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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.

Courthouse Gallery to host Book & Signing Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now by Daniel Kany and Carl Little

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host the Book Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes), a new book by Daniel Kany and Carl Little on the work of Maine artist Philip Frey. The event will take place on Saturday, July 7, from 4pm–6:30pm. The event will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Frey’s recent work. There will be a talk with the artist and both authors beginning at 5pm. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lauer will perform two original songs inspired by the Philip Frey paintings highlighted in the book from her collection. The event is free and open to the public.

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

For more information on the book Philip Frey: Here and Now, please see visit marshallwilkes.com.

Philip Frey, Judy Belasco and Philip Barter

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo shows: Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion; Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water; and Philip Barter: Mainescapes. The shows will run from June 20 through ­July 14. All three artists will be presenting new and recent work.

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

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion Philip Frey is best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape, and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, preferring direct perception and the dynamic quality, richness, and challenges of working from life. In 2016, the University of Maine Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Frey’s work. His work has been highlighted in several books, including Art of Acadia, 2016, and Paintings of Portland, 2018, both by brothers Carl Little and David Little.

Frey’s career is the subject of a new book: Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes) by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. Courthouse Gallery will host the book launch in conjunction with his solo show on Saturday, July 7 from 4–6:30pm. Kany sums up Frey’s work best, “As a painter, Philip Frey’s goal is often a project of soft persuasion. We recognize his scenes easily enough. But as we shift our focus from the recognizable subject to the insistent forms, luscious brushwork, and compositional design, the painting slips out of representational focus and back to abstraction, the true place of Frey’s poetry.” Frey lives in downeast Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio nestled in the woods. To reserve a copy of Philip Frey: Here and Now, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611. Images available on request.

Judy Belasco, Bass Harbor Inlet, oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches

Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water Judy Belasco paints subtle, yet majestic coastal scenes most often of estuaries where the interplay of water, sky, and light are shaped by atmospheric weather. As the daughter of Oliver Nuse, a Philadelphia artist, and the granddaughter of Roy Nuse, an impressionist painter and instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Belasco grew up surrounded by art. She spent much of her childhood living in artists’ colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 1972, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA. She studied landscape painting with noted artist Linden Frederick and fine digital print with John Paul Caponigro at the Maine Photographic Workshop. Belasco was an art teacher at the Germantown Friends School, a position she held for thirty-two years. In 2008, she retired to focus on her painting full-time. Belasco maintains studios in Philadelphia and Stockton Springs, Maine, and divides her time between two. “‘The longer you look,’ Belasco has said, ‘the deeper and deeper you go.’ The same can be said of these remarkable paintings. They draw us into landscapes we thought we knew but now see with greater depth and renewed wonder.” —Carl Little, catalog except 2018

Philip Barter, Power Plant, acrylic on board, 30 x 24 inches

Philip Barter: Mainescapes Philip Barter is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. While living out west, Barter encountered the work of Marsden Hartley and experienced an aesthetic epiphany. He felt an immediate connection with the Lewiston-born painter. Hartley would serve as a kind of talisman, an artist to inspire but also to move beyond. Barter returned to Maine to become a painter and by the 1970s, he and his second wife, Priscilla, settled in downeast Maine, where they raised their seven children and made a life immersed in art for their large family. By the early 1990s Barter was showing in prestigious galleries up and down the Maine coast and receiving critical acclaim for his work. Bates College Museum of Art mounted a retrospective of Barter’s work in 1992. The Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and Bates acquired his work. In 1995, Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine, and Tim Sample highlighted Barter’s life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt. Barter has since spent a half-century painting narratives based on Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. In 2017, Marshall Wilkes published Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a comprehensive hard cover book by Carl Little on Barter’s work and career.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
207 667 6611

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opens for the 2018 Season Spring Show and Holly Meade: Everyday Charm

Holly Meade, Angel Plane Transporting Souls, woodblock print, 9 x 17 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to announce they will open for the 2018 season on May 25 with their annual Spring Show highlighting gallery artists, and an exhibition of woodblock prints by Sedgwick artist Holly Meade (1956–2013). Meade’s lively prints are full of wit and charm, exploring everyday life, baking cookies or an afternoon nap, and her humorous personification of animals. Meade is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who has illustrated more than 30 children’s books. Her illustrations for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho won a 1997 Caldecott Honor for illustration, and for John Willy and Freddy McGee she was named an honoree for the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.

Joseph Keiffer, Nasturtiums and Pansies on Green Gingham Cloth, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Courthouse Gallery Spring Show participating artists include: Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Lise Becu, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, William Irvine, Henry Issacs, Jessica Lee Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe.

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

Seven Arts Annual Studio Sale

Its time once again for the SevenArts Studio Sale!

It’s that time of year when the artists clear out their studios, finding forgotten gems, experimental pieces, and other work not usually available. The tables in the foyer will be filled with interesting and beautiful bargins. Come early and often as inventory will go quickly in this highly anticipated event.

Open Monday-Saturday 10-3pm
www.sevenartsmaine.com
207-667-1968 for more info

While shopping for your sale treasure, be sure to check out the newly renovated SevenArts space! We are pretty excited to share it with you.

SevenArts Gallery Getting a Makeover

Gerry Monteux and buddy

Gerry Monteux and buddy

The artists at SevenArts Gallery have been busy at work fashioning a new creative experience for their customers. Since January 15, the gallery has been closed, the space has been emptied, and renovations have been taking place. Spiffed up and revamped, the gallery will re-open Feb 5. In addition to the fresh new space, SevenArts plans to host a new show each month featuring work not usually displayed by the gallery members.

This month SevenArts welcomes a new member, Gerry Monteux. Monteux, an accomplished nature photographer, creates large and small format pieces, both canvas and matted prints, which capture the many beautiful vistas and the amazing wildlife of Maine. Intimate shots that will leave you wondering, “How did he do that?”

SevenArts Gallery operates as a co-op with each of the seven members and one junior member presenting and selling work in the small space. Carving out an area to accommodate each artist and their medium is a challenge in the small space. “We are all prolific producers of work,” says Suzanne Anderson, a gallery member. “We have a lot of display considerations at play and each member is challenged to find what will work in a small footprint.”  Lots of time and planning went into the new look and the gallery members look forward to re-opening to the public!

This March marks the gallery’s 10th year anniversary. For more information about SevenArts, the artists, and the re-opening, check out the new website: www.sevenartsmaine.com.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,”

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,” a group show that celebrates the change of season as Maine transitions from summer into fall and winter. There will be an open house Wednesday, December 6 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 1– December 30, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Interpretations for “Winter is Coming” run the gamut from William Irvine’s iconic house painting  with a woman burning brush and Philip Barter’s dancing smelt shacks to David Vickery’s  larger-than-life realistic oil painting of marbles and Philip Koch’s memory of a magical winter  wonderland.

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

New to the gallery is Henry Isaacs who lives in Portland, Maine, but spent many years living and painting on Cranberry Island. His oil painting “Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor” seems to  exemplify the seasonal transition with a range of yellows and rusty reds juxtaposed against purple,  green, and blue.

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Participating artists, include Berenice Abbott, Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery  Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Henry Isaacs, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Philip Koch, Judith Leighton, William Moise, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, Carl Nelson, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, Lilian Day Thorpe, David Vickery.

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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

Linden O’Ryan Announces Upcoming Fairs and Shows

In a patch of darknes... play

In a patch of darknes… play

Linden O’Ryan is pleased to announce her upcoming fair and show schedule. All events will have original watercolor paintings, original cards, postcard books, printed cards and giclées of paintings.

