Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will present a solo exhibition by gallery owner Jonathan Frost, his first in prime season since opening the gallery in 2006. “Roses, Romance, and Roller Derby” will open Friday, July 5, with a gala reception From 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live jazz with Steve Lindsay and Friends. Winter Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning 4:45 p.m. for a demo by the Rock Coast Rollers, the Midcoast’s own roller derby team and the subject of several of Frost’s work in the show, which will continue through July 31.

Roller derby is both a sport and spectacle, with elements of theater and dance … and a way women can be strong and fast and agile, said Frost, in elaborating on his fascination with the sport.

“It’s the physical and psychological and tactical concerns that have come to hold the most interest and urgency for me … which I have to treat and resolve as matters of mass and space, line and color. It’s a joyous effort,” he said.

The show presents four large paintings Frost has had in production for months. In addition to the roller derby paintings, he presents 16 of his signature oils of floral subjects — the “Roses” of the title of the show — and a visual meditation on two poems by Emily Dickinson (the “Romance”).

Throughout the season, the gallery presents work by 30 artists in all media. 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 Nan Mulford is Gallery Director.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or