‘Natural World’ viewed at Frost Gallery

Oct 01, 2016
Photo by: Susan Bryant Susan Bryant uses infrared-sensitive film for her black-and-white landscape photographs; pictured is "Spanish Moss."

Rockland — The downtown Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception for a show called “Views of the Natural World” Friday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano during the First Friday Art Walk event.

“Views of the Natural World” will feature work by Susan Beebe, Susan Bryant, Jeannette Martin, Linda Simmons-Arnold, Susan Starr Smith and Barbara Vanderbilt.

Most of Beebe’s offerings are paintings in gouache and oil; some of them evoke the woods of Friendship Long Island, where she lived for several years and continues to spend time.

Bryant is showing eight black-and-white landscape photographs for which she used infrared-sensitive film. The film makes things like leaves, in which life flows close to the surface, appear lighter than they customarily do.

Martin offers a small oil of a narrow tidal channel curling through mud flats at low tide — familiar sight in Maine.

Simmons-Arnold brings exuberant, loosely drawn pastels of tree-dominated landscapes, and also of flowers. Smith is showing several very small, lyrical watercolors, mostly of foreground trees in relation to flat middle grounds and distant horizons.

Vanderbilt’s pastels, too, often have a lyrical feel. The rocks that Vanderbilt — also a designer of low- and high-relief custom tiles — is fond of drawing are softened by patches of moss and algae, by the play of light and shadow and curving branches of trees.

The show will be up through Nov. 19. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 596-0800.

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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