htm

Then on Sunday, December 1st, I’m excited to announce the Premier of Daniel J. Keys new instructional DVD at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts from 1-3 pm.

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Antique Jar & Summer Fruit © Daniel J. Keys 2013
“Antique Jar & Summer Fruit” DVD Collector’s Edition
$115 includes a signed and numbered limited archival print by Daniel J. Keys.

Daniel gave a live still life demonstration last June during the three -day celebration of Art hosted by myself, and West Wind Fine Art at Regis College’s center Foyer.

Ryan Mellody, creative director of the wonderful on line magazine, www.artistsonart.com filmed Daniel Key’s painting demo. And together, the three of us, are producing this brand new DVD that includes an introduction and twelve-page catalog of Daniel’s paintings.

Please Save the Date for the Premier of Daniel Keys’ new DVD!
Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 1-3 pm at Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA.  College Hall Grand Foyer- Parking is available.

Please join us to watch a short trailer of Dan’s DVD and his 30 minute digital presentation, “Fluidity and Color: the Art of Daniel J. Keys” followed by a Q&A session and delicious brownies and refreshments. For tickets visit: http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

The Collector’s Edition will be available for sale for the first time which consists of the
New DVD and a signed and numbered limited edition print, “Unfolding Petals.” 11” x 14.”

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“Unfolding Petals”  © Print by Daniel J. Keys 2013

In addition, larger paintings by Daniel Keys, Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik and Clyde Aspevig will be on view. West Wind Fine Art will donate a portion of the sales to the Regis College’s scholarship fund. We’ll also be raffling one of Dan’s framed prints, “Unfolding Petals” to benefit Regis College’s scholarship fund.

The Small Treasures Show will be held from November 31- December 30, 2013
At Haley & Steele, and curated by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art at
162 Newbury Street, Boston. For directions call 617- 539-6339
For more information: Contact Kristen Thies, CEO/ Owner West Wind Fine Art
Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com | 508-566-9463.

This blog is written by KRISTEN THIES  Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998

West Wind Fine Art’s 15th Anniversary

April 5, 2013

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Painting (Above): Cape Cod Flowers © Richard Schmid 2012 Oil 18″ X 24″

Dear Friends,
Today I’m excited to announce our 15th Anniversary Show June 21-23, 2013.
It also marks a turning point–a time to reflect on my life with my late husband Timothy who passed away three years ago. But 2013 also marks the beginning of springtime with the promise of a new, wonder-filled year which is filling up with many exciting adventures.

But just in case you’re not aware, my Irish Terrier Lilly and I moved to a beautiful new home on Morse’s Pond in Wellesley, MA in 2012. And, this new Blog site has had more than 10,000 views. Plus the short documentary film I produced titled, “Richard Schmid’s Journey to Abbotsford- the home of Sir Walter Scott.” for West Wind Fine Art’s YouTube Channel, has been seen by more than 5000 people world wide!

To watch my first video, please go over to the Photos and Films link on my blog and click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vcesu4K50&feature=youtube

I also assisted Nancy Guzik in producing her adorable video, “Where Fairy Tales Come Alive.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq4Jw6Xiy_E   It is the first of many films that will give artists and non artists an exclusive behind the scenes look of Nancy painting children directly from life.

I was recently asked for a quote about our 15th Anniversary Show… All I can think of is this: It’s a privilege and my joy to promote excellence in Fine Art. As much as I miss Timothy, I know he is in a wondrous place. And, I also know he would be proud that I’m carrying on the adventure we began together in 1998.

Here are the details on the other events scheduled for the weekend of June 21-23,
Please join us in Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

Summer Show | June 21-23, 2013
Honoring RICHARD SCHMID
Curated by KRISTEN THIES
at The Carney Gallery

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Painting (Above): Grace and Speckles © Nancy Guzik 2012 Oil 16″ X 20″

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Painting (Above):Lilly and Nasturiums © Richard Schmid 2012  Oil 12″ X 20″

REGIS COLLEGE FINE ARTS CENTER
235 Wellesley Street | Weston, MA 02493

Featuring paintings by:
Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Nancy Guzik, Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Daniel J. Keys,
Judy Stach, and Timothy R. Thies, with bronze sculpture by George Carlson and Douglas Reichwein

Preview: Friday, June 21 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Opening & Artists Reception: Friday, June 21st | 6:00 to 9:00 pm
(Open to the public)
Gallery Hours: Saturday June 22 | 10 am- to 5 pm
and Sunday, June 23rd | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Two more exciting events:
Artists Paint Out in the Tower Garden Sat. June 22nd | 8 am to Noon
with Buffet Lunch, Saturday, June 22nd in the gallery | Noon – 1:30
$12 per ticket -
and
Painting the Still Life Demo. by Daniel J. Keys Regis College Center Foyer
Sunday June 23rd | 9 am to 1:00 pm
$25 per ticket -

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Painting (above): Pale Roses © Daniel J Keys 2013 Oil 14″ X 20″

To register for the Artist’s Paint Out and buffet lunch with Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Daniel Keys, Judy Stach and our other artist friends, and Painting The Still Life with Daniel J. Keys Demo please click on: http://www.westwindfineart.com/news/news.htm

All the best,
Kristen

Painting (Below) : Hollyhocks © Timothy R Thies 2005, Oil 30″ X 40″

Timothy Thies hollyhocks

All images are strictly copyrighted by the artists and may not be reproduced without their express written permission. 

