Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Lake Forest Park
SwitHeart chronicles the artwork of TV Icon Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), a true champion of the animal kingdom. SwitHeart includes 65 full-color paintings and drawings, and 22 photographs. Proceeds from the book will be donated to charities and programs dedicated to ending animal suffering and cruelty.
Ms. Swit has devoted decades to animal-related causes and is a strong advocate for animals and animal rights. In September, she was awarded the 2016 Global Wildlife Conservation Champion Award by the GES Africa Conservation Fund for her support of animal conservation efforts, kindness, compassion and generosity. In December 2016 Ms. Swit accepted the Betty White Inspirational Award, the highest honor from Actors and Others for Animals, for her commitment "to making a better world for both people and animals.” What many fans may not know about the multitalented thespian is that Ms. Swit is an accomplished painter. SwitHeart documents her animal portraits along with descriptive anecdotes about each and her extensive philanthropic work. Ms. Swit recently said, “I’m thrilled to see my passion for animals and my passion for art merge in a book that will help benefit and protect the animals on our planet.”
“How wonderful that Loretta can use her talent to do so much good.” —Angela Lansbury
“Her pictures are created as much with her compassion and dedication as they are with her talent and artful vision.” —Alan Alda
“Lorette’s paintings touch us... the joy of the intimacy, the touch of fur, feather, warm breath, the awe she must feel at creating something so simple yet so unimaginably, breathtakingly complex.” —Mike Farrell
“It’s clear she has given her passion to the animals and to the arts. She makes me proud. But I still covet this woman... must be her animal magnetism.” —Ed Asner