"Ice Wagon" oil. IMAGES COURTESY CHARLIE HEWITT

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ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hewitt, a nationally known Maine-born painter, printmaker and sculptor whose sculpture “Urban Rattle” is installed on the High Line in New York, is the focus of the one-man show “Charlie Hewitt: Abstract Paintings and Electric Dreams” opening next Wednesday, Aug. 14, and running through Oct. 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

An artist talk titled “Meaning in Layers,” with Hewitt and Maine art critic Daniel Kany will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. They will talk about the strategies behind making art, and how the creative process, technique and cultural meaning come together in contemporary art.

At Courthouse Gallery, a selection of Hewitt’s large abstract oil paintings, neon constructions, ceramics, and woodblock prints will be on view.

Hewitt’s work, which is stylistically rooted in expressionism and surrealism, is both playful and serious, a quality he shares with artists Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Paul Klee and his mentor Philip Guston, a major post-war figure of the New York School.

Hewitt’s work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and in theart museums at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges.

Born in 1946, Hewitt grew up in a large working-class French Canadian family in the Maine mill towns of Brunswick and Lewiston/Auburn. Home was a place of family, love and faith. Life revolved around church and work and the energetic culture of these mill-working communities became the foundation for Hewitt’s imagery and symbols.

Variations from the artist’s sculpture series “Urban Rattle” also can be seen in Lewiston and Portland. He recently unveiled his “Hopeful” sign at Speedway Projects in Portland.

Hewitt maintains studios in Portland and New York City. He and his wife and their two children live in Yarmouth.

At the Aug. 28 event, the exhibition catalog with an essay by Kany, will is available. The gallery is located at 6 Court St. For gallery hours and more info, call 667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

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