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!

Kristen with Fascinator Hat at Elm Bank IMG_3741

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:

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.

3011_NASTURTIUM SKETCH_ oil_9x12 R.S.

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.


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

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.


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, 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:

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.”

Unfolding Petals Daniel J Keys

“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 | 508-566-9463.

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

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