September 15 – October 15, 2021

Master Effect: Jon Imber and Linda Packard

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 15 from 5–7pm

ZOOM TALK: Wednesday, September 29 from 5–6pm
Jon Imber’s wife Jill Hoy will join Linda Packard and Gallery Director Karin Wilkes on Zoom to talk about the show and how Imber influenced Packard’s work. Click here to Register.

Master Effect Courthouse Gallery is pleased to introduce the work of Jon Imber to the Gallery with Master Effect, an exhibition highlighting the influence Imber had on Linda Packard, one of the Gallery’s long-standing artists.

The profound works of the masters are part of a continuum that have inspired artists for centuries. Jon Imber studied with Philip Guston at Boston University, and he often cited Willem de Kooning as a strong influence. For Packard influences include Cezanne and Matisse, the New York abstract expressionists, and Imber. Packard had the privilege of working with Imber in Stonington for five years before he died. During this time, Packard worked from life, as did Imber, mostly plein air. “Imber taught me an entirely new way of looking at nature and the landscape. Painting from life became about responding to the experience of being at a place rather than recording the subject.” This approach changed Packard’s work forever, and she cites Imber as her most important influence.

Others have noticed the connection between Imber and Packard. In a recent Portland Magazine article (February/March 2021) about artists and their influences and mentors, art critic and historian Daniel Kany paired the late Maine painter Jon Imber (1950–2014) with contemporary painter Linda Packard. The article, “Fuel of Influence,” firmly establishes Packard as one of Imber’s protégés.

Although Imber’s influence is evident in Packard’s work, the translucent effect she achieves with paint is clearly her own. “I think our strongest common denomination is that’s it’s all about the paint, Packard says. “The paint drives the expression. Through Jon I learned the joy of working with juicy paint, scraping and rubbing out, and welcoming the happy accident that sometimes redirects the work.”

As a result, Packard has since transitioned from plein air to a totally process driven studio practice with a focus on abstraction. “As my work has evolved, subjective or abstracted, it’s the paint and how it can be used that interests me the most,” Packard says. “That’s Imber’s influence.”

JON IMBER
Three Ducks, 2012
oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches
$28,000 LINDA PACKARD
Remembrance
oil on paper mounted on panel, 21 x 19 inches
$2400 LINDA PACKARD
Mary’s Hosta
oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
SOLD JON IMBER
Morning Glory, 2011
oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches
$10,000 LINDA PACKARD
In A Whirlwind
oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches
$1800
JON IMBER
Tidal Out, 2003
oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
$18,000 LINDA PACKARD
Lingering In the Twilight
oil on panel, 31 x 36 inches
$3800 JON IMBER
Lily Pond in Fog, 2003
oil on panel, 45 x 38 inches
$50,000 JON IMBER
Drumlin Hill, 2001
oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
$20,000 LINDA PACKARD
Sunflowers and Summer
oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches
$850 JON IMBER
Quarry Wood
oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches
$20,000 LINDA PACKARD
The Dance
oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
$3800 LINDA PACKARD
Still Life at the Quarry
oil on paper mounted on panel, 25 x 23 inches
$2400 JON IMBER
Bob's Ledge, 2003
oil on panel, 34 x 26 inches
$20,000 LINDA PACKARD
Nesting
oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
$3800 JON IMBER
Sail, 2011
oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches
$20,000 LINDA PACKARD
These Rocks, They Whisper
oil on yupo paper, 19 x 25 inches
$2400 JON IMBER
Stonington Harbor 6, 2003
oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
$23,000 JON IMBER
Mussel Bed
oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches
$25,000 LINDA PACKARD
Answering a Quiet Plea
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
$5400 LINDA PACKARD
Compassion
oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
$1800 JON IMBER
Stonington Harbor 5, 2003
oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
$23,000 LINDA PACKARD
Glimmers of Hope
oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches
$1800
JON IMBER
Flower III, 2007
oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches
$10,000 JON IMBER
Orange Bar, 2011
oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches
$20,000 LINDA PACKARD
A Mariner's Verse
oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches
$2800 LINDA PACKARD
Home for the Summer
oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches
$2200 JON IMBER
Hillside, 2003
oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
$20,000
LINDA PACKARD
Longing
oil on panel, 30 x 27 inches
$2800
JON IMBER
Flower I, 2007
oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches
$7000
JON IMBER Three Ducks, 2012 oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches $28,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Remembrance oil on paper mounted on panel, 21 x 19 inches $2400
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Mary’s Hosta oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches SOLD
Inquire
JON IMBER Morning Glory, 2011 oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches $10,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD In A Whirlwind oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches $1800
Inquire
JON IMBER Tidal Out, 2003 oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches $18,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Lingering In the Twilight oil on panel, 31 x 36 inches $3800
Inquire
JON IMBER Lily Pond in Fog, 2003 oil on panel, 45 x 38 inches $50,000
Inquire
JON IMBER Drumlin Hill, 2001 oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Sunflowers and Summer oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches $850
Inquire
JON IMBER Quarry Wood oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD The Dance oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches $3800
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Still Life at the Quarry oil on paper mounted on panel, 25 x 23 inches $2400
Inquire
JON IMBER Bob's Ledge, 2003 oil on panel, 34 x 26 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Nesting oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches $3800
Inquire
JON IMBER Sail, 2011 oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD These Rocks, They Whisper oil on yupo paper, 19 x 25 inches $2400
Inquire
JON IMBER Stonington Harbor 6, 2003 oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches $23,000
Inquire
JON IMBER Mussel Bed oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches $25,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Answering a Quiet Plea oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches $5400
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Compassion oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches $1800
Inquire
JON IMBER Stonington Harbor 5, 2003 oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches $23,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Glimmers of Hope oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches $1800
Inquire
JON IMBER Flower III, 2007 oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches $10,000
Inquire
JON IMBER Orange Bar, 2011 oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD A Mariner's Verse oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches $2800
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Home for the Summer oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches $2200
Inquire
JON IMBER Hillside, 2003 oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches $20,000
Inquire
LINDA PACKARD Longing oil on panel, 30 x 27 inches $2800
Inquire
JON IMBER Flower I, 2007 oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches $7000
Inquire