Kinnealey’s ‘Places’ at Frost Gallery

Sep 01, 2014
“Anonymous 2” by Jim Kinnealey is a 2014 oil on canvas board.

Rockland — Jonathan Frost Gallery will open a show titled “Jim Kinnealey: A Painter and His Places” with a First Friday Art Walk reception Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wayne Delano will play jazz piano during the reception at the downtown gallery at the corner of Park and Main (279 Main St., Suite 8).

Kinnealey of South Hope graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and moved to the Midcoast a year later. He missed the art-focused camaraderie of art school: working hard at one’s art and showing it to one’s peers, while they did the same and bouncing ideas off each other. So he decided to start an art gallery. He bought and fixed up a run-down house on Elm Street in Rockland. Two years later, in 1982, the Caldbeck Gallery hosted its first show. Kinnealey and his wife, Cynthia Hyde, have owned and run the gallery ever since.

Visitors to the Jonathan Frost Gallery show will be met first by a young Kinnealey via a self-portrait he did in Japan during his junior year in art school. Most of the show is devoted to watercolors and oil paintings of Kinnealey's favorite places in Maine and in Florida. On view will be several watercolors done in wildlife refuges on Sanibel Island, off Florida's Gulf Coast. Maine sites include Hope, Rockland (from downtown to Dodge Mountain) and Isle au Haut, where Kinnealey has gone every autumn for many years. Viewers will also get to see more recent versions of the artist, in the form of self-portraits done this year.

“I'm excited to show some work I've never, ever shown,” said Kinnealey, referring in particular to the scenes of Florida.

The show will continue through the end of the month. For more information, call 596-0800 or email frostgal@midcoast.com.

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

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