Promoting, encouraging and perpetuating the fine arts and fine arts education in the region
Fred Swarr, resident of Mount Gretna, PA, has been an active painter since 1969. He has a Master's Degree in Art Education and has taught art classes in public schools K-12 and adult evening classes. During his commercial art career, Fred was Design Director. He created both structural and graphic Designs for packaging and displays for a large corrugated company. He also has produced artwork of many different types in acrylic and other aqueous paint over the years. Painting on sheet music over a stretched canvas as a two-dimensional mixed media is the way Fred enjoys bringing his interpretation of "Music to Art." His "Painting to Music" portraits are sometimes done quickly in front of an audience to live music or in his studio to all types of music with more time-consuming detail. Fred's inspiration for his latest series comes from his inherent interest in the expressions of musical artists' facial expressions during their performances, hence the title "Musical Celebrities and their Music." Fred exhibits his paintings in various art galleries, art associations, theaters, restaurants, outdoor art shows and permanent collections of universities, churches, businesses and private individuals. He donates his artwork and paints live for nonprofit organizations as a fundraiser. Fred's goal is to portray, through his paintings, a visual image of the music that we hear and feel through our hearts and minds. Fred's mission in art education is to share this form of expressing "music through art" with students of all ages.
Fred will be bringing a few of his original paintings and limited edition prints of his current series
"Musical Celebrities and their Music."
However, his main presentation will be about the paintings he did for his 60th, 65th, and 70th birthdays. He will also be bringing his computer and projector to show how those events came to fruition.