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October 2011

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Laura Liberatore Szweda

The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, will present an exhibit, Landscape Abstractions, featuring recent oil paintings by Laura Liberatore Szweda, on view in the Saul Alexander Gallery from Oct. 1 - 31, 2011.

The oil paintings on exhibit are a result of Szweda’s personal response to the spiritual aspects of the light and air of the Lowcountry she now claims as home. She has also been influenced by other artists who have abstracted Nature and whose works exhibit to her the power of the paint: Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, and Vincent VanGogh; each of whom were inspired by Nature, observed, contained inside themselves and interpreted on canvas. Believing what Aristotle once said, “a work of art should imitate the motions of the mind and not the external arrangement of facts,” she paints her response to Nature observed.

Szweda earned an MFA in painting from the University of Maryland, a BFA, magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has taught art in college, at the Gibbes Museum Studio in Charleston, and privately. Her work has won numerous prizes in juried art shows. Her Mixed media entry won First Prize in the 2002 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show, in Charleston.

One of Szweda’s paintings is in the collection, “An American Album,” permanently installed in the library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Many of her works are part of private and corporate art collections. One piece is published in Barbara Hagerty’s book, Handbags, A Woman’s Most Trusted Accessory.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Library at 843/805-6801 or visit (


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