Mary Freida has been involved in the arts for over 30 years. By profession she is a Registered Nurse but early on in her nursing career she knew that she loved the arts. In 1989, Mary and two friends created a business called Swamp Reed Basketry and created artistic basketries participating in many art festivals throughout the Finger Lakes. Soon after, Mary became active in the Gallery on Main Street, Canandaigua NY. The Gallery was an artist co-op that offered an opportunity to sell artwork. As time passed Mary found a new passion, oil painting. She has been studying under local artist Pat Rini Rhorer for over 13 years. Throughout this time she has taken classes with various regional artists. She continues to grow her love of the arts as a studio and plein air painter.