Jazzy ‘Abstractions’ at Jonathan Frost

Sep 30, 2017
Victor Goldsmith’s “The Jester” is carved from native red maple.

Rockland — The Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening reception for “Abstractions,” featuring the work of Victor Goldsmith, Cecily Kahn and Lorna Ritz, during the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk Oct. 6. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., the three artists will talk and answer questions about their work. The public is cordially invited to attend both events.

Goldsmith grew up in Potsdam, N.Y., where his father, also a classical pianist, taught sculpture and painting at SUNY Potsdam. The younger Goldsmith spent many hours in his father’s studio/classroom, working on his own creations and gaining a love and understanding of music. He became an architect, but also worked hard at sculpture. A teaching assistant in sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design, he received his MFA there in 1979. He speaks of his abstract drawings and wood sculptures in terms of jazz.

Kahn grew up in New York City with two artist parents. As an adult, she remained in the city but began many years ago spending summers in Friendship. Now she lives here year-round, but continues to be represented by galleries in New York and Atlanta. She is a member of the American Abstract Artists group and is chairwoman of the Advisory Board of The Painting Center. The buildings and streets of New York have always influenced Kahn’s work; she began with cityscapes and maps. Eventually, these map paintings shed their representational base and became more “internal, psychological maps.” At the Jonathan Frost Gallery, she is showing small painted wood pieces.

Ritz received degree from Pratt and Cranbrook; and has taught at RISD, Brown University, Dartmouth, University of Minnesota and the New York Studio School. She has shown extensively at galleries, museums and embassies. In her paintings, she is developing the tradition coming out of cubism and Hans Hofmann’s plastic space. Like Goldsmith, she draws musical analogies in describing her work, and some of her titles identify auditory subjects. She said she aims to let her paintings “sing” through the light that emanates from seasonal color combinations.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive. 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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