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“CAPTAIN JOHN’S ORCHARD” Oil, ©Richard Schmid 2016

“The earth is round so that friendship may encircle it.”

     Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher

     There are rare individuals who capture our hearts with grace, wit, and charm–undoubtedly, Captain John Adams was such a man. For the past twenty years Captain John and Richard Schmid were best friends. They met by chance when John and his wife Penelope paid a visit to the new owners of a property on Ginseng Hill previously owned by her parents. The historic 1799 Colonial house, happened to be Richard Schmid’s and Nancy Guzik’s new home in Brattleboro, VT.

 The ensuing friendship ultimately resulted in the founding of The Putney Painters’ fine art studio, set up in John and Penelope’s three-story barn–known today as Village Arts of Putney. 

Originally from England, John Adams was a distinguished Tall Ship Captain and in his later years, a master gardener. He became a devoted friend to Richard and Nancy and all of the Putney Painters. Everyone loved his British accent, and he greeted each person who walked through the ‘Barn’ doors with unsurpassed charm and kindness. 

In 2000 John agreed to sit for Richard’s portrait demonstration professionally filmed before a live audience at the Arkill Pavilion in Manchester, Vermont. The resulting DVD titled, THE CAPTAIN’S PORTRAIT, captures glimpses of their close friendship and respect for one another. For those of you who’ve never seen the iconic DVD, it’s a ‘must’ to add to your library or holiday wish list.

When I first set out to present A TRIBUTE TO RICHARD SCHMID EXHIBITION, I had no way of knowing that John would pass away this summer at age 88, due to failing health. However, I’m so happy the show I’ve curated includes three of Richard’s oils inspired by his friendship with Captain John, his home, and his orchard.

Richard’s portrait sketch of “CAPTAIN JOHN ADAMS,” is generously being loaned to the exhibition from Penelope Adams’ private collection.  It captures John’s quite grace and I’m delighted it will be a part of the show.


Captain John Adams, Penelope Adams, Owners, Village Arts of Putney, with Nancy Guzik & Richard Schmid, Vermont 2017. Photo ©Kristen Thies 2017

The next painting on loan titled, CAPTAIN JOHN’S HOUSE, – Putney, Vermont” oil 16 x 20 is featured in Richard’s newest book, THE LANDSCAPES–ENHANCED EDITION, on page 110.

Captain John Adams was also a close friend to Nancy Guzik and so it’s entirely fitting that one of Nancy’s most beautiful oils will be a part of this exhibition, along with artworks by seven other painters. All are Richard’s protege’s and members of the Putney Painters: Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Stephanie Birdsall, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel J. Keys, Susan Lyon, and the late Timothy R. Thies.

Nancy’s oil, “Enchantment” Oil 30” x 64” is being gifted to Southern Vermont College, the new owners of The Laumeister Art Center, formally known as The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT.  The painting will be unveiled at the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, September 22. A plaque in memory of Captain John Adams noting the names of all the donors, will be placed next to the painting which will reside in The Laumeister Art Center’s permanent collection. Donors are, The Putney Painters, Rosemary & CO Brushes, Kathy & John Anderson, Judy & Paul Stach, and West Wind Fine Art, LLC.


“ENCHANTMENT” Oil 30″ x 64″ ©Nancy Guzik 2014-2018

The TRIBUTE is my way of expressing my deep respect and admiration for Richard in honor of the 20th Anniversary of his landmark books, ALLA PRIMA and the Expanded Edition, ALLA PRIMA II. It’s also my way of showing gratitude for our longtime friendship. And, it’s a celebration of Richard’s art, his life, and the beauty he’s shared with artists and collectors worldwide. I sincerely hope you’ll join us for this historic exhibition and event…

For more information on the schedule and to obtain seats for the event please visit:  The show opens on Sept. 22 and includes a panel discussion on Richard’s masterworks by Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Stephanie Birdsall, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel J. Keys, and Susan Lyon, followed by The Richard Schmid Film Festival and the Artist’s reception. Then on Sunday, Sept 23, Daniel Keys will present a digital lecture and Alla Prima Painting the Center’s State of the Art Theatre.

To read Josh Rose’s feature, “A Life in Art,” regarding “West Wind Fine Art’s Tribute to Richard Schmid,” visit The article published in the September 2018 issue, includes images of paintings by Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, and Scott Burdick, along with a floral by Richard Schmid.

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Kristen - Christmas 2017

All my best, Kristen Thies,

Curating Fine Art Collections With Integrity Since 1998