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.

Cygnus Capsule arrives ISS copy

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

Richard and Nancy love

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

 

 

 

 

Friends in Art and Life

Spring is finally here in Massachusetts, and although winter seemed incredibly long, its been a really productive time! I am really excited to announce the redesign of my website, http://www.westwindfineart.com. I’m also extremely happy to announce several new events I’ve planned for 2014 with a few of my close friends in Art and in Life.

The first event is scheduled from April 9-12 and is being produced by Sheryll and Douglas Reichwein, the founders of www.aucoeuracademy.com

They are dedicating this event to BEAUTY AT THE HEART OF THE CULTURE. And, they’ve selected NANCY GUZIK as the recipient of the first annual “BEAUTY IN CULTURE AWARD” for exemplifying beauty’s essential qualities and making exceptional cultural contributions. The award ceremony will take place on April 11 at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. For more information go over to their web site listed above.

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Nancy & Zorro  | Photo © Tia Surle

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve been invited by The Oil Painters of America to be a part of their 23rd National Exhibition and Convention held at the Bennington Center for the Arts, June 4th to 8th, 2014. I’m scheduled to give a talk on Friday, June 6 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Bennington, Vermont.

My digital talk is titled:  How To Present Your Most Professional Self–Inspiring Ideas to Help Take Your Art to the Next Level– A topic near and dear to my own heart, because one of my greatest desires is to assist Artists in achieving fulfillment and greater success in their Fine Art careers. For more information and to register please contact, Kathryn Beligratis, Executive Director at 847-277-1721 or visit www.OilPaintersofAmerica.com

Then this autumn, I’m extremely happy to announce a very special event:  DANIEL J. KEYS -ONE PERSON SHOW -September 13- 21, 2014. I’ve leased a beautiful gallery space in Boston located at 162 Newbury Street on the 2nd Floor. The Artists reception is Saturday, September 13th from 4-7 pm.

Roses and Iris (1 of 1)Roses and Iris, Oil       © Daniel J. Keys 2014

In addition, I’m delighted to announce that Kathy Anderson has accepted my invitation to represent her paintings. Please go over to my new web site to view her paintings and to read all of the artists up-to-date bios.

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Kathy Anderson, Myself,  & Daniel J. Keys | Photo courtesy West Wind Fine Art

In addition, I’m excited to announce that the historic St. Botolph Club in Boston, MA will be the site for my Autumn 2014 Show! The Artist’s reception will be Saturday, November 15 from 2-5pm and will include new paintings by some of my closest friends Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik and Kathy Anderson with Bronzes by George Carlson. Then on Sunday, Nov. 16th we’re going to present The Boston Premier of “THE SENATOR AND THE ARTIST: A Portrait Demonstration by Richard Schmid.” It’s a great documentaryof Richard painting Senator James Jeffords of Vermont. The film was shot during a fundraiser in 2001 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont. So please save the date! More details to come.

 

 

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

Selfie Photo ©Nancy Guzik Nov. 2013

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A Photo Journal – Summer 2012

The summer of 2012 was ideal! I can not recall a season that was more fun, informative, and filled with creative camaraderie!

The Schmid/Keys Painting Demo. – photo © Kristen Thies 2012

In June, my company West Wind Fine Art, LLC sponsored a painting demonstration by Richard Schmid and Daniel J. Keys at the West Falmouth Library on Cape Cod.

Then Daniel did two back to back painting workshops sponsored by my colleague Sheryll Reichwein and her artist husband, Douglas, at the Beach Rose Inn.  Both events sold out in a matter of a week and were extremely well received by artists in the New England area. Consequently, more events are definitely being planned for next year.

Artists and friends – Daniel Keys workshop at the Beach Rose Inn with Lilly, my Irish Terrier.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

Richard & Nancy showing off lots of red dot sales with paintings (from left to right) by Judy Stach, Timothy R. Thies and Nancy Guzik.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012

July 6th to 8th were even more special!

I was so fortunate to host an amazing Fine Art show – A Return to Understated Elegance at The J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center owned by the National Academy of Sciences. And, on the evening of the 8th, Richard Schmid gave an inspiring digital presentation to a packed audience. Collectors traveled to attend Richard’s program and view the paintings and sculpture in the show from all around America. So, I’m really pleased to state that my mission to spread joy through Fine Art is definitely on a roll.

A few of the paintings in the show by (from left to right) Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Clyde Aspevig and Daniel J Keys.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

 Daniel Keys with a few of his paintings in the show.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

On a personal note, I want to express my gratitude to the managers of the Jonsson Center, Joanne Doherty, Donnie Elichalt and their assistant Ruane for their professional expertise in helping to make everyone feel so welcomed to one of the most beautiful and historic places on the Cape.

