Posted July 26, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.

Friday, August 2 to Wednesday, September 4, 2013; 5:55 p.m.

Location: Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine

Contact: Nan Mulford; 508-942-0869


July 19, 2013


CONTACT: Nan Mulford,, 508-942-0869



The Jonathan Frost Gallery, at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, will present an exhibition of new paintings by Deer Isle artist Siri Beckman and Sedgwick artist Louise Bourne. The show, Transition/Interval, will open on Friday, August 2. The public is cordially invited to a gala Artists’ Reception from 5 – 8 on the 2nd, featuring live jazz with Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will run through September 4.

Siri Beckman’s work represents the Transition of the show’s title. Known throughout Maine as a printmaker, Beckman has recently made the transition from black and white wood engraving and woodcut to painting and color. The fourteen paintings in the show depict far-ranging scenes of Maine’s far Down East, rocks and coastal islands, stone piers, rain-washed country roads and white barns. “As a printmaker I worked indoors, but as a painter I could work outdoors totally immersed in the present moment of light, movement, color, form. Trading my wood engraving tools for brushes, I focused less on detail and more on simple shapes. Painting feels spontaneous and flexible compared to the premeditated control of printmaking.” The gallery will, as always, also present a comprehensive collection of the artist’s wood engravings and a new 2013 woodcut.

Born in Chicago, Siri Beckman has lived in Stonington, Maine since 1975. She was graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has been awarded six Artist Residencies at national parks, including, most recently, Mesa Verde National Park, in Colorado. Her work is included in the collections of the Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, the University of New England, and Harvard University, as well as legions of private collections.

Louise Bourne, new to the gallery’s roster, claims the Intervals of the show’s title. She sees “Interval“ as the space between pieces of color, between brush strokes in her painting. These may correspond with the intervals between islands, between land, sea and sky, between patterns on the water, all her constant subjects. She also sees “Interval” in terms of color relationships. “In music, we use the term ‘interval’ to describe specific space between notes. In painting, we have an interval between a highly saturated color and a muted one, between a warm one and a cool one. We have an interval when a color used somewhere for an island steps into the atmospheric color of the sky and now can represent a distant island. Now “island” is a changed color. The interval has to do with the light condition.” Bourne sees these intervals as a metaphor for suspended time, the interval of time during which one paints, or is held by a painting, or the interval one takes to soak up summer.

Louise Bourne’s paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States and the UK. Among other honors, she has been in residence at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, received the Great Spruce Head Island Arts Week scholarship, and a grant to study in Rome. Her work has been featured in “On Canvas” of Maine Home and Design Magazine, and in Carl Little’s book, Paintings of Maine. Bourne teaches for the University of Maine, Orono, Maine Maritime Academy, and privately. Bourne was graduated, with honors, from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) and from the MFA program of the University of Michigan.

Throughout the season, the gallery presents work by thirty artists in all media.

Shows scheduled for later in the season: September 6 – October 2: Phoebe Bly: New Work; October 4 – November 29: Susan Beebe and Rachel Burgess: Home.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday 9 – 5. For more information, call or e-mail the gallery at 207-596-0800 or Website: Nan Mulford is Gallery Director.

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[Captions for images:]

1. Siri Beckman, Passing Rains, oil on canvas, 22” x 28”

2. Louise Bourne, Pond Island, oil on linen, 24” x 24”