February 19, 2018
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Opening Reception for John Heliker: “Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years” at Courthouse Gallery

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Heliker, "The Boat Ride," oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present John Heliker: “Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years.” This the first solo exhibition of Heliker’s work in Maine since his death in 2000. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, July 30 from 5–7pm. A catalog, with an essay by art historian and critic Martica Sawin, will be available. The exhibition will run through September 17. The event is free and open to the public.

John Heliker: “Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years” coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. Founded by Heliker and his partner Robert LaHotan, the Foundation offers a residency program to artists on Great Cranberry Island. The Foundation has planned a full year of celebration, including an invitational residency, public talks, and exhibitions of Heliker’s work in Maine at Courthouse Gallery (July 23–September 17, 2014), and nationally at the Rider University (March 2014), and the Asheville Art Museum (January 2015). In addition, The Foundation has created the Heliker Sketchbook Project, which is making donations of the artist’s drawings to academic and educational institutions in Maine and across the United States. Some of Heliker’s sketchbooks will be included in the Courthouse Gallery exhibition.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com