ELLSWORTH — Janice Anthony is a realist painter who sees the otherness of the natural world. In her work, the Jackson artist explores the mysterious relationship between humanity and the wilderness — parallel worlds — where the latter is clearly a world apart and self-sufficient.
Anthony will join Deer Isle photographer Jeffery Becton, Brunswick painter Richard Keen and Bangor artist Linda Packard in a show running from Sept. 11 through Oct. 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Gallery artists’ best work from this summer also will be featured. Admission is free.
As an image maker, Becton creates provocative digital montages inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home. He paints, photographs and alters digital images to construct pictures “that combine hyper-real detail, highly improbable views, and the unexplainable,” a Bates Museum of Art intro reads for a 2016-2017 show of the Deer Isle artist’s work. “In these sublime and illusory images, Becton shares this imagined and altered view from his Downeast island home, while inviting us into the mysterious world in his mind’s eye.”
Originally from Stroudsburg, Pa., painter Richard Keen works from a studio in the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. He draws inspiration from his experience diving on moorings in Casco Bay and his travels along the Maine coast and working waterfronts.
“My abstractions always begin from observation,” he writes in his artist statement. “Whether from the sea as a diver, the landscape as an explorer, or from boats as a source of inspiration, some final works reveal direct connections to my experiences while the origins of others are more disguised.”
Based in Bangor, Packard holds a bachelor of fine arts from Smith College. Professionally, she has worked as a graphic designer, librarian and printmaker. For over a decade, she has focused on her artwork as a plein-air landscape painter.
Previously, Packard spent five years working with the late Stonington/Somerville, Mass. painter Jon Imber, whom she considers one of her greatest influences.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth. For more info, call 667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.