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WINTER–Silence & Beauty

Kindness is like snow: It beautifies everything it covers.

–Kahlil Gibran

As the New Year begins, my thoughts are filled with the memory of winter’s quiet beauty.

I just returned from a Holiday trip to visit my cousin’s family at their exquisite log cabin on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho. On Christmas Eve I took a walk alone out towards the river. The air was crisp, the freshly fallen powder was deep, and all I could hear were sounds of the rushing river flowing down stream. A crescent moon glowed in the clear night sky shining light on my path back to the cabin. I experienced a sense of wonder and although these moments were fleeting, being soothed by nature’s beauty, filled me with immense gratitude.

I’m also grateful for snow filled days in Vermont, Connecticut, Montana as well as Idaho. Although the air is frigid, winter snowfall is simply magical. Fortunately, artists like Richard Schmid, Daniel J. Keys, and the late Timothy R. Thies loved to capture rare moments in oils painted directly from life in below freezing temperatures!

This little gem titled, “Winter Sketch,” painted by Richard Schmid in Gaylordsville, CT in 1967, captures the glint of sunlight and cast shadows on a lovely snowy day.  One of our friends, artist Clayton Beck who has painted with Richard over the years, told me that Richard’s thick stokes of paint are actually frozen on the surface!

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“Winter Sketch” Oil 10″ x 14″ ©Richard Schmid 1967

 

Next: Richard painted his remarkably detailed Vermont landscape on location in 2007. The painting is featured in Richard’s latest book, The Landscapes – Enhanced Edition, and his caption for his oil reads, “I guess I like old houses so much, I can’t help giving them special attention.” 

Saxton's River Barn ©Richard Schmid 2007

“Saxton’s River Barn” Oil  7.75″ x 10″ ©Richard Schmid 2007.  On loan from the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation to the new Mark Arts Center in Wichita, KS.

 

“Montana Barns,”  a small winter landscape, was painted en plein aire by Daniel J. Keys. He created it during a painting trip with his artist friend, Tyler Murphy, owner of Montana Gallery in Billings, MT.  It was selected for the cover of Plein Air Magazine, and I sold it to a collector at a one-man show I hosted for Dan in Boston in 2014.

"Montana Barns" Oil 6" x 10" ©Daniel J. Keys 2014

“Montana Barns” Oil 6″ x 10″ ©Daniel J. Keys 2014

 

The following two plein aire landscapes are by the late Timothy R. Thies. He always loved painting snow-scapes even on the coldest winter days. This Maple tree on our land in Manchester Center, Vermont was a favorite source of inspiration. Tim of course didn’t paint the swans from life, but added them later on in his studio.

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“Winter Maple” oil 20″ x 24″ ©Timothy R. Thies 2001

Then one freezing day in February of 1999, Timothy went out in a snow storm to capture the view from a hill nearby our home/gallery in Manchester Center, Vermont.

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“Vermont- Winter ’99”  Oil on panel ©Timothy R. Thies 1999

Timothy inscribed the back of the study: “Feb. ’99 Vermont, 20 degrees, blowing snow.
The snow was freezing to my palette. The crusty areas of paint are frozen snow and paint. © Thies 1999″

While looking for the exact title of this sketch in Timothy’s antique library card case, I came across a notebook with quotes I’d written down many, many years ago.

Timothy’s first teacher was Nelson Shanks and during his early studies, Nelson asked him to write down his purpose for being an artist. According to Tim, Shanks’ question never even dawned on him. Now years later, Tim’s words seem quite relevant to painting oils directly from life even on the chilliest of days…

“For me, the purpose of art is to tap into the great reservoir of creativity, to merge with
and sink into the pure joy of being an artist.
In sports its known as being in the zone. Infinite creative spirit is alive when all my senses merge into a space where time ceases and beauty resides.
It’s a place where honesty, innocence, and truth are valued. And, when we as artists tap into that deep and quiet pool we rise up refreshed and fulfilled.”- Timothy R. Thies 1999.

Although I greatly admire and respect artists who love painting snowscapes outdoors, I’m not fond of spending time outside on cold wintery days!

So, dear reader, since I prefer staying warm inside my home/studio with a hot cup of tea, I’m posting two of Nancy Guzik’s artworks that express my sentiments…

Nancy painted these two special oils of her late friend Janice, as she posed in Nancy’s Vermont studio.

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“Janice”  aka “Tea”  Oil 14″ x 12″ © Nancy Guzik 2004

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“Winter Tea” Oil 30″ x 20″ ©Nancy Guzik 2004

Her quintessential oil, “Winter Tea”  graces the catalog cover of Nancy’s one person show  I hosted for her in 2004. The painting now resides in the home of our long time friend and collector. To view more of Nancy Guzik’s oils, and to order her catalogs and DVD, please visit, http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

Wishing you a very magical New Year, filled with joy, creativity, friendship, great health, and lots of prosperity!

