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September 2018

The Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) held its 33rd annual show during the Pebble Beach Concours in California. I didn't attend the show this year and want to thank my friend Bill Michalak for his photographic contribution and Jeanne Braun who saved the day with a few last minute picture contributions. Coverage of the show is here   »2018 AFAS Show  The Concours is part of "Car Week", a series of car related activities/events taking place on the Monterey peninsula and vicinity. We present our regular correspondent Wallace Wyss's take on this year's activities. I particularly enjoy Wyss's commentary because it is from the viewpoint of a "mere mortal" in a hyper environment  »2018 Car Week

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I have known Bill Neale for almost as long as I have been a professional artist. I've had little contact with him since the sad passing of his wife Nelda and so it is a privilege and it gives me great pleasure to present a long look at the man and his career prepared by his friend and associate Scott Black. See  »Bill Neale

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I'm sorry to report that British artist Gary Whinn has resigned his AFAS membership. We will present an indepth profile in a coming edition. We wish Gary well in his future endeavors. On a brighter note, this year's record number of Guest Artist invitations have netted 6 new Associate Members for the Society. See    DETOURS

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As promised, we present an expanded story on the work of the French sculptor Francois Bazin and the 21st century revival of his work by granddaughter Julie Bazin. »Francois Bazin

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We continue our coverage of people and events in the regular   DETOURS   column. Although it's not an "art" story in the strictest sense, the 70th anniversary of Porsche presents us with an opportunity to have a look at the iconic 356. Rob Alen gives us an affectionate look at a car that launched a thousand illustrations. I met Rob at the Retromobile show in Paris earlier this year and solicited his participation as a contributor. I look forward to more of his insightful commentary in coming issues.

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In just 6 years, the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance has set a high standard of excellence for Canadian concours events. Take a look at our expanded coverage of this year's show   » 2018 Cobble Beach Concours

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Don't forget to have a look at the updated   » Art For Sale   for work being offered by private collectors.


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I am really pleased that earlier this year I was accepted as a member of Artist Auto, the European-based international art group. I look forward to attending Retromobile which is the exciting venue for the major annual group show... Paris, France, in early February. A report will follow in the March issue.

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Continuing our practice of archiving past issues for a rolling five years, the August 2013 and March 2014 issues have been removed. Remember, you can always access archived past issue stories directly through our   » story archive index

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I reported last December that Tom Fritz, last year's chairman of the Membership Committee had advised that AFAS received a record number of applications for Guest Artist invitations to exhibit in 2018. As a reminder, if you are an artist interested in applying for a Guest Artist spot for 2019, your application is due by no later than November this year.   »Review the requirements here  and learn more  » about the Society

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A reminder: Our almost constant change in layouts to accommodate ever-changing screens has resulted in the removal of a number of 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

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Finally, our "update" issues in December last year and June just past were well received so we plan to continue with an update in December. Watch for it or better still, sign up for » automatic issue notification. We do not sell, lend or rent our mailing list so sign up with confidence that you will not be spamed to death.

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