Reception for R. Wilson, photographer

When:
June 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Oneida Public Library invites community members to a reception on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to meet and greet the professional photographer Renee Wilson and view a selection of her photographs of railroad structures and trains now on show at the library during the month of June.

Wilson is a professionally trained photographer and painter who has recently returned to Oneida after living for many years in California. Her original interest in art was sparked by her art teachers in Oneida High School, Eugene Palma and Patricia Zeke. She later studied both fine art and photography at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Ca., and studied under California photographer Paul Wenzel.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad at Thendara

Wilson’s fascination with trains and railroads lies rooted in her childhood in Oneida. She was brought up in a house facing the New York Central tracks that ran through the center of town, dividing “north” from “south” Oneida. As a toddler, she saw a woman hit by a train. At age 14, she ran like many other residents to view the aftermath of a horrific train wreck near the Main Street crossing. She was there to witness the mangled remains of her stepfather, Paavo Siivonin of the Oneida Fire Department, being rolled into an ambulance.

Siivonin had been on the fire truck that was crossing the tracks at Main Street just as a train was speeding down.

Wilson has exhibited her photography extensively in Southern California and won, among other awards, several honorable mentions for her work shown at the 2011 and 2012 International Photography Awards in Los Angeles. Most recently, Wilson has shown her work at the gallery on Farrier Avenue and in the spring and holiday art shows at the CAC in Sherrill.

The reception June 12 is open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 315-363-3050.