Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth, is featuring work from artist John Heliker in “Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years” from July 23 through Sept. 17.
Heliker was a prominent Northeast artist who spent summers on Great Cranberry Isle beginning in 1958 when he purchased an old sea captain’s house. He taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and was a professor of art at Columbia University for 27 years. He also taught at the Art Students League, the New York Studio School and in the MFA Painting Program at Parsons School of Design.
Heliker’s work was exhibited nationally in major survey exhibitions of the Carnegie Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and many others. His works are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum and the Whitney Museum. In Maine, his works are in The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Portland Museum of Art, The Ogunquit Museum of American Art and in the museums at Bowdoin and Colby colleges.
This the first solo exhibition of Heliker’s work in Maine since his death in 2000. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 30. A catalog, with an essay by art historian and critic Martica Sawin, will be available.
For more information, call 667-6611 or go to courthousegallery.com.