SPRING 2018 NEWS! Plus, WEST WIND FINE ART’S TRIBUTE to RICHARD SCHMID Show & Event: Bennington Vermont, September 22 & 23, 2018

Spring is life. Spring is Hope. So is love and happiness. Spring renews…

– from Spring by Poet Archie Greenidge

After a long, snowy winter, Mr. Greenidge’s poem perfectly describes several new and inspiring Springtime events!

The first took place in Santa Fe, NM April 16-19 during the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention when ERIC RHOADS, publisher extraordinaire of Plein Air Magazine, invited me to be a Faculty member. During Eric’s early morning “Marketing Bootcamp,” our discussion focused on important key points for serving as an artist’s agent. Eric asked me to describe these from my perspective as emissary for Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

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Eric Rhoads, Kristen Thies, and Buddy Odom. 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.-Santa Fe, NM 4/17/18

Eric also interviewed Buddy Odom who has assumed the job of marketing for his wife, Plein Air painter and teacher, Katie Odom.

 

There were 1000 Plein Air Painters in the audience and afterwards, quite a few women artists thanked me for my encouraging words and marketing advice. Since my passion and a part of my mission is to advocate for Nature’s beauty by promoting Representational Painting, I was touched and quite impressed by the number of artists in the growing Plein Air movement, who are inspired to perfect their own paintings and careers.

Only a few days later, DANIEL J. KEYS, one of Richard Schmid’s protege’s, won the Draper Award at the Art of The Portrait Conference, in Washington, DC, for his oil, “Innocence”  40″ x 45″. We are all extremely proud of Daniel and I’m delighted to represent his beautiful and magical paintings!

The Portrait Society of America held it’s 2018 International Portrait Competition April 19th to 22nd. In their 20th year, this annual competition brought in over 2,700 visual submissions, From this group, 24 original paintings were chosen to be displayed at The Art of the Portrait Conference, including Michelle Dunaway’s masterful life size portrait of Richard Schmid!  Daniel Keys oil painting “Innocence” was chosen for the Draper Grand Prize! Along with this award, Daniel received a $20,000 cash prize.

Then a week after the Plein Air Convention I hosted my WEST WIND FINE ART SPRING 2018 OPEN HOUSE in Colorado Springs, featuring oils by KATHY ANDERSON, NANCY GUZIK, DANIEL J. KEYS, JUDY STACH, one oil by CLYDE ASPEVIG, plus a few by my late husband, TIMOTHY R. THIES (pronounced like peace with a T)🎨

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“Pastel Colors” Oil 12″ x 20″ ©Daniel J. Keys 2018 -Sold at my Spring 2018 Opening!

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“Peony Harmony” Oil 20″ x 16″ ©Nancy Guzik 2010 – Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s June 2018 Floral Paintings issue titled, “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May!”

 

Kathy Anderson April Daffodils: Oil 14x10

“April Daffodils” Oil 14″ x 10″ ©Kathy Anderson 2018 – Black frame with gold leaf filet

Yellow Roses with Irish Bread Plate

“Yellow Roses with Irish Bread Plate” Oil 16″ x 20″ ©Kathy Anderson 2018. 22 karat gold leaf, hand carved frame by John Anderson.

 

In additIon to the beautiful spring florals, my Open House featured Sea-Scapes by east coast painter Judy Stach. Judy’s work has been featured on the cover of  JERSEY SHORE MAGAZINE and she is Founder of Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast.

Windswept Waves 10 x 16 oil ©Judy Stach 2018

“Windswept Waves” Oil 10 x 16 ©Judy Stach 2018 – Custom 12 karat gold leaf frame.

 

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“Vineyard Sound” Oil 10″ x 12″ ©Clyde Aspevig

“Vineyard Sound,” also featured in my Open House, is one of Clyde Aspevig’s Plein Air oils, painted during his visit to a private historic’s family Island off the Coast of Cape Cod. In addition, Clyde’s new exhibition titled, “NATURE’S CADENCE” is now at The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT. In my opinion, Clyde Aspevig’s Landscapes are the finest in the world, so the show is not to be missed! For more information, please visit http://www.artmuseum.org 

COMING THIS AUTUMN! I’m delighted to announce WEST WIND FINE ART’S TRIBUTE TO RICHARD SCHMID Event and Show in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Richard’s best selling book, ALLA PRIMA II.  I’m thrilled to curate this historic and unforgettable event!

VENUE: The Laumeister Art Center formally the Bennington Center for the Arts Address: 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT. DATES:  Sept. 22 & Sept. 23, 2018.

