Swarthmore Friends of the Arts to present local painter's work

This landscape painting by Lora Lavin will be included in the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts' upcoming exhibit.

The Swarthmore Friends of the Arts will present original paintings by local artist Lora Lavin in a new exhibit running Feb. 28 to March 31 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore.

The public is invited to the artist's opening reception Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The subjects in Lavin's artwork include landscape, still life and figure in both oils and acrylics.

"I began painting in 1964 as a hobby," she said. "It is now a serious avocation. For me, the process is as important as the product. I love to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject."

Lavin's work is represented in several collections locally, nationally and abroad and has been selected for exhibition in numerous juried shows. Awards include the prestigious Rochelle Boonshaft Portrait Prize awarded in the Woodmere Art Museum's 1992 annual Juried Exhibition and a prize for self-portraiture from an exhibit at Widener University organized by Tri State Artists Equity. One of her paintings was featured on the cover of the 2013 edition of Philadelphia Poets.

Since moving to the Philadelphia area 37 years ago, Lavin has been active with the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, serving on the board of directors for six years and participating in weekly workshops for more than 30 years.

"The workshops were an opportunity to work with and share ideas with other artists," she said.

She was also the founding president of Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

All proceeds from the sale of her work will be donated to charity.

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