Jonathan Frost Gallery and Frame Shop
Jonathan Frost, proprietor and master framer
Leo Brooks (1905-1993) grew up poor in the Bronx. His father was a tailor; his mother cleaned houses. He loved escaping occasionally into the New Jersey woods with his father. In old age he fondly recalled “walking through the Watchung Mountains with Pop at age six and observing interesting trees, odd shapes of rock formations and spruce jutting into the sky on a mountaintop.” For most of his adult life he was a linotype operator for the New York Times. He had his first painting lesson at age 60, at the Art Students League. He didn’t begin tentatively, however; he worked energetically, unafraid, from the start, to alter the forms of rocks, trees and people to suit his taste. His energy and devotion to his new-found passion increased upon retirement and upon his discovery of Monhegan, where he lived and painted for many summers.
Brooks’ work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Monhegan Museum. He is represented at the Jonathan Frost Gallery by ten watercolors evoking crashing waves; jutting, raw-edged rocks; Monhegan’s stately Cathedral Woods; and two Chagall-influenced buildings, a church and a red house or barn, with walls tilting and undulating in sympathy with their environs.
Michael Torlen, like Brooks, has been deeply affected by Monhegan. This show will feature twenty-four of his plein-air watercolors of the ocean rolling and beating against the island’s rocky shore. Twenty of them are framed as single images; the other four serve as the central panels in narrative triptychs concerning life at sea. Torlen grew up among people who made their living from the sea; his father was a commercial fisherman. He knows his subject well.
Torlen is professor emeritus of the School of Art and Design, Purchase College, SUNY. He has shown widely and has work in the collections of several museums, including the Housatonic Museum, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Springfield Art Museum. Critic Carl Little wrote: “With his brilliant Monhegan seascapes, Torlen takes his place in the distinguished line of painters who have rendered the island’s shoreline. . . .”
“From the Ocean’s Edge” will be up through June 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 to 5. The telephone number is (207) 596-0800.
The Jonathan Frost Gallery and Frame Shop was established in May of 2007 with two main purposes: to bring varied, interesting, emotionally engaging, well-executed art to viewers in mid-coast Maine and to provide mid-coast residents and visitors with top-quality framing services.
We’ve Moved! The Gallery and Frame shop is just around the corner from our old location. We are getting ready for our new 2014 season of shows with new and continuing artists. The frame shop is open for your business so please stop by with your latest framing needs. Thank you for your past, present, and continuing support.
We’re now at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive in
Rockland, next to the Park Street Grille.
279 Main St, Rockland Maine 04841
Just south from The Farnsworth Art Museum
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 – 5