EVENT SCHEDULE: Sat.9/22–10:00 AM thru Sun. 9/23–3:00 PM. I’ve rented the Laumeister Art Center’s Main Galleries and 300 Seat Theatre. We’ll exhibit at least 10 of RICHARD SCHMID’S masterworks from private collections, and new oil paintings by Richard’s protege’s: NANCY GUZIK, KATHY ANDERSON, STEPHANIE BIRDSALL, SCOTT BURDICK, MICHELLE DUNAWAY, SUSAN LYON, and the late artist, TIMOTHY R. THIES.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 9/22 at 1:30 PM, I’m also hosting an educational Panel Discussion with six of the artists who graciously agreed to describe two of their favorite Schmid paintings in artistic terms. The selected Schmid artworks will be projected onto the Theater’s large screen so everyone can see closeups!

Following the panel discussion and short intermission, we’re delighted to premier The First RICHARD SCHMID FILM FESTIVAL and will feature THE SENATOR & THE ARTIST, an amazing and entertaining portrait demonstration by RICHARD SCHMID as he paints the late SENATOR JAMES JEFFORDS. It was filmed before a live audience at the Arkill Pavillon in Manchester, VT, circa 2001.

We’ll also show a short film, ABBOTSFORD HOUSE–THE CREATION OF A MASTERWORK by RICHARD SCHMID, plus a few other film shorts showcasing Richard’s paintings, Co-produced by KRISTEN THIES and NANCY GUZIK.

SUNDAY MORNING, 9/23 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, DANIEL J. KEYS will present an Informative LECTURE and STILL LIFE PAINTING DEMONSTRATION in the Art Center’s Theatre. Dan’s Demo. will also be projected onto the Theatre’s large screen.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The LAC, formally known as The Bennington Center for The Arts was generously donated by Bruce and Elizabeth Laumeister to Southern Vermont College in Jan. 2018. I want to acknowledge their long time advocacy of Fine Art and incredible gift to the Arts Community in America!

I also wish to thank DR. DAVID EVANS, PhD, President of Southern Vermont College as well as ERIC DESPARD, Executive Director, Laumeister Art Center and Assistant Professor & Director of Music at SVC, for their enthusiasm regarding our grand event.
Mr. Despard is also an accomplished classical guitarist.

Lastly, I am very grateful for our incredible sponsors:
THE KT WIEDEMANN FOUNDATION, INC; STOVE PRAIRIE PRESS, LLC;
ROSEMARY BRUSHES, INC; CURT ALLMAN FRAMES; AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE; And others to be announced!

To reserve your seat and to purchase tickets for the two day event, please visit:
http://www.westwindfineart.com/shop

Ticket price: $79.98 includes both days, 9/22 & 9/23.

Theater capacity is 300 seats. We’ve already sold many tickets, so please order your ticket now so you’re not disappointed.
Seating is on a first come-first serve basis. Please note we are not able to sell just one day tickets…

We look forward to seeing you during our grand and historic event.

Cheers!
Kristen - Christmas 2017
KRISTEN THIES
Curating Fine Art Collections With Integrity Since 1998
Owner, WEST WIND FINE ART, LLC

Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com ~ http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from COLORADO: Late Winter 2015

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I’m happy to announce I’ve moved back west to Colorado – especially since Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts have experienced such record amounts of snowfall!

Speaking of records, in case you’re not aware, Richard Schmid’s painting, “Yellow Roses” oil 20” x 30” sold for $187,200, setting a world record at the 2014 Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last autumn.

If you’re like me, I can’t wait for spring to reappear in earnest and with it comes the desire to re-hang my paintings in the new home I’m building in Colorado Springs. I miss seeing my collection of oils by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Clyde Aspevig, Carol Guzman, Judy Stach and paintings by my late husband, Timothy R Thies as well as works by George Carlson!

Many of you have asked to be included on the waiting list whenever one of Richard Schmid’s paintings becomes available. So, I’m writing to let you know about a few artworks I’ve consigned to my gallery. I also have a couple wonderful oils by Nancy Guzik and one small gem by Daniel J. Keys. And, I know I’ll be receiving other new oils this spring! To view the paintings, please log onto 

http://www.WestWindFineart.com and click on the artists pages.

I’m also writing to let you know Richard celebrated his 80th Birthday in October 2014. His wife Nancy sent out a global birthday card request and consequently, he received over 5000 letters and cards from collectors, artists, and fans from thirty-seven countries around the world!  Richard is doing quite well, he is working on two new projects and will be returning to his easel in the coming months.

Richard Birthday 2014 cards

“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I myself am in the process of writing a new volume celebrating Richard’s Art and many accomplishments. No doubt he is one of the world’s foremost living artists, educators, and philanthropists, and according to Steve Doherty, one of the most influential artists of our time. But, I‘m also compelled to share the untold story and photos of my remarkable friendship with he and his wife Nancy Guzik over the past 17 years.

