The Smithy Store’s Loft Gallery will host a 3- person show featuring paintings by Frank Frederico, and photography by Susan Reinberg and Marc Isolda.
Frank Frederico studied professionally at the John McCrady Art School in New Orleans and the Southwest Louisiana Institute. He moved to New York City to further his artistic career and later traveled extensively abroad during his service in the US Army.
A long time resident of Litchfield County, Federico has continued to build his reputation as a master painter of figures, landscapes, murals and portraits. He shares his professional insights and techniques in popular art workshops held both locally and internationally
“Nature provides the catalyst — human or otherwise — with this constant flux of rhythms, shapes and boundless energy. Each painting speaks for itself and has a life of its own. I am the stoker of energy, the catalyzer.”
Susan Reinberg’s photographic work spans a career of over 30 years in which she has worked for advertising agencies and major corporations and exhibited her work in galleries and museums. Her photographic vision relies on her immediate surroundings and her daily life. The idyllic landscape has been a recent preoccupation since she moved to the hills of Litchfield County in Connecticut. After years of using film and traditional photographic processes, digital photography has become her mainstay, as she continues with personal essays in color and black-and-white.
“F/8 and be there. The no-nonsense maxim sums up the challenge for all photographers: The photograph springs from you, so you have to be prepared in both the literal and existential sense — you need to recognize what is happening right in front of you, and you have to make the shot.”
Marc Isolda is known for his classic photography, keen eye and fast reflexes. An award-winning photographer, he has exhibited in Litchfield County, New Haven County and New York City.
The Bridgewater resident got serious about photography at the age of 12 when he graduated from a Kodak box camera to a 35mm Exacta and started hanging out with photographers at United Press International in New York. Fast forward to the present, and you will find him documenting vistas in the Connecticut landscape — pursuing the variations of light and weather, the nuances of color at close of day, and fleeting moments that others might miss.
“I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was 8 years old,” Marc says. “ Even then, I was fascinated with the idea that I could capture a moment in time; I could freeze forever something that would never happen again. Taking pictures was almost magical. I still feel that way.”
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, May 27, 4 – 6 pm
at The Smithy Store
10 Main Street