Annual Bly show reflects the year
Rockland — The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will present an exhibit of new work by Tenants Harbor artist Phoebe Bly. The show will open Friday, Sept. 6, with a gala artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live jazz by Steve Lindsay and Friends to run through Oct. 2.
Bly has shown annually in the Midcoast area for the past eight years, acquiring a devoted and enthusiastic following, and her exhibits are eagerly anticipated. The 2013 show includes several of her signature nocturnal scenes, some larger than in past years, as well as scenes from the blizzards of the past winter.
“It was a beautiful winter, a real winter,” Bly said.
The show presents 27 oils on canvas, encompassing Bly’s favorite themes of back roads, Vermont farms, pickups and other working vehicles, intense summer pastures and deep woods, plus a portrait of her studio woodstove going full blast. Bly’s work captures unconventional views of often familiar scenes, imbuing them with a sense of sometimes ominous, sometimes joyous, mystery.
The artist grew up in the Maine woods in the 1970s in a tiny cabin her father built, without electricity or running water.
“Living in the woods, I was aware of the seasons and moods of nature from a young age. I felt then, and still feel, a huge respect and wonder at the material world … We do live in a beautiful world,” she said.
The Jonathan Frost Gallery represents more than two dozen artists in all media, whose works are on view throughout the season. Shows scheduled for later in the season include “Home,” a joint exhibit by Susan Beebe and Rachel Burgess, opening Oct. 4. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 596-0800; email email@example.com; or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com. Nan Mulford is Gallery Director.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.