The Dorothy Swain Lewis Fine Arts Festival

55th Fine Arts Festival: February 26 – March 3, 2023
Hosted by: The Orme School Library

Each spring, nationally-respected artists travel to The Orme School, as is tradition since 1969, and lead week-long workshops in the creative arts for all students. Workshops may include painting, drawing, stained glass, photography, poetry, creative writing, ceramics, glass blowing, metal arts, sculpture, dance, drama, songwriting, and world music. At week’s end, there is an exhibition and performance of all student talent.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Swain Lewis:
The Visionary Behind Orme’s Fine Arts Week

Fine Arts Festival was envisioned by artist and Orme teacher Dorothy ‘Dot’ Swain Lewis. She was exceptionally dedicated to The Orme School. As you walk our campus you will see beautiful mosaic tile artworks. These were created by Dot and have become a permanent reminder of her artistic talent and vision. “It was Dot’s goal that the Fine Arts Festival awaken and nurture the students’ inherent need for creativity and aesthetics in life,” according to Jeanne Howell, Class of 1971.

Sadly, The Orme School and community said good-bye to their longtime arts advocate and muse, as Dot passed in 2013. To honor her work and commitment to the fine arts, the Festival is now entitled the “Dorothy Swain Lewis Fine Arts Festival.”

In honor of her legacy, Orme has established the Dorothy Swain Lewis Legacy Fund. Gifts can be made by visiting our Giving page or calling Jessica at (928) 632-1564.