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The Studios of Key West will be located at our new home at 533 Eaton Street beginning this winter. When planning your visit, please take this into consideration when booking your accommodations.
From painting and writing to welding and performing acrobatics, Swartz is constantly expressing ideas of “place”. Here, she combines writing and painting, encouraging students to identify a place in which they feel at home. Through writing exercises followed by painting work, these ideas will be translated into a final piece.
Lori Swartz wants a painting to have more power to snag the viewer than the viewer has the power to pass it by. There are many things created in this world to be the fastest, cheapest, biggest. We are taught that there is value in canned, pre-packaged, foil-wrapped and zip-locked. There are too many plastic things marketed as originals. We all have stories to tell. Be present and see. Be curious.
Lori Swartz has one loyalty (art), with multiple expressions. She began as a metal smith, making large steel sculpture in 1998, then changed scale and began to make jewelry. She has been painting the whole time. She is also a writer and a performer of circus arts (acrobatics, trapeze, aerial fabric and aerial chain). Working as a multi-media artist has allowed Lori to express herself in ways that are both private and public. Her paintings are currently shown in galleries across the United States. She was the winner of the Astraea Foundation Poetry Grant. She performs circus antics with “Chicks With Chainsaws.”