"Idyll" by Morton Smith

Notre Dame Presents "The Art of Morton Smith"

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “The Art of Morton Smith,” a solo exhibit of realist paintings by the Beachwood, Ohio artist. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the show will run through Dec. 17.

Smith exhibited artistic talent at a young age and won a scholarship to the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. after high school. There he studied under noted artists Richard Lahey and Edmund Archer.

"Grandmother" by Morton SmithLahey, principal of the Corcoran, had taught at the Students League of New York and personally knew members of the Ash Can school of painting in New York, such as George Bellows, Robert Henri and John Sloane. Archer was a portrait painter in Washington and Richmond, Va., who taught the Old Master’s technique of underpainting with warm and cool flesh tones. Both of these artists influenced Smith greatly and saw great promise in him, with Lahey comparing his art favorably to that of Bellows.  

Smith considers himself an “absolute realist” and primarily a portrait painter who also paints landscapes. His pieces have a retro quality reminiscent of the 1930s and ‘40s style. His medium of choice is oil, but he also uses watercolor in his landscapes. The exhibit will include works inspired by his European travels.

Smith has exhibited in New York City, receiving critical acclaim. He is also a frequent participant in juried art shows held by the City of Beachwood’s Community Center.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours: Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.