Beckman, Bourne paintings at Frost Gallery

Jul 26, 2013
Louise Bourne’s “Pond Island,” an oil on linen, is part of the August show at Rockland’s Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Rockland — The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will present an exhibition of new paintings by Deer Isle artist Siri Beckman and Sedgwick artist Louise Bourne. “Transition/Interval” will open Friday, Aug. 2, with a gala artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live jazz with Steve Lindsay & Friends. The exhibit will run through Sept. 4.

Beckman’s work represents the Transition of the show’s title. Known throughout Maine as a printmaker, Beckman recently made the transition from black and white wood engraving and woodcut to painting and color. The 14 paintings in the show depict far-ranging scenes of Maine’s far Downeast, rocks and coastal islands, stone piers, rain-washed country roads and white barns. The gallery will, as always, also present a comprehensive collection of the artist’s wood engravings and a new 2013 woodcut. Beckman’s work is included in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Boston Public Library, University of New England and Harvard University, as well as many private collections.

Bourne, new to the gallery’s roster, claims the Intervals of the show’s title; she sees “interval“ as the space between pieces of color, between brushstrokes in her painting. She also sees it in terms of color relationships, likening it to the musical term. Bourne’s paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. She teaches for the University of Maine, Orono, Maine Maritime Academy and privately.

Throughout the season, the gallery presents work by 30 artists in all media. Nan Mulford is Gallery Director. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 596-0800; email frostgal@midcoast.com; or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Siri Beckman’s “Passing Rains,” an oil on canvas
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