Scottsdale Artists School: Wade Fairchild arranged 1985 Art Trip to the East Coast

Scottsdale Artists School: Wade Fairchild arranged 1985 Art Trip to the East Coast

[Getting painting research on Monhegan Island]

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Wade arranged a 14 day “art jam-packed” trip to the East Coast to both visit the major art museums and wander the most painted iconic settings and subjects of the early 20th Century painters. A group of painters including Wade, Karen Bushee-Shannon [sp use both], James Reynolds and me, Roy and Lui Anderson, and others intermittently. We started in Washington DC visiting the National Museum of American Art and the Portrait Gallery where we met Wade’s 88 year old aunt who was been the “driving force” there and who personally knew painters such as, Edward Hopper, Edmund Greacen, Walter Leighton Clark, and my favorites: John Singer Sargent and Frederick Mulhaupt.

Besides other Smithsonian museums, we saw the Phillips Museum, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Collection and the Chadds Ford-Wyeth Museums in PA; the Griswold Museum, CT; the Isabella Gardner and Boston Museum of Art in MA.

The painter, Gregg Kreutz, gave us a wonderful guided tour in NYC of the Arts Student League, the various major museums, including the Hispanic Historical Society [to see the Sorolla murals], the Society of Illustrators, Grand Central Art Gallery, the private club—The Players Club and even the famous Russian Tea Room.

Equally exciting was visiting so many historical locations from Valley Forge to Old Saybrook, GloucesterHarbor, Monhegan Island and the lighthouses of Maine. At the end of the trip we voted on which places we most want to come back and paint. We decided and in the fall of 1985 went back to paint 7 days in Camden, Maine and 6 days near Mystic Village, Connecticut.