Kristen Thies | West Wind Fine Art | PO Box 812038 | Wellesley, MA 02482 | contactus@westwindfineart.com

A Gift for the New Year– A Video by Nancy Guzik & Friends

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I’m delighted to share a brand new video by my dear friend, artist extraordinaire, Nancy Guzik.

Its always a joy to collaborate with her because together, we allow ourselves to enter the realm of pure creativity, joy and wonder. I also want to give a shout out to artist Ryan Mellody for his expertise in the making of this little gem. 

Like me, Nancy is a perfectionist and although the little film isn’t very long, it represents her countless hours of dedication to excellence in the arts. 

As I reflect on the recent tragedy in CT, I feel a true calling to help uplift our spirits by focusing on the joys of life. So, I’m beginning to plan new events and videos that I believe will inspire you in 2013! 

In the meantime, take a few minutes out of your busy lives and click on the youtube link below. The video and painting are titled, “Where Fairy Tales Come Alive.” Nancy wrote: “Here is our gift of gratitude. We created this video for you and all the children around the World! – Nancy Guzik & Kristen Thies

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq4Jw6Xiy_E

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Wichita Center for the Arts

Nancy Guzik, Richard Schmid and Kristen Thies at the Schmid Exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts. Sept 29, 2012. 

Photo © Tim Newton

Doug Pringle, Lucy Maxwell Scott & Richard Schmid after the unveiling of “Abbotsford House” oil 30″ x 50″ during the Schmid Exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts.Photo: ©Kristen Thies

Richard Schmid , Daniel J. Keys and Ryan Mellody setting up prior to Schmid’s presentation “ABBOTSFORD HOUSE-The Creation of a Master Work ” Wichita Center for the Arts, 9/29/2012 Photo: ©Kristen Thies

Posing for the Putney Painters

My Irish Terrier, Lilly and I were invited to pose for the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney, Vermont on October 27.

Photo © Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink 2012

It was a lot of fun and everyone loved painting Lilly – she was a wonderful model – better than me because she didn’t move as much.

Ryan Mellody, a member of the Putney Painters timed each pose which lasted 25 minutes with a 5 minute break in between.

Photo © Nancy Guzik 2012  Pictured in the background – artists Dick MacNeil, Mary Linda Strotkamp and Rosemary Ladd. Foreground – Lilly, myself, Richard Schmid and Ryan Mellody

During one of the breaks Richard Schmid told me that even experienced models shift positions involuntarily. I can attest that sitting still isn’t easy for an active person like myself. We began at 10:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm with a one hour lunch period.

Here I am checking on Lilly during the break. Photo ©Nancy Guzik 2012

THE PUTNEY PAINTERS founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik in 1999 is becoming famous as one of the finest painting groups in America. The group is made up of serious artists invited into the group by the founders. Many of the Putney artists are scheduled to teach workshops at The Scottsdale Artists School in January 2013. Putney Painters Week begins January 28 – February 2, 2013.

You won’t want to miss award-winning artist Nancy Guzik’s digital lecture on Friday evening at the Legacy Gallery. Nancy is donating all ticket proceeds to the school. http://www.scottsdaleartschool.org

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve been invited to host a Marketing presentation during Putney week with my long time colleague, author and publicist Sheryll Reichwein. Together we bring 25 years of art marketing experience to our digital presentation titled:

Keys to Effective Art Marketing:

How to Tell Your Best Story & How to Present Your Most Professional Self

©Sheryll Reichwein & Kristen Thies, August 2012

Sheryll and I are also donating all ticket sales for our digital lecture to the school. For exact details and to register, please contact Audrey Lemler at ALemler@ScottsdaleArtSchool.org.

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A Photo Journal – Summer 2012

The summer of 2012 was ideal! I can not recall a season that was more fun, informative, and filled with creative camaraderie!

The Schmid/Keys Painting Demo. – photo © Kristen Thies 2012

 In June, my company West Wind Fine Art, LLC sponsored a painting demonstration by Richard Schmid and Daniel J. Keys at the West Falmouth Library on Cape Cod.

Then Daniel did two back to back painting workshops sponsored by my colleague Sheryll Reichwein and her artist husband, Douglas, at the Beach Rose Inn.  Both events sold out in a matter of a week and were extremely well received by artists in the New England area. Consequently, more events are definitely being planned for next year.

Artists and friends – Daniel Keys workshop at the Beach Rose Inn with Lilly, my Irish Terrier.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

Richard & Nancy showing off lots of red dot sales with paintings (from left to right) by Judy Stach, Timothy R. Thies and Nancy Guzik.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012

 July 6th to 8th were even more special!

I was so fortunate to host an amazing Fine Art show - A Return to Understated Elegance at The J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center owned by the National Academy of Sciences. And, on the evening of the 8th, Richard Schmid gave an inspiring digital presentation to a packed audience. Collectors traveled to attend Richard’s program and view the paintings and sculpture in the show from all around America. So, I’m really pleased to state that my mission to spread joy through Fine Art is definitely on a roll.

A few of the paintings in the show by (from left to right) Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Clyde Aspevig and Daniel J Keys.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

 Daniel Keys with a few of his paintings in the show.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

On a personal note, I want to express my gratitude to the managers of the Jonsson Center, Joanne Doherty, Donnie Elichalt and their assistant Ruane for their professional expertise in helping to make everyone feel so welcomed to one of the most beautiful and historic places on the Cape.

The Clark Carriage House circa 1894 – our show venue.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

Daniel Keys and Douglas Reichwein painting on the JC grounds facing Quissett Harbor. Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

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