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Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 2, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 2, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, September 2, 2021
Courthouse Gallery presents “Master Effect: Jon Imber and Linda Packard”

Courthouse Gallery presents “Master Effect: Jon Imber and Linda Packard,” an exhibition highlighting the influence Imber had on one of the gallery’s long-standing artists, Linda Packard. In conjunction with the show, the gallery will host a Zoom talk on Wednesday, September 29, from 5 to 6 p.m. Imber’s wife Jill Hoy will join Linda Packard and gallery director Karin Wilkes to talk about the show and how Imber influenced Packard’s work. To register, call 667-6611 or email The show runs from September 15 through October 15 and is free and open to the public.

Jon Imber (1950-2014) was best known for his plein air landscape paintings. Although he found early success with figurative paintings, Imber experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all his life. He transitiond from figures, to portraits, to large studio landscapes, then figures in landscapes and plein air landscapes, and finally landscapes on the edge of abstraction. The former director of the Danforth Museum called him one of the most important painters of his generation and placed him in the lineage of Boston Expressionists. Imber split his time between Stonington and Somerville, Mass., where he taught at Harvard for many years.

Packard is an abstract painter interested in pushing the physical properties of paint. Although she began her career by painting as a plein air, working with Imber in Stonington for five years before he died, Packard’s current work is process driven. She enjoys experimenting with mark-making and textural tools, and exploring the play of opposites: warm/cool, thick/thin, transparent/opaque. Packard has lived in Maine for more than thirty-five years and currently maintains a studio in downtown Bangor.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information, call 667-6611, or visit