With love and gratitude, Kristen

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PS-If you’d like to be inspired by more of Richard’s paintings, please check out his newest book: THE LANDSCAPES – ENHANCED EDITION – 280 pages and 300 color plates.

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The large format book of Richard Schmid’s fifty year path as a landscape painter has been color enhanced using the latest state of the art printing technology and further enriched with added captions and many new original drawings in the margins.

This is the visual tale of an artist and his life-long romance with the colors and light of our earth. With delightfully candid narrative and over 300 full color images, Richard reveals what it is like to go out and capture life as it is happening! The reader will discover how landscape painting is unlike any other form of art; and that artistic skill is only one of the many abilities demanded.

Please go over to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com shopping cart to order.

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of KATHY ANDERSON

“Earth laughs in flowers”-– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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White Peonies and Poppies Oil ©Kathy Anderson 2017

I had the pleasure of visiting the Denver Botanical Gardens with a special new friend. The profusion of colors and artfully designed flower beds charmed each of us, and I sensed that the mood of those touring the gardens seemed equally joyful!

In my opinion, Kathy Anderson’s still life and floral paintings evoke the same feelings. Her art brings delight to the viewer and I believe it’s because her oil paintings convey her passion for vivid colors, flowers, gardens, birds, and animals.

Early on Kathy learned gardening from her mother. “I have strong memories from my childhood home of red roses growing on a fence and white peonies planted in her beautiful garden beds.” She added, “So it was a natural transition for me to plant a garden when my husband John and I bought our first home.”

Kathy grew vegetables and flowers, canned and froze the produce, and painted the flowers–using water-color paints in those early days. “When I first started painting, birds and animals were my pre-dominant subjects along with flowers. Now, I’m feeling more and more inspired to include birds in my oils. I like to depict them as naturally as I can, sometimes hiding as they would be in their natural habitat.”

One example is Kathy’s new oil for our upcoming Autumn 2017 Show, Messengers of Joy.

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“Chickadee and Winterberry,” Oil 10×12 ©Kathy Anderson 2017  SOLD

And here’s another bird and still life painting, shown here in a 22 Karat- gold leaf frame.

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“Blue Bird Song” Oil 9″ x 12″ ©Kathy Anderson 2016

In 2000, Richard Schmid purchased one of her oils at an outdoor art festival in Sherman, Connecticut where he was also giving a painting demonstration.  To her great delight, Richard invited Kathy to join the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney! “In the ensuing years, Richard Schmid and his wife, artist Nancy Guzik have become life-long friends. They opened a world to me that I cherish.”

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Nancy Guzik, Richard Schmid and Kathy Anderson -Photo ©Kristen Thies 2015

When asked, for the name of her favorite flower Kathy replied, “Pansies are my favorite of course, followed by roses, but for me it’s more about following the blooming season–Spring daffodils, tulips, apple blossoms, lilacs, followed by peonies, and poppies.”

Blue McCoy and Lillies ©Kathy Anderson 2016

“Blue McCoy and Lillies” Oil 12″ x 9″ ©Kathy Anderson 2016

“In summer I grow zinnias, sweet pea, hollyhocks, nasturtiums, cosmos and then later on in the season, I love to see sunflowers and lillies in full bloom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In June 2017 I traveled out to Vermont to see Richard Schmid and the Putney Painters to celebrate Nancy Guzik’s Birthday. The peonies and poppies were stunningly beautiful!

I took this photo of Kathy painting her latest floral titled “A Love of Poppies.”

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Kathy Anderson painting red poppies at the Putney Painters, Photo ©Kristen Thies June 2017

And here is an image of her finished oil!

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“A Love of Poppies” Oil 14″ x 10″ ©Kathy Anderson 2017  SOLD

To see more of Kathy’s paintings in person, please join us for West Wind Fine Art’s Autumn 2017 Show titled, Messengers of Joy. Kathy Anderson will be present at the Opening Artists’ reception at my gallery on October 7, 2017 in Colorado Springs.

For an invitation, please send me an email with your snail mail address.

In addition to Kathy’s new oils, our show will showcase paintings by Richard Schmid,  Nancy Guzik, Daniel J. Keys, and guest artists, Scott Burdick, Stephanie Birdsall, Michelle Dunaway, Susan Lyon, and British artist Sean Jefferson. We’re also proud to show bronze sculpture by George Carlson.

And new to our gallery, “Elk Forest Lodge Tables,” designed by Bob Fidel using burled Redwood and Elk antlers gathered by hand in the vast mountains of remote Montana. The tables are beautifully hand-crafted by his partner Rocky. For more info. please visit, www.elkforestlodgetables.com

Wishing you and yours a beautiful late summer filled with laughter and joy!

