Automotive art featured at Pebble Beach

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Whether its a man cave or she shed, if the owner is involved with collector cars, the decor includes actual vehicles but also vintage signs, a library of car books, and a few — or more — pieces of automotive artwork.

Among those supplying that artwork are members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, which was founded 35 years ago. The group started with 25 members and a plan to accept one new member each year. 

The group participates in various shows, but its largest takes place once per year on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the concours d’elegance.

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“For over three decades, the AFAS has partnered with the Pebble Beach Concours, hosting its primary annual exhibition alongside our competition field,” concours chair Sandra Button is quoted in the society’s recent news release.

“Each year, the Concours strives to bring the very best cars to our event, and the artists of the AFAS seek to help us see their beauty more clearly.”

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Society members work in a variety of media, from pen and ink to metal, watercolors to oil.

Also invited to the Pebble Beach showcase are select guest exhibitors. This year they include Hendrik Muller of Germany, Yahn Janoe of France and Vidita Singh of India.

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The AFAS exhibit is open from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. during the concours.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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