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 Mary Beth Schwark  (1954 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Michigan      Known for: floral view, animal painting, Southwestern scenes

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Both a studio, figurative portrait, and plein air painter, Mary Beth Schwark-Kuester focused on Southwestern scenes, including Native American subjects and peoples. She also taught extensively, conducting annual workshops at Valdes Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1992 to 2000.

Married to artist Robert Kuester (1954-2001), she and her husband moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984.

Education and experience: 
Macomb Community College (Graphic and Commercial Art); study with Ray Vinella, Mike Lynch, John Asaro, Milt Kobayashi.  Mary Beth Schwark also served 14 months as apprentice, McNamara art studio, Detroit, MI, and spent 14 years as a free-lance illustrator. 
Media:  oils, graphite
1985 F.A.C.E.T., Taos, NM, best of show and first place, oils
1985 Grasslands Rendevous, Greeley, CO, Rocky Mountain patrons award.
1986 ART USA, Grand Junction, CO
1988, 1989, New Mexico State Fair, professional competition
1990, 1991, "Best and Brightest," Scottsdale Artists' School, 3rd place, oils
1990, 1991, Mountain Oyster Club Art Show invitational, Tucson, AZ
1992, 1993, Oil Painters of American National Juried Exhibit
1993, Poudre Valley 32nd Art Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO
1993, Two person show, Finley Gallery, Mountain Brook, AL
1993, 1994, One person show, La Paloma Gallery, Taos, NM

She was the subject of an Albuquerque Tribune article, July 12, 1994, "Art and Pills:  Mary Beth's Life Revolves around her Painting and her Alternative Cancer Treatments."

Information courtesy of
Mark Hohnstreiter (student and friend).

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The following information was submitted by Carolyn Reno:

I went to school with Mary Beth Schwark in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  She was born and raised there.  She attended St. Mary's School, St. Lawrence High School, and Mt. Clemens High School.  I do not know where she went to college, if she did, as I lost touch with her after high school.   I knew she had married but I only recently learned of her death from breast cancer and that she had been an artist in New Mexico.
Mary Beth and I were in the same grade and in fact were quite good friends.  She was always very creative.  She came from a very large family - I think there were seven brothers and sisters.  Her father was the park superintendent at Metropolitan Beach in Mt. Clemens and her mother was a teacher at St. Mary's.  Both parents were trained musicians.  Mrs. Schwark taught piano.

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