Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Reception for Small Works Show

White Sun Koch“Winter Sun” by Philip Koch, oil on panel

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2015 Show on Wednesday, December 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will be on display December 4 through 24.

Works are twelve inches, or smaller, and the range of styles and medium run the gammut from realistic oil paintings of landscapes and interiors, to abstracts and more painterly scenes, watercolors, monotypes, wood engravings, photography, digital montages, as well as small scale sculptures by Charlie Hewitt, Stephen Porter and Cynthia Stroud.

Highlights from the show include several small oils by by landscape painter Philip Koch who was recently honored by being named the 2015–2016 Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Residents are given access to the gallery archives, including some 25,000 Charles Burchfield artifacts, including finished paintings and sketches, and notes in notebooks and on the backs of envelopes and other scrap sheets.

Koch, who has an affinity for painting the Maine landscape, has also been granted unprecedented access to Edward Hopper’s private studio through fifteen residencies at Hopper’s former studio on Cape Cod. Koch is a senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His paintings have been the subject of fourteen solo art museum exhibitions, and his work is held in the permanent collections of fifteen American art museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the Swope Art Museum in Indiana, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.

North Haven Rector“North Haven,” by Alison Rector oil on panel

Gallery artists participating in the show include Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, and Lilian Day Thorpe. Artworks in the show can be viewed at

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Winter hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (20) 667-6611 or visit