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Philip Frey “Coming Into Focus” at Courthouse Gallery – Judith Leighton Retrospective New Work: John Neville and Christina Thwaites

Ellsworth – Courthouse Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows: Philip Frey: Coming into Focus and Judith Leighton Estate. Also showing are John Neville and Christina Thwaites. Neville, who was born and raised in Hall Harbour, Nova Scotia, is known for his nostalgic portrayals of bygone days that chronicle the folklore and daily lives of the local fishermen and their women from his childhood village. Thwaites is a British artist whose career has spanned four continents. Since moving to Maine in 2015, she has been taken by Maine’s incredible coastline. Thwaites is an incredible colorist who is interested in the process of transformation. She often works from old black and white photographs of Maine scenes, which help her “get inside” the image and start a “conversation” with it. The shows are open to the public and run though July 13, 2019.

Philip Frey: Coming into Focus Following the launch of his new book Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes 2018) and his recent show at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Philip Frey is unstoppable. This show, the gallery’s seventh solo show for Frey, centers around his long-held interest in Maine’s working harbors, Lubec’s iconic fish houses in particular. His new work is full of bold colors, intricate compositions that draw in the viewer, beautiful shifts of light, and fearless brushwork distinguishable by Frey’s broad rectangular stokes.

Judith Leighton Estate: Courthouse Gallery’s second retrospective of paintings by the late Blue Hill gallerist and artist Judith Leighton includes a selection of her women, landscapes, and still lifes with a focus on her many interiors of tables and chairs. Chairs are haphazardly pushed back from the table, suggesting a lingering satisfaction with a delightful meal as guests retire to the parlor for tea. Her women are serene and content as they hold a flower, invite you to talk, hug a dog, or linger in the park while they contemplate a peaceful afternoon.

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.

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