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Sitting Pretty – Pebble Beach Concours Art Exhibit


Sitting Pretty – Pebble Beach Concours Art Exhibit

The team at txGarage won’t – regrettably – be at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this year. In fact, we don’t understand anyone leaving Texas, even when all the fancy cars have decamped for Northern California. If we were attending, however, we’d be sure and stop at the exhibit of art presented by the Automotive Fine Arts Society. Information on AFAS member Jim Dietz – provided by Dallas’ TimePiece PR – is below, and more complete info on AFAS can be found at their website:


CARMEL, Calif. – July 17, 2018 – Jim Dietz, an award-winning painter and member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS), will debut original paintings at the group’s exhibit and reception during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 26th in Carmel, California. This is the 21st year that Lincoln Motor Company will sponsor the AFAS exhibit on the Pebble Beach show field.

Mr. Dietz brings to Pebble Beach “Sitting Pretty”, featuring a 1942 Ford staff car and members of the 8th Air Force – of the 94th Bomb Group – in England. The aircraft are B-17 F’s and G’s of the 94th, landing after a long mission over Germany during “Big Week” in 1943. The artwork conveys Jim’s historical accuracy, while underscoring the auto industry’s significant role in building the United States’ Arsenal of Democracy.

Born in San Francisco, Jim Dietz graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1969. Jim had a successful illustration career in Los Angeles and New York, with a steady flow of work ranging from automobile ads, movie posters, and romantic and historical/action book covers.

By 1978, Jim and his wife had moved to Seattle, where Jim’s work gradually shifted from commercial illustration to primarily historical aviation, automotive and military art. Today his work is internationally known and collected, and his style, with its emphasis on depth of story, is recognized by collectors of historical art. His list of clients includes Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Federal Express, Allison, Cessna, Flying Tigers, the Indianapolis 500, BMW, US Air Force Documentary Art Program, Wingnut Studios, Meadowbrook and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the National Guard and many U.S. Army organizations and associations.

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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