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Dear friends and readers at Oped news;

Many of you do not know that I am an artist/photographer! There are moments when the light is perfect and the scene before my eyes screams: CAPTURE THIS!" This is when I put the camera to my eye to find where color and form converge & combine to capture the beauty - the essence of the subject and place. My works are rooted in reality, which is for me, the strongest way to conjure emotions that convey the totality of an experience in this 2 dimensional medium. Beautiful in ways that everyone can observe - in compositions where color demands attention and where texture, lines, & forms cry for closer inspection. My photographs also incorporate a narrative thread which speaks to the movement and drama, which reveal the mood and the implied narrative - not merely its special color, energy and splendor, but also its story! Go to Susan Lee Schwartz | GuruShots to see some of my work which is now in an exhibit !

If you live in the NYC Metro area, near Rockland County, you will have an opportunity to see my most beautiful images-- printed on metal -- and curated by a professional. For me, to see this 'celebration' of my other talent is a great surprise, but it couldn't have occurred had I NOT resided in Pomona N.Y. ! Thus, I want to tell you a little story about the Pomona Cultural Gallery, because it is so very special.

In this day when community and neighborhoods are disappearing, this venue is unique in that it provides a showcase for local artists and photographers. Beautifully (professionally) curated, the inside exhibit belies the little stone exterior - once the Old Pig Knoll School (1914) and now an historical site.

For almost 2 decades, one man, Gde Aartha, the curator - a brilliant artist and musician, organizes 4 exhibits each year. My exhibit is the Fall Exhibition. A genuine curator arranges the images to provide a narrative as people peruse the photos, paintings ceramics, sculptures and carvings. For this fall- because my mountain landscapes and lakes, are the center of the exhibit - he chose "The Top of the Earth," as the theme;

Pomona Cultural Center
Pomona Cultural Center
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In order to accompany my photos of mountains, he features the exquisite ceramics of local artist Joel Brown, which he arranged strategically, perched on small mirrors that reflect its curves and earthy colors & textures.

To see my Na Pali lit by the metal

The Na Pali
The Na Pali
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or my Teton photos,
Mt Moran, early morning in the Tetons.
Mt Moran, early morning in the Tetons.
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with Joel's gorgeous vases near-by" well" Come to see my photos as art, but also to demonstrate to the Village of Pomona, that this local gallery is a GATHERING place where people who live near NYC can come and 'communicate' through art. The center is open from 2pm to 5 pm, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, thru November 16, but on Oct 13, there is music and refreshments from 5 to 8 PM.

And, BTW, this gallery is set in the lovely Pomona woodlands: 584 Route 306, Pomona, N.Y.

SO" if you want a day of leaf-peeping, then, maybe first go to Harriman State Park, ( merely 4 exits farther north, on the Palisades) and walk, picnic along the lakes; then you can come by the gallery on the way home!

If you message me here at OEN, I will be sure to be there when you visit!

Most Sincerely,


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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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