Moonflow

Moonflow

The schedule is as follows:

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
November 4, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Husson University, Bangor

ROOST CRAFT FAIR
November 11, 2017,  Saturday, 10-4
Moore Community & Conference Center, Ellsworth

SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SHOW: Linden O’Ryan
December 1-30
Southwest Harbor
There is no official reception scheduled, but Linden will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Friday December 1st, to greet you! 20% of the sales through the month of December go to the Library.

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
December 10, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Ocean Avenue School, Portland
For more information visit www.lindenoryan.com

 

Celebrate Craft with Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

Live music Saturday night at Artsworth Hymn For Her 6:00 pm

Live music Saturday night at Artsworth Hymn For Her 6:00 pm

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 11-15, 2017) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association’s statewide celebration of craft. This year Ellsworth will 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 and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and so much more.

Ellsworth Glass Blower Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in front of the “Glory Hole” in her Ellsworth Hot Shop.

Ellsworth Glass Blower Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in front of the “Glory Hole” in her Ellsworth Hot Shop.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee, says, “It is encouraging to work with so many passionate, community volunteers to craft an event that builds on Ellsworth’s existing creative economy.”

Carl Little kicks off this event with a Heart of Ellsworth Public Forum, “The Creative Economy in Ellsworth” on October 11, 6:00 pm at the Ellsworth Public Library.

Other event highlights include:

The Courthouse Gallery Fine Art | Gallery Talk: William Irvine & Mark Bell | October 12 – 6:00 pm

Artsworth | Live Concert Fundraiser: Hymn for Her | October 13 – 6:00 pm

Maine Alpaca Experience | Visit with the Alpacas | October 14 – 10:00 am

Ellsworth Metalsmith Nisa Smiley soldering in her Main Street Studio

Ellsworth Metalsmith Nisa Smiley soldering in her Main Street Studio

Main Street will be alive on Saturday, October 14 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. Many downtown businesses and eateries will be offering specials in celebration of Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend.

Full event calendar is available at: mainecraftweekend.org/2017-featured-locations/ellsworth/ and Heart of Ellsworth’s Facebook page. For more information, please email: cara@heartofellsworth.org.

Artist Talk with William Irvine and Mark Bell at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

William Irvine: Dancing Sailors, 2017, ceramic vase

William Irvine: Dancing Sailors, 2017, ceramic vase

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 12 at 6pm for painter William Irvine and potter Mark Bell. These two artists, who are masters in their respective fields, will discuss about their process and the challenge of working together to create vases and plates. A selection of their individual and collaborative works will be on view through the end of October. The Artist Talk will be held in conjunction with “Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend,” a citywide event celebrating Ellsworth’s creative community. The talk is free and open to the public.

William Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes and his enchanting figurative and still life paintings. Irvine believes “Every artist is born with a small set of poems,” and it is the exploration of that personal mythology that defines him as an artist. Born and raised in Troon, a small coastal village in Scotland, 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 artistic age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde scene. Moving to downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point artistically: Harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with new pictorial concepts based on the landscape. His work is in numerous national and international collections. In 2014, Marshall Wilkes published William Irvine: A Painters Journey, a comprehensive book by Carl Little on Irvine’s work and career. Irvine lives in Brookline, Maine.

Mark Bell: porcelain bowl

Mark Bell: porcelain bowl

Mark Bell is a full time studio potter, who maintains a studio and gallery in Blue Hill, Maine. He received his B.F.A. in ceramics from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University. As a graduate student, Bell escaped the Arizona summer heat by working as a studio assistant at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Lured by the strong craft community and Maine’s rocky coastline, Bell moved to Blue Hill in 1990. Bell teaches and exhibits his work locally and nationally. His finely thrown and delicately glazed porcelains have been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City, the Portland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Craft Fair in Washington DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, among others. His pots have been highlighted in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and are in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, CA, and the Currier Museum of Art, NH.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Off-Season Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art presents Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, the
gallery’s first solo show for Ives. The show opens on Friday, September 15, with an artist
reception from 5–6pm, and an artist talk at 6pm. The show runs through October 28. The event is
free and open to the public.