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“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I’ve also included a few photos from our highly successful show in Boston.

West Wind Fine Art's Show at the St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA 2014

West Wind Fine Art’s Show at the historic St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA 2014

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Nancy Guzik, Richard Schmid with Kathy Anderson and her oil painting, at our autumn show at the St. Botolph Club.

Late winter is a perfect time to celebrate the joys of life and the beauty of Fine Art. Please give me a call if you wish to add a new special piece to your collection.

Next month, I’ll feature Clyde Aspevig’s solo show, Nature & Nuance at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, GA. For more info. visit http://www.boothmuseum.org.

And, we’ll also show some highlights from the 2nd annual Au Coeur Academy Workshops being held by my friends, Sheryll and Douglas Reichwein near Charleston, SC. For more info. visit http://www.aucoeuracademy.com

All my best, Kristen Thies

Owner/ CEO West Wind Fine Art, LLC Boulder, CO 80304

508-566-9463 | Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

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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West Wind Fine Art’s 15th Anniversary

April 5, 2013

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Painting (Above): Cape Cod Flowers © Richard Schmid 2012 Oil 18″ X 24″

Dear Friends,
Today I’m excited to announce our 15th Anniversary Show June 21-23, 2013.
It also marks a turning point–a time to reflect on my life with my late husband Timothy who passed away three years ago. But 2013 also marks the beginning of springtime with the promise of a new, wonder-filled year which is filling up with many exciting adventures.

But just in case you’re not aware, my Irish Terrier Lilly and I moved to a beautiful new home on Morse’s Pond in Wellesley, MA in 2012. And, this new Blog site has had more than 10,000 views. Plus the short documentary film I produced titled, “Richard Schmid’s Journey to Abbotsford- the home of Sir Walter Scott.” for West Wind Fine Art’s YouTube Channel, has been seen by more than 5000 people world wide!

To watch my first video, please go over to the Photos and Films link on my blog and click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vcesu4K50&feature=youtube

I also assisted Nancy Guzik in producing her adorable video, “Where Fairy Tales Come Alive.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq4Jw6Xiy_E   It is the first of many films that will give artists and non artists an exclusive behind the scenes look of Nancy painting children directly from life.

I was recently asked for a quote about our 15th Anniversary Show… All I can think of is this: It’s a privilege and my joy to promote excellence in Fine Art. As much as I miss Timothy, I know he is in a wondrous place. And, I also know he would be proud that I’m carrying on the adventure we began together in 1998.

Here are the details on the other events scheduled for the weekend of June 21-23,
Please join us in Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

Summer Show | June 21-23, 2013
Honoring RICHARD SCHMID
Curated by KRISTEN THIES
at The Carney Gallery

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Painting (Above): Grace and Speckles © Nancy Guzik 2012 Oil 16″ X 20″

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Painting (Above):Lilly and Nasturiums © Richard Schmid 2012  Oil 12″ X 20″

REGIS COLLEGE FINE ARTS CENTER
235 Wellesley Street | Weston, MA 02493

Featuring paintings by:
Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Nancy Guzik, Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Daniel J. Keys,
Judy Stach, and Timothy R. Thies, with bronze sculpture by George Carlson and Douglas Reichwein

Preview: Friday, June 21 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Opening & Artists Reception: Friday, June 21st | 6:00 to 9:00 pm
(Open to the public)
Gallery Hours: Saturday June 22 | 10 am- to 5 pm
and Sunday, June 23rd | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Two more exciting events:
Artists Paint Out in the Tower Garden Sat. June 22nd | 8 am to Noon
with Buffet Lunch, Saturday, June 22nd in the gallery | Noon – 1:30
$12 per ticket –
and
Painting the Still Life Demo. by Daniel J. Keys Regis College Center Foyer
Sunday June 23rd | 9 am to 1:00 pm
$25 per ticket –

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Painting (above): Pale Roses © Daniel J Keys 2013 Oil 14″ X 20″

To register for the Artist’s Paint Out and buffet lunch with Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Daniel Keys, Judy Stach and our other artist friends, and Painting The Still Life with Daniel J. Keys Demo please click on: http://www.westwindfineart.com/news/news.htm

All the best,
Kristen

Painting (Below) : Hollyhocks © Timothy R Thies 2005, Oil 30″ X 40″

Timothy Thies hollyhocks

All images are strictly copyrighted by the artists and may not be reproduced without their express written permission. 

Kristen Thies | West Wind Fine Art | PO Box 812038 | Wellesley, MA 02482 | contactus@westwindfineart.com