Pebble Beach, Calif. – July 24, 2007 – The Automotive Fine Arts Society will welcome Lincoln as the sponsor of their 22nd annual art show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19, 2007, in Pebble Beach, Calif.
It will mark the 12th consecutive year that Lincoln has sponsored the exhibit on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The art show will include automotive subjects in a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, oils, wood and various metals.
“Thanks to the support of Lincoln, we’re able to be part of the country’s most renowned automotive event and with an art show that is truly one-of-a-kind,” noted Ken Eberts, AFAS president. “Their patronage has helped heighten awareness of automotive fine art across the globe and vault our members to the forefront of the genre. We’re pleased to enter another Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with Lincoln on our team.”
Lincoln will also sponsor the AFAS cocktail party on August 18, 2007, from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The private reception will include a sneak peak at numerous AFAS masterpieces, awards and a drawing for a Ford Shelby GT500 being raffled by the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.
Each year, Lincoln commissions an AFAS member to create an official sponsor piece for the reception. Sculptor Richard Pietruska was tapped for 2007, and his piece, “P-32,” was featured on Lincoln’s invitations to the party. Pietruska’s stainless steel and aluminum sculpture mirrors the oneoff creation by award-winning designer Chip Foose, who will be the AFAS’s guest artist this year.
“Since its founding, Lincoln has been known for producing cars with exceptional style, engineering and performance,” said Francisco Codina, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. “So it is not surprising that Lincolns are often the subject matter for AFAS artists.
Lincoln is very pleased to support the Automotive Fine Arts Society and its prestigious reception and exhibit at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s a perfect blend of the best in automobiles and automotive art.”
Lincoln Returns as AFAS Sponsor at Pebble Beach 2007 (2/2) Each year, Lincoln honors an AFAS member with the prestigious Lincoln Award for the most elegant artwork. A panel of judges chooses five Awards of Excellence recipients before announcing the prestigious, Peter Helck Award. Named after one of the founding members of AFAS, the Peter Helck Award is given to the artist whose work most completely represents what his fellow artists believe is the pinnacle of automotive fine art.
The AFAS membership is a virtual “Who’s Who” in the world of automotive fine art. The group boasts 24 international painters and sculptors from across Europe and North America. Membership bestows a mantle of professionalism, quality and talent that is respected by critics worldwide.
AFAS artists scheduled to exhibit their work at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance include: Larry Braun, Dennis Brown, James Dietz, Ken Eberts, Art Fitzpatrick, Tom Fritz, Tom Hale, Jack Juratovic, Jay Koka, Charles Maher, John Francis Marsh, William Motta, Niles Nakaoka, Bill Neale, Richard Pietruska, Stanley Rose, Barry Rowe, Toni Sikorski and Nicola Wood.
About the Automotive Fine Arts Society
AFAS was established in 1983 by a group of artists who are acknowledged by critics to be among the best in their field. Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS participates in select shows across the country including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Information about AFAS is available at www.autoartgallery.com or by calling Scott Black at (214) 520-3430.