Kristen- Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998

Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com | 508-566-9463

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIP & THE ARTS- Artists Painting Artists & Kristen Thies Podcast Interview with Tyler Murphy of Montana Gallery.

Throughout history, artists such as John Singer Sargent painted portraits or sketches of their artist friends. And, in so doing, Sargent’s works have inspired succeeding generations of painters.

Sargent painted “An Artist in His Studio,” in 1904 which was exhibited by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/an-artist-in-his-studio-31260

After seeing the spectacular Sargent show at the MFA in 2013, I interviewed Richard Schmid to get his view point. Here’s Richard’s quote.

 “When I first knew I wanted to be an artist, I wasn’t really aware of the world of fine art or ever seen or heard of Sargent.

 When I joined William Mosby’s class at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, my goal was to become an illustrator. One day in 1954 Mosby took his class including me, to The Chicago Art Institute to see an exhibition of paintings by Sargent, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt. After viewing Sargent’s oil, “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit,” and his other works I was completely smitten. 

 I shifted my whole purpose as an artist, and wanted to be an easel painter, Sargent changed my whole idea of art. I wanted to paint my world as it was happening, and I wanted to paint it as magnificently as he did. His paintings showed me how high a level of excellence dominated his work.”- Richard Schmid

 A new generation of artists are also inspired by Sargent’s paintings and since several of them are my close friends, I decided to post Part II of Artists Painting Artists, featuring oils by Daniel J. Keys, Tyler Murphy, and a drawing by Josh Clare. Plus, a couple of my favorite artworks by Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid.

During a recent trip to Montana, I stopped by Tyler Murphy’s Montana Gallery in Billings where he invited me to be his 3rd guest on his Podcast, which according to Tyler, “Exists to share a little more about my friends in the arts.”

To listen to the live recording- Episode 3, Kristen Thies, please go over to montanagallery.net/podcast

Here’s a few photos I took of Tyler as well as our visit to Loren Entz’s studio–his longtime artist friend and mentor.

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Tyler Murphy in his Montana Gallery /Studio.

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Myself visiting Loren Entz in his studio.

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Lauren Entz and Tyler Murphy in Entz’s Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Oil of Ryan Mellody"©Tyler Murphy

“Oil of Ryan Mellody”©Tyler Murphy

 

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“Tyler Murphy” Charcoal drawing ©Josh Clare

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“Tyler Murphy” Oil Sketch 16″x 12″ ©Daniel J. Keys 2014

“Tyler is one of my dearest friends, and also a skilled artist himself. We often find ourselves on what we refer to as painting “adventures” with our fellow artists, and spend much of our time painting the beautiful Montana landscape. From time to time however, we take turns sitting for portrait sessions. This is one of several Portrait sketches I’ve painted of Tyler. I completed this sketch in two sessions of twenty minutes each. It was quick sketch in order to capture the fleeting gesture and fading natural light coming through the studio windows.” -Daniel J. Keys 2017

 To see more art by what I term, “The next generation of artists,” represented by Montana Gallery, please go over to: http://www.montanagallery.net

And, to see more paintings by the artists represented by my gallery, please go over to: http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

 In closing, here are a couple of oils of artist friends painted by Nancy Guzik and Richard Schmid…

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“Ryan Mellody and Song” Oil 10″ x 12″ ©Nancy Guzik 2011

 

Nancy & Zorro Monochrome Oil 16" x 12"©Richard Schmid

“Nancy & Zorro” Monochrome Oil 16″ x 12″ ©Richard Schmid 2005

In addition, I’m excited and very pleased to announce a new 3 Day painting workshop:

Title: ALLA PRIMA FLORAL PAINTING with DANIEL J. KEYS

Dates: August 25, 26, 27, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I’ll be posting the details on my web site soon. In the meantime, please save the date!

My next Blog is titled: FLOWER PANTINGS from KATHY ANDERSON’S GARDEN”

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time I send you all my best,

Kristen

Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998

Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

FRIENDSHIP & THE ARTS

PART I

ARTISTS PAINTING ARTISTS

             “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

                                                                                                                   -Eleanor Roosevelt

After my wintertime get-away to experience Nature’s awesome silence and untouched beauty, I returned home to Colorado Springs to find myself surrounded by a barrage of constant political controversy. Even though I’m known as an art dealer, I consider myself to be a “social storyteller.” And, if you, like me have grown tired of social and political disharmony and long to take a time-out, I invite you to read my latest post– a behind the scenes account of long-time artistic friends, Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, and Michelle Dunaway.

A year or so ago, Scott, Susan, and Michelle visited Richard and Nancy’s New England studios and decided to paint together. Scott proposed the grand idea of filming Richard painting Michelle from life during an afternoon session. Richard was all in, and they set up and painted in Nancy’s beautiful north light studio.

