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.