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May 31, 2013

Gallery to host 'Reconstructions'

Bright Hill Literary Center’s Word & Image Gallery will open “Reconstructions: A Memoir in Words and Photographs” by Jefferson artist Rose Mackiewicz, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

During the opening, Mackiewicz will give an artist’s talk and answer questions about her work and process. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will remain at the gallery through June 28; gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, during Word Thursdays evenings on June 13 and 27 and by appointment. Bright Hill is at 94 Church St. in Treadwell. 

Mackiewicz has been a photographer and mixed-media artist for more than 30 years; she uses a digital SLR, and sometimes applies paint and encaustic to the surfaces of her photographs. Her early work was black-and-white photojournalism; and she still photographs actors, musicians, prize-winning cows, 4-H Club members and “grin and grabs” of politicians for fundraisers. Her hand-colored black-and-white prints and other works have been exhibited regionally at the Kirkland Art Center, the Earlville Opera House, the State University College at Oneonta, Hartwick College and Gallery 53.  Mackiewicz and her husband, writer Michael Blaine, have lived and worked in Jefferson for the past 24 years. 

According to a media release, “Reconstructions” is a memoir expressed through a group of themes in words and photographs that tell a cumulative story of the world that shaped Mackiewicz, including “Miracles,” which tells the story of Mackiewicz’s mother’s attempt to cure her nearsighted, 6-year-old eyes through prayer, and the application of holy water and relics; and “Trains,” an immigrant saga about her Irish ancestors and the role railroads played in their collective fate as well as her own.

For more information call 829-5055 or email BHLC at

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