Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Award-winning Greenwich Workshop Artists at the 2013 Quest for the West

   The Eighth Annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale opened the weekend of  September 7 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Greenwich Workshop artists crowded the top awards category.
  John Buxton sold all four of his entries and won the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, presented by Western Art Society for his painting A Secret Cache.
   The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show, presented by Catherine and Robert Turner, went to Daniel Smith.
   And hearty congratulations to Don Crowley who took the Artist of Distinction Award, presented by Western Art Society. The artist will be honored with a one-man show at Quest 2014. Well deserved!

The Quest for the West show closes Sunday October 6.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Gilleon & NFL Pros Tee-up for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Fisher, Gilleon, Curtis, Dickerson
"Greenwich Workshop artist Tom Gilleon has appeared in the Big Sky, MT. Celebrity Golf Tournament for the past two years and donated a painting of one of his widely collected and iconic teepees to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  This year the charity tournament raised more than $45,000.  In the  photo, from left to right, are Coach Jeff Fisher, head coach of the St. Louis Rams, Tom Gilleon, Isaac Curtis, former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and Eric Dickerson, former running back for the L.A.Rams and the Indianapolis Colts."
Is there a more unique experience than golf set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains
16th Hole, The Reserve at Moonlight Basin
Legends may be born at Augusta, St. Andrews is the storied home of links and Pebble Beach, well, is Pebble Beach.? But as artist Tom Gilleon says about The Reserve at Moonlight Basin, “There is absolutely no way golf can spoil a good walk here.”
If the grandeur of this Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Big Sky, Montana can’t inspire your game, consider yet another bonus of golf at 7,500 ft: your ball soars further. At higher altitudes the thinner air offers less resistance. Every 1,000 feet of altitude above sea level can add 2% more distance to a given shot. Expect to gain an additional 10% or more of ball travel on a full swing.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Space Oddity is Stunning!

Whatever imagery came to mind when you heard the verse ...Here I am floating in a tin can far above the Earth... from David Bowie's Space Oddity it will never be the same after viewing Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield's video created 255 miles above our planet.

If raising the human spirit through the potential of man's accomplishment was the only compelling argument for the exploration of space, this would make the case.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Illinois READS Project Chooses Gustafson's Mother Goose Book

Illinois READS Project Chooses Gustafson's Mother Goose Book

Scott Gustafson at the Illinois READS
launch March 13, 2013

Scott Gustafson's bookFavorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose, was selected for the birth-to-four-year-old category for Illinois' first-ever statewide literacy project. Many statewide literacy organizations including teachers, schools and libraries are planning events in support of the literacy effort.  
ILLINOIS READS officially launched on March 13, 2013 at the Old State Historical Capital building in Springfield, IL. Scott and wife Patty attended the ceremonies along with other authors, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Secretary of State and Illinois State Librarian Jesse White, and Illinois Legislators.
Favorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose was published by Greenwich Workshop Press in 2007 and they published his book Classic Fairy Tales in 2003. Scott Gustafson is working on a third book in this series, Bedtime Stories, which Greenwich Workshop Press will publish in fall 2014.

James Christensen's "Low Tech" to hang in Jet Propulsion Lab's New Space Building

James Christensen's "Low Tech" to hang in Jet Propulsion Lab's New Space Building

Christensen fine art editions collector Steve Cunningham recently donated a framed edition of James Christensen's Low Tech to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA. Receiving the gift, from the left, is Stephen Kulczycki, Deputy Director of Communications and Education for JPL, and  Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the JPL. On the right are Mr. Cunningham and his daughter, Mrs. Tracy Pellegrino, an employee of JPL.

"I donated Low Tech to JPL because of the spirit of the barnstormer and, as the poster says, 'Before there was high tech, there had to be low tech.' It seems appropriate that the framed print now hangs in a place of honor in JPL's new Space Building."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gilleon Sale Sets New Record

Hair Apparent by Tom Gilleon
Tom Gilleon entered fine art rare air with the sale of his painting Hair Apparent at The Russell Auction in Montana this past week end. When the gavel finally fell, the 50” x 50” work of contemporary American Western art, initially estimated to sell for between $50,000 & $60,000, fetched a staggering $225,000!  
"I think it was a smashing success," said C.M. Russell Museum board chairman Joe Masterson of the auction. "The whole weekend was a tremendous success. It exceeded our expectations."
"I had absolutely no idea there was that much interest (in the painting)," said Gilleon.
"That's why we have auctions," said auctioneer Troy Black.
Mark Tarrant of Altamira Fine Art in Jackson Hole, said, "Collectors love art and recognize it is an asset class. It's a good place to put their money."
Gilleon’s record of Sold Out editions here at Greenwich mirrors the excitement for Tom’s original paintings we are seeing in auction such as this. Congratulations, Tom! We couldn’t be prouder. We love it when good things happen to good people.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Doolittle Raider and Workshop Friend Passes

Rising Into the Storm
Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, navigator on a B-25 bomber, the Whirling Dervish, in the daring air raid on Japan led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle in 1942, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died in Fort Thomas, Ky., on Feb. 26. He was 96 and lived in Cincinnati.
Griffin at the time of the Raid
 He died in a veterans hospital, said Tom Casey, a friend and the manager of the Doolittle Raiders, as the airmen who flew on the raid came to be known. The raid, the first American attack on Japanese soil, followed a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific that had demoralized the American public.

“The Japanese had attacked us, and we were mad,” Major Griffin said. “We wanted to hit ’em back.” The 80 men who volunteered for the raid were told only that they would be involved in a terribly dangerous mission.

They were to fly 16 B-25s from the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet — the first time the land-based bombers had been launched on a raid at sea — to strike military and industrial targets in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka. But a last-minute change in plans, resulting from an encounter with a Japanese vessel, meant the planes would not have enough fuel to reach designated landing areas in China.
Engaging the Enemy

Despite heavy antiaircraft fire and pursuing planes, all 16 bombers made it out of Japanese airspace. After escaping Japan, the planes ran into a storm, further draining their fuel supplies as darkness fell over unfamiliar terrain. Most of the men, including Major Griffin (who was a lieutenant at the time), bailed out over China.

Major Griffin escaped Japanese capture and later participated in more bombing runs before he was shot down in 1943. He was held in a German prisoner of war camp until 1945.
Doolittle Raid Ebook

Thomas Carson Griffin was born on July 10, 1916, in Green Bay, Wis. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He is survived by two sons, John and Gary; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Major Griffin was a cosigner on numerous William S. Phillips' fine art editions. His death leaves four surviving Doolittle Raiders.