Archive for Ellsworth

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Studio Picks”

Philip Frey, Through and Through, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

 

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Studio Picks,” a juried show highlighting new work selected from the studios of their gallery artists. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, December 5 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 5–December 23, 2018. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Rosie Moore, Blue Vase, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

 

Many of the artworks in the show are oil paintings created in late summer or fall. Other mediums include a monoprint by Susan Amons, a digital montage by Jeffery Becton, silver gelatin prints by Lisa Tyson Ennis, and one-of-a kind tri-color gum prints by Alan Vlach. Vlach gum prints are made from photographs he took of wheatpaste graffiti in Portland, Maine, and New York City. Gum printing is a nineteenth century process using a mixture of gum Arabic, photosensitive dichromate, and watercolor pigment that is brushed on paper, dried, and exposed to ultraviolet light under an enlarged negative.

 

Alan Vlach, A Tear, tri-color gum print, 8 x 8 inches

Participating artists, include Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery Becton, Ragna Bruno, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Philip Frey, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Rosie Moore, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Alan Vlach.

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

Julia Ventresco of One Woman Studio

 

 

The 2nd Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend running from October 11 – October 14 is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association statewide celebration of craft and American Craft Week. This year Ellsworth will once again be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a hub for cultural activities in Downeast Maine. Over 40 local artists, nonprofits and businesses will join in the festivities.

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants will include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries, breweries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and so much more.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee says, “We are thrilled with the growth this program is experiencing in its second year. Ellsworth’s cultural offerings are thriving and growing!”

The event kicks off at 6:00 pm on October 11 with guest speaker Abbe Levin of the Office of Maine Tourism. Courthouse Gallery will host the talk, titled “Is Ellsworth Ready for the Cultural Traveler?”

Other event highlights include:

Wheat paste mural of Siri Beckman print at 16 State Street, October 11-14 (accessible 24/7).

Main Street Beer and Boogie with Fogtown and Fremont Street String Band at 142 Main Street (former JB Atlantic building) Oct 12 at 5:30pm. Tickets are for sale online, on the Heart of Ellsworth’s Facebook page and at the door the evening of the event.

Main Street will be alive on Saturday, October 13 with artist demos in blacksmithing, jewelry and fiber arts. Just up the street, Atlantic Art Glass will be blowing their famous glass pumpkins both Saturday and Sunday, while several artists offer demos on the premises. Many downtown businesses, eateries and breweries will be offering specials in celebration of Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend.

Full event calendar is available at: heartofellsworth.org and Heart of Ellsworth’s Facebook page. For more information, please email: cara@heartofellsworth.org.

Courthouse Gallery Fall Shows + Guest Speaker Abbe Levin

Jessica Ives, After the Last Cast, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will highlight the following shows from October 3–November 7.  PRINTS: Susan Amons, Siri Beckman, Carroll Thayer Berry, Holly Meade, John Neville, Lilian Day Thorpe, Charles Wadsworth. CERAMICS: Charlie Hewitt, William Irvine. SUMMER FINALE: Gallery Artists.

 

Siri Beckman, The Elvers, wood etching, 6 x 45 inches

 

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 11 from 5–7pm. Courthouse Gallery welcomes guest speaker Abbe Levin, who will present “Is Ellsworth Ready for The Cultural Traveler?” at 6pm. Levin is the cultural tourism coordinator for the Maine Office of Tourism. Her talk is part of Art of Ellsworth, a community celebration of the arts in Ellsworth, which runs in conjunction with Maine Craft Weekend October 11–14. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Susan Amons, Seaside Garden I, monoprint, 17 x 17 inches

 

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Rusted Pulchritude Joins SevenArts

 

SevenArts Gallery at the Grind in Ellsworth is thrilled to announce the newest member, Rusted Pulchritude! The creative duo of Aaron and Deirdre are behind the company that creates hand carved, wabi sabi style, wooden ware in their restored former-horse barn studio. Stop by the gallery to see their incredible display of pieces! Stay tuned for Maine Craft Weekend (Oct 13 & 14) when we formally introduce them and look forward to seeing a live demo at the gallery of how they do what they do! See their web site for more about them http://www.rustedpulchritude.com

