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Susan Swinand Judges
2008 The 52nd Regional Exhibition
Sponsored by the Mystic Art Association

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Mystic Art Center
Mystic Art Center,
Mystic, Connecticut


The 52nd Regional event brochure
Event Brochure


Another excellent opening reception, this time at the Mystic Art Center on August 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. The gallery was packed. I was surprised to get into this show after seeing all the beautiful paintings that were being dropped off during the receiving hours. Upon arrival at the opening reception, I was further surprised to see my art hanging in the main gallery directly next to the first place winner. I could not have asked for a better hanging location.

Opening Reception - main gallery - image 1
Main Gallery
Opening Reception - main gallery - image 2
John O'Keefe's painting titled,
"River Through the Adirondack's"
hangs to the right of 1st prize winner!
Opening Reception - John by his painting
John O'Keefe and
"River Through the Adirondack's"

After the awards were handed out Jennifer and I took some time to mingle with the other artist. We met several nice people some of whom you can see in the next pictures.

Opening Reception - Schmoozing with other artists 1
Edward Bissel and wife (left)
Jennifer and John O'Keefe (right)
Opening Reception - Schmoozing with other artists 2
Jennifer and John O'Keefe (left)
Annelie Skoog and David Madacsi (right)
(Showing artwork that did not
get accepted into the Exhibit.)


Susan Swinand publicity photograph
Susan Swinand

Susan Swinand is a visual artist, originally from the Philadelphia area, who has been living and working in Shrewsbury, MA since 1984. She has taught painting at the Worcester Art Museum in central MA for over 20 years and was an adjunct painting and design instructor at Clark University from 1992 till 2004. She also currently teaches painting classes in the greenhouses of Wellesley College.

Susan was graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in 1965. An Emily Sartain fellowship allowed her to travel in Europe and to study in Austria with Italian painter, Emilio Vedova. On her return, she attended the Barnes Foundation for two years, where she studied the Philosophy and Appreciation of Art.

She has been active in many art organizations, serving on the boards of Moore College of Art, ArtsWorcester, and Artists' Equity Association. She was president of Philadelphia Artists Equity in 1978-80, receiving their Distinguished Service Award in 1981. She was the director of the ArtsWorcester Gallery at the Forum Theatre for many years.

Her work has been exhibited in over a hundred juried, invitational and solo and group shows. 1, 2

  1. Image of Susan Swinand from her website ~ 8-15-08.
  2. Bio information for Susan Swinand from her website ~ 8-15-08.
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     John specializes in landscape oil painting done in a style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian era artists. He also specializes in reproduction painting frames, framing supplies and Giclee prints of his landscape paintings.
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