Laurinda Phakos O'Connor

Seasonal Expressions

Artist’s Statement & Bio

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. laurindaoconnor.com

Art Instructor

Milton Art Center • North River Arts Society • South Shore Art Center • St. Mary of the Hills School, K-8 Workshops throughout New England

Art Memberships and Galleries Represented by

Signature Member, Pastel Society of America • Signature Member, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod MA
Copley Artist, Copley Society, Boston • Gallery Artist, South Shore Art Center, Cohassett MA

Copley Society, Boston • N.W. Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth NH • The Lakes Gallery at chi lin, NH

Publication

February 2021 Feature Artist in Pastel Journal Magazine

Education

MFA Boston University | BFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Recent EXHIBITS AND Selected Awards

2022

Marion Atkins Pastel Award, North River Arts Society Members Show

2021

CPS Founders Award, 28th National Juried Exhibtion, Connecticut Pastel Society
First Place, 54th Annual Juried Art Show and Festival, Plymouth Center for the Arts
Second Place, 2021 International Juried Show, Pastel Society of Maine
Second Place, Marks of Distinction 2021, International Juried Show, Central Mass Pastel Society
Chicago Pastel Painters Award, National For Pastels Only 2021 Exhibit, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

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 2020 Exhibit, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
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 Exhibit, 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 

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 Exhibit, 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 Exhibit, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Award of Excellence, South Shore Arts Festival
Best in Show, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts

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
Honorable Mention, North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts