Automotive Art at Concours d' Elegance in California

by John Hazeltine


August 16, 1998 was the setting for two art exhibitions at Pebble Beach, situated on the Pacific coast between Monterey and Carmel, California. One show was hosted in a tent next to the 18th fairway within the Concours d' Elegance grounds by the Automotive Fine Arts Society. The AFAS published a handsome 48 page catalog of the ehibited art listed over 230 works by the Society members. John Hazeltine met an artist member who was an award winner at the exhibition: Mr. Tom Fritz. He may be reached at 805.499.1630. As I was unable to find a phone number in the catalog for the AFSA, Mr. Fritz may be able to direct readers interested in automotive art to artist members of the Society.

Outside the Concours grounds, yet close to the Lodge, was another tent containing works by Alfredo De La Maria and Vaclav Zapadlik. Their art was sponsored by Blackhawk Editions, whcich may be found at I enjoyed the 30+ paintings depicting historic scenes in 20th century races and evidently so did many other guests to the Concours as the pavilion was crowded during my mid-day visit.

From top to bottom: AFAS Pavillion; Tom Fritz with prize-winning painting, photos by John Hazeltine

The acknowledgement requested by the Pebble Beach Company in connection with this article is "PEBBLE BEACH, its images, golf course and individual golf hole designs are trademerks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company, all rights reserved."

For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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