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Laurinda Phakos O'Connor

Laurinda Phakos O’Connor
BIOGRAPHY
As a pastel artist, I strive to let simplified strokes of color and line create a path into a scene and moment in time. I push myself to capture the sense I feel from the landscape as well as to create the up-close excitement of color, texture, and expression on the surface of my paper.

ART INSTRUCTOR  
Milton Art Center  North River Arts Society  South Shore Art Center  St. Mary of the Hills School, K-8 

ART MEMBERSHIPS  
Signature Member, Pastel Society of America, NY • Signature Member, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod MA  
Copley Artist, Copley Society, Boston • Gallery Artist, South Shore Art CenterCohassett MA  

EDUCATION
MFA Boston University | BFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

RECENT EXHIBITS AND AWARDS 

2020  
Savoir-Faire Award, Pastel Society of America, NY, 47th Annual National Exhibition 48th Annual Enduring Brilliance! 
Best in Show, Marks of Distinction 2020, International Juried Show, Central Mass Pastel Society 
Best in Show, National For Pastels Only 2019, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 
Central Mass Pastel Society Award, 12th National Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Pastel Society  
Honorable Mention, Winter Members Show, Copley Society, Boston 

2019  
Best in Show, 19th Annual Juried National Exhibition for Pastels Only!, Pastel Society of Maine 
Best in Show, National For Pastels Only 2019, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 
2nd Place, 11th National Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Pastel Society  
Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Award, 26th National Juried Exhibtion, Connecticut Pastel Society 
Pastel Society of America, NY, 47th Annual National Exhibition Enduring Brilliance! 
Marion Atkins Pastel Award, North River Arts Society Members Show 
2nd Place, Drawing/Pastel, South Shore Arts Festival 
Mac Haran Memorial Award for Artistic Excellence, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 
Honorable Mention, National Juried Exhibition, South Shore Art Center  

2018  
Best in Show, 10th National Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Pastel Society  
Best in Show, 25th National Juried Exhibtion, Connecticut Pastel Society 
2nd Place, Online Members Exhibit, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 
Shirley Neer Prize - Outstanding Children’s Instructor, South Shore Art Center 
1st Place, Drawing/Pastel, Marina Bay Arts Festival  
Royal Talens Award, For Pastels Only 2018, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 
1st Place, Drawing/Pastel, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 

2017 
Diane Townsend Award, 9th National Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Pastel Society  
Board of Directors Award, 24th National Juried Exhibtion, Connecticut Pastel Society 
Merit Award, 18th Juried Exhibition for Pastels Only!, Pastel Society of Maine 
Airfloat Award, For Pastels Only 2017, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 
Award of Excellence, South Shore Arts Festival  
Best in Show, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 
Honorable Mention, Signature Exhibit, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 

2016 
Piscataqua Savings Bank Award, National Juried Exhibit, New Hampshire Pastel Society 
Marion Atkins Pastel Award, North River Arts Society Members Show 
Best in Show, Quincy Arts Fest 
1st Place, Drawing/Pastel, Quincy Arts Fest Members Show 
1st Place, Drawing/Pastel, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 
D.D. Pierce Memorial Award for Landscape, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 
Honorable Mention, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts 

2015 
Best in Show, Pastel Painters Society of` Cape Cod Members Show 
1st Place, Drawing/Pastel, Quincy Arts Fest Juried and Members Show 
Blue Ribbon Award, South Shore Art Centers’ Blue Ribbon Members Show 
Blue Ribbon Award, Milton Art Center