Thankful…

“On a day when the wind is perfect,

the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty…

Today is such a day.” -Rumi

Today, I’ve been contemplating all of the Fine Art events I’ve hosted during my career. The beauty of Richard Schmid’s Retrospective Exhibition and Fundraising Luncheon, honoring Richard and Nature resides at the top!

The show was a huge success! My gallery West Wind Fine Art collaborated with Gallery 1261 and exhibited 33 of Richard’s paintings on loan from private collections and 5 of his exquisite new oils. “Water Lilies” is just one of my favorites:

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“Water Lilies” Oil ©Richard Schmid 2016

To view all of Richard’s new paintings please go over to: http://www.WestWindFineArt.com.

During September 23-25, the opening days of events, over 1000 art lovers visited the Exhibition held at Gallery 1261. And, over 220 special guests enjoyed a once in a life-time gathering with Richard Schmid as the guest of honor at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

The Saturday afternoon program included a delicious luncheon, the premier of the digital video I produced titled: A FASCINATION WITH NATURE: RICHARD SCHMID’S PAINTINGS OF COLORADO.  His oil, Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park , was just one of the many images in the 7 minute video. A shout out to Taaron Parsons and his brother for their professional video production work.static-screen-image

The program also included  an awards presentation and ended with a panel discussion. More details about the panel members below.

After the audience viewed my video, I invited Molly Schmid, Richard’s daughter and CEO of Stove Prairie Press to introduce Wes Rutt and Jon Stephens from the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. The pair gave Richard an award of appreciation for his years of service and contributions to the exceptional fine art auction founded by Richard. Painting sales helped the RCVFC purchase Fire Engines used to protect the forests in Rist Canyon, Colorado.

Next, Nancy Guzik, President of Stove Prairie Press and national award wining artist delighted everyone with her introduction of Tim Newton, Executive Director of the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Mr. Newton presented Richard with an award of excellence and appreciation.

With my assistance, Richard Schmid contributed 100% of the sales proceeds from one of his paintings titled, “Joy.” Mr. Newton put the funds to good use towards the extensive renovation of the grand gallery. For more info. visit http://www.salmagundi.org. nancy-at-the-luncheon

Then,  Charley Money, Executive Director of The Rocky Mountain Conservancy of Estes Park, Colorado gave a short talk and video presentation on their efforts to purchase 42 acres of private land up for sale inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. To view a video on the property known as The Cascade Cottages Centennial Campaign, please visit http://www.RMconservancy.org.

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“Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park” 12″ x 20″©Richard Schmid 2016~ Limited Edition of 100 sold out!

And best of all, I’m delighted to announce all 100 prints sold!  Together, Richard Schmid, myself and my gallery, West Wind Fine Art donated 100% of the sales proceeds to the R.M.C.  I’m grateful to the artists and collectors who purchased Richard’s prints. And, I’m especially appreciative to our major donors. Altogether, we raised $20,000 for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s worthy cause!

The event concluded with an inspiring panel discussion between artists, from left to right: Kathy Anderson, Daniel J. Keys, Quang Ho, Judy Stach,  and Scott Burdick.img_0069

In closing, I’m honored to know these grand and historic events helped to protect the beauty of one of America’s most beautiful and awe inspiring parks- Rocky Mountain National Park!  For more information and to make your own donation, please go over to http://www.RMconservancy.org.

Or, if you wish to mail them a check, their address is: Rocky Mountain Conservancy, PO Box 3100, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

I’m also posting a few photos from the Richard Schmid Retrospective Exhibition and wish all followers to my blog a very Happy and Healthy Holiday season…

Hope you enjoy the photos!Version 3

 Kristen

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My cousins Dr. Laurie Vervaecke, Peggy and Gene Jensen, Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid and myself at the Private Preview Party.

Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition, opens to the Public next Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:00 pm!

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“Begonias and Blue Cup” oil 16″ x 20″ ©Richard Schmid 2014-2016

We are all extremely excited about our upcoming Exhibition with five of Richard Schmid’s new oils for sale. Plus over 33 paintings and drawings graciously loaned by private collectors nation wide. I’ve already pre-sold two paintings, but they will be on view during the show.

The historic and amazing Exhibition is presented by West Wind Fine Art and Gallery 1261 located at 1261 Delaware Street, Denver CO, just several blocks from the Denver Art Museum.

Please note, Gallery 1261 will not open until 6:00 pm on Saturday Sept. 24th. The show will only be up until October 1, 2016 so please don’t miss it!

