Autumn 2014

Celebrating Paintings by RICHARD SCHMID, NANCY GUZIK & KATHY ANDERSON

The long, warm, and sometimes sultry days of summer are winding down, and herald the excitement of a new season. In New England, autumn unfolds as a glorious array of stunning colors and conjures thoughts of apple pie and clear, crisp days and piles of autumn leaves.

©NANCY GUZIK 2014 “Flowers, Teacups & Apples” ©NANCY GUZIK 2014

Featured in Southwest Art’s September 2014 issue, “Making Magic: Painter Nancy Guzik sprinkles fairy dust and beauty into her art by Gussie Fauntleroy.

It’s harvest time and perfect for celebrating. So please mark your calendars for Nov. 15th and 16th – and join us at our highly anticipated three person show, RICHARD SCHMID, NANCY GUZIK & KATHY ANDERSON: A Celebration of New Paintings at the Historic St. Botolph Club in Boston. For details go over to http://www.westwindfineart.com/events

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“Nancy & Friends” oil  © RICHARD SCHMID 2014

It is with great pleasure that we dreamers and artists offer up new paintings – moments captured in oils to express color harmony, the delights of enduring friendship and love, and exuberant garden flowers.

Geranium Harmony, 16x20“Geranium Harmony”  ©KATHY ANDERSON 2014.  Featured on her new best selling instructional DVD “ How to Paint Flowers in the Studio” from Liliedahl Art Video.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 16th, you won’t want to miss The BOSTON PREMIER of the short documentary Film: “THE SENATOR & THE ARTIST,”
Richard Schmid’s painting demonstration of then Senator James Jeffords, of Vermont in 2001. Seating is limited so please reserve early. To purchase tickets please click here

All three artists will be present to personally autograph books and our new Exhibition Catalog after the film. 
(Please note autographed copies may only be purchased at the show).

Autumn 2014 also marks Richard Schmid’s 80th birthday and West Wind Fine Art’s 16th anniversary. We happily invite you to join Richard, Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, and myself in our celebration of creativity, friendship, and life. I know you’ll be caught up by the beauty and magic of their exquisite paintings!

For details please visit www.WestWindFineArt.com. The artists retain copyrights to their paintings worldwide.

–KRISTEN THIES CEO/ OWNER, WEST WIND FINE ART, LLC

 

 

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

Posing for the Putney Painters

My Irish Terrier, Lilly and I were invited to pose for the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney, Vermont on October 27.

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Photo © Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink 2012

It was a lot of fun and everyone loved painting Lilly – she was a wonderful model – better than me because she didn’t move as much.

Ryan Mellody, a member of the Putney Painters timed each pose which lasted 25 minutes with a 5 minute break in between.

Photo © Nancy Guzik 2012  Pictured in the background – artists Dick MacNeil, Mary Linda Strotkamp and Rosemary Ladd. Foreground – Lilly, myself, Richard Schmid and Ryan Mellody

During one of the breaks Richard Schmid told me that even experienced models shift positions involuntarily. I can attest that sitting still isn’t easy for an active person like myself. We began at 10:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm with a one hour lunch period.

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Here I am checking on Lilly during the break. Photo ©Nancy Guzik 2012

THE PUTNEY PAINTERS founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik in 1999 is becoming famous as one of the finest painting groups in America. The group is made up of serious artists invited into the group by the founders. Many of the Putney artists are scheduled to teach workshops at The Scottsdale Artists School in January 2013. Putney Painters Week begins January 28 – February 2, 2013.

You won’t want to miss award-winning artist Nancy Guzik’s digital lecture on Friday evening at the Legacy Gallery. Nancy is donating all ticket proceeds to the school. http://www.scottsdaleartschool.org

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve been invited to host a Marketing presentation during Putney week with my long time colleague, author and publicist Sheryll Reichwein. Together we bring 25 years of art marketing experience to our digital presentation titled:

Keys to Effective Art Marketing:

How to Tell Your Best Story & How to Present Your Most Professional Self

©Sheryll Reichwein & Kristen Thies, August 2012

Sheryll and I are also donating all ticket sales for our digital lecture to the school. For exact details and to register, please contact Audrey Lemler at ALemler@ScottsdaleArtSchool.org.

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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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Please Join Us for our Summer 2012 Show!

Samantha in White  14 X 11  ©Nancy Guzik 

Arpeggio 15 X 22  ©Richard Schmid

 A RETURN TO UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE
July 6-8 on Cape Cod
A Fine Art Show and Sale– Curated by KRISTEN THIES at The Clark Carriage House at the J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center for the National Academy of Sciences, 314 Quissett Avenue, WoodsHoleCape Cod, MA

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

To view the paintings please go to: www.WestWindFineArt.com

Preview: Friday, July 6th | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Opening & Artists Reception: Friday, July 6th  5:30 to 8:30 pm

Presentation by Richard Schmid Saturday, July 7th  7:00 to 9:00 pm . To purchase tickets go to the News/Exhibition’s link on www.WestWindFineArt.com

Tickets are $30 and seating is limited.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, July 7 & 8th | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

A Message from Kristen –
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.”
Kind regards, KT

FalmouthPerfection  12 X 24 © Judy Stach

 

Moonrise over Vineyard 24 X 30 ©Clyde Aspevig

 Summer Swans 12 X 12 ©Carol Guzman-Aspevig

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.