Jonathan Frost Gallery, corner of Main Street and Park Drive, will host the opening reception for a show of new work by Betsy Podlach Friday, Aug. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano at the First Friday opening.

This work includes eight oil paintings on linen: four flower paintings; three semi-nude portraits; and a large composition with two nude figures.

Podlach’s canvases are softly sensual, with layers of translucent glazes that make them luminous. After graduating from Harvard, Podlach studied at the New York Studio School and the International School of Art in Umbria; and then at the New York Academy, where she earned her MFA. She has shown extensively in and around New York City, as well as in New England, California and Germany. She lives in Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Also on display are several drawings of Podlach’s dog Malcolm; and nine new drawings of humans and dogs by Celia Hensel. Hensel’s characters, drawn in pencil, share with Podlach’s the traits of introspection and vulnerability. Hensel was raised in Friendship, graduated in fine art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has shown regularly at the Jonathan Frost Gallery. She lives in Rockland.

The show will stay up through Aug. 29. Gallery hours are 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