Beebe grew up on a farm in North Dakota, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. “Each day in first grade, on my way to school, I passed by the blacksmith, pounding out plowshares with fire and hammer. This began my fascination with metal and jewelry, which I went on to study at the University of Minnesota.” As a child she fashioned dolls from clay she dug on the farm, made toy furniture and snow figures, and drew her brothers and sisters on the scarce paper her mother found for her. Her first real art classes were in college.
When she was in her early 50’s, Vogue magazine featured her jewelry, which was carried by ten galleries from Connecticut to California. One winter at the home she and her daughter, Susan, shared on Friendship Long Island, she fell and badly hurt her arm. She began painting in gouache while her arm healed. “I love gouache,” she says, “because of its brilliant colors, the mobility it allows, and its quickness to dry.”
Summer and fall on Friendship Long Island are devoted mostly to gardening, tending chickens, doing repairs and preparing for winter, all while living without plumbing or electricity. Winters on the island proved dangerous, so in winter Beebe finds a place to stay, either nearby or far away, where she can draw and paint. All the pieces in this show are still lifes in gouache, done in a variety of places: a village in Normandy, France; Costa Rica; Martha’s Vineyard; and Friendship, Maine.
Hyde’s offerings in this show are all drawings (including a variety of drawing called “reverse monoprints”) of animals and people she has known well: horses, goats, cats, and her husband, Jim Kinnealey, and herself. Hyde moved to mid-coast Maine in 1977. She drew and painted steadily, studying with Jacque Rochester, “an astute and sensitive teacher,” Hyde says, who encouraged her to go to art school. Hyde spent three years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, immersing herself in drawing and painting from the nude model. When Kinnealey opened the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland in 1982, she showed there. By the time she and Kinnealey were married in 1990, Hyde had become a partner in owning and directing the gallery. In 1995 they moved to their current home in South Hope.
“The Caldbeck Gallery has been my primary focus over the past few years,” Hyde says. “I am very happy to be able to show some drawings after a very long time of not showing much at all. I like to draw with 2B graphite pencils, moving the graphite around and using it almost like paint, as in filling in areas. I also love pen and ink, often bamboo pen and ink, which make indelible marks that carry weight.”
Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano at the opening. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive in Rockland. The show will remain up through October 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5. The phone number is 596-0800.