Siblings open new gallery in Rockland
Rockland — The Fischer Gallery, located up the stairs at 340 Main St., across from the Strand Theatre, invites the public to a grand opening Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the gallery’s three artists and view their art works at a reception complete with beverages and snacks.
The Fischer Gallery will exhibit and sell photographs created by two brothers and a sister — Neil Reichline, Andrew Reichline and Rhonda Reichline Dubin. Neil, a Los Angeles based Director of Photography of long standing, has shot award-winning national television commercials and documentaries, as well as fine art photographs. Andrew, a psychotherapist in private practice and photographer, lives in Rockland. Dubin, a computer consultant and photographer, resides in San Francisco.
The spectrum of subject matter and style covered by these three artists is both broad and deep. All three siblings have traveled widely and each has an exceptional eye for shape, color and texture. And all three, perhaps because their father was a beloved and loving parent and psychotherapist, are gifted with a deeply appreciative instinct for people and nature.
“Shooting photographs to me is being in the here and now. I love that state of being and I love that photography takes me there,” said Neil Reichline. Many of his pieces reflect an eye and wit honed in a career, spanning more than 35 years, that has taken him to every state in the Union and many countries throughout the world. “As a former weaver, jewelry-maker, paper-maker, book artist and graphic designer, I am delighted by color, form, texture and the serendipitous juxtaposition of those elements and the visual treats they present,” said Rhonda Dubin. Her passion for travel feeds her pursuit to capture people and places in ways that open viewers to the uniqueness around us that often goes unnoticed.
“As an artist, I draw on experiences from two life career pursuits,” says Andrew Reichline, “first as a commercial photographer for 10 years, then as a psychotherapist for 37 years. My compositions reflect visual and emotional sensitivities honed from each pursuit.” His prints are rendered in both the darkroom and digital realms.
The gallery is named for their grandfather, Geza Fischer, who came from Hungary to the United States in 1911 with the dream of becoming a successful artist. He became a sought-after portrait painter and was able to provide for his wife and four children while living in New York City. One of his sons, Sam Fischer, became a noted painter himself; and his oldest daughter, Margaret Fischer, raised three children with a similar artistic bent in the area of photography. Other grandchildren also followed in his footsteps, earning livings creating stained glass and jewelry.
During the summer and fall, the gallery will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Rockland’s First Friday art walks, plus the season kickoff the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, it will stay open until 8 p.m. The gallery also will be available for viewing by appointment by calling 542-6791.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.