Jeffery Becton: New Work; Joseph Keiffer: Places Remembered; and Linda Packard: Fruitful Wanderings at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo shows: Jeffery Becton: New Work; Joseph Keiffer: Places Remembered; and Linda Packard: Fruitful Wanderings. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 15 from 5–7pm. The shows will run from Augsut 15 through September 15. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeffery Becton, Haunted Ground, digital montage, 28 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton, Haunted Ground, digital montage, 28 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton (b. 1947) creates provocative photo-based digital montages based on the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home. A pioneer in the field of fine-art photography, Becton began experimenting with the layering of visual information in the early 1990s using the new digital tools. His surreal scenarios are evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. Bates College Museum of Art held a solo show of Becton’s large-scale monographs in 2016 that then traveled to the Daura Gallery at the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and to Lynchburg College in Virgina. Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard: (b.1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. The new abstract paintings in her first solo show at Courthouse Gallery have brought the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences. Packard was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship in 2015, and participated in a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.

Joseph Keiffer, Clearing Off, oil on canvas, 54 x 36 inches

Joseph Keiffer (b. 1952) is a realist painter who credits the artists of the Hudson River School for his inspiration, yet his sensibilities are completely modern. Keiffer takes the viewer from brilliant sunlight to twilight, from panoramic vista to cozy interior, and from plastic pots brimming with splashy annuals to towering stacks of tipsy tin cups. He studied at the New York Studio School and graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in philosophy and art history. Following a year at Sotheby’s “Works of Art” course, Keiffer was employed by Sotheby’s as a cataloguer and appraiser of paintings, and after six years there, and three years at Doyle Galleries, he became a private art dealer and president of a non-profit art foundation. In his thirties, Keiffer began painting full-time. His work is in numerous national and international collections. Keiffer, who lives in New York City, finds inspiration for his painting by spending time in Downeast Maine and the Catskills, NY

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For hours call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Interested in becoming a member of SevenArts Gallery?

Join us! New co-op member sought.

Interested in becoming a member of SevenArts?

SevenArts is a member-owned co-op gallery located in the heart of Ellsworth, Maine. If you would like to be considered for membership please fill out the form link: https://www.sevenartsmaine.com/apply-for-membership

Learn more about the co-op gallery and it’s member artists here: https://www.sevenartsmaine.com/about

Gallery Talk with Linda Packard at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Gallery Talk for Colin Page on Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm. The talk will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Packard’s new work. The show runs through September 15. The event is free and open to the public.

 Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard (b.1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. The new abstract paintings in her first solo show at Courthouse Gallery have brought the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard, who has a profound interest in the abstract expressionist movement, is admittedly enamored by its painters. The one artist whose work she returns to most often is Joan Mitchell. For Packard, Mitchell’s paintings reflect the raw emotions of her experiences, often without specific intention. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences. Packard was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship in 2015, and participated in a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut in 2017. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Colin Page, Above It All, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page, Above It All, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Gallery Talk for Colin Page on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30pm. The talk will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Page’s new work. The shows runs through August 12. The event is free and open to the public.

Colin Page is an en plein air painter whose work is distinguished by his gestural brush strokes and command of light. Page travels the state of Maine in search of landscapes and ordinary subjects that he transforms into the spectacular. Page was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2000. After graduation, he moved to Maine to focus on paintings the landscape. Although Page prefers working en plein air, large canvases are created at his studio in Camden, Maine. Page has participated in numerous group shows and en plein air festivals around the country. He was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, WI. He won first place in the February–March Plein air Salon Contest hosted by the magazine Outdoor Painter in 2014, and in 2015, his work was selected as the Artist’s Choice at the Maynard Dixon Campout, Mt. Carmel, Utah. Page lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and their two daughters.

Courthouse Gallery to host Book Launch for Willaim Irvine: At Home

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host the Book Launch for William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes), a new book highlighting a collection of Irvine’s small white house narrative paintings. The Book Launch will take place on Wednesday, July 25, from 4pm–6:30pm. The event will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Irvine’s new work that runs through August 12. The event is free and open to the public.

 At 5pm, Mr. Irvine and several writers, who wrote poems for the book, will read from the book. Guest writers include Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, and Dindy Royster. Renown classical guitarist Scott Borg will begin the program with a performance.

 Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. To reserve book, please call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com. For more information on the book William Irvine: At Home, please see visit marshallwilkes.com.

 William Irvine: At Home highlights a unique collection of William Irvine’s small white house paintings. These delightful narrative paintings capture the grace and delight of daily activities—women celebrating spring with forsythia, calling in their cats at dusk, gossiping, planting trees, and sunbathing sans clothing. Men sip their morning coffee, repair windows, gather fishing gear and wait for the fog to lift. Mermaids, sheep, and sleeping sailors populate rugged, elemental scenes. And always, soaring overhead in the seascapes for which Irvine is best known, are the gulls, whose cries and calculated stillness captivate the painter. 

 The book features poems or excerpts by Irvine and several writers, including William Carpenter, Deborah Joy Corey, Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, Dindy Rosyter, and John Tagliabue.

 Irvine moved to Maine in 1968, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland, where he grew up. Irvine eventually settled in Blue Hill, Maine, where he maintained a studio for forty years. He now lives in Brookline, Maine, with his wife, Margery, and their Shetland sheepdog, Tam O’ Shanter.     William Irvine: At Home joins William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey in establishing Irvine as a Maine and American master.

 Scott Borg Classical Guitarist

Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist, Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. He has been awarded numerous international scholarships and prizes, including the Australian Music Examinations Board highest honor and the Fellowship in Music Australia (F.Mus.A). He has performed at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra Mérida (Mexico), ICPNA Guitar Festival (Peru), the Shell Darwin International Festival (Australia), New York’s Apollo Theatre and Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Ateneo de Madrid. In 2006, he was invited to perform for President Hu Jintao, Peoples Republic of China, at his internationally televised address to the United States of America. Mr. Borg received his Artist Diploma (Yale University), Masters of Music (The Juilliard School), and a Bachelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours (University of Wollongong). His mentors include Sharon Isbin, Benjamin Verdery, Gregory Pikler, and Christopher Keane. 

 Borg is the director of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, and was previously director of the Boston Guitar Orchestra (2009–2016). He is currently on faculty at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and is Artistic Director of the Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival.

William Irvine and Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo shows: William Irvine: Voices of the Sea and Colin Page: Colorful Language. The shows will open on Wednesday, July 18 and run through August 12. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public, as well as these two special events:

Courthouse Gallery will host the launch of William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes) on Wednesday, July 24 from 4–6:30pm. At Home is a new book that highlights Irvine’s white house paintings. Several writers contributed poems and writings inspired by the paintings, including William Carpenter, Deborah Joy Corey, Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, and Dindy Royster.

Courthouse Gallery will host a Gallery Talk with Colin Page on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30pm.

William Irvine: Voices of the Sea

William Irvine (b.1931) is a Scottish/American painter, best known for his seascapes, enchanting narratives, and still lifes. Irvine was born in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast. Here he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde art scene. In 1968, Irvine moved to downeast Maine, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland. Here, harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work based on a life lived by the sea. Two driving forces fuel his pictorial concepts: abstraction and representation. Irvine brings these antithetical elements into balance with his poetic sensibility and the richness of his textural compositions. Irvine’s newest book William Irvine: At Home (2018) highlights a collection of Irvine’s white house paintings. William Irvine: At Home (2018) joins William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey (2014) by Carl Little in establishing Irvine as a Maine and American master. Irvine lives in Brookline, Maine, with his wife, Margery, and their Shetland sheepdog, Tam O’ Shanter. To reserve a copy of William Irvine: At Home, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611.

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page: Colorful Language Colin Page (b.1977) is a en plein air painter whose work is distinguished by his gestural brush strokes and command of light. Page travels the state of Maine in search of landscapes and ordinary subjects that he transforms into the spectacular. Page was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2000. After graduation, he moved to Maine to focus on paintings the landscape. Although Page prefers working en plein air, large canvases are created at his studio in Camden, Maine. Page has participated in numerous group shows and en plein air festivals around the country. He was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, WI. He won first place in the February–March Plein air Salon Contest hosted by the magazine Outdoor Painter in 2014, and in 2015, his work was selected as the Artist’s Choice at the Maynard Dixon Campout, Mt. Carmel, Utah. Page lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and their two daughters.