Artist Stephen Pace Selects Courthouse Gallery for Work

Artist Stephen Pace recently selected Courthouse Gallery Fine Art to represent his work in Maine.

Pace artwork at the gallery includes oil paintings, drawings and watercolors with subjects such as Maine scenes, abstracts, horses and nudes.

Gallery owners Karin and Michael Wilkes met Pace and his wife Pam in 2007 when they hosted a farewell-to-Maine exhibition for the artist. The Paces, who spent summers on Deer Isle, left their Maine home to live in his home state of Indiana.

Pace became a prominent member of the New York group of abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s, and he became friends with Franz Kline, one of the leading abstract expressionists. His paintings are included in many prominent private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and National Museum of Art.

Pace first came to Maine in the early 1950s with a small group of artists. After that initial visit, the Paces frequented the state and finally bought a house in Stonington in the 1970s.

The gallery at 6 Court St., Ellsworth, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 667-6611 or visit