The Jonathan Frost Gallery will host a show called “Mainly on the Plane,” beginning with an opening reception Friday, May 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will feature work by Barbara Beebe, Susan Beebe, Pam Cabañas, and Abbie Read. All of the work is characterized by strong two-dimensional patterns.
In her still lifes, Barbara Beebe’s delight in the forms of her subjects (fruits, toys, containers, fabrics) comes across as an infectious delight in interacting staccato dabs, angular and curved edges, and broad fields of color.
In Susan Beebe’s large study of a diving falcon, the flat blue sky and the sickle-winged bird are equal partners in a striking design. In her paintings of nests, twisted lines of earthy yellows and browns serve both to evoke the subject and to enliven the surface of the canvas.
The sea, as evoked in a big charcoal triptych by Pam Cabañas, is brought up close to the viewer as large patterns of black, white, and myriad greys giving form to drum buoys and perched terns.
Abbie Read’s intricate collages are non-representational. They are composed of meticulously arranged strips of old maps and charts, old letters in elegant script, and colored and marbleized paper.
Beginning Friday, May 13, the “Mainly on the Plane” show will be rearranged to make room for a show of work by second-grade students at the Lura Libby School in Thomaston, done in a recent Leaps of Imagination program. The two shows will hang through the end of May. More information on the Leaps of Imagination show will be forthcoming.