The Automotive Fine Arts Society has announced that the annual art exhibition during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (August) has been cancelled. Brought about by sponsorship issues, it is a big disappointment for both members and art collectors after 33 back to back years. Some alternative activities have been announced: first, a major Online Show and Sale that will launch on August 1st at the AFAS website: »2019 Online Show as well as an exhibition by a group of members at the New Masters Gallery in Carmel during "car week". The Online Show and sale will also be presented in its entirety in the September issue of this publication.***
Our June update presents Wallace Wyss's profile on AFAS member »Barry Rowe. Rowe has "not retired" but has given up long distance international travel. We also continue our series on artist profiles. In this issue, ArtistAuto member »Robin Bark presents his sculpture and paintings. AFAS Associate Member's exceptional "cutaway" technical illustrations are presented in a review »Makoto Ouchi***
An updated DETOURS returns with coverage on a truly eclectic range of events. Of special interest: Rob Alen returns with an entertaining and informative... and unexpected... look at "Is Italy's Dream Car British?".***
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I was pleased to return to Paris to exhibit my work as a newly minted member of ArtistAuto. Retromobile's "Gallerie des Artistes" presented the work of some 53 artists/artisans of which about 28 are ArtistAuto members. (ArtistAuto has amalgamated with Art Avenue, see DETOURS for more on this.) For 2019, the position of the group exhibit within the show was excellent... right at the main entrance to Building One... a huge improvement over last year. I was initially planning a "full" report as last year but it occured to me that it would simply be a rehash of how I corrected the previous year's issues. So... on a personal level, I'm happy to report that my work more accurately targeted the attendance so I was quite pleased with the results. At six days and late 10pm nights, this show is not for the feint of heart. However the members make participation especially enjoyable and my extra thanks go to Yahn and Sandrine for their invaluable assistance from beginning to end. Last year Cathy and I were blamed for the snowfall when we arrived but this year we were not given credit for the nice weather! alors... Still working on and improving my French, I'm really looking forward to 2020.***
Our highly experienced European correspondent Tony Clark presents extensive coverage of the art aspects of the RetroMobile show in his usual excellent »Art Show Review. Rob Alen returns with a look at the activities just outside the Paris Expo RetroMobile universe with some ideas for first time visitors. »The RetroMobile Extravaganza***
We reported last fall that British artist Gary Whinn had resigned his AFAS membership. As promised, we present an indepth profile in this edition. We wish Gary well in his future endeavors. »Gary Whinn***
As our publication becomes more and more international... of which I am very pleased and proud... language can get in the way. We present two artist profiles in this issue, Grenet and Inagaki, where English is not their first language. But we get by...***
With a cast of some 53 exhibiting artists/artisans, the RetroMobile show presents a wide range of styles and content. ArtistAuto member Stephane Grenet leans heavily towards classic 50's heavy metal American makes in his work. Take a look at his profile »Stephane Grenet***
Last year's record number of Guest Artists and subsequent election to Associate Membership in the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) presented a wide range of styles. One of the most intriguing is the "paper" work of Toshiharu Inagaki. 2D? 3D? you decide... »Toshiharu Inagaki***
Wallace Wyss presents an interesting and indepth Book Review on "Fins – Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors and the Glory Days of Detroit" » Fins
Don't forget to have a look at the updated Art For Sale for work being offered by private collectors » Art For Sale.***
The venue for a 2020 AFAS group show has not been announced. If you are an artist interested in applying for a Guest Artist spot for 2020, your application is due by no later than November this year. »Review the requirements here and learn more » about the Society***
Continuing our practice of archiving past issues for a rolling five years, the August 2013 and March 2014 issues have now been removed. The usual reminder: Our almost constant change in layouts to accommodate ever-changing screens has resulted in the removal of early artist feature stories. We have reformatted and relaunched a number of these from the earliest and now deleted editions... take a look here: »Archived Artist Stories Index and archived back issues here: »Archived Issues Index***
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