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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Annual duCret student show at Swain's opens today

'Waiting in the Wings', by Vicki Hicks,
the 2014 Finck Award winner for portraiture.

Twenty-three students at Plainfield's renowned duCret School of Art will be on exhibit at the annual show at Swain Galleries, which opens with a reception from 5 - 7 PM today.

Hailing from as far as Cape May and Morristown, the students are all winners in the school's annual juried art show.

Works are presented in photography, drawing in pencil, charcoal and ink; painting in oils, acrylics and watercolors; portraiture, ceramics, collage, mixed media, stained glass and jewelry.

Honors include the Louis Lanzafama Alumni Award for landscapes, the Walter Swain Award for representational style, Alumni Awards for 2D and 3D design, the Anne and Dudley duCret Award, and the highly coveted Furman J. Finck Award for portraiture.

Finck taught and served as dean at duCret for 27 years. Among his commissions were portraits of such celebrities as Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the US, and actresses Helen Hayes and Julie Harris.

The gallery and the school have partnered for more than twenty-five years to produce the show, according to Ann Swain, fourth-generation owner of the gallery.

Swain Galleries is at 703 Watchung Avenue (corner of East 7th Street, parking off Watchung Avenue). Hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM; Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4 PM. More info at (908) 756-1707 or

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