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My goal is to portray, through my paintings, a visual image of the music that we hear and feel through our hearts and minds.

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Fred Painting
Fred Painting
Fred Painting

NEWS & EVENTS

CARR'S RESTAURANT EXHIBIT

Fine dining and fine art unite at Carr's Restaurant in Lancaster, PA, where Fred's work will be on display through August 15th!

June 15th - Aug 15th 2015

EVENTS

8th Annual Martin on Main Music & Arts Festival

A celebration of everything Martin Guitar, including live music, food & games. Free for the entire family. On Main Street in Nazareth, PA.

August 1st, 2015 1-7 pm

Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Fred will be exhibiting original paintings & prints at this year's juried show, located in Fred's hometown, historic Mt. Gretna, PA. Fred’s booth number is 65 on Pennsylvania Avenue, next to the Mount Gretna Art Show entry.

August 15th & 16th, 2015

Sunshine Art & Design Gallery

Fred’s first self-portrait (in 50 years!) was juried and accepted to participate in the “Selfmade” exhibit at the Sunshine Art + Design Gallery, sponsored by FIG magazine.  The exhibit runs September 4th through the 25th.  Please stop by on September 4th, First Friday, 5-9, to see Fred’s portrait. Location:  104 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Sept. 4th -25th, 2015

"As We See Ourselves" Exhibit

The Art Association of Harrisburg will present their annual exhibition at the Whitaker Centre for Science and Arts in 2015, from November 6th thru January 8th.  The theme of the exhibition will be “As We See Ourselves," with portraits of artists and self-portraits.  This is an invitational art show and Fred will be exhibiting his first self-portrait (in 50 years!) along with a portrait of his favorite artist, Reginald Marsh, (1898-1954). Location: Whitaker Centre for Science and Arts 222 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Nov. 6th, 2015- Jan. 8th, 2016

Lebanon Valley Art Studio Tour

Join Fred at the Lebanon Valley Art Studio Tour! Saturday, November 7th from 10-5, and Sunday, November 8th from 12-5. --MORE INFO TO COME!—

Nov. 7th & 8th, 2015

Fred Swarr

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FRED SWARR

Fred Swarr, a resident of Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania has been an active painter since 1969. He has produced artwork of many different types, primarily in acrylic paint on a variety of surfaces, with a masterful use of colors, rich textures and unique subject matter.

His method of staining, overpainting, collage and painted textures has evolved into his present style of painting to produce "Live" and studio versions of his celebrity subjects.

My Story +

Education & Experience +

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"Fred's work never ceases to amaze. I purchased an art print of my favorite musician, Bob Dylan, at the Mt. Gretna Art Show and it brings me joy each time I see it!"     -Steve, PA

VIEW FRED'S PAST WORKS

not for purchase

All of the paintings on this page were inspired by multiple photos of the celebrity and listening to the song that was used in the form of sheet music in the background. All paintings were done with Chroma Atelier's Interactive Professional Artist's Acrylic Paints.

CONTACT

Contact me to do a painting of your favorite celebrity or to purchase any of the paintings that you see on this website.

717-964-2091

301 Bell Ave
PO Box 551
Mount Gretna, PA 17064

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Fred at his Mt. Gretna, PA studio

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MY STORY

The subject matter of my artwork has changed through the years along with my feelings for significant incidents that occurred in my life. My inherent interest in music and musical instruments was triggered by a broken guitar I found while driving along a back road a few years ago. After throwing it in the back of my car and living with it in my studio for a while, I reconnected with the importance of music and the affect it has on our daily lives.

I played drums and other percussion instruments since I was ten years old and have always had music playing in the background while I was creating art.

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Realizing how different styles of music influenced my artwork has helped me make the decision to use it as the subject for my paintings.

I've found that with certain visual art elements and images of musical instruments heard in a song I can create the feeling of a particular style of music or individual song onto a canvas with paint.

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate

   • York College of Pennsylvania
   • Millersville University, Millersville, PA
   • Degree- Bachelor of Science in Art Education

Graduate

   • Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
   • Penn State University
   • Temple University, Tyler School of Art, PA
   • Institute for Personal Effectiveness, PA
   • Degree- Masters in Art Education

Experience

   • Creative Design Director
   • Packaging Designer
   • Graphic Coordinator
   • Screen Printing Manager
   • Silk-Screener
   • Art Instructor
       Elementary School
       High School
       Adult Workshops
   • Freelance Artist
       Drawing
       Painting
       Advertising

Select Clients

   • Multiple Sclerosis Association
   • March of Dimes
   • Schreiber Pediatric Group
   • American Red Cross
   • Oasis Youth Center
   • Serenity House
   • Red Rose Lioness Club
   • Family Service Organization
   • Mount Gretna Historical Society
   • Bridge of Hope
   • WITF Public Television

Permanent Collections

   • York College of PA
   • Millersville University
   • Kutztown University
   • Shippensburg University
   • Indiantown Gap Military Reservation
   • Salem United Methodist Church
   • Zion Lutheran Church
   • Oasis Youth Center
   • Mount Gretna United Methodist Church
   • Private Individuals