Film featuring Paradise Valley resident to preview at Phoenix Art Museum

Beth Swartz (submitted photo)

Beth Ames Swartz (submitted photo)

Paradise Valley resident Beth Ames Swartz is to be featured in a new half-hour documentary-style film produced by Odyssey Film.

The film, Beth Ames Swartz/Reminders of Invisible Light, will preview at the Phoenix Art Museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. A dessert reception will follow in the Great Hall to celebrate Ms. Swartz’s 80th birthday.

In the film, Ms. Swartz shares her courageous journey to overcome life challenges and create order in her life through art-making to recognize the sacredness of life and achieve a life filled with purpose, according to a press release.

She works in series, taking 5-10 years, which are contingent on the ideas and philosophies of various wisdom systems she explores that eventually become art. The film’s story is told through narrative and images of Ms. Swartz’s remarkable achievements in paint that span her career from the 1960’s to the present day.

The preview is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required: http://tickets.phxart.org/public/default.asp

Ms. Swartz has been a resident of Paradise Valley for 45 years. Her 55-year art career includes more than 70 museum and gallery exhibitions, three books, five catalogs, numerous critically acclaimed reviews, and three traveling museum exhibitions, including a premiere of a series of works titled “Israel Revisited” at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1981, which traveled to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and seven American cities in two years, the release stated.

Ms. Swartz received the Arizona Governor’s Individual Artist Award in 2001 and was the subject of a Phoenix Art Museum retrospective and major monograph in 2002. The Veteran Feminists of America honored her in 2003 for her contribution to the arts nationally.

Ms. Swartz’s artistic reach extends beyond Arizona: ACA Galleries in New York featured her in a one-person show in 2012 and she’s an exhibiting artist on their website. Ms. Swartz’s work appears in many museum collections across the United States.

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