Jack Frost isn’t “artsy fartsy.” The superior attitude prevalent in some in the art community drove him from painting, drawing and sharing his work for nearly three decades.
Now 77, the man born in Snowflake, Ariz., is back on the scene with “Jack Frost: A Retrospective,” more than 70 pieces of recent work such as his striking self-portrait, and others spanning his artistic life. The show will run through Dec. 12 at the Louisa Performing Arts Center. Frost was a fourth-grader when his teacher started pinning his art on the bulletin board, and “that’s when I first realized, ‘Well maybe I’ve got something here,’” he said. So he minored in art at Brigham Young University and earned an art degree at the University of Wyoming before moving in 1963 to Colorado Springs to teach art at Wasson High School. Frost transferred to Mitchell High School when it opened in 1965 and taught there until 1979. A few factors led to his departure from painting and drawing. He publicly opposed a 1975 teachers’ strike when his colleagues walked off the job in a contract dispute. “I don’t have a single friend left out of the 17 years of teaching left from that,” he said. He also had a problem with the power, popularity and fascination with “so-called modern art.” “My art tends to be representational and drawingbased, and I kind of thought modern artists get into nonrepresentational art because they can’t draw,” he said. “I became somewhat disillusioned with the artsy-fartsy folks. I’ve been kind of a working man and type of person all my life, and I never felt comfortable in that environment.” So he went to work on tugboats with his brother for 10 years in San Francisco. Then he got into restoring antique trucks, which he considers moving works of art. Through the years, his oil paintings and drawings — of landscapes, his wife and their three children — have hung in the Frosts’ Village Seven home. But looking at those every day never gave him the itch to pick up a brush. His wife of 49 years, Gloria, did. Although the couple’s road trips to scenic spots in the area helped spur his comeback, Gloria’s constant prodding sent him back to the easel in the basement. It’s her way to push, he said, and that’s what she did a little more than a year ago. “He is talented,” Gloria said. “He has something to give to the world, and I want him to give it.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org ON DISPLAY See the artwork of Jack Frost. WHERE: Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. GALLERY HOURS: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday Visitors can also view the exhibit anytime there is a public event at the Louisa Center. To view the calendar, visit www.css.org.