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Published on Sep 9, 2014
Courthouse Gallery hosted a Gallery Talk on August 15 with art historian and critic Martica Sawin and Heliker-LaHotan director Patricia Bailey. They discussed the work of John Heliker, whose work was highlighted in a solo exhibition at the gallery from July 23–September 14, 2014—the first solo show of his work in Maine since his death in 1998. Heliker was as prominent New York artist, who spent his summers in Maine, beginning in the mid-1950s when he purchased an old sea captain’s house on Great Cranberry. Heliker took great pleasure in island life, and felt more alive and at home on Cranberry, believing he did his best work on the island. Heliker taught at Columbia University and Parson School of Design. He received many awards, including a Prix de Rome and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work was exhibited and included in the collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum, and Whitney Museum, which honored him with a mid-career retrospective in 1968. In Maine alone, his works are in The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Portland Museum, The Ogunquit Museum and in the museums at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges.