Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo exhibitions: Jeffery Becton: Border World; Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More; and Judy Belasco: Near and Far, as well as new work by Janice Anthony, Philip Frey, Jessica Ives, Linda Packard, and Robert Shillady. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 5–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Jeffery Becton: Border World Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, photographer Jeffery Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history. The show will run in conjunction with the launch of Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House, a new book on his work and career. The gallery will host the book launch, and a book signing and talk with Jeffery Becton with an introduction by Carl Little. The event will take place at the gallery on August 20 from 4:30-6:30pm.
Becton is pioneer in the field of fine-art photography. Beginning in the early 1990s, the new digital tools allowed Becton to experiment with the layering of visual information. Using scans of his photography and other materials, Becton merged and manipulated these elements to create surreal scenarios evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. The layering of these elements offers form to visual ambiguities, reexamines the boundaries of mixed media, and creates altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.
Writer Deborah Weisgall offers a beautiful description on Becton’s work in the book’s foreword: “Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . .Walls, floors, and ceilings open to the elements—and to the imagination. They provide a framework but no shelter; they are lit with the clarity of memory. What we see depends on what we bring to the act of seeing: what memories, what desires, what emotions. Becton is really exploring our own permeability.”
Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.
Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More This solo exhibition of Moore’s recent work brings together her love of Maine and Mexico, two divergent sources of inspiration for her lively oil paintings. Mexico offers another rich source of vibrant color and intricate pattern, which dominate Moore’s harmonious scenes of harbors and interiors.
Judy Belasco: Near and Far Judy Belasco, who is best known for her sublime seascapes of Maine’s coastline and estuaries, continues to explore Maine’s coastline and estuaries, as well as oceans, seas, ponds, lakes, and canals from her recent travels to Italy, Canada, and Australia. Belasco’s mature flower garden in Maine also provides new inspiration and sources of color.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. For more information on hours or upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com.