Posted June 30, 2013, at 3:58 p.m.

Friday, July 5 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013; 5:53 p.m.

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

Contact: Nan Mulford; 508-942-0869


June 21, 2013


CONTACT: Nan Mulford,, 508-942-0869


The Jonathan Frost Gallery, at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, will present a solo exhibition by gallery owner Jonathan Frost, his first in prime season since opening the gallery in 2006. The show, Roses, Romance, and Roller Derby, will open on Friday, July 5. The public is cordially invited to a gala Artists’ Reception from 5 – 8 on the 5th, featuring live jazz with Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will run through July 31.

Winter Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on July 5th from 4:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a demonstration by the Rock Coast Rollers, the Midcoast’s own roller derby team and the subject of several of Frost’s work in the show.

“Roller derby is a new sport whose rules and patterns are changing…it’s also spectacle, with elements of theater and dance. It’s an arena that welcomes self-expression in dress, hair, skin, speech, and movement. Most importantly, it’s a way women can be strong and fast and agile,” says Frost, in elaborating on his fascination with the sport. “It’s the physical and psychological and tactical concerns that have come to hold the most interest and urgency for me: the way three or four women space themselves to promote their own jammer and impede the opposing jammer; the ways they use their hips, shoulders, arms, legs; the ways they look at each other and at their opponents. These are matters of bulk and finesse, of intention and wit, of shifting formations and opportunistic bursts of speed, which I have to treat and resolve as matters of mass and space, line and color. It’s a joyous effort.”

Frost presents four large Roller Derby paintings in the show, paintings he has had in production for months. “Nineteen of these women have come to my studio to pose. They gladly fit themselves into the compositions I’ve laid out, but invariably they improve on the poses I’ve sketched. It’s been exhilarating, painting them. I love the variety among all the skaters, in terms of personal style, background, occupation, and volunteer activities (one, for example, is a Girl Scout leader), and I admire their discipline and commitment, their assiduous practice and also their awareness and inventiveness, moment by moment, on the track.”

In addition to the Roller Derby paintings, Frost presents sixteen of his signature oils of floral subjects – the “Roses” of the title of the show, and a visual meditation on two poems by Emily Dickinson, the “Romance.”

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

Shows scheduled for later in the season: August 2 – September 4: Transition/Interval: New Work by Siri Beckman and Louise Bourne; 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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Bristol Smashin’, Scarina, and Mistress of the Knife, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”