Laumeister to hold tribute to artist Richard Schmid

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BENNINGTON — A tribute to American realist artist and author Richard Schmid will take place at Southern Vermont College's Laumeister Art Center on Saturday and Sunday. This event, presented by West Wind Fine Art, is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Schmid's best-selling book, "Alla Prima II."

The exhibition opens in the main gallery on Saturday at 11 a.m. with paintings by Schmid and eight of his prot g s: Nancy Guzik, Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, Scott Burdick, Daniel J. Keys, Michelle Dunaway, Susan Lyon, and Timothy R. Thies.

From 1 to 3 p.m., a panel discussion will take place in the Art Center's theater. Six artists will discuss Schmid's influence on their art and careers, and Schmid's paintings will be shown on screen. At 3:30 p.m., a film festival will show "The Senator and The Artist" with Schmid painting a portrait of Senator James Jeffords of Vermont; "Abbotsford House-The Creation of a Masterwork-The Home of Sir Walter Scott," produced by Kristen Thies; and "A Fascination with Nature," co-produced by Guzik and Thies. The day's events will conclude with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Schmid's prot g s.

On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Daniel Keys will present a demonstration of Alla Prima Still Life painting and a digital lecture in the Art Center's theater.

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Schmid is the recipient of almost every major art award offered in the U.S. In 2013, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II during the unveiling of his master work, "Abbotsford House-The Manor Home of Sir Walter Scott," in Melrose, Scotland. In 1998, Schmid published "Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting." He has traveled and lectured extensively on art and its history.

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Schmid received The John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the American Portrait Artists Foundation Conference in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.; the Gold medals from The Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, and the Portrait Society of America; and The Centennial Gold Medal from the California Arts Club for his contributions in cultivating greater appreciation for traditional fine arts.

Proceeds from many sales of his artworks have been given to different organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Salmagundi Club of New York. From 1999 to 2014, Schmid and his community created The Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, which raised over $1.8 million dollars for the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department in Bellvue, Colo.

In 2003, Schmid received a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut.

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This two-day event is sponsored by The K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc.; Rosemary Brushes, Inc.; Stove Prairie Stove; Josh Rose of American Art Collector magazine; and Plein Air Magazine.

The Laumeister Art Center will be open only to those attending the special events on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to both days is $79.98, or $59.98 to attend one day. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.westwindfineart.com/shop/. For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu.

The Laumeister Art Center is a comprehensive art center featuring multiple galleries, permanent Native American exhibits, a Covered Bridge Museum, art studios and a 315-seat proscenium theater. The center is located at 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington.


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