"A spectacular setting, exceptional vintage cars and enthusiastic, engaging people gathered to share their passion for automotive fine art and exquisite rolling sculptures" describes artist Michael Irvine's impressions of the fifth annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance set on the western shore of Georgian Bay in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Show morning dawned as three invited automotive-themed artists Michael Irvine, Jay Koka and Gord Walker prepared to exhibit a broad range in subjects and styles. "We were ideally situated opposite the fairway where the cars were being displayed. In fact, the subjects of our paintings frequently reflected what was right in front of us." said artist Gord Walker.

Rob McCleese, event founder, sums it up: “Best Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance yet! Approximately 7,500 attendees had a fantastic time with a caliber of vehicles yet unmatched. Artists’ display was amazing. Weather was superb!”

The 11th Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park (Dayton, Ohio, USA) featured the first generation Camaro and Firebird along with the evolution of the MG. A dozen automotive artists exhibited their work in the art pavilion featuring originals, prints, posters, photography and sculpture including digital artist Phil Ward, shown above. All proceeds from the Dayton Concours go to Dayton History.

The 2017 St Johns Concours d'Elegance, now in it's 39th year counting its predecessor Meadow Brook Concours took place in late July near Plymouth Michigan USA. "There was a strong art presence throughout the three day weekend, aided by improved placement of the art tent at the Sunday concours." says Bill Mihalic of the Art Committee.

"One of the art highlights was the Friday evening Art Reception enhanced with three very distinguished art judges:  Steve Pasteiner, former GM designer, artist, and custom car designer/builder; Salvador Salort-Pons, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; and David Woodhouse, Director of Lincoln Design at Ford."

The art award winners were Tom Fritz, Tom Hale and Alex Buchan. In addition, painters Steve Macy, Charles Maher (AFAS), Dan McCrary, Francois Bruere, Gerald Freeman, David Chapple (AFAS) and sculptor Tony Sikorski (AFAS) exhibited  

along with photographer Steve Purdy. "The Saturday portion of the exhibit continued on in the Garden Gallery" says Charles Maher, "and was well attended. For Sunday the art show moved out onto the Show Field with this year's tent location was greatly improved, situating the art in direct proximity with with the exhibiting automobiles."

Poster artist Tom Hale wraps it up: "The exhibit looked exciting and the tent was located in a good spot surrounded by many high end sports cars. The visitors filled the tent the entire day and a number of the artists were quite successful. The vehicles on the show field were some of the best in recent times especially the classics. All things considered, it was a wonderful show; great weather and the artists were pleased to be in attendance."

AFAS members Barry Rowe from England produced the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours poster (above left) and Ken Eberts (USA) created the art for the AFAS Pebble Beach show preview.

Just in case you didn't really think we have international readership, we received a notice from the Sudan Automotive Expo that will take place in Khartoum in November. Want to attend? Need more info? email: info@expoteam.info

The 4th Annual AIM for the Cures Gala was a huge success thanks to the support of AIM for Mental Health’s generous donors, vendors and volunteers. The Pebble Beach Company Concours d’Elegance donated the elegantly decorated venue. The Gala raised over $400k for youth mental health research and awareness. AIM’s mission is to build a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. Info: krisztina@AIMforMentalHealth.org

The late John Burgess was one of the original members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society. We have been contacted by his family seeking information on his work. Our publication is also planning a retrospective in an upcoming issue so please contact the magazine info@nitebridge.com if you can help.

CRAIG'S LIST really? The AFAS public relations firm was contacted just prior to the August show about purchasing tickets for the AFAS preview party. It appears that someone was offering them for sale. It's not legit. While the preview is invitation only, there is no charge.

Tony Merrithew has worked for twenty five years in the sculpting department of a Portland, Oregon (USA) film studio that creates ads for TV commercials. Recent work has included a number of auto themed pieces like the 1959 Mercedes 300 SL (above). Watch for more on Merrithew's work in an upcoming edition.

The Zoute Grand Prix Concours takes place in Knokee-Heist, Belgium on the grounds of the Royal Zoute Golf Club. Want to participate? Better hurry...takes place Oct 5-8. www.zoutegrandprix.be