The exhibition and book Night Stories has been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick realized a growing number of his collectors are writers of novels and screenplays, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick for the exhibition as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.
The writers collaborating in Night Stories are: Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Lois Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell. Of these, Russo, Gerritsen, Strout, King, and Lowry, all have long ties to Maine, as does the artist.
A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.
Night Stories opens in May 2017 at Forum Gallery in NYC, before traveling to CMCA.
Night Stories in Modern Magazine, Spring 2017.