AMHERST — The public is invited to the opening of a photography exhibit in the Applewood gallery, featuring the work of Rona Harris Conrad, a resident of the retirement community who specializes in landscape and nature photography, especially with a wide-angle lens, using color slides.
The gallery will open with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Applewood, 1 Spencer Dr., Amherst. The exhibit will remain open until Feb. 2.
Conrad was represented for several years in the Photographic Society of America’s Tops in Photography exhibitions in pictorial, nature, photo travel, and photojournalism.
She received the AFIAP (Artiste de la Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique) distinction in 1981, awarded by the International Federation of Photographic Art for an outstanding exhibition record in foreign salons. She has had hundreds of color slides exhibited in photographic salons around the world, and has been a frequent lecturer and judge at camera clubs.
Also a painter in oils and watercolors, Conrad studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. She was taught by the late Helen Manzer, and was also a member and past president of the Color Camera Club of Westchester, N.Y.
For several years after retirement as a school psychologist, Conrad was a staff photographer at Elat Chayyim, a spiritual retreat center in the Catskill Mountains of New York.