“Celebrating Our Renaissance,” an exhibit of works by the Ronald Frontin Studio Class, will open with a 3 to 5 p.m. reception Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Jean B. Chalmers Art Gallery of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

There are many ways to learn about art, about painting; one of the most historic and well-respected is the apprenticeship style of the Renaissance masters. This type of training fell out of favor in the 1960s and ’70’s but has experienced a renaissance of its own in recent years. For some time, Midcoast artist Ronald Frontin, well-known for his own richly textured realistic oil paintings, had wanted to share his love and respect for the technique that was a large part of his own success.

In February 2010, in collaboration with the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, Frontin launched a two-year traditional oil painting program, dedicated to making this intensely focused style available to all artists who were serious about their painting. Students of the Ron Frontin Art Class are celebrating the struggle and the progress of the past 18 months in this exhibit of works, which will hang through Nov. 10 in the second-floor gallery.

While several members of the class are experienced artists in their own right, for many, “Celebrating Our Renaissance” will be their first public exhibit. For members of the community who enjoy art, this is a chance to see how artists become artists — how creativity and discipline come to co-exist. For those who would love to have more art in their homes, but cannot afford the prices in the larger galleries, this is an opportunity to snag some beautiful works at “undiscovered” prices. The exhibition will show works from all phases of this course and feature works by David Blanchard, Beth Bull, Amy Cornell, Sandra Dickson, Susan Egerton Griggs, Otty Merrill, Chuck Paine, Pat Ryan and others.

The festive opening reception offers great food, fun and a chance to see some exciting and worthwhile art. Regular gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment through the LSC office. This show is being organized and hung by Susan Egerton Griggs and Lincoln Street’s executive director, Angela Anderson Pomerleau. Professional event planner Beth Bull is overseeing the opening reception and assisting in publicity and logistics. All three have been dedicated members of the Frontin class since its inception.

New students are regularly admitted and supported from the beginning stage into the most advanced. The class is held in a large studio Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. To inquire about this program, call 594-6490 or send e-mail to info@lincolnstreetcenter.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.