[James Reynolds, Karen Shannon, Wade Fairchild]
Wade Fairchild was the driving force behind establishing the ScottsdaleArtistSchool, SAS, in 1983. Wade was of the Fairchild “Women’s Wear Daily” NYC dynasty and it was his dream that the SAS become the West version/replication of the NYC Art Students League.
I came across a letter Wade wrote to me that summer of 1983, excited that a painter of Jim’s stature would give the new school a needed credibility in the art world. I still have the Grand Opening Invitation for September 16, the week of Jim’s first week long workshop which began my studies under his patient tutelage. I attended all 3 of the weeklong workshops Jim taught there and the class notes I took were the beginning of the copious notes on Jim’s teachings that I would take over the next 28 years.