Members of the renowned Automotive Fine Arts Society will return to the shores of the Pacific on August 17th for their 23rd annual art show during the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Sponsored by the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company, the exhibit will join the world’s premier vintage automobiles on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The AFAS is comprised of automotive artists from all corners of the globe who create subjects in a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, oils, wood and various metals.
“This year marks the 25th anniversary of AFAS, and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate that incredible milestone than at the world’s most renowned automotive event,” said Ken Eberts, President of the AFAS. “The Pebble Beach Concours has been instrumental to the growth of automotive fine art, as thousands of enthusiasts are introduced to our works during the event each year. We’re honored to have been associated with this amazing celebration for over two decades and look forward to many more years of participation.”
Lincoln, which has sponsored the Pebble Beach AFAS exhibit since 1996, will do so again this year. The American automaker will display a new 2009 Lincoln MKS as well as a classic 1940 Lincoln Continental at the AFAS tent. Lincoln will also sponsor the group’s annual Saturday afternoon reception on August 16, which has become a popular destination for celebrities and industry leaders.
Featured marques at the 58th Annual Pebble Beach Concours will be the Italian duo of Lancia and Lamborghini. The Concours will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of General Motors. Other recognized classes will include early London to Brighton Veteran Car Run participants as well as pre and post war preservation cars. Charles Maher was commissioned to create the official Concours art and Barry Rowe was chosen to design the Tour d’Elegance poster this year.
“We’ll unveil some exciting new pieces at Pebble Beach this year,” added Bill Motta, Vice-President of the AFAS. “Each AFAS member works tirelessly to bring fresh, never-before seen artwork to impress the Concours crowd. Many of the artists will also browse the incredible display of vintage automobiles surrounding the art show tent in search of inspiration for their next painting or sculpture.”
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.
About the Automotive Fine Arts Society– Celebrating its 25th year of existence, the AFAS includes some of the most prestigious talents in fine art. 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.
[Source: Initial color image of the 2008 Concours Poster by Charles Maher]