Courthouse Gallery Presents Four Artists: Janice Anthony Jeffery Becton Richard Keen Linda Packard
Janice Anthony, Incoming Fog, Ship’s Cove, Acadia, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 40 inches
Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery will present new work by four artists: Janice Anthony, Jeffery Becton, Richard Keen, and Linda Packard. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, September 11, and runs through October 15. In addition, the best work from the summer season by the gallery’s stable of artists will also be highlighted. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For gallery hours and more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit courthousegallery.com.
Janice Anthony is a realist painter who has a great affection for the otherness of the
natural world. Her paintings explore this mysterious relationship between humanity and
wilderness—parallel worlds where the natural world is clearly a world apart and selfsufficient.
Anthony holds a BFA from Boston University, and she was awarded a grant
from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her paintings have been included in art books,
publications, and in numerous solos shows in Maine and New York, and in national and
international exhibitions, including “Masterworks from the International Guild of
Realism.” Anthony lives in Jackson, Maine.
Jeffery Becton is pioneer in the field of photo-based art, who creates provocative
digital montages inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his
Deer Isle home. Author Deborah Weisgall beautifully describes his montages in
the monograph Jeffery Becton: Border World (Marshall Wilkes 2014): “Jeffery
Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and
unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . . Becton is really exploring our own
permeability.” Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried
exhibitions, and has been highlighted in national and international publications.
In 2016, the Bates College Museum of Art hosted a solo exhibition of Becton’s
large-scale monographs, which then traveled to the Daura Gallery at the
University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and to
Lynchburg College in Virginia. His work is included in the museum collections
of Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of
Art, among others.
Richard Keen is from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He holds a BFA from Millikin
University, Dacatur, IL, and a MA from State University of New York (SUNY),
Albany, NY. Since moving to Maine in 1999, Keen has maintained a studio at Fort
Andross Mill in Brunswick. Keen’s work is inspired by his travels along the coast of
Maine, working waterfronts, and his experience diving on boat moorings in Casco Bay.
Keen’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Dili in
East Timor as part of the Art in Embassies Program. The University of Maine Museum of
Art, Bangor, Maine, held a solo show of Keen’s work in 2019. Keen has received grants
from the Maine Arts Commission, the University of Rhode Island, and the Berkshire
Taconic Community Foundation. He has been a visiting artist at various educational
institutions. Keen’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Art New
England, Portland Press Herald, Maine Home + Design, Dispatch Magazine, Fresh
Paint Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine.
Linda Packard is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally
process driven studio practice. Her new abstract paintings bring the sensuous physicality
of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith
College. She has worked as a graphic designer, librarian and a printmaker, and in 2006,
she returned to pursuing a fine art career. Packard spent five years working with the late
Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, who she still cites as one of her greatest
influences. Packard was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship in
2015, and participated a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton,
Connecticut in 2017. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round