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,
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
Information courtesy of Mark Hohnstreiter (student and friend).