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Lura Schwarz Smith

Lura Schwarz Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, emphasis in painting and drawing, from San Francisco State University. She produced textile art and mixed media beginning in 1975, showing in California galleries throughout the 70s and 80s. In the 90s she showed art quilts and received awards at national and international quilt shows, and taught workshops internationally. One of her art quilts was named one of the “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century.” 


Over the past years, Lura has turned her focus to oil painting, exploring both realistic and more abstract and fractured approaches. Exploring the imagination and inner life through figurative art is a primary interest. 


She has had several solo shows of her paintings at Vernissage in Fresno, as well as work shown regularly at Gateway Art Center in Oakhurst. Work has also been shown at the Sorensen Studio Gallery in Fresno, the Tree Top Gallery in Mariposa, and Circle Gallery in Madera. Recent awards are Best in Show for her painting in The Nudes Show at the Sorensen, and Best in Show for the Yosemite Sierra Artists 50th Year Anniversary show. 


She is a member of Yosemite Sierra Artists and the Mariposa and Madera County Arts Councils.  She heads the YSA Portrait group with her husband Kerby, and regularly attends this and the YSA Plein Air group. 

Red and Grey II

Selected Commissions and Publications

Oil painting commission, cover art for poetry book “Lion’s Share” by Rachel Oliver


Art commission, Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, CA

Selected Awards


1st Place Oils, 51st Anniversary Show, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA 2022

Best in Show, 50th Year Anniversary Show, Gallery 5, Oakhurst, CA 2021

1st Place Oils, 50th Year Anniversary Show, Online exhibit,2021

Best in Show, The Nudes Show, Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA 2020

Second Place, Painting, The Nudes Show, Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA 2019

1st Place Mixed Media, YWA Tri-County, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA, 2018

1st Place Mixed Media, YWA Tri-County, Gallery 5, Oakhurst, CA, 2017

1st Place Mixed Media, Nudes Show, Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2014

1st Place Fiber, "Art From the Heart," Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2012

1st Place Mixed Media, "The Pink Show," Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2011

1st Place Mixed Media, “Nudes Show,” Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA, 2012, 2010,07,05

Vespertine Flight

Selected Fine Art Exhibitions and Shows

Oil, and Pastel Paintings and Drawings


Yosemite Renaissance 37, Yosemite Gateway Art Center, Oakhurst Ca, and other venues

Visions of Self, online and at Metta Yosemite, Oakhurst, CA

Toca Madera Winery

Featured Artist solo show, Metta Yosemite, Oakhurst, CA


Solo show, December Featured Artist, Fresno Arts Council, Fresno, CA

50th Year Anniversary Show, YSA, YGAC, Oakhurst, CA (Best in Show and 1st place Oils)

Art Inspiration Group Show, Oakhurst Spirits, Oakhurst, CA 

Sierra Art Trails Open Studios Tour, Oakhurst, CA 

Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA

Yosemite Renaissance 36, Yosemite Gateway Art Ctr, Oakhurst, CA and traveling venues

Art and Authors’ Fair, Bodies by Boyd, Oakhurst, CA

Visions of Self, online group exhibit, YSA

New Year/New Normal exhibit, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA



Featured Artist January, Vernissage Gallery, Fresno, CA

YWA Featured Artist, Art Space Gallery, Oakhurst, CA

The Nudes Show (Best in Show award) Chris Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA

Artavita online juried exhbibition, In the Time of Covid



Featured Artist December, Vernissage Gallery, Fresno, CA

Sierra Art Trails Exhibit, Stellar Gallery, Oakhurst, CA

Sierra Art Trails Sneak Preview, K-Jewel Gallery, Fresno, CA

The Nudes Show (2nd Place Painting Award) Sorensen Studios, Fresno, CA

Featured Artists (with Kerby Smith) May, Vernissage Gallery, Fresno, CA

Artists of the Month (with Kerby Smith) April/May, Sculpterra Winery, Paso Robles, CA

Tri-County YWA art show, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA

“Yosemite Icons,” invitational show, Upstairs Gallery, Mariposa, CA

“The Fine Art of Pastel,” juried show, Carnegie Art Center, Turlock, CA

Animals show, Chris Sorensen Studios, Fresno, CA

Multiple YWA shows, Circle Gallery, Madera, CA



Sierra Art Trails Sneak Preview, K-Jewel Gallery, Fresno, CA

YWA Plein Air exhibit, Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA

“4 Degrees of Separation,” invitational exhibit, Arte Americas Cultural Center, Fresno, CA


“Union” invitational exhibit, Treetop Gallery, Mariposa Arts Council, Mariposa, CA

"A Week in the Park" exhibit, Gallery 5, Oakhurst CA

Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art Show, Gallery 5, Oakhurst, CA

Sierra Art Trails Open Studios Tour


“The Nudes Show,” Chris Sorensen Studios, Fresno, CA

For more information 

see Lura's website

Instagram: lura.artist

EMail: Lura@lura-art (dot) com

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