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

In her most recent series, Ives explores the figure as it moves through water—at the surface,
below, and looking down from above—creating colorful ripples or exploding above a swimmer’s
head like a jeweled headdress. These contemporary figures, combined with her exquisite
portrayal of water, make Ives’ paintings fresh, exciting, and relevant.

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–
5pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit
www.courthousegallery.com

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Artist’s Talk Janice Anthony & Alison Rector at Courthouse Gallery

Anthony, Entrance, 28x30

Anthony, Entrance, 28×30

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist’s Talk for Janice Anthony and Alison Rector on Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm. Rector (interiors) and Anthony (landscapes) will talk about their work and how they create the illusion of light through the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a two-dimensional surface. The talk is free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony

Janice Anthony

Their work is currently in How the Light Gets In, a two-person show at Courthouse Gallery. Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach—a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Alison Rector

Alison Rector

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Announces New Exhibitions

JANICE ANTHONY  Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

JANICE ANTHONY Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition: Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Gets In, and solo shows of new work by Ragna Bruno, Rosie Moore, and Colin Page from August 16– September 12. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Get’s In
Janice Anthony (landscapes) and Alison Rector (interiors) spend their days contemplating the illusion of light. They study how light gives form to an interior space as it moves across a room through windows and doors, or how shafts of light illuminate the ferns and wild plants that flourish below an impenetrable canopy of trees.

Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of a song by Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything.

ALISON RECTOR  The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

ALISON RECTOR The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

In painting, the illusion of light is derived from the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a flat two-dimensions surface. Both painters transformed these benign materials into remarkable works of art brimming with mood and emotion. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach —a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Jeffery Becton’s Montages at Courthouse Gallery and on National Tour

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery is currently showing new work by Jeffery Becton through August 13, including several of his large-format digital montages. In addition, Becton’s over-sized montages are currently traveling in a national exhibition hosted by Bates College Museum of Art. The tour began at a solo exhibition at Bates in November 2015, and has since traveled to the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and will open in Virginia at Lynchburg College on August 29.

“What I especially enjoy about Becton’s touch is that he doesn’t try to hide his Photoshop tracks (layers, cutout marks, filters – particularly Photoshop’s “watercolor” filter – etc.) just as many painters don’t try to hide their brushwork. . . . This is an important facet of Becton’s work: It is not simple conceptualism driven by one-dimensional wit. Becton follows his ideas with depth. . . . While the show includes a few (quite beautiful) black and white images, they underscore Becton’s broad palette. Moreover, with this exhibition, Becton makes the case that he is arguably the best colorist in Maine in any medium.” — Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2016

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

“As in the work of surrealists like René Magritte (who, by the way, championed photomontage way before Adobe made it cool), things may not be what they seem in Becton’s work, but they still possess an unsettling, ambiguous familiarity. Erosion is a theme of both Becton’s art and his process: nature eroding the manmade, the digital eroding the physical—each one as implacable as the waves of the Atlantic lapping at Deer Isle’s shores.” — Grace-Yvette Gemmell, Down East, 2015

Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history.

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

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 of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others. Becton’s work is also highlighted in “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House” (Marshall Wilkes), a recent monograph by Carl Little. Signed copies of the book are available at Courthouse Gallery.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Courthouse Gallery presents Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Retrospective in July

 

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Restrospective—from June 21 through July 20. Also showing are Susan Amons, Judy Belasco, Philip Koch, Mark Kidschi, and Stephen Porter. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

Philip Barter: Maine Oasis

Philip Barter (b.1939) is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. Barter has spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip Barter, Bottom: Book Jacket

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip

 

In conjunction with the show Philip Barter: Maine Oasis, Courthouse Gallery will host a Book Launch and Signing on July 12 from 4–7pm for Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a new book by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes). At 5:30pm Little will introduce Philip Barter, who will talk about his narrative paintings, process, and career. The author will be available for book signing. Books can be reserved by calling (207) 667-6611. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton Retrospective

