TORRINGTON — The Register Citizen is featuring the artwork of local photographer Bytha Reichler throughout the month of September as part of its Artist of the Month program.
“I have enjoyed photography all my life, capturing moments when my children were growing up to special occasions with family and friends. It was always a joy to share them with others,” said Reichler.
Reichler, who has osteoarthritis, said she enjoys photography because it is a creative outlet that is not hampered by her illness.
“I have had nine surgeries in five years of living in Torrington from joint repairs of osteoarthritis and total knee replacements. It was important for me during rehab and my disability to find something ‘I can do’ and focus on the positive to help me heal and well again,” she said. “I have worked garden centers for several years and have much knowledge on plants and flowers and what they attract. My backyard became a haven to me where I enjoyed nature and spent time while recovering from these surgeries. I appreciate what nature has to offer and the simple things in life, my love for photography helped me express the beauty I saw and to share it also with others and hope it would touch hearts as it did mine.”
Reichler has displayed her photography at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and several area county fairs, where she has won many prizes.
“I have also had my photography displayed at CHH as artist of the month and continue to put it in the surrounding county fairs for exhibit and enjoyment. I have won several ribbons in each category and find it a fun challenge and also enjoy viewing other photography and ideas,” she said. “I have been very limited to my ventures and hope to expand as I recover from upcoming surgeries. Life is too short not to enjoy, even the simplest things can be appreciated!! I also put my photography up at Artwell in Torrington.”
Reichler said her goal with the display at the Register Citizen is to expose others to the beauty she sees in nature.
“I appreciate the Register Citizen acknowledging my photography and allowing me to share the beauty I’ve found in my life and in my backyard,” she said. “Count your blessings and remember there is always a reason to smile!”
Reichler’s artwork will be on display and for sale at the Register Citizen’s office at 59 Field Street in Torrington through the end of the month. The newsroom café is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information on this month’s artist, or to be considered for a future month’s featured artist, email Community Engagement Editor Kaitlyn Yeager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (860) 489-3121, ext. 345.