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

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.