On Friday, February 17, at 10 a.m., the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland will host the opening of a show titled “Thomaston LEAPS!” The show’s subtitle is “The Landscape and Ourselves.” The work on display is by fourth graders at the Thomaston Grammar School, who have recently participated in a four-week LEAPS of IMAGINATION program called “The Power of Possibility: Galvanizing the Connection between the Landscape and Ourselves.”
The fourth graders are making deeper connections with their natural world through art and writing. They made their own monoprint watercolor paper, combining diverse images of nature and themselves. The children have realized that their relationship with nature changes the way they live in the world, empowering them to become stewards of the earth.
LEAPS mentor artists are Susan Beebe, Alexis Iammarino, Sarah Rogers (lead artist for this program) and Dee Peppe. Nancy Harris Frohlich is the program’s founding director. The team has worked closely with classroom teachers Michelle Ford and Rose Richter in designing curricula to support grade-level studies.
The young artists will attend the opening and will discuss aspects of their work. The public is invited to come and view the art, meet the artists, and ask questions. The opening will last about an hour and a half. Refreshments will be served. The show will remain up through March 18.