The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will mount an exhibition of work by Cushing artist Alan Hynd during October. The show, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”, will open Friday, Oct. 7 to run through Oct. 29. An artist’s reception, to which the public is cordially invited, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with refreshments and live jazz piano by Steve Lindsay.

The show presents 12 black-and-white ballpoint pen drawings in the tradition of Francisco Goya, Kathe Kollwitz and Ben Shahn — stark pictorial commentaries on present-day United States government international policies and practices, ranging from waterboarding to Drone attacks to Guantanamo Bay imprisonment. The drawings are parables in some instances and, in others, images inspired by actual news stories. All are dramatic and unsettling.

Originally from Hartford, Conn., Hynd moved to Cushing in 1950 at the age of 21. He arrived, an accomplished pianist fresh out of the Eastman School of Music, with his father, noted artist Frederic Hynd, director of the Hartford Art School. The two came with the purpose of starting a farm, and they were successful.

“We had cows, chickens, and sheep … and a big garden. I will always be ‘from away,’ but my kids and grandchildren are all real Mainers,” Hynd said.

Hynd learned painting and drawing from his father and practiced his art between farm chores. He painted in color and exhibited locally, but a self-imposed hiatus has kept him away from doing art for the past decade and a half. He said he gets his inspiration from the news and from commentators.

“The drawings are the result of my ranting … when I became a total bore to people I turned to making drawings to see if I could get my feelings out that way. Then I got a momentum going and I couldn’t stop,” he said.

However, asked if executing the drawings has reduced his urge to rant, the artist admitted that it has not taken away his anger and dismay about United States policies toward the Arab world.

In addition to Hynd’s drawings, 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. Nan Mulford is Gallery Director.

Jonathan Frost Gallery 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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