The Day – Friends & Neighbors: Mystic’s Guy Smith voted to Norwich Arts Center board


During a Norwich Arts Center monthly Board of Directors meeting, Guy Smith of Mystic was voted in for a two-year term.

Guy was born in what he views as “New York City’s best borough, The Bronx.” He studied education and psychology in Florida and was a counselor for the hearing impaired at the Florida School of the Deaf & Blind, Ray Charles’ alma mater. Guy moved on to Orlando, where he was manager of the Disney Institute and has also worked in health care as a people strategist. Guy has lived in New York City, St. Augustine, Orlando, Dallas, Nashville and now Mystic — and art has always been by his side.

“I’ve found that most artists, in some way, are storytellers,” Smith said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to live following both my passions – Speaking and Paintography. Paintography is a relatively recent art form/expression that combines the instant/frozen beauty of photography with the free-flowing randomness of painting. For 18 years I’ve been a part of The Walt Disney Company speaking to internal and external audiences on how to improve service delivery, leadership, and themselves as people. Over the last four years I’ve aligned my focus with the goal of being a part of the Art world.”

The Norwich Arts Center was formed originally as the Norwich Arts Council in 1987 by a group of local artists and art-lovers who were inspired by the region’s cultural possibilities.

Since its inception, the dedicated board members, artists and volunteers of NAC have worked to provide affordable arts programming that is both a reflection of the area’s rich diversity and a platform for deeper arts appreciation.

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Robert G. Mull

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