Brenda Free

Aging, tryptich by Brenda Free, 67” x 28”, $3000 I never lost my love of finger painting. I rub, scrape and scratch into layers of acrylic paint on paper. This process allows a trace of what is underneath to become essential to what remains visible. A decade of living aboard a boat is imbedded in…

Linda Simmons-Arnold

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Linda Simmons-Arnold attended the Cornish Institute in Seattle and the New England School of Art in Boston.  She began painting at the age of nineteen while pursuing a career in science.  She works in pastel, watercolor, and oil. She writes:  My major interest at this point is the…

Mae Towers

Mae Towers was born and raised in the small town of Fort Fairfield in northern Maine.  During her last year in a private high school she worked with fine artist Elizabeth Punches.  She has found her own way as an artist while working at a wide variety of jobs, from picking potatoes to cooking to…

Barbara Vanderbilt

Friday, July 3, the Jonathan Frost Gallery presents a new show featuring eight pastels by Barbara Vanderbilt, from her “Language of Stone” series.  Some pieces depict the Maine coast; others evoke towering Western rock formations.  These pieces offer a preview of a larger showing of her work, to be held next summer. Artist Statement: The…

Phyllis Janto

A native of Philadelphia, Phyllis studied design at the Moore Institute of Art. In 1954, she moved to New York City and began sculpting while attending Hunter College, graduating in 1962 with a B.F.A.  Among her teachers were painter William Baziotes (watercolor) and sculptor Tony Smith (graduate design).  In 1965, she graduated from the Pratt…

Leo Brooks

For years, in his hours off from his job as a linotype operator at the New York Times, Leo Brooks (1905-1993) visited the city’s museums and galleries. He admired modernist work. At age 60 he took his first art class, at the Art Students League. He loved the directness of watercolor and the freedom of…

Harriett Matthews

Matthews retired last year from her long tenure at Colby College.  She’d started there in 1966, founding the school’s sculpture program.  In the course of her career as an artist and professor she has made many trips, including a couple of year-long sabbaticals, to the eastern Mediterranean, most often to Greece.  Her fascination with Greek…

Susan Beebe

I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in Windsor, near the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers.  I had already decided to be an artist by age five, according to my mother.  Drawing, reading, making things, building with blocks, and playing and exploring in the woods were all part of becoming an artist and naturalist.…

Jonathan Frost

artist · printmaker · custom framer Upon graduating from Dartmouth in philosophy, Jonathan Frost declared, “I’m going to be an artist.” Despite a predilection for and early training in art, he had no idea how to go about making a living as an artist. Through years of work in mental health, carpentry, and adult literacy,…

Barbara Beebe

The past thirteen years since I moved to Friendship Long Island have been the most creative years of my life. The beauty, simplicity of life, isolation, independence, and self-reliance make me create. My daughter, Susan, and I have restored an old house, planted gardens, created toy theaters with costumes and sets, written plays and set…