The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will introduce its seventh summer season Friday, May 24, with the exhibition “Gallery Artists, Featuring Leo Brooks.” The public is invited to a gala artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the gallery’s customary live jazz. The exhibit will run through July 3.

Jonathan Frost Gallery is delighted to announce collaboration with Sally MacVane, well-known Midcoast gallerist, who represented Monhegan and New York artist Leo Brooks for many years at her Gallery-by-the-Sea in Port Clyde. MacVane has selected the Jonathan Frost Gallery to offer examples from her extensive legacy of work by Brooks, who died in 1993.

Brooks, for much of his adult life a linotype operator at The New York Times, began painting at age 60, studying with Mario Cooper at New York’s Art Students League. He also studied with noted watercolorist Edgar Whitney and, after Whitney’s death, joined with other classmates to form the group Thirty Artists, who exhibited together. Every year, beginning in the 1970s and until two years before his death at 84, Brooks returned to the Trailing Yew on Monhegan Island and turned out hundreds of watercolors, works that soon found enthusiastic and dedicated collectors. His paintings, many of which focus on island life and landscape, are unremittingly joyful, filled with passionate and exuberant color and energetic abstract shapes.

The watercolors on view at Jonathan Frost Gallery will include several relatively rare examples from Brooks’ early years of painting, as well as an iconic and deeply spiritual portrait of a diving gannet from a private collection. Others range from small watercolor sketches to a Picasso-like masterly line drawing of a nude, one of Brooks’ favorite subjects.

Throughout the season, the gallery presents work by 31 artists in all media including Siri Beckman, Barbara Beebe, Susan Beebe, Phoebe Bly, Louise Bourne, Rachel Burgess, Carolyn Caldwell, Kathie Florsheim, Jonathan Frost, Kathryn Frund, Liz Gribin, Gints Grinbergs, Hugh Gumpel, Peter DeCamp Haines, Alison Hildreth, Constance Kiermaier, Richie Lasansky, Catherine Leuthold, Steve Lindsay, Ann Makuck, Beth McKinney, Jim Nickelson, Jeanette Phillipps, Olive Pierce, Jessie Pollock, Mimo Gordon Riley, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Craig Stevens, Joseph Wheelwright and Jacqueline Wilson.

Shows scheduled for later in the season are: July 5 through 31, “Jonathan Frost: Roses, Romance, and Roller Derby”; Aug. 2 through Sept. 4, “Transition/Interval: New Work by Siri Beckman and Louise Bourne”; Sept. 6 through Oct. 2, “Phoebe Bly: New Work”; and Oct. 4 through Nov. 29, “Susan Beebe and Rachel Burgess: Home.”

Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery Director is Nan Mulford. For more information, contact the gallery at 596-0800 or The website is

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