“The Primacy of Drawing,” a five-artist show designed to celebrate drawing as the foundation and fountainhead of visual art, will open with a First Friday Art Walk reception July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m at the downtown Jonathan Frost Gallery. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano at the opening.

Deborah Winship offers 14 small, playful watercolor drawings of a large, pink woman. The nude model is flexible and at ease in her outdoor poses; and the forms and motions suggested by loose brushwork are made clearer by equally loose line work in pencil and felt-tipped pen.

Bill Ronalds is presenting a wide, detailed landscape drawing in pencil and aquatints at progressive stages of development.

Harriett Matthews is showing preparatory drawings for two welded steel sculptures, as well as the sculptures themselves. The sculptures, “Agia Triada in Xania” and “Travel Piece #1,” were inspired by the architecture and landscape of Greece, where the artist spends her winters. Six of her pencil drawings of dense, roiling clouds also will be shown.

Jonathan Frost is reprising four of his recent ink-wash portrait drawings.

Jared Cowan's drawings offer sometimes a playful geometry of swooping, assured lines, sometimes the jaunty formality of an arcane, indecipherable royal decree. For this show, he created two new pieces dealing with the hunter Orion and the healer Ophiuchus.

The show will remain up through July 30. Jonathan Frost Gallery, at the corner of Park Drive and Main Street, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 596-0800.

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