Judith Leighton (1929–2011) was the former owner of the Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill and an artist in her own right.  She began painting with watercolors in the 1950s, gaining notice for her work by the 1960s. After moving to Maine in 1970, Leighton worked almost exclusively with dry pastels.Her modernist inspired motifs included flowers, landscapes, tables and chairs, and women, often seated as if engaged in an pleasant conversation, or standing, or holding a dog, cat or bird. Leighton was passionate about art that “celebrated life” whether it was the art she showed at her gallery, or the art she made.

 

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am– 5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Irene Eilers Joins Courthouse Gallery Team

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Karin and Michael Wilkes are pleased to announce they have hired Irene Eilers to be the assistant manager and sales associate at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Ms. Eilers brings a wealth of gallery experience to Courthouse. She got her start with the late Judith Leighton, a pioneer Maine gallerist and the owner of the former Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill. After Leighton’s death in 2011, Eilers managed gWatson Gallery in Stonington.

Ms. Eilers’s debut at Courthouse Gallery will coincide with the opening of a resptropective for Judith Leighton. “It’s like coming full circle” Irene recently mused. The Wilkeses, who represent the Leighton estate, said this will be their first showing of Leighton’s engaging pastels. The show, which opens June 21, will run in conjunction with a solo show for painter Philip Barter, who showed at the Leighton Gallery in the early days.

 Ms. Eilers holds a comprehensive degree in Interior Design (BA) from the University of Washington, Seattle. However, she always wanted to make pottery, and began her journey as a potter in South Africa through an apprenticeship with the late Hym Rabinowitz. After returning to the U.S., Eilers continued to hone her craft through master workshops at the Vermont State Craft Center where she worked as the studio assistant for their programs and taught children’s pottery classes. Eilers eventually set up her own studio as the resident potter at a Vermont country inn. Her work, which was highly decorated terracotta, won the jurors award at the Stratton Art’s Festival. Eilers was also commissioned by the Vermont Council on the Arts to make their awards, consisting of 60 platters. After moving to Maine, Eilers became a member of the Brooklin Pottery Co-op. She lives in Sedgwick.

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

New Art Show at the Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market

Credits - Provincetown Tanager, By Brian Emerson; Downeast Icons, by Matthew Barter; Squirrel by Brent Ander

Credits – Provincetown Tanager, By Brian Emerson; Downeast Icons, by Matthew Barter; Squirrel by Brent Ander

 

For the months of April & May, we are very happy to host the works of Matthew Barter, Brian Emerson, & Brent Anders.

We welcome Matt Barter, currently of Richmond, Maine. Matt is showing paintings on board and canvas. These pieces focus on iconic Downeast images and the stories of the people who live here told in bold, bright colors and a homegrown primitive style. We are so glad to hang his work.

We are very happily showing new works by Brian Emerson of Portland. Brian’s paintings on board and canvas pop with an exuberant abstract style that sings the joy of the moment. Reflective garden discoveries and seaside musings are portrayed with seemingly carefree strokes and saturated colors. We love supporting Brian’s work.

Brent Anders is an artist new to the Wine Cellar Gallery, and we are excited to host his work. Brent resides in our own fair Ellsworth. His pieces are exacted with such realism, one is impelled to step closer for a better look. Maine wildlife and classically illustrated lighthouses are rendered with colored pencil, pastels, & watercolors. We are delighted to welcome Brent to our gallery.

An opening of this show is planned in conjunction with a wine tasting for Friday, May 5th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join us.

Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. We are open daily. Contact 207-667-9377 or johnedwardsmarket.com

Wine Cellar Art Gallery opening Dec. 2

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The paintings on the card are: Maine Sparkle by Paul Breeden Mother Loon & Chicks by Ann Breeden Birch Harbor Huckleberry Patch by Jeff DiBella

 

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market is delighted to host the work of three local artists – painters/illustrators Paul & Ann Breeden & photographer Jeff DiBella

Paul Breeden has been a professional artist for over 50 years working as an illustrator, botanical artist, painter & calligrapher with works featured in National Geographic, Audubon, Sierra, World, & Smithsonian among other numerous magazines. He illustrated Peter Jenkins’ book, A Walk Across America and all 24 volumes of Time-Life Books’, Lost Civilizations. Now Paul devotes his energy, expertise, & imagination to the fine arts including colorful works in acrylics, water media, wood sculpture, & photography. “I really love painting the rugged beauty of coastal Maine – the power of the sea, the textures of the rocky shore, lighthouses, old farms, and tall spruces against the luminous sky. Nothing makes me happier than a person connecting with and falling in love with one of my works.”

Ann Breeden spent five years studying art under the tutelage of Helen Murthy at the Berkshire Art Museum and with Jean Lewis in Zuni, New Mexico, again studying art as well as Native American Culture. Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries, universities, colleges, & festivals in various states across the country. “As an artist, I’ve always strived to capture the light and line of my natural surroundings, trying to bring the passion and love that I feel for that fleeting moment when Mother Nature and my imagination meet in harmony.”

Jeff DiBella’s photography focuses on landscapes and birds. Inspired in his teens by the great Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter of Maine, Jeff recently moved to Maine after living in Connecticut most of his life. Relocating to Maine allows him to enjoy his love of the natural world, especially birds in flight, and provides him enough subject matter for a lifetime. He tries to present his viewers with images of nature they might not otherwise get the chance to see.  Jeff’s black-and-white work on Snowy Owls of Acadia was featured all summer at MDI Biolabs’ “Art meets Science” exhibit for the celebrated 100th birthday of Acadia National Park. When not in the field, Jeff teaches basic photography at Sullivan Adult Education. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by great photographers and naturalists in this area who have been generous with their knowledge and expertise. They are my new inspiration!”

This show will be available through the month of January. An opening of this show at the gallery is planned for December 2nd.  Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. We are open daily. Contact us at 207-667-9377 or johnedwardsmarket.com

Wine Cellar Art Gallery showing Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes

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White Bird by Kathleen Noyes, on the right is Brenda’s by Jill Hoy.

 

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes. This show will be available through November. Come and see!

Jill Hoy divides her time among residences in Stonington, Maine; Somerville, Massachusetts; and New York City. The work she creates in Maine is inspired by direct observation of the landscape and includes seascapes, architecture, and gardens.

Working on location, Jill is especially interested in the effects of natural light, color, and pattern. Her use of vivid color in the Maine paintings results in surfaces that are richly and intensely painted so that images seem to vibrate. The artist considers the quality of light to be an important element in her work. “The light in Maine is crystal clear, with a sharp-edged clarity and a gem-like quality. I often work in the morning or late afternoon when these qualities are especially strong.” As a result, her paintings capture specifics of time and light.   Because she’s been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of Jill’s work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.

 

As an artist Kathleen Noyes explores the dynamic of innocence and darkness in human life through her figurative work. There is always a certain, deeply-held dark knowledge behind the new eyes and expression of wonder in her figures. The interplay of the light and shadow side of consciousness is expressed at once in her human forms. Kathleen’s intention is for the viewer to feel but have trouble naming what the subject feels. She leaves it to the audience to interpret the significance of emotion in her work.

In creating her collage and mixed media abstracts, Kathleen likens the process to experiencing the spontaneous and serendipitous happenings in life; the unforeseen materializes as she cements the pieces together.

 

FMI  207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

The Wine Cellar Gallery at John Edwards Market shows works by several Maine artists

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The Wine Cellar Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Valera Crofoot and Sember Lockwood as well as several other Maine artists.

