Gallery Focus

Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 28, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 28, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, July 28, 2022
‘Further Horizon’ at Courthouse Gallery features new work by William Irvine

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court Street, Ellsworth, presents the solo show “William Irvine: Further Horizons,” also with sculptures by Mark Kindschi, Clark Fitz-Gerald, late of Castine, and Stephen Fitz-Gerald of Castine. All are on view through Friday, August 5, and are free and open to the public or can be viewed at

“William Irvine: Further Horizons” presents 35 new oil paintings by Irvine, who turned 91 in February. Also included in the show are 12 porcelain plates and vases Irvine created with Blue Hill potter Mark Bell. Irvine lives in Brooklin where he maintains a studio.

Mark Kindschi has enjoyed a long career as an actor, scenic artist, designer, street performer (wire walker), dancer and puppeteer. The majority of his work is sculptural, and in the past 25 years, his focus has been primarily figurative metal sculpture. Kindschi and his wife, Mia, live in Brooksville where he maintains a studio.

For gallery hours or for more information, call 667-6611 or visit the website.

DIAA debuts ‘Bold in Blue’ August 2

Blue summer skies serve as inspiration for the artists of the Deer Isle Artists Association in its next show, “Bold in Blue,” which runs from August 2–14. Appearing in this show are Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Betsy Braunhut, Alan Flowers, Jeri Gillin, Rachel Gordon Bernstein, Cathy Hart, Ronald Harte, June Kellogg, Debra Nygaard, Carolyn Raedle, Nicolleta Siccone, Robert Starkey, Tracy Van Buskirk and Jacqueline Wilson. The work includes ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting and photography. The Art Rack will feature work by Leslie Anderson, Adele Donaghue, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Susan Finsen, Sara W. Forster, Katama Murray, Cynthia Stroud Watson and Tracy Van Buskirk.

The DIAA Gallery, located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10–5. The public is invited to a reception with the artists on Friday, August 5, from 3–5 p.m. Visit or call 348-2330 for more information.

Ronald Harte gallery presents off-season Maine, maritime linocuts

Ronald Harte’s gallery, in Deer Isle’s Old Firehouse, has become the site of several small themed exhibitions this year. His Blue Gallery houses “While you were away…,” images of Maine in fall and winter. Photography and painting, contemporary and vintage, are shown all season. James Dobbs’ “Maritime Linocuts” is on display until August 7.

The gallery, on Route 15 just outside Deer Isle village, is open Thursday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. or by arrangement. Call 917-703-3003.

‘Figure and Ground’ on display at gallery b. in August

Gallery b.’s upcoming exhibition “Figure and Ground,” August 3-15, features new work from artist-in-residence Hannah Bureau and a mix of fresh figurative and landscape works by several contemporary Blue Hill Peninsula based artists. The show will take place at both gallery b. and across the street at the Annex Project Space in Castine. An outdoor opening reception is planned for Wednesday, August 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bureau, of Lincoln, Mass., is best known for her abstracted landscapes in exquisite colors. She is an Annex Arts alumni and has visited to paint on the peninsula for 20 years. Bureau will be in residence in the Annex Studio Space through August 6 and will host an open studio on Friday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit “Figure and Ground” explores the many possible contemporary approaches to both figurative and landscape art. Exhibiting artists include Hannah Bureau, Louise Bourne, Nancy Friedland, Nancy Gruskin, Elizabeth Ashton Hallett, Megan Magill, Shelley Mansel, Chrissy Nickerson, Johanna Reynolds and Christina Thwaites.

The gallery is located at 5 Main Street, Castine, and the Annex studio/project space is located at 8 Water Street in Castine. More information can be found at