Archive for Ellsworth

Guest Artist Trunk Show at KOT

Mallard Waxed Canvas Tote with leather handles by Stitch & Rivet at (KōT) Contemporary Craft


On July 20 from 12:00-6:00 artist Kate Stack of Stitch & Rivet Handmade will be at (KōT) Contemporary Craft, 6 State Street in downtown Ellsworth, Maine.


Maine Leather Tote by Stitch & Rivet at (KōT) Contemporary Craft


This is the second event in a series of summertime trunk shows showcasing the work of American craft artists. Using leather sourced from a tannery here in Maine, Stack and her team make goods and accessories for everyday adventures. An additional collection of items for the home crafted from waxed canvas and linen will be available. Phone: (207) 479 5011

Courthouse Gallery Debuts International Artist Christina Thwaites

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to debut a selection of work by artist Christina Thwaites, a British painter, who moved to Maine in 2015, and whose artistic career spans four continents. The show opens June 15, and runs though ­July 11, 2019.

Christina Thwaites, Three Sheds, oil on canvas, 32 x 38 inches

Thwaites graduated from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, in 2004 with an M.A. in French Literature and the History of Art. She attended the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, France, and worked as an assistant to watercolorist Patrick Fouilhoux. In Italy, she developed her painting skills at the La Porta Blu Art School in Rome.

In 2010, Thwaites worked at Kanal 10 Guest Studio in Amsterdam, as well as in Walasiho, an extremely remote village in South East Sulawesi, Indonesia. In 2011, Thwaites was invited to Palestine to run art workshops, and to exhibit with the Al-Mahatta Gallery during a residency period at Al Fara refugee camp. Thwaites then moved back to Italy where she helped set up and run 33 Officina Creativa (33OC), an international artist-in-residence program located in the medieval hilltop village of Toffia.

Christina Thwaites, Small Lake III, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 inches

While living near Rome, Thwaites exhibited with commercial galleries, and her work was included in exhibitions at two public institutions in Rome: the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO).

In 2013, Thwaites moved to Canberra, Australia. She was offered studio space at Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA). While living in Australia, she had solo shows in three different states. She also continued to exhibit her work in Europe with two solo shows in London and Rome, as well as a two-person show with British Pop artist Peter Blake.

Christina Thwaites, Road to the Island, oil on canvas, 40 x 56 inches

Thwaites maintains a studio in Orono, Maine, where she lives with her husband and two small children. Since moving to Maine, Thwaites has been taken by the incredible coastline: “The shapes and colours have made a real impression on me. Working on this subject matter in my studio gives me the same feelings of peaceful relief that I experience when I arrive at the seashore in Maine.”

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

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Presents Spring Show


Janice Anthony, Incoming Fog, Ship’s Cove, Acadia, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 40 inches


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to announce the opening of their annual Spring Show on May 22, highlighting twentyeight gallery artists, three of which are new to the gallery—Kate Emlen, Richard Keen, and Christina Thwaites. The show runs through June 14.


Christian Thwaites, Three Sheds, oil on canvas, 32 x 38.25 inches


Also highlighted is an exhibition of monoprints and watercolors by printmaker Susan Amons. Amons created the work on Great Cranberry Island during a residency at the Heliker–LaHotan Foundation. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, the New York and Boston Public Library Collections of Prints, the University of New England, and the museums at Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin colleges, among others.


Susan Amons, Seaside Laundry, monoprint, 18 x 26 inches


Courthouse Gallery Spring Show participating artists include: Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Lise Becu, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Kate Emlen, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Philip Frey, June Grey, Charlie Hewitt, Kazumi Hoshino, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Richard Keen, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Heath Paley, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Christina Thwaites.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opening for “Heath Paley: Photographs of Ellsworth”

Mike’s, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 39.5 x 80 inches


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present a selection of Heath Paley’s high-definition, large-scale photographs of Ellsworth. The show runs from April 24–May 15, 2019. Paley’s prints use a new cutting-edge process called dye-sublimation, which permanently infuses the image onto aluminum. Paley will give at talk about his work at the Gallery on Thursday, May 9 at 6pm, refreshments at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.


Elver Weir, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 68.3 x 30.6 inches


Paley’s large-scale prints, which are up to 96 inches in length, have incredible detail and resolution. He is able to accomplish this feat by using focus stacking to enhance the depth of field of his photographs, which are then stitched together by overlapping each individual shot into a grid. His final prints can contain as many as one hundred photographs. Paley prefers this intricate process because the exceptional detail mimics how the eye/brain interprets an image, completely immersing the viewer into his photographs.

Paley holds a MA in history from Northeastern University and an MFA from Emerson College. He studied with Sam Abell at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. In 2016–2017, Paley’s photographs of Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House, Augusta, and the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery (Orono) and Reed Gallery (Presque Isle). Paley’s work is in the collections of several museums, including the Portland Museum of Art.


T Bird, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 54.6 x 47 inches


Paley and his wife, who live in Portland, Maine, recently purchased a second home in Ellsworth to be closer to Acadia. They love Ellsworth, and now they split their time between these two year-round communities. Paley has since created over forty large-scale photographs of Ellsworth.


Heath Paley Portrait

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Courthouse Gallery is open for the season on April 24. Spring time hours will be Thursday–Saturday 11–5:30pm, or by appointment. For more information call 667-6611, or visit

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: and Heart of Ellsworth’s Facebook page. For more information, please email:

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

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

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

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:

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