Frost Gallery offers ‘Beautiful World’

Jun 30, 2018
Photo by: Jim Loffer "Great Wass Island," a photograph by Jim Loffer, is part of the “Beautiful World” show opening July 6 at Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland.

Rockland — Jonathan Frost Gallery, at the corner of Park Drive and Main Street, will host the opening reception for a “Beautiful World” show featuring photographs of Maine by Jim Loffer; pastels by Jane Derbyshire; watercolors and gouaches by Michael Torlen; and work by other gallery artists Friday, July 6. Carl Root will play the piano at the First Friday Art Walk opening, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Loffer pursued art professionally, working mostly in pastels, but returned in earnest to photography when he and his wife moved to Maine in 2005.

“Prior to pitching my tent in this fascinating place, I was stuck in a creative and spiritual rut. My new surroundings here were invigorating, and I knew I had to somehow capture what I was seeing,” he said. This exhibit is the first in which he is showing only photographs.

Derbyshire lives and paints in her studio in St. George and travels as often as she can, recording people and places in pencil or pen sketches or in pastels. She likes “the easy transitions from representation to semi-abstraction” she can find using pastels. Her four pieces in this show are, indeed, scenes of restaurants full of people.

Torlen is showing watercolors of the roiling waters along Monhegan’s rocky shores and small, delicate gouaches of scenes along the island’s trails. Work by Douglas Smith, Barbara Beebe and Susan Beebe will complete the show.

“Beautiful World” will be on display through July 31. Jonathan Frost 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

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