Frost covers the waterfront

Aug 26, 2017
“Lobster Traps on Carl’s Wharf” is a gouache by Barbara Beebe.

Rockland — The downtown Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception for a show called “I Cover the Waterfront” Friday, Sept. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Six artists will share their views of lobstermen’s wharves, shipbuilding facilities and the natural coastline.

In her paintings, Barbara Beebe delights in the patterns of lobstermen’s buoys and traps and the structural underpinnings of the wharves.

In long, low pastels and mixed media pieces, using a limited palette, Pam Cabañas continues to explore the intertidal areas of her beloved Muscongus Bay.

In plein air oil pastel drawings of the Cape Cod coast, Gregory Chilenski and Lorna Ritz both evoke the fleeting, ever-changing moods of the sky and sea, even of the land itself.

John Snyder offers both duo-tone and color photographs of shipbuilding and of work aboard huge commercial ships.

Michael Torlen’s deft watercolors catch the sea churning and splashing against Monhegan’s rocky shore.

The show’s derives from both of a 1932 novel by Max Miller and a song written a year later by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman. The song became a jazz standard, performed by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, among many others. At the opening, pianist Steve Lindsay will play this tune, along with many other jazz, boogie-woogie and blues classics.

The show will stay up through Sept. 30. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive. For more information, call 595-0800.

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

“Waiting on the Tide” is a pastel by Pam Cabañas.
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