The Clark Carriage House circa 1894 – our show venue.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

Daniel Keys and Douglas Reichwein painting on the JC grounds facing Quissett Harbor. Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

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May 2012

Morning walks on the Cape continually provide me with a sense of wonder. Eastern sunlight filters through towering tree branches that are home to a multitude of songbirds in spring. Rhododendrons are just about ready to bloom and life is a joy especially on the days I receive new art -work by the artists I represent. All of these paintings will be on view in our Summer 2012: A Return to Understated Elegance show, on view July 6 – 8 at the J.Erik Jonsson Center adjacent to Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole,Cape Cod.

There’s nothing like seeing the true colors of an original oil painting in person and I sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us–but just in case, here are a few images I’d like to share.

Nancy Guzik holding her famous cat Zorro with her painting, “Tangerine Scarf” oil 16” x 12”  Photo ©Richard Schmid 2012

Carol Guzman-Aspevig has a passion for songbirds and goes to great lengths to capture their delicate beauty in oil paint. She sits silently and patiently waits for the perfect chance to photograph these special creatures in their own habitat–camouflaged in something called a “bird- blind.” This oil will be exhibited in our show.

Summer Swans ” oil 12” x 12”  ©Carol Guzman-Aspevig

Carol is married to Clyde Aspevig one of America’s most respected and accomplished landscape artists. The couple is based in Montana, but travel extensively to all parts of the world to paint nature’s magnificence from life.

As instructors, they headlined the recent Plein Air Painters Conference in Nevada sponsored by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air magazine.

Photo courtesy of Plein Air Magazine     Eric Rhoads, Carol and Clyde

This July, artists and art lovers will have the opportunity to experience both of the Aspevig’s paintings from one of their trips to Naushon Island- home to the Forbes family for several centuries.

“It’s like stepping back in time,” said Clyde, “beauty stands all around us if we just build the habit of looking for it. As an artist, that’s what I want to help people do.”

Because the Aspevig’s are so committed to this ideal, Carol founded http://www.Landsnorkel.com a web site advocating the importance of going out side and spending time just being in nature– like many of us did as children.

Says Carol, “Land snorkeling is taking the time to savor aspects of nature we ordinarily don’t see or pay attention to. Land Snorkelers wander through nature with no intention of hiking to a destination. 
Each blade of grass, rock, or creature has some connection to us.”

“An artist’s job is to create a piece that changes a person’s normal perceptions of something,” says Clyde, “to try to get you to think about things in a different way, to start looking at them as having more content, more meaning, more relevance to other things in life.”

“That’s what I’m aiming at in the painting, Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound. Said Clyde thoughtfully,Obviously I’m exploring the aesthetic beauty of the moonrise, bathed in warm light by the setting sun, which is very much a part of the painting, though it’s presence is implied not stated.”

Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound” Oil 24” x 30”  ©Clyde Aspevig

Please join me next time as I bring you new works by artists Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach, mentored by Richard Schmid and Timothy R. Thies respectively.

For more details and to view more paintings please go to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

And to lean more about Landsnorkeling, visit http://www.Landsnorkel.com

Summer 2012: Understated Elegance

 

©Clyde Aspevig – “Shoreline” 11″ X 14″

As you may be aware, I recently returned to Cape Cod, a place where I lived more than two decades ago and a place that I’ve always thought of as “home.” Nourished by the beauty of this place, I’ve found a renewed sense of purpose.  On a daily basis I experience a profound sense of what I call “Understated Elegance” – a timeless quality I feel has for centuries contributed to the lure of Cape Cod.   And so, I’ve chosen a venue for an unprecedented Fine Art exhibition that will allow my guests to share in my experience, offering the opportunity to step back in time and revisit an era of untouched natural beauty.

Understated Elegance will be held at The Clark Carriage House which was built in Quissett Harbor as part of the original Marshall family private estate in 1894.   The Carriage House, now part of the J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center of the National Academy of Sciences, features outstanding ocean views and close proximity to the world-renowned Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  Refurbished in the 1990’s, The Carriage House now serves as a conference center that often plays host to a variety of educational and scientific conferences.

Exactly 105 years ago, The Clark Carriage House was the site of an historic John Marshall family’s 4th of July celebration. It is my hope that Understated Elegance will introduce a new holiday tradition to this renowned estate.

Much has been written about Cape Cod’s views and light, but with this gathering of artists and art I wish to share something subtler that goes beyond these visual qualities. To me there lies within this place an enduring connection to the land, sea, and sky– and inspiration from the elements of life itself.  So, I invite you to join us this coming July, to take in the wonder of the landscape along with the paintings and sculpture by the exceptional artists in our show.  In their own unique way, each artist captures and expresses their observations of Nature’s “Understated Elegance.” ~ Kristen Thies

For more information on this July 6-8, 2012 Event, Understated Elegance, please visit this link http://bit.ly/HKOzVN.

©Rosetta Waiting by George Carlson

Rosetta Waiting- G. Carlson

 ©Richard Schmid “Arpeggios” Oil 15″ X 22″

The exhibition “Understated Elegance” will  be brought to you by www.WestWindFineArt.com Curating Fine Art Collections since 1998.