Valera Crofoot is a studio painter who works in oil on canvas. Her paintings are a response to her perceptions of what she observes in the world as she travels from the coastline of Maine and Canada to seas beyond. We are happy to host her colorful and vibrant depictions of coastal imagery.

Artist Sember Lockwood embraces art in myriad forms from paint and other graphic expressions to textiles, sculpture, and interior design. We are delighted to hang her whimsical portraits of woodland and garden fairies done with watercolors on paper.

This show will be available through September. Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery.  Open daily. 207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

Slide Show Talk and Book Signing with Carl Little at Courthouse Gallery

artofacadia_fcEllsworth Author Carl Little will present a slide show at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm, on Art of Acadia, a newly released book by Carl Little and David Little, published by Down East Books. This beautiful book of American art history honors the region in celebration of Acadia. The event is being held in conjunction with 10/100 Painting Acadia, a group exhibition celebrating the Gallery’s tenth anniversary and the Acadia National Park centennial. The book will be available for purchase at the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

This beautiful book spans the seventeenth century through the twentyfirst, and includes a variety of work, from fine art to art that appeared in guidebooks, travelogues, and posters to its current Artist-in-Residence program. It is a view of the region that grants a new perspective to our collective appreciation of this unique convergence of land and sea.

About the authors: David Little, a resident of Portland, Maine, has been painting the Maine landscape since 1983. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Blaine House, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum, and he spent ten years working at the Bayview Gallery in Portland, and he gives critiques, juries art shows, and curates.

Carl Little is the author of more than a dozen art books, including The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper’s New England, and The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He has also published articles and reviews of art in such magazines as Art in America, Art New England and Down East. He serves as the director of marketing and communication at the Maine Community Foundation and he lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

For more information contact:
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

207 667 6611
www.courthousegallery.com

Courthouse Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary

David Vickery, Moore's Harbor-Isle Au Haut, 2016, oil on panel, 20 x 48 inches

David Vickery, Moore’s Harbor-Isle Au Haut, 2016, oil on panel, 20 x 48 inches

 Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present 10/100 Painting Acadia and Tom Blagden PhotographyWilliam Irvine: Sea Change, and sculpture by Kazumi Hoshino and Stephen Porter. The shows will be on view from July 20–August 13. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Karin and Michael Wilkes founded Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in 2006 with a mission to present high-quality works of art through curated exhibitions and special events. The gallery is housed in Ellsworth’s historic courthouse and registry of deeds, two beautifully restored 1830s Greek revival buildings offering over 4500 square feet of exhibition space. The combination of this historic site and the ability to exhibit a wide range of artistic styles in a spacious gallery has made Courthouse Gallery Fine Art a destination for art collectors statewide and beyond. A large-scale sculpture park occupies the sweeping lawn out front.

 10/100 Painting Acadia celebrates Courthouse Gallery’s 10th Anniversary and the Acadia National Park Centennial. This group show highlights a range of dynamic Acadia imagery using oils, acrylics, casein, montages, and photography by gallery and guest artists. In addition to 10/100, photography of Acadia by renowned nature photographer Tom Blagden will also be on view. Blagden’s photographs are the subject of Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, a newly released book celebrating the Park’s centennial.

Gretna Campbell, Back Shore, 1985, oil on canvas, 42 x 48 inches

Gretna Campbell, Back Shore, 1985, oil on canvas, 42 x 48 inches

10/100 participating artists include Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Scott Baltz, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Alan Bray, Ragna Bruno, Gretna Campbell, Dorothy Eisner, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Philip Frey, June Grey, Francis Hamabe, Paul Hannon, Jessica Lee Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Wendy Turner, David Vickery, Alan Vlach.

