“Angel Plane Transporting Souls, woodblock print”

Leaving her mark

ELLSWORTH — The late Sedgwick artist Holly Meade (1956–2013), whose lyrical linoleum and woodblock prints grace many homes in Maine and beyond, is the focus of a show opening Friday, May 25, and running through June 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.

Meade was prolific as well as talented. She died of breast cancer at age 56 in 2013.

Printmaker Holly Meade working in her Sedgwick studio.

The artist worked in many mediums over her career, among them drawing, painting, basket-making and fabric design, but began focusing on woodblock prints in 2002.

“Meade’s lively prints are full of wit and charm, exploring everyday life, baking cookies or an afternoon nap, and her humorous personification of animals,” said Courthouse Gallery co-owner Karin Wilkes, who began carrying the artist’s woodblock prints in 2007.

Meade illustrated nearly 30 children’s books, a number of which received significant awards.

“HUSH! A Thai Lullaby,” written by Minfong Ho, garnered a Caldecott Honor and “John Willy and Freddy McGee” won the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.

Her lively rooster was chosen from scores of entries in the highly competitive poster contest for the 2010 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Wilkes said one of Meade’s prints of men harvesting ice from a river was acquired by the Portland Museum of Art.

“There is nobody like her making prints that I know of in the state of Maine with her wit, her sense of humor and her imagery,” Wilkes said. “Her prints will live on as part of the collection of Maine artists of note for years to come.”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth. For more info, call 667-6611 and visit www.courthousegallery.com.

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