Frost’s ‘Faces’ for First Friday

Jul 01, 2017
Jonathan Frost’s portraits of leaders of the Nashville Movement include, top from left, John Lewis, Curtis Murphy, James Lawson and Gloria Johnson; and, below, C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Bernard Lafayette and Catherine Burks.

Rockland — On Friday, July 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception for “Faces of the Nashville Movement.” At the opening, pianist Steve Lindsay will play jazz standards, freedom songs and other music that inspired participants in the struggle for racial justice.

The work is by gallery owner Jonathan Frost, who for the past 12 years has been working on paintings dealing with various episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He currently is at work on a large series evoking the Nashville student sit-in movement of 1960.

In the fall of 1959, the Rev. James Lawson began holding workshops, open to all of Nashville’s college students, on Gandhian non-violent protest. Workshop participants, almost all African-Americans, became highly disciplined leaders of marches and sit-ins that succeeded, by late spring, in desegregating the city’s downtown lunch counters.

This show includes portraits of several of those leaders and preparatory oil sketches of scenes from their early lives and from the marches and sit-ins of 1960. Also on display will be paintings of other episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. Prints of some of these paintings will be available for sale.

The show will stay up through July 29. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturday 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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