Hot on New York Art Scene Mt. Prospect Artist Ready for Exhibition in the Big Apple

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Byline: Matt Arado Daily Herald Staff Writer

For a practicing artist, securing a spot in a New York City exhibition is similar to a screenwriter selling a script in Hollywood - it's the first step on the way to the big time.

Mount Prospect artist Thomas Fedro is about to take that step, with an exhibition next month at the Agora gallery in the SoHo section of New York.

Fedro, who grew up in Arlington Heights and moved to Mount Prospect four years ago, has already made a name for himself in and around Chicago. He was one of the artists involved in the city's Cows on Parade exhibit a few years ago, and his paintings have been featured at numerous gallery exhibitions in the city and suburbs.

But as much as he appreciates the success he's had here, Fedro can't wait for the upcoming exhibition in the Big Apple.

"It's the kind of exposure every artist dreams of," he said, sipping a glass of wine inside Retro Bistro, the Mount Prospect restaurant that has become something of a second home to him. "It's like being called to the major leagues."

Fedro's paintings come in two styles, he said. He describes his earlier work as "pop" art: brightly colored, energetic pictures that often feature images of musicians or musical instruments. His newer work is more abstract, though still marked by the use of vibrant color.

Fedro, a Rolling Meadows High School graduate and a music major in college, worked a number of jobs after earning his degree, including a stint with IBM doing computer graphics. …