The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St., will present an exhibit of new work by Rockland artist Susan Beebe and New York artist Rachel Burgess. Their “Home” show will open Friday, Oct. 4, with a gala artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring live jazz by Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will run through Nov. 29.

Beebe presents 17 oils of songbirds’ nests, surely among the most elementary versions of “Home.” She found her subjects while gardening last fall and while cross-country skiing in a Rockland hayfield last winter, a field surrounded by brushy undergrowth and served by a spring. She said she always looks for nests because she is fascinated by the secret lives of birds, “lives that are going on all around us and of which we are mostly unaware.” And bird nests make for surprisingly colorful paintings.

“They’re not as drab as they might seem at first, and there is a movement in them, a swirling, evidence of the birds’ motion in building them with beak and body,” said Beebe, adding that each species builds its nests in different ways, with different materials.

Beebe trained as an artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she studied with Court Bennett, Donn Moulton and Nan Freeman. She is well-known as an art teacher in the Midcoast, both of children and adults, as well as being known as a professional gardener and environmental activist. In 2008, Beebe was named a Boreal Hero by the Boreal Songbird Initiative of Seattle.

Burgess contributes 14 monotypes that capture tranquil and evocative landscapes and portraits of enduring trees. She said when she thinks about “home,”she thinks about the visual features such as trees, water, and architecture of a region — in this case, New England.

Burgess holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. The Massachusetts native lives in Manhattan, where she divides her time between painting and printmaking.  Her work appears in galleries throughout the New York area including the International Print Center of New York in Manhattan, the Edward Hopper House and Museum in Nyack and the Monmouth Museum in New Jersey; and her illustrations are part of the publication collection at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Jonathan Frost Gallery represents more than two dozen artists in all media, whose works are on view throughout the season. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, call 596-0800; email; or visit

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