Night Stories is a beautiful idea executed to perfection. Linden Frederick, known for his realistic paintings of rural New England at dusk and at night, gathered some of New England's favorite storytellers who used his art to tell stories that dive beyond the surface of the canvas and into the hearts and lives of the people you'd find in those scenes. Each author brings their own voice to Frederick's art in their own way. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case, I'd say having both is even better!
In this innovative concept and unique presentation, fine art painter Linden Frederick has created 15 paintings and enlisted and inspired noted writers to create accompanying stories. Renowned authors as diverse and talented as Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Anthony Doerr, Richard Russo and Lawrence Kasdan, among others, have contributing to expanding the artists' world with their tales, as varied and captivating as the artworks themselves. From concept to realization, Night Stories has been nine years in the making. Finding his work collected by a growing number of authors/screenwriters/playwrights, artist Linden Frederick wondered why they connected so strongly to his work. So he asked, beginning with a conversation with local writer and friend, Richard Russo. His conversations then extended to the other literary figures whose work is included in this book: Luanne Rice, Lois Lowry, Andre Dubus III, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Anthony Doerr, Tess Gerritsen, Ted Tally, Lily King, Dennis Lehane, Joshua Ferris, Daniel Woodrell, Louise Erdrich, and Lawrence Kasdan. Each had a unique response, and each agreed to write a short story to accompany one of Frederick's paintings. Frederick is an artist whose work is rooted to small-town America, work that has sometimes been described as "stage sets," and that has provoked the imagination of some of the most important talents of the day. These writers have here commented on Frederick's art in the genre they know best, storytelling. Unlike any other book by a contemporary fine artist, this unique and compelling collection is the best of what a book can be: a perfect entertainment that combines visual and written art offered up by a collaboration of some of the greatest talents in each field.
About the Author
Linden Frederick, originally from upstate New York, studied at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the Academia de Belle Arte, Florence, Italy. Frederick concentrates on sensitive and narrative landscape and scene paintings with exceptional success. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Arnot Art Musuem, Arkansas Art Cente, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and the Everhart Museum, as well as in galleries from New York and Florida to California. Since 1989, he has lived in Belfast, Maine.