News & Press

September 2015
Island Ad-Vantages
by Tevlin Schuetz
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Island Artist Pushes Boundaries of Perception

In his studio loft overlooking Long Cove on Deer Isle, artist Jeffery Becton is getting used to having more room. He recently moved into the space after working in a smaller studio in his Deer Isle home for years, he said during an August 17 interview with Island Ad-Vantages. The change has come at the right […]

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ED NADEAU The Stolen Cord, 1998, oil on linen, 68 x 72 inches
Spring 2014
Maine Boats Homes & Harbors
by Carl Little
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Nadeau of the North: Tapping into Franco-American heritage and a sense of Maine to create stories of life near the edge.

One day on a trip with his children to Mt. Desert Island, painter Ed Nadeau took a back road through Surry, just outside Ellsworth. As he drove along, Nadeau came across a small trailer dwarfed by a huge pile of firewood. He stopped the car, backed up and took a few photographs, struck by the […]

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August 2014
Maine Sunday Telegram
by Daniel Kany
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Art Review: Heliker exhibition displays brilliance of painter whose work transcends. It’s time for John Heliker to take his place among Maine’s greats.

In John Heliker’s 1985 painting, Clamdigger with Dog, a man facing to the right looks over his right shoulder toward a black dog sitting behind him so that his face points at us. Behind him, below soft purple hills in the distance, a thick ribbon of cerulean water sets the straight horizon line at its […]

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August 2014
The Arts Fuse
by Franklin Einspruch

Fuse Visual Arts Review: The Paintings of John Heliker — Ripe for Rediscovery

“A teacher affects eternity,” wrote Henry Adams. “He can never tell where his influence stops.” This sentiment is worth contemplating when regarding the exhibition of John Heliker’s works at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, Maine. Someone hurrying through it on their way to the next item in the busy summer event schedule Downeast might […]

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August 2013
The Ellsworth American
by Steve Fuller
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Painter Illuminates Familiar Objects and Landscapes

Joseph Keiffer first came to Maine in the late 1970s with a visit to Alamoosook Lake in Orland. In the years that followed, the realist landscape painter spent time in Somesville and other towns on Mount Desert Island, sailing on Somes Sound and hiking the mountains of Acadia. Although he grew up in Rhode Island […]

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July 2013
Maine Sunday Telegram
by Daniel Kany
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Art Review: Bruno, Belasco and Page Work Well Together

Since it opened in 2006, the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth has occupied an 1838 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gallery has now expanded into its companion building, the old registry. A show of paintings by Colin Page hangs in the main gallery. I reviewed his recent show at Greenhut Galleries […]

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December 2010
Bangor Daily News
by Aislinn Sarnacki
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Ellsworth’s Courthouse Gallery to Showcase Maine art at International Art Fair

Three years ago, Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth owners Karin and Michael Wilkes were on vacation in Florida and stumbled upon Art Palm Beach, an annual, international art fair. The Ellsworth couple mingled with artists, collectors and curators as they viewed contemporary art from around the world. This year, they’ve decided to be the only Maine […]

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September 2009
Bangor Daily News
by Jessica Bloch

Keepers of the Legacy

Ellsworth gallery owners embrace a chance to manage the estate of William and Emily Muir, prolific artists whose substantial contributons continue to impress Last Christmas, Karin Wilkes’ husband, Michael, gave her a present that made her smile. It was an autobiography of artist Emily Muir, who together with her husband and fellow artist William Muir […]

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September 2009
Bangor Daily News
by John Holyoke

Ellsworth Gallery to Feature Hennessey Works

When Tom Hennessey stands at art show receptions and talks with interested patrons, the same question eventually crops up. “Invariably, somebody will say, ‘How long did it take you to do that painting?’” the Hampden writer and artist said. “And right off, I say, ‘All my life.’ That’s the honest answer.” Hennessey’s sporting art flows […]

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May 2003
Maine Sunday Telegram
By Philip Isaacson

Susan Amons: Vernal Migrations

Susan Amons’ new monotypes are ethereal. To my eye they begin where Audubon’s essays in the surreal leave off. They have a dreamlike quality that fits that term, but that’s only a part of what I see. I also see Japanese screens and a lyricism that I can’t assign to anyone else. I don’t suppose […]

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