Monday, June 1, 2015

Congratulations Grand Master Scott Gustafson!

Scott Gustafson received the Grand Master Award at The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23, 2015. He also received the Silver Award in the Book category for the painting “Jack and the Sleeping Giant” from Classic Bedtime Stories, published by Greenwich Workshop Press in September 2014.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL), now in its 23rd year, celebrates the fantastic art and its creators. SFAL is a fantasy art convention where creators display, share and sell originals, prints, sculpture, crafts, toys and more to an audience of fans and peers.

The Grand Master Award is chosen annually by Spectrum Fantastic Art Advisory Board. To be considered, an active artist must (1) have a career spanning at least twenty years, (2) have achieved a level of excellence in their work that they’ve maintained throughout the course of their career, (3) have inspired other artists with their attitudes and accomplishments.

Gustafson has more than met these criteria and The Greenwich Workshop adds our congratulations to the artist. Well deserved and well done!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Socrates Márquez at Art Expo 2015

Art Expo 2015 opened today at Pier 94 in New York City!
Greenwich Workshop artist Socrates Márquez is exhibiting new work and Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions of his work in booth 250, along with Greenwich Workshop President and Publisher, Scott Usher. Above, the artist stands in front of Leaving the Blues Behind, also available as an enhanced museum edition canvas from The Greenwich Workshop.

Márquez won the SOLOAward at the 2013 Artexpo. “The combination of [his] work, [his] booth design and [his] MAGIC” said Rick Barnett, Artexpo Business Development Director.

Art Expo is open to the public through 
Sunday April 26 at 6pm

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Michael Blessing Quick Draws to First Place Bid

Artist Michael Blessing’s painting, Raising The Bar, received the high bid at the C.M. Russell Museum's  "Quick-Draw" competition in Great Falls, Montana last weekend.
         The artist was shocked and honored by the $17,500 bid. In the “Quick-Draw” competition, artists are given just a few hours to complete their work while interacting with the crowd before it is auctioned off. This is the second consecutive year that Blessing has won the competition.  In other news from last weekend, Blessing's painting Postcard From Miles City received a bid of $8000, well over the estimated “high” projection, and was third highest in the Russell Museum’s First Strike auction.
         Painting is documenting history for Blessing. The colorful graphic nature of neon signs has attracted him since childhood. 

The Greenwich Workshop just published Michael Blessing’s Whiskey Before Breakfast, another painting that reveals a great deal about the artist’s concept of the Neon West. It is as much a state of mind as it is a visual record of the West. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

William S. Phillips' First Forever Stamp

In August 2015, the United States Postal Service will release aviation artist William S. Phillips’ 33rd stamp but this stamp is also a “first.” It will be Phillips’ first Forever stamp, and it will honor the U.S. Coast Guard. 
The Postal Service relied on the Greenwich Workshop artist to do the research and get the details right, not an easy job at any size and particularly in this case, when the original painting was only about 5x7 inches.
The USPS explains that “this stamp honors the United States Coast Guard for its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests.”
The painting “depicts two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as ‘America’s Tall Ship,’ and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the standard rescue aircraft of the Coast Guard.”
Phillips, a Vietnam veteran, is also a former police officer and firefighter. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Medal.
In 1994, the US Postal Service commissioned Phillips to paint the Classic American Aircraft Series.
In 2004, he was chosen by the National Park Service to be the first Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon where his assignment included paintings to interpret the park’s purpose as a place of pleasure and its importance as a national treasure. 
Artist William S. Phillips, in the course of his nearly 30-year relationship with the famed WWII Doolittle Raiders, has recreated, in over a dozen paintings, moments before and during their historic mission, thereby bringing to life scenes that would otherwise be lost to history. In October, 2013, the artist was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor, along with Doolittle Raider co-pilot Robert Emmens.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, Doolittle Raider, dies at 94

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan in World War II during a daring 1942 mission, died of natural causes on January 28, 2015 in Sumner, Washington.
"Mission Complete, the Journey Continues" a William S. Phillips
 fine art edition, countersigned by Lt. Col. Edward Saylor      
    Saylor was born on March 15, 1920, in Brusett, Montana. He enlisted December 7, 1939 at Fort George Wright, Washington and attended the Air Corps Training School, Chanute Field, Illinois. He served throughout World War II in enlisted status both stateside and overseas until March, 1945. Saylor served in the Air Force for 28 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
            He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen who volunteered to fly the unprecedented mission that sent B-25 bombers from a carrier at sea to attack Tokyo on April 28, 1942, following Pearl Harbor.
            Last year, the Raiders received the Congressional Gold Medal for heroism and valor. The three surviving Doolittle raiders are Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher and Lt. Col. Robert Hite.
            No funeral is planned. His wish was to be buried beside his wife and that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Lt. Col Saylor’s life and story was featured in a New York Times story from 2/1/14:

The Greenwich Workshop is honored to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Saylor many times as he generously countersigned  fine art editions of artist William S. Phillips’ paintings of the Doolittle Raiders mission. An E-book about the Doolittle Raiders and featuring Phillips paintings can be viewed on our website here:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scott Gustafson's New Book Chosen for 2015 Illinois Reads Statewide Literacy Campaign

Scott Gustafson’s new book, Classic Bedtime Stories, published by Greenwich Workshop Press, has been selected for the 2015 Illinois Reads program. Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Reads is an annual statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. The thirty-six titles chosen, for ages newborn to adult, will be introduced into classrooms, public health facilities, public and school libraries, and bookstores throughout Illinois. The Illinois Reads program will be formally launched on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Westmont, IL, followed by book signings.
been chosen as one of the books for the annual

This is the second time one of Gustafson’s books has been chosen by Illinois Reads. His Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose was one of the books chosen for Illinois Reads’ inaugural and first ever statewide literacy project in 2013.

Each year the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) holds an annual conference to provide literacy opportunities for approximately 3,000 educators from around the state of Illinois. The 2015 event, October 1-3, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. At the Illinois Reads Luncheon on Friday, each author/illustrator will be invited to sit at a table with teachers and librarians to discuss their work. An autograph session will follow. 
Scott Gustafson at the Illinois READS
launch March 13, 2013

Friday, October 31, 2014

Scott Gustafson's "Classic Bedtime Stories" Wins GOLD medal in Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2014 Picture Book for all Ages Category

Scott Gustafson's new book, "Classic Bedtime Stories," published in September by Greenwich Workshop Press, has won the Gold Award in its category in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, which are dedicated to the notion that reading to and with your children will inspire them to become lifelong readers and learners.

Presented by Jenkins Group and, "the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians - and to children themselves."

Greenwich Workshop Press is proud of this recognition, and thrilled that our first printing sold out within a couple of weeks. The second printing of "Classic Bedtime Stories" will be in the warehouse before Thanksgiving, just in time to fill wish-lists and stockings for the holidays. 

Meanwhile, this book and Gustafson's "Classic Fairy Tales" and "Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose" are now available as e-books for iPad, Kindle Fire, Google Play, and Kobo. Congratulations to Scott Gustafson!