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The historic Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley is home to the Artist in Residence cultural arts program featuring a variety of accomplished artists or authors for a salon-style evening of dining, wine and conversation.

Each program begins with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner of Chef Jeremy Pacheco’s Artful American dishes and wine pairings, and then an intimate, interactive salon with the featured artist.  Cost is $125 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations 602-955-7878

Artist in Residence Dinner with Beth Ames Swartz Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Internationally known art critic Donald Kuspit says Beth Ames Swartz paints in a form of “surreal expressionism” and that her landscapes possess  “. . . an uncanny, hallucinatory quality. The poetry that Swartz incorporates into her paintings adds to their meaningfulness . . . both the paintings and the poems are spiritually intense and poignant, but integrating them makes for a spiritual richness and emotional depth that neither by itself is capable of.”

In 2001, Swartz received the Governor’s Arts Award, the highest honor in Arizona given to one an artist, writer or composer. In 2003 she received the Veteran Feminists of America, Medal of Honor. Her work may be found in many public collections such as those at the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution), the Jewish Museum in New York, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum as well as many corporate and individual collections.

View her work at http://www.bethamesswartz.com/


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