Sheilia has been taking pictures since she was a child, chronicling all the events while growing up in an artistic family in Westport, Connecticut. Her father, Samuel Reindorf came to the United States from Toronto on a scholarship to the Art Students League. He had his own advertising agency in New York City and had a studio in his home in Westport where he painted. He wanted his daughter, Sheilia, to become a concert pianist and she won a scholarship to attend Juilliard School of Music, followed by her brother Mark, a concert violinist. Samuel and his wife Esther, retired early to an artists' colony in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 50 years ago. In San Miguel, Samuel continued to paint and had shows of his paintings in the United States, Mexico and Canada. His paintings are in many private collections and a book of his paintings by Alpine Fine Arts Collections was published in 1983. Sheilia's twin sisters, Lisa and Wanda are both accomplished painters and have had sold out shows in San Miguel, New York City, and Boston, where they both live. Her youngest sister, Nicole, plays the cello and is working on stained glass. Through her music contacts, Sheilia became interested in jazz and is now on the board and Publicity Vice President of the New Jersey Jazz Society. After marriage and raising three children of her own, she began to develop her love of photography. Sheilia became involved with the Cranford Camera Club, now the Cranford/Millburn Camera Club, and went on to become President of that organization. She has attended several workshops, the Great American Photography Workshop in California and Crested Butte, Colorado with nature photographers, John Shaw, Bill Fortenoy and Cliff Zenor and Santa Fe Workshops with Reid Callanan both in Santa Fe and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. She also attended a workshop in Cape May with Nancy Ori and then became involved with the NJ Photography Forum run by Nancy Ori. In addition to being the founding past President of the Contemporary Art Group, Sheilia is involved with several photography organizations including Unique Vision, run by Ross Wagner. It was this group that got her interested in seeing images in a special way. Sheilia loves "seeing everyday images in a different way, that most people don't see," and is currently taking images of reflections and motion. Her photograph "On Thin Ice" makes you think about what you are actually seeing.
Sheilia has exhibited her images at the Artist Framer, the Watchung Arts Center, Les Malamut Gallery in Union, The Westfield Art Gallery, the Jewish Community Center in Edison, the North Edison Library and the Millburn Library. Her photographs are in private collections in Arizona, Mexico, Canada, Boston, St. Maarten and New York.
EDUCATION: Juilliard School of Music-Piano New School of Social Research - NYC Michelle Bogre-Black & White, Todd Bryant Lighting
PHOTO WORKSHOPS: Great American Photography Workshops-California, Colorado with John Shaw, Bill Fortenoy and Cliff Zenor; Nikon School with Sam Garcia - Sante Fe Workshops, Adobe Photoshop; Sante Fe Workshop w/Paul Slaughter "Passages Through New Mexico" Sante Fe Workshop in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico w/Reid Callanan; NJ Heritage Workshop-Cape May-with Nancy Ori; Pocono Educational Environmental Center - Fall and Spring Nature Workshops with Tim White + Marilyn Takesh "Macro My Way"; Ultimate image with Bob Deasy - Cranford, NJ
MEMBERSHIPS: Contemporary Art Group (Founding President); New Jersey Jazz Society, Vice President Publicity; Photographic Society of America, Cosmos Chapter; Westfield Art Assn.; New Jersey Photo Forum; Arts Council of the Morris Area (ACMA); Cranford/Millburn Camera Club, (Past Pres.); NJ Fed. of Camera Clubs, (Ex-V.P); Natl. Museum of Women in the Arts; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Watchung Arts Center; Unique Vision
AWARDS: 1st place-Intl. PSA Photo of the Month, Merit Award-Les Malamut Gallery; Merit Awards, WAA Annual Members' Exhibitions, NJ Center for Visual Arts; Cranford Camera Club-1st place-Color Print of Year; 1st Place Fotofoto Gallery; NJ Fed. Photorama-Color Prints; S. Plainfield Arts Festival, 1st Place; Hon. Mention-NJ Fed. of Camera Clubs, Employee Photo Svc, USA Contest
SOLO EXHIBITS: The Artist Framer, Cranford, NJ; Children's Specialized Hosp., Mountainside, NJ; Les Malamut Gallery, Union, NJ; Traders of the Lost Ark, New Hope, PA; MidLantic Bank-Westfield, NJ; The Westfield Art Gallery-NJ Workshop for the Arts; Jewish Community Center, Edison, NJ; North Edison Library; Ferraro's Restaurant, Westfield, NJ; Spanish Tavern Restaurant-Mountainside, NJ;
GROUP EXHIBITS: Westfield Art Assn.; Proskauer Rose LLP, NYC; Watchung Arts Center; NJ Photo Forum; Visual Arts Center of NJ; Millburn Library; Unique Vision; Cascata Spa, Morristown; Children's Specialized Hosp., NJ; Univ. of Med. & Dentistry, Newark; Diversity Art Gallery, Clark; Arts Guild of Rahway
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: Mr. & Mrs. Goldman, Boston, MA, Ms. Wanda Reindorf, Boston, MA Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence, Boston, MA, Mr. & Mrs. Rebasti, Wayne, NJ; Mr. Daniel Thibault, St. Maarten; Mr. & Mrs. W. Bond, Woodstock, MD. Mr. & Mrs. Rohrs, Holmdel, NJ, Ms. Carole Goodman, Scottsdale, Az; Mrs. Greenberg, Phillipsburg, NJ; Ms. Ferne Hassan, Israel; Mrs. Esther Reindorf, Mexico Mr. & Mrs. R. Rak, Canada