We’re also pleased to announce that all the tickets to the Luncheon and Panel Discussion/ Fundraiser on 9/24 are sold out! However, Aspen Forest Rocky Mountain National Park, a limited edition autographed print by Richard Schmid will be for sale at the opening along with Alla Prima II and the Landscapes.  Image size of the print is 12″ x 20″ priced at $85 plus CO sales tax. There are 100 prints in this special edition and the proceeds will be donated to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy of Estes Park, CO.

The book signing will be on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:00 am until noon. It’s a rare chance to meet Richard Schmid and his wife, Nancy Guzik, so please join us.

We extend our gratitude to all of Richard Schmid’s collectors and fans!

I know it’s a show you will never forget!!

See you all soon…

Kristen Thies- Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998

To view other new oils please visit: http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

 

 

 

 

Exciting News! RICHARD SCHMID: A Retrospective Exhibition to showcase 5 new oils! Plus updates on our Fundraising Luncheon & Panel Discussion Honoring: RICHARD SCHMID & NATURE to benefit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy…

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“Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park” Limited edition autographed print. ©Richard Schmid 2016

I’m excited to preview Richard Schmid’s brand new print!  Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park image size 12″ x 20″. The signed print will be for sale Saturday, September 24 during the luncheon/ fundraiser and panel discussion I’m hosting at History Colorado Center and later, at the Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition at Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO. The public opening is from 6:30- 9 pm.

The historic day begins at 12:00 pm in the Colorado room at the History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway, in Denver. It includes a delicious luncheon buffet, a digital presentation of Mr. Schmid’s paintings of Colorado produced by myself and Nancy Guzik.

Then representatives from The Rist Canyon All Volunteer Fire Dept., a Colorado non- profit organization, will give Mr. Schmid an award for his leadership and creation of The Richard Schmid Art Auction to help protect the lands above Ft. Collins, CO from fires. Guest speakers to be announced…

The afternoon also includes a short film on Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to acquire and preserve available lands inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. Charles Money, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will give a short talk and present Richard Schmid with an award for his generous contribution- 100% of sales from the print, Aspen Forest. Each print is $85.

The afternoon ends with a panel discussion by leading artists, Quang Ho, Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach. Their topic will be, How Richard Schmid influenced my own art and the importance of painting Nature directly from Life!

To reserve and purchase tickets for the afternoon events, please go over to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com shopping cart. Tickets are $72 each. Ticket holder’s names will be at the registration desk, just outside the Colorado room. Since there’s a ticket counter on the shopping cart, please place your order individually for each reservation.

Then, later on that evening, please join us for the Opening Reception of Richard Schmid’s historic Retrospective Exhibition, featuring 30 oils and drawings from private collections. The reception is free and open to the public and is hosted by West Wind Fine Art, LLC and Gallery 1261, located at 1261 Delaware Street in Denver from 6:30–9:00 pm.

As curator, I’m also delighted to present 5 new exquisite oils by Richard and I’m happy to report that his painting, Begonias, will grace the cover of Southwest art magazine.

To view our two page spread in Luxe Magazine, please click on: CO47_WestWindFineArt_0713

The weekend festivities end with a book signing by Richard Schmid at Gallery 1261 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Richard will be on hand to personally autograph his books, Alla Prima II and The Landscapes as well as his new limited edition print Aspen Forest.

In addition, I also want to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors. Chris Serr, Quang Ho and Dave Ethridge of Gallery 1261; Joshua Rose, Executive Editor of American Art Collector Magazine; and our dear friends and sponsors, Symi & Rosemary Jackson of Rosemary Brushes.

Plus, we’ll also showcase Space drawings that orbited the earth by our favorite

Cosmic Couple, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik!

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Santa Maria 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ drawing ©Richard Schmid 2015-2016

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Star Gazer 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ drawing ©Nancy Guzik 2015-2016

Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid– Photo courtesy Daniel J. Keys

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So, please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be the most beautiful and amazing Exhibition of RICHARD SCHMID’s paintings and drawings on loan from private collections ever…

Cheers!!!

KRISTEN THIES- Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity since 1998

For more info. and to order tickets, please go over to: WestWindFineArt.com

To view Richard Schmid new works, please email Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

or call 508-566-9463.

 

 

Updates: Spring 2016: Notes from Kristen

More updates on our upcoming RICHARD SCHMID: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION!

So far, we’ve been fortunate to obtain about thirty of Richard’s oils and drawings from private collections. The Artist’s Reception and Opening is scheduled for September 24, 2016 and is being co-hosted by myself and my colleagues Christine Serr and Dave Ethridge of Gallery 1261 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The address is 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO.

In addition to artworks from private collections that are NFS, Richard told me he’ll have at least five new paintings available for sale. “Begonias” oil 16″ x 20″ posted at the top of this page is just one exquisite example.

