Frank transforms the ordinary
Thomaston — Haynes Galleries will close another wonderful summer season in Maine with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries,” a solo show of new work. The show, full of work in Frank's new style, will be on view Thursday, Sept. 4, through the 27th at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1. An opening reception will take place Sept. 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
Presented concurrently with Frank’s show will be a group show highlighting “The American landscape”; and a solo exhibition upstairs presenting the pastels of Cindy House in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.”
Frank and her fresh work are a perfect fit for a late summer celebration. At just 27, she is at a significant moment in her young career, having participated in numerous group exhibitions at galleries around the country and garnering praise wherever her works are shown. Her work recently set off in a new direction, the result of completing a Master of Fine Art in Painting degree from the prestigious Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, Calif. Frank’s show at Haynes Galleries will be her first solo exhibition and will feature the paintings she created during her time at LACD.
“With my new work, I wanted my process to feel more immediate and open,” said the artist, who often jumps right into her work, painting directly on the canvas and adjusting the composition — landscape, still life or portrait — as she observes changes. Her figurative work sometimes reaches up to 5 feet in width, while her still lifes are more modest in scale. A trip to Israel inspired Frank’s group of ancient cityscapes and offered an opportunity to try one of her favorite kinds of paintings, “unfinished masterpieces” with areas of canvas exposed.
Before enrolling at LACD, the Colorado native completed four years of training at Juliette Aristide’s classical atelier at the Gage Academy of Art. Her beautifully rendered, highly finished pieces invoked the masters and earned Frank many honors. The impulse to challenge herself led her to LACD and on her current path. Painting ordinary objects and places forces her “to make compelling images without relying on the power of the subjects themselves,” as Frank pointed out. “The process is my only tool.”
Haynes Galleries hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, visit haynesgalleries.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.