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Tribute to Artist Richard Schmid at Laumeister Art Center: Sept. 22-23

artist Richard SchmidKnown as one of the world’s most influential artists, a tribute to American artist and author Richard Schmid, presented by West Wind Fine Art, will take place at Southern Vermont College’s Laumeister Art Center Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. This special event is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Schmid’s best-selling book, “ALLA PRIMA II,” curated by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., the exhibition opens in the main gallery with paintings by Schmid and eight of his protégés: 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 theatre. 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 follow with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Schmid’s protégés.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, 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 theatre.

Schmid is the recipient of almost every major 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.

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 N.Y. In 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, Colorado.

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

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 only be open to those attending the special events on Sept. 22 and 23. Admission to both days is $79.98 or $59.98 to attend one day. To purchase tickets, go to For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit

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