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August Issue 2009

Water Lily Art Gallery in Summerton, SC, Features Works by Carole Shoemaker Swartz

The Water Lily Art Gallery in Summerton, SC, will present the exhibit, The Fish Experience, featuring drawings and paintings by Carole Shoemaker Swartz, on view from Aug. 20 through Sept. 26, 2009.

Swartz's interest in art started as a young child when she would spend hours sitting in corners of her family home in Columbus, OH, doing pencil sketches of household items. With continued encouragement from her family and after several years of evening classes at Columbus College of Art and Design, she moved to Dayton, OH, where she enrolled and graduated from the Dayton Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and moved on to Washington, DC, to earn her Master's degree from George Washington University in 1975.

Swartz has worked in a variety of mediums and a diversity of subject matter with the elements of color and shape often commanding the focus of attention in her paintings. The attention has changed some in her current work.

This exhibition is an expression of her recent interest in the style and mannerism of William Turner (British painter 1775-1851). The artist suggests that through his work she experiences movement and energy and that studying his pictorial imagery there is an infusion of background and foreground; with the entire canvas being visually one continual sea of emotion.

Swartz says that her series (fish) started with fishing trips to the Chesapeake Bay; to sketches of dinner leftovers; and then moving to a more personal abstract rendering of the object (fish). Swartz comments, "the object I chose to paint is fish, but the subject is the 'fish experience' in an ongoing metamorphous of air, movement, light and energy - a Turnerism experience."

Swartz has been a member of the Water Lily Gallery since 2007 when she moved to Manning, SC, from her home in Maryland. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions and her work is in museums and collections including the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton Museums of Art, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts, the Hollins College Museum, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia and Montavello Centers for the Creative Arts, and in England, the Laing Gallery and Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 803/478-2221.

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