legacies - an exhibition

8/3 - 9/3, 2018 - Chicago, IL


PRESIDENT DON  Oil 20” X 28” ©Richard Schmid 1989

Hosted by the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, this exhibition was centered around the 30th Anniversary of Richard Schmid's presidency at the second oldest artist organization in the United States. The event featured several paintings by Richard Schmid, as well as paintings and demonstrations by some of the extraordinary young artists whom he mentored when he painted there. The line up included Richard Schmid's wife Nancy Guzik, Rose Frantzen, Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, Clayton J. Beck III and Romel de la Torre.

Under Richard Schmid's tutlege, these artist matured into exceptionally talented, professional artist and mentors of their own. The Palette & Chisel was pleased to honor Richard Schmid, the artists he mentored and celebrate their importance to the modern history of the Palette & Chisel. Attendees were able to enjoy a live, and lively, group demo by Scott Burdick, Rose Frantzen, Clayton J. Beck III & Romel de la Torre painting a model in the third floor studio just like they did in the 1980's. Scott Burdick gave a wonderful AV presentation in the gallery which included a lively Q&A session. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Diane K. Rath Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the Palette & Chisel please contact:
William J. Ewers
1012 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610
Email: fineart1012@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 312-642-4400

a tribute to richard schmid

9/22 - 9/23, 2018 - Bennington, VT


NANCY  Oil 24” X 36” ©Richard Schmid 2004

In September, West Wind Fine Art hosted an exceptional exhibition and tribute to Richard Schmid, at the The Laumeister Art Center in Bennington, Vermont in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ALLA PRIMA. The two day event was curated by longtime friend and gallery representative Kristen Thies, who was instrumental in helping to get ALLA PRIMA published.

The exhibition features paintings by Richard Schmid, Richard's wife Nancy Guzik,Kathy Anderson, Scott Burdick, Stephanie Birdsall, Michelle Dunaway, Daniel J. Keys, Susan Lyon and Kristen's late husband Timothy R. Thies. In addition to the exhibition's opening reception, attendees enjoyed a Richard Schmid film festival, panel discussion, and live painting demonstration and digital lecture show by Daniel J. Keys. Sponsors included West Wind Fine Art , Stove Prairie Press, The K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc., American Art Collector and Rosemary Brushes, Inc.

"Seeing Richard Schmid’s paintings exhibited in the show I curated to honor him at the Laumeister Art Center in Bennington ,VT, was inspiring and a pure delight!” - Kristen Thies, Owner, West Wind Fine Art, Colorado Springs, CO

For more information about the West Wind Fine Art please contact:
Kristen Thies
Email: kristen@westwindfineart.com
Phone: 508-566-9463

american masters

10/8 - 10/26, 2018 - New York, NY


In October, Salmagundi Club, one of America’s oldest art organizations, hosted the their annual American Masters Exhibition & Sale, marking the exhibition's 10th anniversary. The event also celebrated the recent $1.5 million renovation and restoration of the Club’s Upper Gallery space. Sales from prior American Masters exhibitions initiated significant funding for the renovation project, along with major gifts from the Manton Foundation and a matching grant from the New York State Dormitory Authority. Thanks to contributions of great American artists, benefactors and art enthusiasts this unique organization remains an important and vibrant part of American art culture.

The show featured paintings CELLIST and MICHELLE, generously on loan from two private collectors, as part of the tribute to eight living legends who have been an integral part of American Masters through the years: Richard Schmid, Douglas Allen, Max Ginsburg, Daniel E. Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, David A Leffel, Burton Silverman and John Stobart. All in all, works from 70 American artists made up this spectacular exhibition at the Salmagundi Club's historic 1853 brownstone on Fifth Avenue.

For more information about the Salmagundi Club please contact:
Tim Newton
Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue @ Twelfth Street, New York, NY 10003
Email: info@salmagundi.org
Phone: 212-255-7740

portrait society of america

8/22, 2017 - Atlanta, GA


SAPPHIRE  Oil 16” X 20” ©Richard Schmid 1987

The Excellence in Fine Art Education Award was presented to teacher, painter, and author, Richard Schmid. Influencing thousands of artists and art students throughout the United States and abroad, Richard’s commitment to fine art education and painting in the traditional realist manner has distinguished him as one of America’s greatest contemporary painters. Throughout his career, Schmid has generously shared his knowledge through his publications and his mentoring of young artists. He continues to promote art education through his books, articles and demonstrations.

The Excellence in Fine Art Education Award was established in 2002, and is among the one of highest honors the organization confers, recognizing the indispensable contributions of museums, foundations, patrons, art schools, ateliers and artists that support the teaching and encouragement of artists seeking to work in the realist tradition. Previous recipients have been the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design, Lyme Academy, Florence Academy, Rockwell Museum, The Barnes Foundation, New York Academy of Art and last year the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.

According to Edward Jonas, Co-Found and Chair of the Portrait Society of America, "Representational Realism flourishes today and into the twenty-first century because of the dedication of accomplished and seasoned masters, such as Richard Schmid, to teaching and mentoring a new generation of rising artists. Such unselfish sharing of wisdom and vision should not only be heralded but also recognized. It is in this spirit the Portrait Society of America presented Richard with its 2017 Excellence in Fine Art Education award. Richard Schmid was honored to receive this momentous award.

For more information about the Portrait Society of America please contact:
Christine Egnoski
P.O. Box 11272, Tallahassee, FL 32302
Email: info@portraitsociety.org
Phone(Toll Free): 877-772-4321

richard schmid retrospective exhibition & fundraiser

9/24 - 10/1, 2016 - Denver, CO


Congratulations to Richard Schmid, Kristen Thies, Nancy Guzik, Gallery 1261, and The Rocky Mountain Conservancy for an incredible show and fundraiser at GALLERY 1261 in Denver, CO! The turnout and art was inspiring for all who came out to contribute and support this historic show.

The fundraiser assisted The Rocky Mountain Conservancy with their ongoing effort to acquire available lands within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park while honoring Richard Schmid and his Fine Art career. Books and a special LTD print titled Aspen Forest- Rocky Mountain National Park, were available for purchase and sold out quickly. 100% of sales from the print were donated to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

ASPEN FOREST  Oil 20” X 34” ©Richard Schmid 1990

For more information about the West Wind Fine Art please contact:
Kristen Thies
Email: kristen@westwindfineart.com
Phone: 508-566-9463