Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

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About Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Karin and Michael Wilkes founded Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in 2006 with a mission to present high-quality works of art through curated exhibitions and special events. The gallery is housed in Ellsworth’s historic courthouse and registry of deeds, two beautifully restored 1830s Greek revival buildings offering over 4500 square feet of exhibition space. The combination of this historic site and the ability to exhibit a wide range of artistic styles in a spacious gallery has made Courthouse Gallery Fine Art a destination for art collectors statewide and beyond. A large-scale sculpture park occupies the sweeping lawn out front.

The Wilkeses, who have always been passionate about art, represent a select stable of contemporary Maine artists, including established artists, whose work can be found in major collections nationally, emerging artists, and estates. They view the gallery as a place where the conversation about Maine’s role in American art continues through a rotating schedule of solo and group exhibitions highlighting contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography by artists living or working in Maine. They also host artists’ talks, special exhibitions, events, and guest speakers. In 2012, the Wilkeses began publishing a line of fine art books under the imprint Marshall Wilkes to celebrate and document Maine-inspired artists and art history. For more information on titles published by Marshall Wilkes visit marshallwilkes.com

The Wilkeses purchased the historic buildings from the City of Ellsworth in 2005. They renovated the courthouse and registry of deeds, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a unique fine art destination, restoring the original red birch hardwood floors, plaster walls, and 14-foot-high tin ceilings to their former grandeur. The unveiling of the restoration and the opening of Courthouse Gallery was celebrated with an inaugural exhibition titled “Ellsworth Revisited: The Artist’s View” and a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by then-Governor John Baldacci, who helped the Wilkeses cut the ribbon.

A FINE ART DESTINATION

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is conveniently located in the heart of the Acadia region, which includes Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, and the Schoodic Peninsula. If you reside, or summer, in the region, Courthouse Gallery is a short drive from any direction. Those from further away can combine a visit to the gallery with a scenic hike or picnic, or a weekend retreat. Visiting sailors are welcome and should contact the gallery in advance for pick-up service from local marinas. Courthouse Gallery is located in Ellsworth on Court Street at the intersection of Routes 1 and 3, and Route 172. For those who would like to receive announcements about upcoming exhibitions and events, please sign the online guest book.

ART COLLECTING

The Wilkeses offer consulting services to individuals and corporations looking to place fine art and sculpture in their homes, gardens, corporate headquarters, businesses, and offices. The Wilkeses can help you begin an art collection or add to an existing collection, and they will work with you to provide the best value for your budget or space limitations. Although a visit to the gallery is encouraged, the Wilkeses will gladly make an on-site visit to your home or office. They will work directly with you, or with your interior designer or landscape architect to help you select appropriate art for your taste and environment.

CONSIGN YOUR ARTWORK

The Wilkeses welcome inquiries from collectors who may wish to sell or consign their works of art or estates. Please use our contact link to make an appoitnment for a consultation.