Updates: Spring 2016: Notes from Kristen

More updates on our upcoming RICHARD SCHMID: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION!

So far, we’ve been fortunate to obtain about thirty of Richard’s oils and drawings from private collections. The Artist’s Reception and Opening is scheduled for September 24, 2016 and is being co-hosted by myself and my colleagues Christine Serr and Dave Ethridge of Gallery 1261 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The address is 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO.

In addition to artworks from private collections that are NFS, Richard told me he’ll have at least five new paintings available for sale. “Begonias” oil 16″ x 20″ posted at the top of this page is just one exquisite example.

I’ve been selling many tickets to the Saturday afternoon Fundraising event to honor Richard Schmid’s fine art career and Nature’s beauty. In addition to a delicious luncheon, we’re happy to announce that Quang Ho, Scott Burdick, Kathy Anderson, Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach will take part in a compelling panel discussion on the importance of painting directly from life and tell us why Richard’s art and knowledge of plein air painting influenced their own fine art careers.

We’ll also be showing a special digital presentation comprised of the best of Richard’s paintings of Colorado. Nancy Guzik and I are working on the short film now!

In addition, Charles Money, the executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will give a short presentation and present Richard with an award for helping to assist the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in their ongoing efforts to preserve and acquire available lands inside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We are in the process of producing a small limited edition print of one of Richard’s most iconic paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park with sales proceeds donated to the RMC after expenses.

So if you are interested in attending, please check out the 2016 Gallery Events page on http://www.WestWindFineArt.com and purchase a ticket from the shopping cart before they’ re all sold out! Partial proceeds after expenses will be donated to the RMC’s noble cause. The event is being held at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO from noon to 4:30 pm.

We’re also happy to announce that Richard has agreed to a book signing, now scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:00 am to noon at Gallery 1261 located at 1261 Delaware Street, Denver, CO. This is free and open to the public.

This once in a lifetime, historic exhibition is being sponsored by West Wind Fine Art LLC, Gallery 1261, Stove Prairie Press LLC, American Fine Art Magazine, the KT Wiedemann Foundation, Inc., and Rosemary Brushes, Inc.

So, please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 24th and 25th and join us in celebrating the exquisite and amazing Art of Richard Schmid!

Wishing you all a beautiful Spring!

All my best,

Kristen

 

 

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.

This blog brought to you by www.WestWindFineArt.com, curating Fine Art Collections since 1998.

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.