CMCA Sunday Salon: Frederick and Russo

Oct 13, 2017
Richard Russo, left, and Linden Frederick

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., will host a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m.

Seating is limited to 75; reservations are highly recommended by emailing or calling 701-5005. Sunday Salons are included in admission, free to CMCA members.

Frederick and Russo will discuss their friendship, their work and their collaboration on the book and exhibition, “Night Stories,” on view at CMCA through Nov. 5. Included in the exhibition is the painting "Downstairs," which inspired Russo's short story by the same title. Frederick and Russo will be available to sign books following the talk.

A native of Amsterdam, N.Y., Frederick’s paintings suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast since 1989. The exhibition and accompanying book have been eight years in the making. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing. His 2001 novel,” Empire Falls,” won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adapted into an HBO mini-series. His latest book, “Trajectory,” was published in May. Russo lives in Portland.

CMCA admission is $8; $6 for those older than 65 and students with ID; and free for children younger than 18 and CMCA members. For more information, call 701-5005 or visit

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