June 2018

Congratulations to Bob and Virgia!

Lots of Good News to share!

Bob and Virgia were invited to participate in the event of “Love & Peace – Multicultural Art Exhibition” put on by the AMERICA ARTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE [ www.caaausa.org ] also known as Chinese American Artists Association.
Bob submitted and was accepted and the Inauguration Ceremony of the Idaho Branch of America Arts Research Institute is to be next Thursday, June 7 at The Grove Hotel 245 Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702. They have great hopes for this event.
 
Also, Bob and Virgia were participants in the Zions Bank Art Show in Boise again this year and sold three of their paintings there.
Sold were: “Mt. Heyburn, ID” (one of Bob’s newer paintings), “Lunch at Camus Prairie, ID” (one of Virgia’s newer paintings), “The Bugler” (one of Virgia’s paintings)
 
Plus they participated in Crazy Dayz at Stoecker Jewelers in Mountain Home, ID. and sold another one! Bob sold “Shoshone Falls, 2017”
Bob’s train painting “#119 at the Desert Oasis” will hang on the side of Stoecker Jewelers building just like Virgia’s “Prospector” painting already does. It’s been enlarged to 6′ X 8′ and is beautiful.
 
They also had another show on June 3, “Art & Roses” at Julie Davis Park in Boise, ID.
 
Plus, Virgia has to have approximately 15 paintings ready for her art show at St. Alphonsus Hospital in August.
 
Student count is picking up too so they are really busy busy busy!
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April 2018

A Couple of Exciting Updates regarding Virgia’s and Bob’s Art!

Virgia West looking up at her artwork “Cowboy Way” which is on display
on the building of Stoecker’s Jewelry Store in downtown Mountain Home, ID.
(Photos taken by Nita Pollard)

Also, we want to announce that Bob is a finalist in the NOAPS Competition. His painting “Spring Blossoms” is now in the show in Nashville, TN and is showing in Richland Art Gallery. NOAPS received 893 entries out of those, they chose 186 of which one is Bob’s. We are very proud of that for him!
Spring Blossoms_-WM

August 2017–Updates

Bob and Virgia have been busy as usual and have just added three new paintings to their website.
“Angels Among Us” and “Wingnuts” by Bob and “Roaring River-Pine-Featherville, ID.” by Virgia.

Also, Did You Know…??
Bob and Virgia are both members of Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Plus: Bob is also a member of National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society (NOAPS) and California Art Club (CAC)

 

 

April 2017 Update–Congratulations to Bob and Virgia!

“Old Ranch Hand” Original Oil Painting by Robert West–SOLD

"Willow Tree on Long Tom Road" Painting by Virgia West

“Willow Tree on Long Tom Road” Original Mixed Media Painting by Virgia West–SOLD

Congratulations to Bob and Virgia! Each SOLD one of their beautiful paintings!
Bob’s “Old Ranch Hand” just sold and Virgia’s “Willow Tree on Long Tom Road” just sold!
Join with us in doing a “Happy Dance” with them!

September 2016 News/Update

Dear Fellow Artists, Friends and Family,
We just wanted to let you know – we’ve been “frauded” two times this week, both on the same day. We have filed a police report for one and reported the other as a copywrite violation to be investigated.

The first fraudulent scheme was through Art-Span, on our website.
Details: she signed herself Jennifer Rudy and said she lived in Miami Shores, FL.
She was on vacation which was to account for the sporadic communication.
A fraudulent check was drawn on “Lake Area Bank” in Undstrom, MN which doesn’t exist. (It was Lindstrom MN. No phone number.)
A refund of the over-payment was to be sent to her Miami Shores, FL address, as was the painting.
The bank was real – the town was not, and a phone number is required by law on a Cashier’s Check.

We are very lucky – we got suspicious and never sent the painting and took the check straight to our bank.
There were many signs she wasn’t on the up-and-up and we’re very glad God gave us discernment to avoid falling for this.

She used “decent” English, but did have a few grammatical errors. This is why her intent wasn’t obvious at first.
I spoke to the bank yesterday, and they said we were lucky we still had our paintings. Most of the people who had also been defrauded by this woman, had shipped off goods and had refunded her the extra money by Money Order as she said it was the only way she could get the refund.

Anyway, on the advice of that bank, and my bank, we have filed a police report and probably won’t be able to see any satisfaction in this as we are not out anything, and it was for less than $3000 ($2750 to be exact). According to the police, the FBI only wants cases that deal in thousands/millions etc.
But, we just want to warn others.

She uses the name Jennifer Rudy, and her e-mail is frankrudy70@gmail.com.
The envelope she shipped the check in had the name Jeff Rudy on the outside and the name Victor Vuono on the check itself.
Always with the Miami Shores, FL address.

The second fraud that happened was on LinkedIn. I was surprised because LinkedIn has appeared to be a pretty straightforward site.
On LinkedIn a person has listed herself as Rainbow Art Studio (which she is entitled to do, but she is linking herself to our Studio, as if she works for us, which is not true.) She is in Los Angeles. She says she shows students around, is responsible for students, has been doing this for 2 1/2 years, is bi-lingual, and mainly responsible for everything, but we have never heard of her nor know her.
Her name is Trisha Inouye and she calls herself an assistant director and says shes been doing this since 7/2012.
So we have reported her to LinkedIn and they are going to investigate it. Just very unsettling to have these things happen. Just wanted to let you all know.  –Bob and Virgia West

 

September 2016–News/Updates

Carmel Highlands--Original Oil Painting by Robert (Bob) WestBob’s painting “Carmel Highlands” is at the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, Massachusetts as part of the 26th annual National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (Noaps) exhibition, Best of America.
More than 850 entries were submitted with 104 works of art being juried into the show. We are so proud of Bob that he was chosen to be one of the 104 artists!
There is to be an award reception held on Saturday evening,  9-3-16 , 5 to 7p.m.
The artwork will remain on display at the gallery through 10-3-16.
There is a great article about the show and other entrants, in American Art Collector magazine, page 140. Their web-site is www.addisonart.com to view the show. It’s great. See also pages 28-29.
Plus, Bob will be part of the OPA (Oil Painters of America) show to be held at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN.
His is one out of the thousands of entries submitted, 277 artists were juried into the show.
This show will be on view 9/30 to 10/29/16.
There is an opening reception & awards banquet to be held Friday, 9/30 5:30 9:00p.m.
The show can be viewed at www.Castlegallery.com once it’s ready.
(This is a really cool gallery – it is a castle!)