Lifelong Clarkston artist picked for national art show

McDermott, with her most recently finished painting, a picture of her niece.

Clarkston News Intern Writer
For local artist Margret McDermott, reaching the national art stage has been a long road.
Both her mother and grandmother were artists, so art was something she was surrounded by her entire life.
“Art is an antidote for all of the crazy things going on in the world,” McDermott said.
Her oil painting, “The Glass Blower,” was accepted into ViewPoint 50, 2018, a national level juried art show celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Her work will be among 90 selected for the show.
“I feel honored to have been selected to be in this showcase – only in the last three years have I really started submitting my paintings,” she said. “Doing this type of work is not easy. I come home from my day job and work on my paintings, there was lots of hard work and late nights involved.”
Art, especially realism she focuses on, can help find your inner peace, whether it be as a creator or a consumer of art, McDermott said.
Advice for young artists, “keep pursuing your dreams and never give up. It takes time and hard work.”
The ViewPoint 50 exhibit opens on Sept. 15 with an artist’s reception and awards ceremony from 6-11 p.m. at Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Awards include First Place, $3,000; Second Place, $1,000; Third Place, $750; plus additional cash prizes. Regular hours for the exhibit will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Oct. 13.
For more information on the art show, check out their website at Check out for information on the Clarkston artist, as well as her Instagram and Facebook pages.

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