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Heath Paley: Photographs of Ellsworth

Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present a selection of Heath Paley’s high-definition,
large-scale photographs of Ellsworth. The show runs from April 24–May 15, 2019. Paley’s prints use a new cutting-edge process called dye-sublimation, which permanently infuses the image into aluminum. Paley will give at talk about his work at the Gallery on Thursday, May 9 at 6pm, refreshments at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Paley’s large-scale prints, which are up to 96 inches in length, have incredible detail, and resolution. He is able to accomplish this feat by using focus stacking to enhance the depth of field of his photographs, which are then stitched together by overlapping each individual shot into a grid. His final prints can contain as many as one hundred photographs. Paley prefers this intricate process because the exceptional detail mimics how the eye/brain interprets an image, completely immersing the viewer into his photographs.

Paley holds a MA in history from Northeastern University and an MFA from Emerson College. He studied with Sam Abell at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. In 2016–2017, Paley’s photographs of Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House, Augusta, and the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery (Orono) and Reed Gallery (Presque Isle). Paley’s work is in the collections of several museums, including the
Portland Museum of Art. Paley and his wife, who live in Portland, Maine, recently purchased a second home in Ellsworth to be closer to Acadia. They love Ellsworth, and now they split their time between these two year-round communities. Paley has since created over forty large-scale photographs of Ellsworth. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. Spring Hours: Thur.–Sat. 11–5:30pm, beginning April 24, or by appointment. For more information call 667-6611, or visit


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