Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will open its first solo show of the season with a gala reception Friday, July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. “Entering,” Mimo Gordon Riley’s exhibition of recent paintings, will run through July 30. The public is invited to meet the artist at the reception, which will offer refreshments and live jazz by Steve Lindsay and friends.

Gordon Riley, a New England native and member of an extensive and noted family in the arts, spends long summers in Tenants Harbor. She has been coming to Maine her whole life and said it is very much in her core. Following early art training at Boston’s Museum School, Gordon Riley enrolled in the Portland School of Art at age 38, and spent four years there, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She lives and works in Providence, R.I., when not in Maine, and exhibits throughout the Northeast.

Her new work continues her fascination with trees. The show presents 13 works in oil that explode with uncommon color and vary in mood from the quiet contemplative of birch groves to the closed-for-the-season of snow-laden branches to the delirious dance of spring greens.

“Trees are much more grounded than we are.  They throw their roots well down into the uncharted territory of the unconscious, while their trunks and branches rise jubilantly to the heavens,” the artist said, adding that the show’s title is a metaphor for the experience of exploring a visual theme in such depth.

Throughout the season, the gallery exhibits work by an outstanding roster of artists in all media including Joseph Adolphe, Siri Beckman, Barbara Beebe, Susan Beebe, Phoebe Bly, Carolyn Caldwell, Jonathan Frost, Kathryn Frund, Liz Gribin, Gints Grinbergs, Peter Haines, Alison Hildreth, Constance Kiermaier, Richie Lasansky, Mary Lennox, Steve Lindsay, Holly Meade, Gary Milek, Jessie Pollock, Steve Porter, Phil Schirmer and Gretchen Dow Simpson. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For more information, contact the gallery at 596-0800 or; or visit

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