The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will open an exhibition of work by noted Stonington artist Siri Beckman with a gala artist’s reception Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be refreshments and live jazz by Steve Lindsay and Friends.

“Parks, Prints, and Paintings” will run through Sept. 24. Beckman is known throughout Maine as a printmaker. The Frost Gallery show will highlight her service since 1997 as Artist-in-Residence at five national parks and monuments, and the resulting art she produced. The work includes her signature wood engravings and woodcuts and, surprisingly, a number of paintings in oil on canvas.

The Artist-in-Residence experiences brought about her slow transition to color, the artist said. It started with using watercolors in her journals and then led to color prints and finally rediscovering oil painting.

The show includes several of the journals and a number of paintings of Maine in addition to images from the national parks — Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Badlands, Acadia and Hovenweep National Monument.

Born in Chicago, Beckman has lived in Stonington, Maine since 1975, the location for many of her prints. She said her biggest inspiration at that time was Bruce Le Dain-a painter from Montreal, whom she met in Stonington. Her recent return to painting was inspired by trips to the Southwest, “a stark and subtle landscape that seemed to ask for color,” she said.

Beckman graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work is included in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Boston Public Library, the University of New England and Harvard University, as well as legions of private collections.

Throughout the season, the gallery exhibits work by an outstanding roster of artists in all media including Beckman, Joseph Adolphe, 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. Nan Mulford is the gallery’s director.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 596-0800 or send email to The website is