William Irvine, The Darkening Sky, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

William Irvine, The Darkening Sky, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

 William Irvine: Sea Change This solo exhibition includes a number of William Irvine’s seascapes for which he is best known, as well as a number of his enchanting paintings of women and fishermen and the small white houses where they live by the sea. Irvine, who has established himself as a Maine and American master, was born and raised in Troon, a small coastal village in Scotland. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine moved to London where he became part of the avant-garde art scene. In 1968, Irvine moved to downeast Maine. Here, Irvine was struck by the brilliance of the Maine light, the beauty of the ocean and islands, and the lives of the people who make their living from the sea. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, a hard cover book on the artist’s career released in 2014, will be available as well as a catalog from the Sea Change. Irvine lives his wife Marge and Tam, Shetland sheepdog, in Brooklin, Maine.

For more information please visit www.courthousegallery.com.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Philip Frey: Unexpected Light,” Geoff Smith: Sculpture

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Philip Frey, Structural Harmony, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present three exhibitions: Philip Frey: Unexpected Light, Geoff Smith Sculpture, and New Work by Jeffery Becton, Ragna Bruno, John Neville. The shows will be on view from June 22–July 16. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The solo exhibition Unexpected Light marks the tenth year Philip Frey has been represented by Courthouse Gallery. Owners Karin and Michael are delighted to have worked with Philip these past ten years and look forward to many more. “People are drawn to his vibrant colors and brushwork,” said director Karin Wilkes. Collectors Weslie Janeway and William Janeway, who contributed to the exhibition catalog, said the following about Frey’s work:

“Phil’s work balances between abstraction and recognizable image. Shadow and light, water and land, a command of color across an extraordinary range of shades combine to express the experience of the Downeast coast of Maine and beyond that specificity, the experience of living at the intersection of sky and sea and earth.  His ability to reveal the organic, physical source of the images that inspire him through structured forms is compelling.”

Frey studied painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design, printmaking at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and holds a BFA from Syracuse University. He has received several grants and awards, including the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency in 2012, and his work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and abroad. In 2016, Frey’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art.

 

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Geoff Smith, Bones, 1988, Fiberglass sculpture on granite base,

Geoff Smith (1940–2009), who summered on Deer Isle for twenty years, made sculpture non-stop during his forty-year career. He is best known for his large-scale, curvilinear, and abstract sculptures, several of which are included in this show. Smith’s work was exhibited, collected, and commissioned for private collections, public exhibitions, major corporations and art institutions in more than fifteen states across the nation. Smith worked in a variety of media, including steel, stone, wood, fiberglass, clay and bronze. During his long career, he lived and worked in studios in Vermont, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maine, and Kentucky. Smith graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master of Arts degree in 1969.

Courthouse Gallery Artist’s Talk with Jessica Lee Ives

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Jessica Lee Ives, “Moving Meditation,” oil on panel, 10 x 22 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host an Artist’s Talk for Jessica Lee Ives on Friday May 27 at 4pm. Ives will speak about her work and how the following philosophies influence her personal and artistic life: kinesthetic intelligence and imagination, mirror neurons firing in the brain, and the healing properties of water. The event is free and open to the public.

Ives’ work is currently included in Fire and Water: Janice Anthony and Jessica Lee Ives, a two-person exhibition that explores each artist’s interpretation of two opposing natural elements. The shows will be on view from May 20–June 18. There will be an artist’s reception immediately following the talk.

In 2016, Swans Island Company released Water Colors, a special edition throw, which is being presented in collaboration with Ives, who created The Colors of Water, an original painting inspired by this throw. The throw and prints will be available at the gallery talk.

Ives uses paint to explore and experience her adventure filled relationship with the landscape of Maine, her home state, and beyond. Ives paints out of love—love for the world, and for the capacity of humans to know the world through movement, recreation, and adventure. Kinesthetic intelligence and imagination form the foundation of her personal and artistic life. Ives is astounded by how a small brush stroke can capture a large body moving through water, and how these actions describe the world’s beauty.

Ives received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. She was named one of the Top Ten College Women of 2003 by Glamour Magazine. Ives was awarded the Clark Foundation Fellowship for her work as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero. She used the fellowship to pursue a master’s degree at New York University, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service.