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May 20–June 18, 2016

Artist’s Reception: Friday, May 27, 5–7pm
4pm Jessica Ives Artist’s Talk


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opens its 2016 season with two exhibitions: Spring Show 2016, a group show of new work by gallery and guest artists, and Fire and Water: Janice Anthony and Jessica Ives, a two-person exhibition that explores each artist’s interpretation of two opposing natural elements.


New Work by Susan Amons, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Amy Bernhardt, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, Lilian Thorpe, David Vickery.


Fire and water are powerful opposites, yet in the hands of these two capable artists the antithetical nature of these elements gives rise to a visually harmonious yin yang experience. Both painters share a different, but deeply personal and interconnected relationship to the natural world, one that forms the foundation for each artist’s creative life.

Yet despite the differences in their experiences with nature, and their choices of painterly style and subject, when shown together, the viewer will enjoy more threads of commonality more often than not.

Anthony’s mother was a naturalist who fostered a love of nature within Anthony by taking her on wilderness camping expeditions as a child and teaching her the wonders of botany and geology. The woods became a lifelong source of inspiration and refuge. Anthony explores nature by painting, and her mastery as a technician of realism breathes life into her work while making her visions believable.

In her Fire series, Anthony juxtaposes formal English gardens with raging wildfires that threaten man-made attempts to control the natural world. She dramatizes this interplay by using garden mazes, one of the least organic landscaping styles. In Forgotten Affinity, the entire scene is dominated by a foreboding sky, exquisitely painted, while a manicured shrub stands tall, an obelisk, precariously lit by the encroaching flames.

Like Anthony, Ives shares a strong bond with the natural world in her personal and artistic life. Ives is happiest when her body is fully immersed in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, swimming, and kayaking. The act of painting is equally as physical for Ives, giving way to a looser, freer artistic style. Ives enjoys an ardent love affair with bright, but restrained color, and her short energetic brush strokes make light sparkle and shimmer across the water’s surface.

The past two summers Ives crisscrossed the state of Maine with her husband in search of swimming holes. They found them, and swam in them, from the frigid Rattlesnake and Emerald Pools in the western mountains, to the iron-rich Buttermilk Falls in northern Maine. In her Water series, swimmers—herself included—are submerged in these swimming holes surrounded by concentric circles of light that literally bounce off the water. In Depth of Being, ripples and swells vacillate from the reaches of a dark, inky abyss, and the cool blues and greens in The Fluidity of Space feel chilly. In Here and Now Ives animates the water with a dreamy kaleidoscope of color, encircling a wader like the painted horses on a carousel. Exhilarating!

Artist’s Talk: Friday, May 27, 4pm

Jessica 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.

Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, June 8, 6pm

June 22–July 16, 2016

Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, June 29, 5–7pm


Unexpected Light marks the tenth year Philip Frey has been represented by Courthouse Gallery. 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.


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.

Teresa Lynch, who is the widow of Geoff Smith, will talk about Smith’s long career on Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm. Lynch will present a pictorial survey of Smith’s forty-year career from the shaping and firing of large clay forms—to carvings in wood and stone, bronze castings, wood constructions, and fabrications in steel—and oftentimes a combination of those media.


GALLERY TALK: Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm

Guest speaker Teresa Lynch, who is the widow Deer Isle sculptor Geoff Smith, will present a pictorial survey of Smith’s forty-year career from the shaping and firing large clay forms—to carvings in wood and stone, bronze castings, wood constructions, and fabrications in steel—and oftentimes a combination of those media.

July 20–August 13

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 20, 5–7pm



10/100 PAINTING ACADIA: Celebrating Courthouse Gallery’s 10th Anniversary and the Acadia National Park Centennial. Photography by nature photographer Tom Blagden, whose work is the subject of Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, a newly released book celebrating the Park’s centennial will also be on view.

This group show highlights paintings of Acadia by gallery and guest artists, including 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

Wednesday, July 27, 6pm
GALLERY TALK: The Puritan Way, a Courthouse Speaks of its Life & Time with the Voice of Mark E. Honey, BA/AA

The Puritan Way, a Courthouse Speaks of its Life & Time

If only a building could speak, what would it say? Would it simply speak of itself, or would it begin to relate the stories of culture and community, the wisdom of ages past, and of passion’s embers now quenched? With humor and pathos, Mark Honey will put the wheels of imagination into motion as we listen to the voice of the Hancock County Courthouse, on the Town Common, a classic Greek Revival structure which has stood high on the shoulders of the Union River for these past 180 years.

