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July 2007
Letter From The Editor

Summer is here again and so is the rainy season in Florida.

Unfortunately there hasn't been time lately to update our newsletter on a regular basis, but we will continue to make an effort to at least report any pertinate changes in a timely manner.

In the world of Collectibles, the big news is that Terry Redlin has announced his retirement from painting and print signing. We have included his Artist's Profile in this month's newsletter below, for collectors who wish to learn more about his remarkable career as an artist.

There have been many changes at The Plate Lady™ ® as well, but we are weathering the storms and filling orders as fast as we possibly can.

A couple of months ago our company's founder, The Plate Lady, became ill and suffered a small stroke. Her recovery has been slow and it is doubtful that she will be able to come back to work full-time in the near future. That's why we had to discontinue doing free appraisals and temporarily stop taking new consignments.

It has been hard to fill her shoes, but we have made the necessary adjustments and re-delegated most of her former duties. Fortunately she is still able to act as an advisor when situations arise that need her expertise.

We are beginning to take select new consignments again, but unfortunately we may not be able to resume giving the free appaisals.

On the lighter side, we are considering expanding our line of authentic historic reproductions to boat and ship models. The models we are looking at are built to scale, exactly the way the originals were built. The details are amazing right down to the wood planks they are built from and the application of copper bottoms where appropriate. We are very excited about this new line and we think our website visitors will be too.

We hope you are enjoying your summer and that you will have a wonderful time this Fourth of July while celebrating Independence Day.


The Plate Lady™ ® of Tampa Bay Staff

Artist's Profile: Terry Redlin

Terry Redlin is most known as one of the country's most widely collected painters of wildlife and Americana.. His "romantic-realistic" art style employs earthy colors to create amazingly brilliant winter scenes as well as blazing sunrises and sunsets.

For eight consecutive years, 1991 through 1998, Redlin was named America's most popular artist in annual surveys conducted by U.S. Art magazine. His induction into U.S. Art's Hall of Fame in 1992 followed the magazine's poll of 900 galleries nationwide.

In 1981 and 1984, he won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition, and in 1982, the Minnesota Trout Stamp contest. He also placed second that year in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He has been honored by Ducks Unlimited (National and Minnesota) as Artist of the Year and as Conservationist of the Year-Magnum Donor by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association for his gifts of entire print collections. The National Association of Limited Edition dealers has three times presented him with the "Lithograph of the Year" award for excellence in the medium.

Redlin has published at least two books. His first book “Opening Windows to the Wild, The Art of Terry Redlin." is in its sixth printing. It was a Certificate of merit winner at the prestigious Printing Industries of America competition in 1988. This book details Redlin’s paintings, pencil sketches and biography. He personally supervised the printing and production of this important project. His second book, “Terry Redlin, Master of Memories”, was released in 1997. It was voted Best Art Book in a U.S. Art Magazine survey.

"Terry Redlin Paints America the Beautiful", a video presentation produced by Hadley House, earned a coveted Telly Award in the 1993 national competition.

Redlin spent his childhood in the Lake Kampeska region of Watertown, South Dakota. He often spent his time sketching the wildlife around him as he dreamed of a life in the outdoors as a forest ranger. After earning a degree from the St. Paul School of Associated Art, Redlin worked in commercial art as a layout artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and art director. However, he continued to pursue his earlier interests by doing the research necessary to create realistic wildlife paintings in his spare time.

In 1977 his painting "Winter Snows" appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine and by 1979, the demand for his work had become so great that he left his art directing career to concentrate on painting wildlife full-time. Then in 1985, Redlin added an entirely new artistic direction, limited edition collector plates. To date, he has released more than 30 editions, many of which are now available only on the secondary market. In addition to fine art and collector plates, Redlin's images also appear on a variety of collectibles and decorative accessories. Cabins, homes and church sculptures, adopted from some of his most popular art prints, join music and keepsake boxes, steins and ornaments in collectors' displays.

His contemporary wildlife art often included settings from the American heartland and in 1987, Redlin began a deeper exploration of Americana subjects and nostalgic scenes of yesteryear by painting his “American Memories” and “Country Doctor” Collections. Since then, his annual Christmas prints have attracted thousands of collectors from coast to coast. Then in 1992, he completed his most ambitious work to date, his “America The Beautiful” collection. The eight paintings depict American life from the settling of The West in the 1800's to the present day. They were released as limited edition prints over a three-year period, ending in January, 1995. The series has been acclaimed by thousands of collector and Redlin’s tribute, to the country he loves so dearly, has been showcased in art and consumer magazines nationwide.

Redlin has long been a contributor to the conservation efforts in America. Over the 17 year period from 1981 to 1997, his donations to Ducks Unlimited raised more than $28 million, setting an all-time record in art sales for wetland conservation projects. By his own estimate, he has donated several million dollars in art to other nonprofit conservation organizations as well.

Redlin's most compelling project is the construction of a museum to house his original art in Watertown, South Dakota, where he now resides. The Redlin Art Center, which includes a regional tourism office, an amphitheater, a Digistar planetarium and a state-of-the-art teleconferencing center, opened in the summer of 1997 and has seen more than 2 million visitors from all over the world. Terry Redlin donated the $10 million museum to the State of South Dakota in appreciation for the art scholarship he received after graduating from high school in Watertown.

You can visit the Redlin Art Center at 1200 33rd Street SE Mickelson Drive in Watertown, SD

Monday - Friday:     8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday:               10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday:                 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information call 1.877.TREDLIN or 605.882.3877

Redlin was further honored in 1998 by the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota by having an elementary school named in his honor. Terry Redlin Elementary School opened in the Fall of 1998.

On June 29, 2007 – After a lifetime of artistic achievements, Terry Redlin announced his retirement from painting and print signing. Redlin, who is widely known as "America's Favorite Artist," says he has accomplished what he set out to do, "I wanted to tell stories with my paintings, to remember the experiences of my youth, and to imagine and capture forever events that have been related to me by older folks I have had the pleasure of knowing. America's rural past, in my eyes, was a wonderful place full of both beauty and opportunity. How fortunate I've been to spend my life creating memories of those distant times for others to enjoy."

But the fortunate ones have been the art enthusiasts who have collected over 2 million art prints and an even greater number of collectibles and home décor products—all inspired by his unique artistic talent.

Redlin plans to enjoy his retirement in Watertown surrounded by the family, friends and places that have inspired him for nearly 70 years.

Please note that many Terry Redlin signed print editions remain available at their original issue price at this time, but in limited quantities. No additional prints will be signed and there will be no new paintings. Future release of new Terry Redlin products will support his two most cherished causes, the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD, and the preservation and restoration of rural America

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