PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2009) – The Automotive Fine Arts Society will celebrate its 24th annual show at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 16, 2009, with the most impressive exhibit in the group’s history. Sponsored by the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company, the exhibit will include paintings and sculptures by the world’s premier automotive fine artists on the Concours field of cars on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. The AFAS is an international association of automotive artists who create pieces in mediums including watercolors, acrylics, oils, wood and various metals.
“The Pebble Beach Concours has become the world’s celebration of the wonderful, rich heritage of the automobile,” said AFAS president, Ken Eberts. “AFAS has been an important part of that celebration for the past 24 years and we’re looking forward to being part of this historic occasion. We’ll have the largest group of members exhibiting there over the past decade and the number of originals to be debuted is amazing. This may be our best exhibit at the Concours to date.”
Lincoln, which has sponsored the Pebble Beach AFAS exhibit since 1996, will do so again this year. Lincoln will also sponsor the group’s annual Saturday afternoon reception on August 15, which has become a popular destination for celebrities and industry leaders.
The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature Bugatti and Bentley. It will also celebrate a century of Morgan and Audi, as well as the designs of Zagato. AFAS artists were again commissioned to create the official poster art for the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Tour d’Elegance.
This will be the AFAS’ 24th consecutive year to present the work of its members on the lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Each member artist who participates in the exhibit must show work not previously displayed at Pebble Beach, plus debut at least three new works (one for sculptors) that have never before been exhibited. The art presentation is, therefore, always fresh and highly anticipated.
“While the world’s greatest cars grace the field at Pebble Beach, the world’s greatest works of automotive fine art debuts each year in the AFAS tent,” added Bill Motta, vice-president of the AFAS. “Our members capture the beauty and passion of the automobile for the pleasure of those who attend the Concours. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share our pieces and draw inspiration from the Concours for future works.”
AFAS members will display and sell original artwork and limited edition prints during the Concours, as well as signed copies of the AFAS book, “AFAS: A Celebration of Automotive Art,” that was debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2005. It records the history, artists and pieces created by AFAS members since the organization’s inception in 1983.