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The Oldfield Art Show Special Guests

This Year’s Special Guests

Fred’s Emerging Artist

To honor Fred and his dedication to promote new exciting artists, we will be featuring an artist each year who is new to our show. They will all have the honor of displaying their work in Fred’s show space. We will give them the encouragement and exposure that they would have received by being mentored by Fred!

2017 Emerging Artist – Tobias Sauer

As a child, Toby would run out of his house first thing each morning and spend as much time as possible in the outdoors of Lewiston, Montana. He and his father would hike, hunt, kayak, and afterward, he would come inside and his mother would teach him about creativity and artistic expression. When learning to draw, he would get frustrated that he couldn’t make things look “just right” like her. She told him, “These are 40-year-old artist’s hands. You have 5-year-old hands. When you have 40-year-old hands, you’ll be able to make it look just right, too.” Toby’s hands are not yet 40, but he has never stopped working to make his artwork look just right. He seeks out expert artists with whom he has studied to help him hone his craft, and delights in passing that knowledge on.

I was so honored to be selected as the first-ever Fred’s Emerging Artist in 2017, and to occupy the booth his art graced for so many years.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred in person, but his spirit lived on at the show bearing his name in Puyallup, Washington.  I so enjoyed meeting members of Fred’s family, art and otherwise, and the warm, congenial atmosphere of the show.  I felt so welcomed by everyone there, so special to be standing where he stood, and tickled that they even had a life-sized picture of me!  As a newer artist, you don’t usually get that much recognition, and I was very humbled by it.

I did a little research on Fred’s legacy before I came, and in the videos, articles, and remarks from people who knew him, the same two words kept popping up: 1. time 2. teacher.  He gave so freely of his time and his knowledge, and after his passing I am still enjoying the fruits of that legacy.

Thanks to all the wonderful people at the Oldfield Art Show, and thanks to Fred for the time and lessons you passed on to young artists like me.

Tobias Sauer

2017 Emerging Artist

Guest Author

To honor Fred and his dedication to promote new exciting artists, we will be featuring an artist each year who is new to our show. They will all have the honor of displaying their work in Fred’s show space. We will give them the encouragement and exposure that they would have received by being mentored by Fred!

2017 Guest Author – J. M. Moynahan

J.M. Moynahan is a retired criminologist and professor from Eastern Washington University. He has written books and articles about art, artists, western history and criminology for over 45 years. He and his wife Cinde Johnson own Chickadee Publishing in Spokane, Washington.