Paul Adam Smeltz
aka Paparazzi Paul
Photography byBenedetto Marino


The Sterling and Dorothy Strauser Award was given to Paul on Saturday September 10, 2016.

The Forwardian Film Festival received The Monroe County Image Awardson Sunday September 11, 2016.

“THE FORWARDIAN ARTS SOCIETY is a fellowship of people who share a desire to encourage, support, and love the experiences of creative individuals and groups as they go forward toward their dreams.”  

The month of October in 2020 marked The Forwardian Arts Society’s 19th year in existence. It has been an awesome time with many grand achievements that enhanced our fellowship’s contributions to the artistic community along with some setbacks from which served to remind us we’ll always have much to learn from our imperfections. We celebrate it all because our love for the arts through the years have brought us something wonderful. And that is, the joy of bringing about an atmosphere of Encouragement, Support, and Love to our creative friends and to each other. This is who we are. This is what we do.

The Forwardian Arts Society is a fellowship rather than an Organization as they often tend to develop a hierarchical structure in which rules and rulers are created to determine where and what their membership will go and do. Those who choose to become a part of The Forwardian Arts Society do so as equals and are only led by their desire to encourage, support, and love the arts. We encourage individual artists and groups as well as art lovers to explore their creative nature and their ability to experience something wonderful. We support these artists, groups, and art lovers as they seek avenues in which they manifest what they discover in their explorations into something wonderful. And, we love them throughout this process so they’ll be reminded that they and all they do are something wonderful as they go forward toward themselves. This is who we are. This is what we do.

Membership in The Forwardian Arts Society is free and open to all art lovers who want to be a part of our fellowship. This is also true of the programs and events we produce. Many of us have heard time and time again from art related groups and organizations that they have something wonderful and meaningful for us to partake in. But, we can’t unless we pay a membership fee. This is not who we are. This is not what we do.

We don’t know what’s in your heart so we’ll never make the claim that we offer something meaningful or wonderful to you. We just hope that we do. But, you’ll never have to pay a fee to find out and we are open to ideas to make our fellowship a better servant to the arts community. All you need is a desire to encourage, support, and love the arts along with a desire to be a part of The Forwardian Arts Society. This is who we are. This is what we do.


We invite you to learn about some the things we have been doing throughout the years and how you can participate in our current and future endeavors.

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