During a break, Michelle wandered into the living room to the sounds of Richard playing piano. Here’s Michelle’s comments on her painting.

conversations-with-chopin“Conversations With Chopin” Oil © Michelle Dunaway 2017

“The day I witnessed this moment I was enchanted upon hearing Richard playing Chopin at the piano. I quietly sat and listened as he played with joy, skill, and his typical artistic enthusiasm. Listening to a favorite artist and friend play music by a favorite composer was a truly inspiring moment that I knew must be captured in paint. It was as though, through the lilting melody and rhythms of the piano concerto, a conversation was taking place between two friends, bridging the work of two great artists across time.”

After two days of filming and a year or so perfecting the sound track with professional film editing, their collaborative efforts resulted in a brand-new video download titled: RICHARD SCHMID PAINTS MICHELLE DUNAWAY. In addition, Richard’s portrait of Michelle graced one of the walls in The Retrospective Exhibition I hosted for Richard last September in Denver, Colorado.

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“Michelle Dunaway” Oil ©Richard Schmid 2014

When I told Richard about my idea for this new post, he asked me if I’d like a couple more images of his Portraits of Nancy. Needless to say, I graciously accepted…

The first is titled:

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           “Nancy Painting” Oil 18″ x 24″ –

Page 58 of Alla Prima II, and the book cover image.©Richard Schmid.

The next is one of my all time favorites:

NANCY'S VELVET CAPE- detail 24x40       “Nancy’s Velvet Cape” Detail, Oil 24″ x 40″ -Page 261 of Alla Prima II. ©Richard Schmid.

Richard said of this piece:

“On a personal note, this is one of the many paintings I have done of Nancy on New Year’s Day as our way of celebrating. We alternate; one year I paint her, the next year she paints me.”

I then asked Nancy for a quote on what inspired her to create her painting of Richard during a trip to our friend’s Inn on Cape Cod.

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“Richard Schmid Painting at the Beach Rose Inn on Cape Cod” Oil 14″ x 11″ 2014

“Capturing this awesome day, along with Richard creating his world on canvas, made my heart quicken and my confidence soar.” Nancy Guzik 2017

Although I didn’t get a specific quote from Richard regarding his own inspiration for painting people from life, I believe this beautifully written passage from his chapter titled, “The Magic” reveals his personal view on the subject.

“My painting draws me into what has captivated me. Sometimes when the concentration is intense, my canvas seems to take on an irresistible momentum, unfolding almost as if it had a life of its own, and I become lost in the spectacle of what is occurring. It is like the moment when a runner reaches his or her stride, and running becomes effortless, like flying. Those are heady moments indeed, times to be savored. They are always a dramatic reminder to me that skill is only one of the prerequisites–part of the setup to unleash a poetic act–and my painting, with all of its involvement and complication, seems merely a record of the event.” Page 292 of Alla Prima II.

The portraits posted here by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, and Michelle Dunaway represent their silent moments of joy. And, I am extremely grateful for this time to savor their inspired expressions of immense skill and beauty.

I’m also delighted to announce Richard Schmid will be the recipient of an award of distinction from the Portrait Society of America during the PSA Conference on April 21. The 2017 Excellence in Fine Art Education Award will be presented by Edward Jonas, Co-Founder and Chair:

“Representational Realism flourishes today and into the twenty-first century because of the dedication of accomplished and seasoned masters, such as Richard Schmid, to teaching and mentoring a new generation of rising artists. Such unselfish sharing of wisdom and vision should not only be heralded but also recognized. It is in this spirit that the Portrait Society of America is presenting Richard with its 2017 Excellence in Fine Art Education Award.”

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“Portrait of Kristen Thies” Oil 16″ x 20″ ©Richard Schmid 2001

In conclusion, I’m also posting Richard’s portrait of myself inscribed: “For Kristen: The Dreamer.” I assure you I live my life by Eleanor Roosevelt’s noteworthy quote. I hope you too will never stop believing in the beauty of your dreams…

All my best,

Kristen

For more inspiration and to view Richard Schmid’s and Nancy Guzik’s original oils, as well as paintings by Kathy Anderson, Clyde Aspevig, Carol Guzman, Daniel J. Keys, and Judy Stach, and bronze sculpture by George Carlson, please visit my web site www.WestWindFineArt.com

For more information on the new release of Scott Burdick’s film, please log onto  https://RichardSchmid.FlickRocket.com

This production, videotaped by the artist and documentary filmmaker Scott Burdick, was initially done for Richard’s private archives. However, it was clear as the footage was reviewed, that this two-day session of Richard painting Michelle in the beautiful north light of Nancy Guzik’s studio, was far too valuable not to be shared with artists and art lovers worldwide.

The artists retain the copyright to their artwork worldwide…

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

Richard and Nancy love

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.