I’ve been selling many tickets to the Saturday afternoon Fundraising event to honor Richard Schmid’s fine art career and Nature’s beauty. In addition to a delicious luncheon, we’re happy to announce that Quang Ho, Scott Burdick, Kathy Anderson, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach will take part in a compelling panel discussion on the importance of painting directly from life and tell us why Richard’s art and knowledge of plein air painting influenced their own fine art careers.

We’ll also be showing a special digital presentation comprised of the best of Richard’s paintings of Colorado. Nancy Guzik and I are working on the short film now!

In addition, Charles Money, the executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will give a short presentation and present Richard with an award for helping to assist the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in their ongoing efforts to preserve and acquire available lands inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We are in the process of producing a small limited edition print of one of Richard’s most iconic paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park with sales proceeds donated to the RMC after expenses.

So if you are interested in attending, please check out the 2016 Gallery Events page on http://www.WestWindFineArt.com and purchase a ticket from the shopping cart before they’ re all sold out! Partial proceeds after expenses will be donated to the RMC’s noble cause. The event is being held at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO from noon to 4:30 pm.

We’re also happy to announce that Richard has agreed to a book signing, now scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:00 am to noon at Gallery 1261 located at 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO. This is free and open to the public.

This once in a lifetime, historic exhibition is being sponsored by West Wind Fine Art LLC, Gallery 1261, Stove Prairie Press LLC, American Fine Art Magazine, the KT Wiedemann Foundation, Inc., and Rosemary Brushes, Inc.

So, please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 24th and 25th and join us in celebrating the exquisite and amazing Art of Richard Schmid!

Wishing you all a beautiful Spring!

All my best,

Kristen

 

 

February Notes from Kristen

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,” wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson.

New beginnings are rich with the light of hope, faith, and fresh potential.

For me, February signals a time of renewed grace and the promise of a year filled with creativity and joy, so I’m writing to announce a very great joy–a once in a lifetime Fine Art show I’m curating in Denver, CO, September 24 through October 1, 2016! Please mark your calendars and save the dates for:

RICHARD SCHMID: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION: Co-hosted by my gallery West Wind Fine Art and Gallery 1261.The wonderful venue is located at 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO 80203, located in the heart of Denver’s arts district.

OPENING & ARTIST’S RECEPTION: Open to the public:  Saturday, September 24th  6- 9 pm. In addition to many masterworks from private collections (not for sale), we will also receive at least four new paintings by Richard Schmid available for purchase. Richard Schmid is busy creating new works in his studio now!

FUNDRAISING EVENT TO HONOR NATURE & CELEBRATE RICHARD SCHMID’s FINE ART CAREER: Saturday: Sept. 24th from noon 4:30 pm. Venue: Colorado History Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. My aim is to honor Richard Schmid and Nature so I am also hosting a Fundraising event to help sustain Nature’s untouched beauty in Rocky Mountain National Park. Please save Sept. 24th from noon 4:30pm. I’m a member of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy so my intent is to assist this great non-profit in preserving additional parcels of land within the park’s boundaries.

 In 1998 Richard Schmid won $100,000 Arts for The Parks Competition for his painting, “Rocky Mountain Stream, Rocky Mountain National Park.” So, I had the thought to ask Richard to produce a limited edition signed print with sales proceeds benefitting the Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to acquire and preserve land within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Therefore I rented the Colorado History Center. Its a rare opportunity to join together to show our gratitude to Richard Schmid and for Nature’s beauty.  The event features a panel discussion by leading American artists, Quang Ho, Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach. The topic will be: How Richard Schmid has influenced and inspired my art and the importance of painting Nature directly from life.

Our schedule also includes, a delicious luncheon, a short presentation by Charles Money, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, a Digital presentation of Richard Schmid’s paintings of Colorado, an awards ceremony celebrating Richard’s contributions to non-profits in the State of Colorado, as well as a few surprises yet to be announced!

The Colorado Room seats 250 people. For details and to purchase tickets on a first come first serve basis, please visit the www.WestWindFineArt.com Shopping cart. The Colorado History Center is located at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Tickets are $72 per person–a portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy after expenses.

I’m in the process of acquiring many of Richard Schmid’s masterworks so graciously being loaned by Collectors nation wide. And we are also trying to locate the original painting of Rocky Mountain Stream. We have not been successful yet, but we will keep trying and will showcase a copy of the original print.

I assure you this grand Retrospective Exhibition is one you will always treasure, because many of Richard’s original paintings and drawings in private collections have not been seen by the public in years.

Our colleagues and friends at Gallery 1261 and I look forward to seeing you Sept. 24 thru October 1, 2016 for these historic, inspiring, and unforgettable events! More details to come….

