On Friday, July 7, from 5:30 to 8:00, the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland will host the opening reception for a show called “Faces of the Nashville Movement.” The work is by gallery owner Jonathan Frost, who for the past twelve years has been working on paintings dealing with various episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently at work on a large series evoking the Nashville student sit-in movement of 1960.
In the fall of 1959, Rev. James Lawson began holding workshops, open to all of Nashville’s college students, on Gandhian non-violent protest. Workshop participants, almost all African-Americans, became highly disciplined leaders of marches and sit-ins that succeeded, by late spring, in desegregating the city’s downtown lunch counters.
This show includes portraits of several of those leaders and preparatory oil sketches of scenes from their early lives and from the marches and sit-ins of 1960. Also on display will be paintings of other episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. Prints of some of these paintings will be available for sale.
At the opening, pianist Steve Lindsay will play jazz standards, freedom songs, and other music that inspired participants in the struggle for racial justice.
The show will stay up through July 29. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive in Rockland. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00. The phone number is 207-596-0800.