The family of the late Bexley artist Harry Schwartz is compiling photos of his work for a website to capture his style and talent in one permanent place.
Doreen Berne, Schwartz’s daughter, said when her father retired, he began taking art classes as a hobby at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus in Columbus. Born in Ukraine, he would paint pictures remembering his life there, including Jewish culture, as well as branched out to floral and abstract works. His work was often sought after locally and he showed it regularly at the Bexley July 4 art show, she said.
Last month, Berne’s son developed a website to display Schwartz’s collection. They are now seeking images of paintings owned by community members that can be shared on the website.
“We just want to get the word out,” said Berne, who resides in Port Washington, N.Y.
Berne said her family was active in the Columbus Jewish community and belonged to Congregation Agudas Achim in Bexley. Schwartz was a president of the Bexley Area Art Guild and vice president of the Liturgical Art Guild of Ohio, according to the website dedicated to his work. Schwartz’s wife, Sara, titled the paintings and determined their prices, and the money from selling his paintings helped them travel the world.
To share images of Schwartz’s work for the website, visit harryschwartzart.wordpress.com. There, art owners can click on the “send a picture” tab and follow the instructions for submissions. Those interested may also learn more about the artist and see his work on the website.