All my best,

Kristen

www.WestWindFineArt.com   | Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com | 508-566-9463

www.gallery1261.com  |  info@gallery1261.com    |    303-571-1261

www.RMConservancy.org  |  970-586-0108

For more info. on the Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s Capital Campaign go over to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9huhU1jrCX4

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“Arpeggios” oil 15″ x 22″ ©Richard Schmid 2011. Private Collection.

Richard Schmid retains all rights to his paintings worldwide.

“Arpeggios” will be on loan at the Exhibition from Sept. 24-October 1, 2016.

 

 

2015 in review

Hi dear friends from around the world! Thanks for taking time to visit my Blog posts in 2015!

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Wishing you all a wonder filled 2016!

All my best, Kristen

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Paintings by Richard Schmid & Nancy Guzik orbit planet Earth aboard the International Space Station!

 Paintings by the well known American Artists, and husband and wife team, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik, are now aboard the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting Planet Earth every 93 minutes!

The art/science journey initially began when James Nadir, a Silicon Valley engineer who retired from Intel invited Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik to create 1.25” x 1.25” paintings to be placed into a small space capsule aboard the International Space Station. An artist himself, Mr. Nadir mentors an ISS program at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California.

An earlier attempt to send their art (and artwork by Richard’s granddaughter, Samantha) to the International Space Station (ISS) failed when The Falcon 9 supply rocket carrying the artwork exploded shortly before achieving orbit. Undaunted, Richard and Nancy made a new set of paintings for a second attempt, which was successful.

On December 6, 2015, the experiments and the new artworks by Nancy and Richard were successfully launched aboard an Atlas V Rocket carrying Orbital Science’s Cygnus Capsule to rendezvous with the ISS. On Dec 9th, The Cygnus Capsule arrived at the ISS and was pulled in by the robotic arm.

After breathing a sigh of relief at this successful operation, Jim Nadir remarked, “So it’s now OK to say Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik have the fastest art in the world!” He added, “What is important is not only that their art is orbiting our planet, but they also have dedicated it to the bright young people who get themselves involved in the arts and sciences. There is a real world out there waiting, filled with beauty and wonder, which can only be experienced by being part of it.”

The experiments along with the artworks are now orbiting the earth every 93 minutes. This art/science wonder is expected to circle the earth 330 times, with a speed of 17,500 mph, an altitude of 221 miles, and traveled 9 million miles! If the mission is extended, it could be closer to 25+ million miles.

Valley Christian High School program is open to all schools, and currently has high school students from all around the world from Finland to Indonesia participating with their experiments. If you wish to help or have your school participate, contact Werner Vavken at 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA. Email: wvavken@vcs.net

You can still see the Orbiting Fine Art Gallery in the sky, though it will look like a slow moving star. To see when the ISS is visibly passing overhead in your location, visit NASA at: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.Vni_zzbSlbp

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“Star Gazer” Watercolor 1.25″ x 1.25″ ©Nancy Guzik 2015. The artwork being placed in the young scientists’ experiment. The artwork is protected in glassine envelopes sealed with waterproof tape.

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“Santa Maria II” Watercolor  1.25″ x 1.25″ ©Richard Schmid 2015 ( Now in Orbit)

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“Santa Maria II” artwork by Richard placed into the capsule.

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Richard and Nancy’s artwork along with the experiments arrived at the ISS. It is aboard the Cygnus Capsule about to be pulled in by the robotic arm.

In addition to my enthusiasm for Richard and Nancy’s art now orbiting the Earth, I’m also really excited to announce the dates for a fantastic New event to honor Richard Schmid and the beauty of Nature next September in Denver, Colorado-

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER. 24, 2016!

I promise you won’t want to miss this historic event! More details to come–once the schedules are final…

Here are a few words from Richard Schmid as well.
“As we go into 2016, Nancy and I wish all of you a wonderful new year and that your art will continue to enrich your lives. This new year is especially rewarding because of the honor we feel that our paintings are circling the earth aboard the International Space Station. When I first went to art school to learn how to paint better, I never imagined what that seemingly modest goal would lead to. My wish for you, my friends from around the world, is that your journey in the world of art will also bring you into places of fascination you may not think possible now.”
Keep the Faith,
Richard, and of course Nancy

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Photo courtesy Daniel J. Keys 2015

So dear reader, thanks for following my Blog posts in 2015. May the force for good be with you in 2016! I send you my best wishes for a new year filled with joy, beauty, love, laughter, and an abundance of creativity!

Sincerely, Kristen

Owner/ CEO West Wind Fine Art

To view more paintings please visit http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

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