Painter, author discuss process behind collaborative show

Sep 08, 2017
Artwork by: Linden Frederick Linden Frederick, "Takeout," 2016, oil on linen, private collection.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., holds a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. Frederick and Gerritsen will discuss the inspiration and process behind "Takeout," their collaboration for the exhibition, "Night Stories," on view at CMCA through Nov. 5. Sunday Salons are a series of  conversations on topics in contemporary art and culture held at CMCA from September to May of each year; free to CMCA members; others by admission.

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 "Night Stories," and the 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.

Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her books have been top-three bestsellers in the United States and top bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for "Vanish") and the Rita Award (for "The Surgeon"). Now retired from medicine, she writes full-time, and lives in Camden.

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Author Tess Gerritsen, left, and painter Linden Frederick.
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