Historian Mark Honey’s talk on the history of the Greek revival buildings that house Courthouse Gallery in celebration of the Courthouse Gallery’s tenth anniversary.
Mark Honey has written extensively on the history of Hancock County, with five published volumes on the communities of the Union River and two on the communities of the Bagaduce River. Honey writings cover a range of subjects from the Wabenaki Wars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the Civil War; and from the Age of Exploration and the nascent cod fisheries and fur trade to the Golden Age of the maritime industry and the commerce and pine timber and lumber industries. Honey has sought to restore a collective understanding of the rich diversity of history in Downeast Maine, and to encourage others to pursue their own voyage of discovery.
“We lack not in stories to tell, we lack only in voice to speak and ears to hear.” —Mark Honey

GALLERY TALK Wednesday, August 3, at 6pm

Slide Show & Book Signing with with Tom Blagden

Renown nature photographer Tom Blagden will give a slide show presentation and talk on his work which is the subject of the newly released book Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, published by Rizzoli and Friends of Acadia. The book will be available for purchase at the talk

A professional nature photographer for thirty-five years, Tom Blagden has concentrated his work primarily on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. Blagden’s photographs have appeared in most national conservation calendars, as well as in numerous exhibitions and magazines, including the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra. Blagden’s photographs and writing are devoted to land protection and conservation issues, resulting in six books on South Carolina. Blagden is also a recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award for his exhibit-format volume on Acadia National Park.

Blagden has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina and the Lowcountry Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photography Association. He is currently working on two major books celebrating the centennial of Acadia National Park in 2016 and the state of South Carolina. Blagden lives in Charleston with his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sarah.

GALLERY TALK Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm

Slide Show & Book Signing with Carl LIttle

Author Carl Little will present a slide show and talk on Art of Acadia a nwly 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. A number of Courthouse Gallery artists are higlighted in the book including Janice Anthony, Judy Belasco, Philip Frey, Jessica Ives, Philip Koch, Joseph Keiffer, Colin Page, Alison Rector, John Heliker, Carl Nelson, Gretna Campbell, Robert LaHotan, and William Moise.

After travelling with artist Henry Fenn to the land that would eventually become Acadia National Park, Oliver Bruce wrote, “Artist and writer have been given mere indications of a locality that is almost exhaustless in its variety of scenery.” They were far from the only artists who were awed by a sense of vastness—that no matter how much beauty they saw, they were only scratching the surface of Acadia’s wonders.

The story and art from Fenn and Bruce’s journey is one of many told and shown in Art of Acadia, by David and Carl Little, a gorgeous, large-format (11 x 9 ½) book. It features full color photos of work by artists from Thomas Cole to Richard Estes. Alongside the work is a history of art’s crucial influence on the area, first by bringing in visitors, and later, by inspiring the preservation of its extraordinary natural beauty through the creation of Acadia National Park.

This beautiful book spans the 17th century through the 21st , 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.

August 17–September 10, 2016

Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, August 17, 5–7pm


GRETNA CAMPBELL Paintings from Great Cranberry Island

“To look at a Campbell landscape is to feel the pulse of nature, a living, breathing amalgam of interacting parts, whether she is representing a cascade of rocks tumbling toward the sea or an impenetrable thicket of undergrowth or a sweeping vista across the reflecting surfaces of tidal pools toward a distant shore.”
        — Martica Sawin
        excerpt from the exhibition catalog

Gretna Campbell (1922–1987) was a member of an elite group of east coast painters that maintained studios on Great Cranberry Island from the 1950’s until the 1990s. Paintings from Cranberry Island includes a selection of Campbell’s landscapes from the Cranberry and Mount Desert Island. Exhibition catalog with essay by Maritca Sawin is available on request.

GALLERY TALK: Martica Sawin on Gretna Campbell

Wednesday, August 24, 6pm

Art historian and critic Martica Sawin will talk about the work and career of Gretna Campbell (1922–1987), who summered on Great Cranberry Isle where she was a member of an elite group of artists that maintained studios on the island from the 1950s–1990s.


October 1–October 30, 2016

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, October 1, 5–6pm
Artist’s Talk with Ed Nadeau & Philip Koch at 6pm

Immediately following the reception

ED NADEAU & Philip Koch: The Residency Experience

Ed Nadeau attended the Atelier Four Winds Residency in the south of France in June. Philip Koch was awarded the 2015–2016 Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Both artists will have work from their residencies on view and share their experiences at the Artist’s Talk, which will begin at 6pm, immediately following the recption.

ALSO SHOWING: Gallery Artists

Come view some of the best work by Courthouse Gallery artists from our summer shows.


Chenoweth Hall (1908–1999) embraced the American modernist movement with zest, creating her own set of abbreviations for abstracting from nature. Hall’s liberated watercolors embody her interpretation of, and her feeling toward, Maine’s natural world.

December 7–30, 2016

Artist's Reception and Holiday Open House
Wednesday, December 14, 5–7pm


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist's Reception and Holiday Open House on December 14, from 5–7pm.

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