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A twist of fate in the form of an abandoned brown dog on the side of a country road steered the life path of Suzanne Camarata, formerly a longtime freelance photographer based in Boston, to the mountains of Western North Carolina. From that fateful road trip when these soul sisters found each other, Brown Dog (aka “Charlie”) joined forces with Suzanne in 2015 to establish The Gallery at Flat Rock, where they help folks find beautiful art treasures for their homes. A consummate gallery greeter, Brown Dog also often models for promotional photos.
Suzanne, a native of South Korea who was raised in Japan, studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston and has taught photography at MIT. Travels throughout India and Mexico resulted in photographic essays documenting those journeys. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections. Suzanne still flexes her freelance photography skills with projects like Porch Portraits, which has chronicled dozens of families in portraiture during the pandemic, all while raising funds for the State Theatre of North Carolina—the Flat Rock Playhouse—a neighbor of The Gallery at Flat Rock.