Amelia Island, FL, (December 19, 2008) -– The Automotive Fine Arts Society will host its 14th annual art show during the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 13-15, 2009, in Amelia Island, Fla. Mazda North America will once again sponsor the popular exhibit, which will showcase automotive subjects in a variety of mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen and ink, clay and metal. In 2009, the Concours will honor former racer and SPEED commentator David Hobbs, while coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz will serve as the featured marque. The AFAS was established in 1983 and consists of the most celebrated automotive artists in the world.

“The Amelia Island Concours has evolved into one of the most exclusive automotive gatherings in the world,” said Ken Eberts, president of the AFAS. “We’re excited about returning to the Florida coast, where auto enthusiasts have become familiar with our styles and inspirations. Our members are busy creating new pieces for the event. Some will commemorate 2009 honoree David Hobbs, while others will celebrate a variation of marques from around the world.”

Held at the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, the Amelia Island Concours is among the most popular automotive events in the country. Celebrities, industry leaders, art collectors and automotive enthusiasts regularly attend the annual event and the AFAS exhibit.

“The AFAS exhibit has been an essential part of the Amelia Island Concours since our inception in 1994,” said Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “We’re pleased that this world-renown group chooses our event as their only official East Coast appearance each year. As the Amelia Concours has grown, so has the demand for automotive art in the Southeast and throughout the country.”

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