‘Abstract and Semi-Abstract’ at Jonathan Frost

Sep 01, 2018
"Touch" is an acrylic painting by Brenda Free.

Rockland — The downtown Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception for “Abstract and Semi-Abstract,” a show with artists Brenda Free, Terry Hire, Sally Lee and Linda Simmons-Arnold, Friday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

Free does small non-representational pieces on paper, mostly in acrylic, sometimes incorporating collage. She often draws into the wet paint, or scratches into dry paint with a finely pointed object, rubbing fresh, darker paint into the furrow.

Hire is a photographer whose focus is on the abandoned man-made environment. He will be showing work from two series: Color Planes, close-up shots of old painted plaster walls in Morocco; and Geometrics Blue, compositions based on stacks of discarded steel products.

Lee’s paintings of swimming pools and their human and feline fans are wholly representational, but she clearly enjoys the abstract visual treats her subjects offer up such as the wave pattern on the pool floor or the shadows on a nude bather’s torso.

Simmons-Arnold’s paintings, mostly of landscapes and flowers, are representational; but what she considers the needs of each painting come before the need for further clarification of the subject. Her main interest is in the colors and how they play off one another.

The show will continue through Oct. 2. Jonathan Frost Gallery, at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive, 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.

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